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How to make your own frontal or closure

When it comes to getting sew-ins or buying wigs, we want to always have the most natural-looking hair and the most reasonably priced. These days it is so easy to meet this checklist with the internet at our fingertips. However, ensuring that the closures and frontals you purchase match the texture of the bundles can be hard to achieve. This can be frustrating, considering the price we’re paying for quality does not always match what we’re getting. For this issue, there is a solution that stills maintains quality, a manageable price range, and match the same texture and style of your bundles. This can be done by making your own frontal or closure for your wig or sew-in. 

The first step to accomplish creating your own frontal is to purchase lace that is made for closure and wigs. Usually a Swiss lace is the best quality due to its scalp-like resemblance and its soft, comfortable, fabric. Getting a yard of this should be more than plenty, or purchasing two feet is great as well. The lace comes in a variety of colors so that it matches to any and all skin tones. Be sure to purchase the lace that matches your scalp tone. If there is no lace that matches yours, buy the closest to it and you can bleach the knots of the lace once the closure is made.  

The second step is to purchase an extra bundle or two so that you have the hair that will go into your closure or frontal. When you get the bundles, comb through them gently to get any tangles or loose hairs out. On the top of each bundle is a track that keeps each strand of hair in place. Since we are creating a frontal or closure that should not have these tracks showing, we will need to remove these tracks with a small pair of hair scissors and a small pair of hair pliers. This step should be taken slow and cautiously to avoid damage of the hair.  

The next step is the longest and most tedious: ventilating. For this we will need a ventilating needle, similar to a crocheting needle but not quite. After laying your lace against a mannequin head and pinning the lace in place you will begin to ventilate. Grab one strand of hair and pull it through the lace and loop it around, creating a knot at the start of the lace. This will be repeated until the lace looks like a real head of hair.  

The final step in this process is to close the knots up so that it looks like hair growing out of the scalp. Section the hair into small sections for best results. Once it’s sectioned, blow dry the hair on a low level, medium heat, for about two minutes for each section. When done go over with a flat iron on a low heat, around 125-145 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to focus mostly on the roots of the strands where the lace is. The knots should be so small that it looks just like hair growing from a scalp. Once this is done, style it as needed and it is to sew in to a wig or your braids.  

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