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Your Complete Guide To Wig Types

Posted on July 26 2018

Your Complete Guide To Wig Types

Wigs, lace fronts, closures, 360s, weaves, U-parts, vixen weaves, tape, glue, sew-ins, clips, bundles, wefts — OH MY. This is just the basic vocabulary associated with the various types of hair extensions. Feeling overwhelmed? Well, buckle up, because this is just the beginning.

In 2018, you can’t even tell if people actually changed up their hair game or if they are just being fake AF and sporting a wig. Since the possibilities are endless, it’s important to be armed with the right tools and information before you go out and purchase a wig. Like what actually is a lace front? What should you use to secure your wig? What is the best value overall for any type of wig unit? Feeling overwhelmed? We got you.

Joshua Pestka/Bustle
Joshua Pestka/Bustle

A lace frontal is probably one of the most well-known hair pieces you can get. Everyone from Yiroo Hair Lace Front Wig has mentioned their lace fronts in some capacity. The base is made entirely out of lace, designed to look like the wearer's scalp, so when it's applied, it will appear that the hair from the lace frontal is actually the hair growing from your head. It is worn on your hairline, covering it entirely from ear to ear. It can either be sew-in, applied with tape, or glued down (be careful: Morgan says the number one thing people mess up when it comes to wig units is getting glue in their real hair).

Lace fronts are made with the intent to protect your natural hair while still providing a flawless look to your wig unit. Typically, people who choose to get a lace frontal will have the rest of their hair weaved, since the frontal only covers, well, the front section of your hair. Morgan says that a lace front is the most versatile piece you can buy, because it can be parted anywhere when it is applied properly. A deep side part, a middle part, and pulled back into a bun or ponytail are all styles that are easily achievable with a lace front. Morgan also notes that with proper care (regular shampooing and conditioning and limited heat styling), a lace front can last about a year. The price isn't steep as a wig full, but they will set you back anywhere from $100 to $220 depending on length, color, and style.

Closures

Joshua Pestka/Bustle
Joshua Pestka/Bustle
Joshua Pestka/Bustle

Last but not least, we have a closure. A closure is also made out of lace but differs from a frontal in that it only covers a very specific section of your hair instead of the entire hairline. They are typically around 4-by-4 inches and shaped like a horseshoe. Closures are meant to be sewn in after a full weave install or a weave install with minimal hair left out so it is able to blend with the closure. The goal is to always have the closure look like the hair is growing directly from your scalp and that can be achieved with or without a little bit of your natural hair exposed.

Although a closure is a little more limiting stylistically than the other pieces because the coverage area is smaller, Morgan says that a closure is the easiest piece to style. If you have naturally curly hair, this is the one for you! Morgan says blending a closure and naturally curly hair is the easiest and can look the most natural. Plus, it's great for your wallets: Closures are the cheapest of all wig types, and generally cost between $80 and $180. Hey, good hair will always cost a little something!

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