The Beauty of a Lace Frontal
Lace frontals are the newest wave and I love a good frontal weave! Frontals are really taking over the hair industry. Since more hairstylists and sew-in specialists are training on how to install and “slay” a lace frontal correctly, it’s becoming a growing trend in today’s hair culture!
As many people are getting these beautiful installations, there are still some who are confused about what exactly a lace frontal is.
For those who aren’t too familiar with weave terms, we will get into every piece of the puzzle!
What is a Lace Frontal?
Lace frontals complete the desired look of a sew-in by closing off the install, eliminating the need to blend any leave out. A lace frontal the “finishing piece” that completes a full head of weave.
It’s a recreation of the hairline that is essentially a protective style, giving your hairline and edges a break from the tension of sew-ins.
If you want to try something different, regarding hair color cut or style, this could be the perfect solution without you having to make any changes to your actual hair.
Lace frontals spread from ear to ear and range from there is only one part of having the option of parting your frontal anywhere you like. The weft lengths all tend to be around 13” x 4”, but there are frontals with lengths of 13” x 2” or 13” x 6”.
How Much to Lace Frontals Cost?
Lace frontals tend to be costly ranging anywhere from $80-$200 alone, by itself.
There are a few cost factors for Lace Frontals you need to consider.
- Type of Hair
- Length of Hair
- Color of Hair
- Frontal Size (13" X 2" , 13" x 4" , 13" X 6" or 360 Frontal)
A Blonde Frontal is going to cost more than a standard 1B color frontal because there are extra manufacturing costs of coloring the hair.
Frontals with shorter hair (10" - 14") will cost less than frontals with longer hair (16" - 20") because longer hair is more expensive to source.
The size of the frontal will also play a part in the price. A smaller frontal construction like a 13" X 2" will require less hair and time to manufacture than a 13" X 6" frontal.
The holy grail of frontals are made with "Raw Hair" and can be VERY expensive. A single raw hair frontal can take an entire day for one employee to create because it has to be done strand by strand keeping the cuticle in the right direction. If you find a real "raw hair frontal" then expect to pay $150 - $200 or more!
The looks you can achieve with a lace frontal are amazing, but generally, require more maintenance and upkeep.
The Frontal "Need to Know"
After a few weeks, your lace frontal will more likely move out of place, due to the simple fact that your hair is growing!
Those who desire to keep in their lace frontals for a while, usually go back to the salon for a reinstallation. Sometimes of the entire weave, but most of the time just of the frontal.
It’s important to know that, as beautiful lace frontals are, they don’t last too long and can be quite expensive!
Lace Frontal vs. Lace Closure - What’s the difference?
These two have many similarities, but the differences are what make people call them by different names.
Lace frontals cover the entire hairline. The lace closure covers a small portion of the head, hence the name “closure.”
Lace closures are typically sewn into place, while lace frontals can either be sewn or bonded.
Both frontals and closures are placed behind or in front of the natural hairline, but because lace frontals are usually bonded, they are usually positioned in the front.
Lace frontals allow for endless versatility, so you can wear any color, curl pattern, cut, or style.
Closures only cover a portion of your head, so it’s close to impossible to pull your hair back without exposing your tracks.
Customizing your Lace Frontal
The reason for customization is simple, everyone’s head is different! Most people prefer to customize their lace frontals because if not, it tends to look either “wiggy” or unnatural.
Bleaching the Knots
The lace comes in either Swiss or French. Apart from customizing your lace frontal, usually means you’re going to bleach the knots. Doing this prevents you from seeing the knots in your lace, so it appears more natural.
You can also do a silk-based frontal, which tends to be more costly, but you wouldn’t need to bleach any knots. It all depends on personal preference!
Plucking the Hairline
Lace frontals with baby hairs are the most common type of frontal you will see advertised. The baby hairs add to the illusion that the frontal is coming from the scalp.
When dealing with frontals with baby hair, it’s important to pay attention to when plucking the hairline. Otherwise, you’ll be plucking the baby hairs and barely any hair from the hairline!
Why pluck the hairline? The hairline of most lace frontals isn't natural. To make it appear natural, pluck some hairs into the hairline's shape.
Although, there aren’t many steps to customizing your lace frontal it’s all about precision. If you’re not too comfortable with doing something, get your hairstylist to do it for you!
Installing a Lace Frontal
Stylists all over have developed their techniques, tips, and tricks on installing a lace frontal securely! Some steps can be interchangeable, and for some, some steps don’t need to be used at all.
Here are a Few Commonly Used Steps, when Installing a Lace Frontal
- Prepare the Hair- This can go for frontal you’re about to install or the hair on your client's head. Either way, both need to be ready for the process! Make sure your lace frontal is customized to your client’s head, and the braiding pattern is flat!
- Measure the Frontal- Before you sew, place the frontal onto the client’s head and adjust the frontal to where you want it placed. This helps to ensure the frontal doesn’t look “whiggish”. Decide how far down the natural hairline you want it to go.
- Began Installing- Most stylists like to start sewing the sides of the lace frontal down first and then the back. But, do whatever you feel is best for yourself or your client!
- Finishing Touches- Style your bundles, cut the lace off in the front, lay your baby hairs, and slay the day away!
Need more? Watch Faith Shepherd’s detailed technique of how she installs her lace frontal sew-ins!
Introducing- 360 Lace Frontals
The 360 lace frontal is the upgraded version of the original lace frontal. It’s basically a lace headband with hair on it.
It covers the entire perimeter of your head, allowing for more versatility, like pulling your hair up into high ponytails.
It's been more popular in recent years, because of its uniqueness and versatility.
A 360 lace frontal could cost as much as, if not more than, a regular lace frontal. But, this isn’t too surprising!
The Various Lengths/Styles of Lace Frontals
Lace frontals vary just like hair bundles. Most companies that sell lace frontals have a standard size and style.
Malaysian and Brazilian are common hair types. Other less commonly used hair types can include Indian and Vietnamese.
This all depends on what type of quality you are looking for in a lace frontal.
If you plan to use your lace frontal a lot, you’ll want to purchase hair that will last a while. Our Brazilian lace frontals would be an excellent choice.
Hair texture is the most important factor. You have to be sure it blends with the texture of your bundles.
Length also depends on preference, such as, if you want the layered look.
The length of the lace frontals is generally 18". But, we have lace frontals that range from 10" - 20" in our special order category!
Lace Frontal with Bundles
A common question is how many bundles do I need with a sew-in?
Because a lace frontal covers ear to ear and is larger than a closure, you will probably need a little less hair from bundles. This is especially the case if you are using a lace frontal 360 that wraps entirely around your head and just leaves the back portion open to sew-in bundles.
With a Lace Frontal 360, you will need about two bundles up to 22" and three bundles once you are going over 24" in length.
When deciding how many bundles you need with a standard Brazilian lace frontal closure you have to take into consideration not only the length of the hair but the size of the lace. Consult with your stylist before deciding on exactly how many bundles you will need based on these factors.
Planning on Getting a Lace Frontal?
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