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It seems that no matter the season, there is ALWAYS a need to utilize a protective style.
In the wintertime, the cold air can be harsh and dry out our hair. In the summertime, the heat can cause us to sweat. No one wants to spend the entire time sweating out their edges!
Certainly not I, and I’m sure you don’t either. During these trying times, we want to slay our appearance from top to bottom. I know that I’ve had some issues with my natural hair during the seasons considering that I have 4c texture. I’ve tried ALL the protective styles, and one that I particularly enjoyed and want to try again sometime is a frontal wig. When I had that style, I was catching stares and snatching edges, and I loved every minute of it!
If you’re someone that hasn’t tried a frontal before, you’ve come to the right place. With any hairstyle, you decide to take on, its essential to do the proper research. Private label extensions are proud to present the “Frontal Bible" your guide on EVERYTHING frontal related.
By the end of this, you’ll know everything you need to know about frontals from what they are, how they can influence your natural hair, what proper methods of installation to use, how to achieve the perfect style with them, and more!
What Is A Frontal?! Why A Frontal?!
For everyone wondering what a frontal is, let’s start with the fact that it’s either a single piece or a wig.
It’s not like any wig or part, however, considering that it goes from ear to ear, so that the hair can be pulled back as if it were your natural hair.
Typically, people use lace frontals when they desire to create a new hairline that goes back about 2 inches. Frontals are also extremely popular with individuals that suffer from thinning edges, alopecia, or lingering baldness. They are also gaining traction within the hair community since they appear to be the most natural-looking styles available.
Frontals are comfortable to install and wear. They also allow you to try an entirely different look, and color without actually damaging your hair. Also, with frontals, you can protect your edges that you would typically leave out in sew-ins or hair extensions. Frontals are outstandingly versatile meaning that just about ANY style, with the right hair, can be created.
Since frontals allow you to wear a hairstyle that includes ponytails, you won’t always have your hair in your face, or awkwardly put it into a low ponytail. If you get a really good frontal wig, then you can even achieve some braid styles such as boxer braids! Frontals can be expensive, but keep in mind that you’re getting more worth for your buck.
Frontals use less hair than a closure would so you can buy fewer hair bundles to create the wig.
Frontal Vs. Closure
Before we get into the ways that closures and frontals are different, let’s discuss how they are similar.
Closures and frontals are made with either lace or silk, or a mixture of both. Both closures and frontals will mimic your scalp when styled correctly.
Silk-based closures will replicate your scalp more accurately if ever viewed up close. Lace based frontal and closures are usually preferred considering that they lay much flatter against the scalp. Typically, lace will need to be adjusted to mimic the scalp color more. The noticeable difference between closures and frontals is the size.
Since frontals run from temple to temple and cover the entire hairline, they are fuller in size. Closures usually only include a horseshoe size portion at the top or front of the installation. Another significant difference is that closures are always meant to be sewn into place, and have less versatility due to this. Frontals are intended to be bonded into place.
This entails that they look as close to your natural hair as possible and because of this, they have the most versatility out of the two.
Creating And Installing a Frontal
There are plenty of different ways to get the perfect frontal style that you adore. If you want to build a frontal wig from scratch and choose everything from the hair, to the lace, then it’s suggested that you get a trusted wig specialist.
You can also watch youtube videos and attempt to do it yourself but if this is a significant investment, and your first time, we always suggest asking for assistance from an expert. If you’re not looking to begin from scratch, then do your research before buying a frontal wig. Make sure that you’re purchasing quality hair before making a purchase. Private label extensions have tons of fantastic hair to choose from if you’re searching for something right now!
After you’ve found the perfect hair and style you love, its time to select a hairstylist that you know and trust! The installation process for a frontal is an essential part of ensuring you get the look that you desire. Every hairstylist's method will vary but here is a general process to follow when installing a frontal wig.
If you’re purchasing a wig from an online store, and not in person, make sure you inspect the hair before installing. Doing this will prevent you from using hair that isn’t suitable for the style you’re attempting to achieve. After you’ve examined your hair, its time to secure your natural hair. You can braid your hair down to create a flat surface, or if you have short hair, you can simply wrap your hair. It’s important to secure all your hair before applying any adhesive or glue so that you don’t damage your hair.
Using the right adhesive is an essential part of this process as well. There are specific glues created for securing lace fronts, but not all of them may be compatible with your skin. Always do a patch test before applying the adhesive to ensure that you’re not allergic. If you’re using a non-glue adhesive, it’s still necessary to test it out on your skin.
Let's say you plan to swim or be involved with water, then you’ll need a waterproof adhesive. If you’re worried about putting glue or adhesive on your skin, ask your hairstylist about using a skin protector.
After you’ve settled on glue or non-glue, it’s time to let your hairstylist work their magic and sew down your wig!
Typically frontal wigs only include the front portion of your head, but there is also a “360 frontal.” A 360 frontal goes around the perimeter of your head, rather than from ear to ear only. This frontal does include more versatile styles but can also add more tape, and glue. Keep in mind that it is possible to achieve the look without using any glue or adhesives.
However, this method can only be obtained with an expert stylist. Finding someone that will install your frontal without any glue, and completely sew your look in, will be costly but it is possible. If you’re someone that prefers no glue, or adhesive, this method may be better for you. Another way of installation is an elastic band. This is a preferred method amongst most considering that it’s the most convenient, and it can still look just as amazing as the other methods.
The elastic band serves as a way to secure your wig without actually having to use any potentially damaging material. The elastic bands give you the flexibility to take off your wig when you want to, and still protect your natural hair. Although elastic bands are convenient, they won’t withstand vigorous activities that a secure wig normally would.
Is A Frontal Damaging?
Any hairstyle outside of your natural look can be damaging, especially if you’re adjusting your natural look by a significant amount.
There have been plenty of stories regarding the danger of doing looks that aren’t natural. If you ask any professional, they should advise you to do your research before choosing a hairstyle different from your natural hair.
If you do decide to get a frontal, be aware of the potential damage that your hair can face. When using glue, understand that your skin can be damaged if you don’t choose the correct paste. Also, depending on the amount of time you’d like to keep your frontal, you should select the right kind of glue.
There’s daily glue, which is used for everyday usage until you remove your wig at night.
There’s medium-hold, which is short-term and can hold for four to seven days.
Then, there’s long-term permanent glue, which will hold for up to eight weeks without needing to be removed.
If you do decide to use glue or adhesive, be sure to keep your skin moisturized so that there’s when you remove the frontal, your skin is already well-hydrated. Also, if you do choose to use this method, do not do it to frequently so that you don’t permanently damage your hair or your skin. A frontal can protect your natural hair if done correctly. It’s a great style that can look like your natural hair while you grow and protect yours!
So if you’ve decided that you’re going to move forward with a frontal, there’s some need to know advice regarding how to maintain your look.
When getting a frontal, it’s important to be gentle with your frontal. Don’t comb, brush or tamper with your frontal too much. Since the frontal serves as a net, it’s easy to puncture it, and it’s also easy for it to rip.
Yes, frontals are versatile, but they aren’t extremely durable, and the required maintenance is much higher than other protective styles. Keep in mind that if you sweat a lot, your frontal won’t stay on if it’s installed with glue or adhesive. Frontals that use adhesive, or glue that isn’t waterproof are not for individuals that sweat a lot. If you’re looking to go on vacation or be in the water, you can enjoy yourself but only to a certain extent. You can swim, but not excessively.
Try not to drench your hair all the time, and you should be fine. Your frontal will stay in place. When drying your hair after getting it wet, you can’t do the regular blow-drying method that you would with your normal hair.
Since it is essential to be gentle, you’ll need to ensure that you keep your frontal in place as you dry it. Wear a scarf to protect the edges of your frontal, and slowly, and gently brush and detangle your hair. The great thing about frontals is that they can be reused. You’ll just have to retouch them a few times.
Overall, frontal installations should last 2-3 weeks, even up to 8 weeks depending on how you install it.
Frontal Bible Recap!
Remember that a frontal and closure aren’t the same thing.
There are plenty of different methods of installation when it comes to a frontal. Do your research when it comes to getting a new hairstyle, and make sure that you’re not doing something that could damage your skin, hair, or scalp.
Study all the possible ways to install your frontal! If you’re going to use glue, be aware of the type of glue, and test it out on your skin. When you’re using adhesive, be sure that you won’t react poorly to it. If you’re looking for a convenient way to wear your frontal, get an elastic band since you’ll be able to remove it every night if need be. Under all circumstances, consult with a hairstylist, even if you decide to do your frontal by yourself.
If you’re an athletic person, be aware of the type of frontal you’ll need to maintain your athleticism. Understand the maintenance required to upkeep your hairstyle. Hopefully, this frontal bible that we curated just for you helps you get the best frontal of life!Continue reading
Don't throw it away! It's time for a "repair slay"!
I know you are just like me when it comes to a bomb sew-in or wig.
I want mine to last for months, but we all know quality hair requires quality care! I’m about to help you keep your closures and frontals looking like you just bought them with some crucial tips that will keep you looking cute and make your bank account a lot happier! No more buying new closures and frontals to replace the ones you don’t know how to clean.
I’m going to teach you how to successfully give CPR to your hair and give it a new life!
You are extremely happy with the quality of the hair that you receive so you happily head to your appointment to you get your sew-in, or you get a wig made. You're looking flawless but what do you do when your closure or frontal starts to look a little on the dry and crusty side? You know what I'm talking about don't you? After all of the Got 2 B glue, hairspray and other products such as edge control it can start to look white, flaking and stiff.
Don't worry I'm giving you your first aid list to help bring life back to help you get your closures and frontals looking flawless again.
- Foam Head
- Organix Shampoo
- Organix Conditioner
- Hair Clips
- Face Powder
- Eyebrow Pencil or Pomade
- Eyeliner or Lipliner Brush
- Invisible Thread
- Small Sewing Needle * use only the tiniest needle available to prevent damage to the lace
Removing Glue and Products from Closure/Frontal
I know you are all about securing the wig, but you have to make sure your hair stays on point so whenever you wear it you’re looking your best!
After a while of wearing your closure or frontal, it can get dirty and goopy from all of the different products you use to style your hairline and hair. I know you love the Got 2 B glue, freezing spray, an excellent edge control, and even makeup but you have to remove these products regularly to keep it looking like the rest of your extensions.
If you don't take care of them, they start to look frizzy and lose their curl pattern quicker than they should.
A lot of times it’s not the quality of the hair that may be poor, but the poor quality of care and maintenance you give that can make your frontal or closure look like you’ve had it a year when it’s only been a few months. It’s all good though because I’m going to give you all the details on how to keep your closure or frontal looking bomb no matter how long you’ve had it.
So press play on your Beyonce’ playlist, and let's get this hair flawless!
Pin your closure or frontal to your foam head if it is still attached to your wig.
By doing this, it allows you to see the area you want to clean a lot better. Take your Organix Coconut Shampoo (or any other shampoo) and apply a small amount to your closure or frontal. Use your toothbrush and gently scrub it into the lace.
Don’t get so happy you start rubbing hard because you don’t want to tear it. Girl, you’ve paid a lot of money for it so handle it with care!
As you scrub, you’ll start to see the gel (that white goopy stuff) beginning to ball up. You can pull some of it off with your fingers so don’t be scared to do so. On your frontal, you want to go all across it from temple to temple.
At this point, you can press play on one of my favorites from Queen Bey “On The Run” because you are about to have your hair so lit you’ll be ready to take on the world with your wig and your bae. Rinse out the shampoo and check the results. If you still see any remaining product, use your Organix Conditioner and your toothbrush to gently brush the closure or lace frontal again (remembering to be gentle).
Next, apply conditioner to your closure or frontal and allow it to remain on the hair for about 5 minutes.
It’s a good idea to deep condition it to keep it in tip-top shape. If you did not need to clean the closure or frontal again, go ahead and condition it anyway. Run your fingers through the hair to remove any tangles. Rinse your hair and make sure you remove all the conditioner.
Go ahead and blow dry or air dry your closure or frontal. When it’s dry, I’m sure you’ll already have your next style in mind, and your hair will be ready to be installed on your foundation braids or wig unit.
You are looking, perfect girl! I see you!!!
- Some people use rubbing alcohol to remove residue and I think it’s just a preference. One tip is the stronger the percentage of rubbing alcohol the quicker it works. I prefer to use shampoo and conditioner because it's gentler on the hair.
Balding Closure or Frontal
I am too upset that my frontal looks like a swarm of migrating birds are having their fun with it!
There just isn’t anything cute about a balding and spotty closure or frontal. I have to fix this asap, and while I do, I’m going to share my process with you. You know what you’ve got to do first!
Press play on your Drake playlist and let's get to work.
Repairing Smaller Spots
I recommend using the following process in small areas about the size of a dime or smaller.
This won’t work well in areas with more significant bald spots. Grab up one of your dark eyeliner or eyebrow pencils to color the lace where the bare spots are. Use a face powder or concealer to create your part. Use a dark eyeshadow to color hair roots and blend out with the rest of your hair once you define your part.
This repair is similar to the following part repair, but this requires you to color the lace as well.
Repairing Larger Bald Spots
Another technique is to sew wefts onto your closure or frontal to cover up bald spots.
You can use some of the tracks leftovers from making your wig or completing your sew-in to replace the bare areas. For areas larger than a dime this process works well.
Fold your frontal or closure where most of the bald area is. You are going to use invisible thread to sew the frontal together at the fold. It’s crucial you knot your stitch at the beginning and end to ensure it stays in place and doesn’t loosen. Sew your tracks on just as you would if you were creating an invisible part but make sure you sew the extensions in the back of the closure or frontal facing toward the rear of the head.
Constructing it this way helps to hide the wefts. Sew your tracks alongside the part with the wefts facing the center part. Hopefully, you will have enough hair on your closure to hid the wefts. You may need to change your part location, but I think that's okay because you get to use a closure or frontal that you would have thrown away.
In the front, sew your wefts facing toward the back of the closure or frontal and the hair hanging over the front. You should have a small part left after this step. At this point, you will use your concealer and brush to fill it in.
I suggest you take your time with this because you want to make sure you handle the lace carefully as not to tear it. After completing this repair, I can guarantee you’ll feel like you just aced a Geometry exam!
Part Too Wide
I love the center part, but mine is getting a little out of control on my frontal. I admit this is a huge pet peeve of mine, and I cannot rock my frontal if the part is the size of a jumbo pencil.
So, when I see someone else with one I am like “uh...no ma’am,” “take that off,” and “what were you thinking baby”?
I know you are just like me and invest a lot in your frontals and that’s why, as your virtual best friend, I am going to help myself and you at the same dang time.
Since this process won’t take long, you can start binge-watching Insecure (love my girl Issa Rae because she is a big deal) while we get these frontals together.
Bringing Your Frontal Back to Life
You know I always believe in shampooing and conditioning my hair before I work with it because you want to be able to put your wig on and keep it moving.
After blow drying/air drying your frontal go ahead and style it how you want to wear it. This way when you are repairing your part, it’s going to look right when you finish.
Use a pencil (eyebrow or lip pencil) that matches the color of the hair. You want this to mimic the hair on your lace. Therefore, this is a crucial step.
Pomade is another option if you have any but make sure you use a small brush similar to a lip brush to apply it so you can control the placement of the product. Fill in the bare space, on each side of your part, to make it appear slimmer.
Don’t rush through this because you want it to look natural and realistic and make sure you are swiping towards the hair and away from the part. Use a pencil or pomade to fill in the bald space on each side of your part to make your part a lot slimmer.
At this point, I can hear you saying “Yesssss” and you should because you are doing a great job! The next step is to comb through the closure to blend the pencil/pomade in so it’s not noticeable.
At this point, you are almost ready to rock your new (nobody has to know it’s not new) frontal. The last step is to re-define your part with a concealer. Make sure your concealer is a fawn color, or similar to give scalp realness (did I just create that...lol). Use your eyeliner brush to create a thin line on your part. You want it to look like clean lines in between braids like you used a rattail comb to part it.
Make sure you are light on the concealer because a little goes a long way! I’m screaming “look at you!” You are cute!
Lace Hairline Repair
By now I feel like we are best friends and I can ask you the following question.
Is your lace front bald in the front? Did your baby hair realness disappear? What about your edges?
I am coming to the rescue because friends do not let friends walk around with struggle lace edges. For this repair, we’re going to need to press play on our Rihanna playlist because we need to show this front who’s boss!
Style the Frontal
Go ahead and style your frontal how you want to wear it because you will be wearing your wig while completing this repair. Once you’ve styled it go ahead and cut off some of the lace that is sparse or bare.
You can’t do much with it so you’ll need to get rid of some of it to revive your frontal edges. The reason you want to have it on is that you want to make sure you don’t cut too much lace off (Rihanna can put you in a zone, and you may lose focus) of your frontal.
This next part can get a little tricky because you want to re-create your baby hairs. Make sure you thin your hairline out a bit at a time, so it looks as natural as possible. It won’t look right if you have baby hairs and then this volume all-around your hairline. My tip is to take your time here and do a little at a time instead of cutting too much all at once. Once you part your hair where you want your baby hairs to be, you will trim the hair to baby hair length.
If it looks like you stuck your finger in an electric socket (disclaimer: please don’t do that) and your baby hairs are sticking out like a porcupine you’re good to go! You can take your wig off now and pin it to your foam head. You know what we have to do now! Pluck these edges to get them right! Take your time when doing this task.
I would prefer you under pluck (is that a thing) and then go back in to pluck a few more hairs than create bald spots. Go ahead and put your wig back on once you complete this process. Secure it with tape or glue at this point.
You are now ready to lay your edges girl! You can use our edge control to style your edges.
Ripped Frontal Repair
Okay here's the truth.
As I was removing my frontal from my wig, I accidentally cut the lace. Yes, my heart fell to my stomach, and yes I felt instantly ill. Thank goodness I have a way of repairing it, so the panic has worn off.
To be honest, there's no need for any music while you complete this repair because you will need to focus. Not because the fix is complicated but because I know you think you're going to pass out if this doesn't work (Check out this article: how to fix frontal).
Grab your invisible thread and create a knot with your first stitch. Continue to sew the rip together with small stitches being careful not to damage to the lace any further. Create another knot at the end of the stitch and cut the excess thread once you have entirely sewn the rip together. See how easy that was and nobody will ever be able to tell!
I hope this article motivates you to pull out your closures and frontals and resuscitate them. Learning how to repair your lace frontal will save you money. If you use any of the methods or know any repair tips leave a comment below and share the knowledge!Continue reading