Ask A Hairstylist: All About Weave Closures

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Ask A Hairstylist: All About Weave Closures

Salon owner and expert weave-ologist Nikki G. explains the benefits of weave closures and why she prefers to use lace over silk.

Published September 2, 2015

When it comes to keeping your hair healthy, there's no such thing as asking too many questions. After all, we're not the experts. That's why B*Real has teamed up with Fussy, an online network of talented cosmetologists, to help answer your most frequently asked questions about today's hottest hair trends. From popular styles to haircare routines, the stylists at Fussy have got you covered.

First up, we've got Nikki G., the owner of Joire's Spa & Studio in Brooklyn, N.Y. Just one gander at the 25-year-old weave-ologist's portfolio and you'll understand why her appointment book is packed for weeks at a time. Whether working with natural hair or permed hair, the weaves she creates for her client's look waaaay too good to be real, which is the biggest compliment a stylist can receive. So, we thought she'd be the perfect person to ask about closures.

What is a closure exactly? It's a small hair piece, typically a few inches wide, that is installed alongside your hairline in addition to your the traditional weave or u-part wig. The placement of your closure depends on where you'd like to create the illusion of a part — in the center or off to the side.

"If done properly, a closure will change your life!" Nikki told B*Real. "The idea of not having to have your hair out is what the hype is all about. Being able to have a natural look and being able to protect your hair underneath, is the best of both worlds."

Now that you have a basic idea of what a closure is and why they're so in demand, we'll let Nikki take it from here.

B*Real: When it comes to today's weaves, it seems to be all about closures. All of our favorite celebrities are rocking them, but so is the everyday woman. What should first-timers know about getting a closure?  

Nikita: Anyone can wear a closure. There are so many different methods for installation. From sewing, using the band method, gluing (my least favorite option) or wearing a wig, any candidate can pull off a flawless look without heat damaging their hair. It is a lifestyle though, so the candidate has to be ready to maintain the closure.

While researching this hot trend, we came across two main types of closures: silk and lace. What's the difference between the two types of closures, and which do you prefer to use on your clients and why? Silk or lace?

This question is asked all the time. Honestly, it doesn't matter which one it is. They both can be installed and worn by any woman flawlessly. As long as the closure is high quality and comes from a good company. The basic difference between the two is the fabric. Literally, one is silk and one is lace. A lot of stylists would say the silk is better because it looks like a real scalp, but I prefer lace.

Basic closures come very light or reddish brown. They also tend to be very thick. Because everyone has a different scalp color, the custom closures I provide for my clients are lace, so that I can manipulate any lace to match the client's scalp. I tailor my method to each client’s needs and individual style and create a custom closure installation for every client. The idea is to create a natural installation that will last the client up to two months.

Fussy is a website where cosmetologists can showcase their work to attract clients, network with their peers to discover career opportunities and watch educational videos from top industry professionals. Join our growing community of talented cosmos today by creating a free Fussy profile here.

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Written by Patrice Peck

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