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. In this article, we listed out everything you need to know about frontals.
What Is 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, 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 sewing or hair extensions. Frontals are outstandingly versatile meaning that just about any style, with the right hair, can be created. 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 about 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.
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.
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.
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.
By: Dammy Eneli