A lace frontal braid is a great way to make any hair extension appear more natural, and as a unit that is designed to create a natural part and hairline, it is affordable compare to most lace front wigs or full lace wigs. Though many women go to the salon for lace frontal installation, it can be done at home.
Finding the Right Unit
Finding the right lace frontal braid is the first thing that you should do. Most lace frontals cover up to the first 6 inches of the head ending at the crown. Neverthless, some cover less with the smallest lace coverage area being around 3 inches. This is important to know since your braiding pattern will depend on this in addition to the amount of hair for a weave.
Choosing a lace frontal braid is in many ways just like choosing a box braid lace front wigs. The same lengths and textures are offered with an exception. Since they are not as popular, the color choices are rather limited.
Choosing Your Method
There are a number of methods you can use to integrate your lace frontal. Each one has its benefits depending on your hair needs. Each one is listed as follows.
Method One: Integration with Natural Hair
This is a good choice if you have a nice head of hair and do not mind daily styling. If you have a damaged or thinning hairline but the rest of your hair past the crown is full, this is a good option. To integrate with your own hair, make sure that the lace frontal matches your hair color and texture well.
Since the back half of the unit has lace as well, you will either need to purchase and sew in clips or securely bobby pin in the back. Securing the back with sew in clips is suggested since it will provide a better hold. Attachable clips can be purchased at your local beauty store or online. Sew these in with weaving string in a line of three at the back base.
All you have to do now is clean your forehead, cut the front lace, and apply with glue or tape. Once you secured your front, close your hair clips on a small horizontal braid or onto loose hair.
Method Two: Integrating With Extensions
Prior to installing the lace frontal braid, you must possess knowledge of hair weaving techniques. Most women opt for this option because they want the natural hairline and part but do not require anything else as far as high ponytails.
If you want something that does not match your own hair texture or color and do not want to deal with daily styling, this is a good option. This will also act a protective style for hair growth since your natural hair is concealed.
Your first task is to select a braiding pattern and attach the hair weave. This can vary depending on your style. Some women who install curly hair use a serpentine pattern since the curls are suppose to free flowing and a little wild. Straight look traditional circular pattern will work very well if you want a sleek. Braid your hair and then prep your lace frontal. Indicate with a mark where the lace frontal will end and the extension hair will begin.
Most women prefer to install the lace frontal first and then the extensions so that they can sew the final top row of hair on top or the frontal while some prefer to install the extensions first and then lace unit using sew in clips from method one. Whatever your preference, make sure that these two are closely installed so that the hair flows seamlessly as one unit.