Nowadays, wigs are big businesses. Many people resort to wigs when they want to change the hairstyle without altering the actual hair. The best way to protect your real hair underneath a wig is to do lace closure braid down. In this article, we will show you how to do it.
Why do we need lace closure braid down?
Lace closure braid down is the braided hairstyle that is used for installing lace closure. Before wearing lace closure, you have to braid your hair and put it under a hair cap. The most common braiding style in this situation is cornrows. Let us tell you why
It lays flat and neat
Perhaps the most popular reason for braiding is its ability to lay flat and neat under your lace closure. Imagine if you just put your hair into a bun and wear a hair cap over the top. When you wear a wig on, though the real hair bun cannot be seen, it makes the wig look lumpy and bumpy.
The wig needs to sit flat on your head, with no visible uneven areas. Just take a look at your real hair! Do you notice that all your hair strands stay flat against the shape of your head? Well, your wig should look like that, too. The last thing you want to do when wearing lace closures is to create a weird bump on top of your head.
It protects your hair
Another benefit of lace closure braid down is that it protects your scalp and hair strands. When you braid your hair, it prevents the risk of the hair being tangled underneath the cap. You don’t want to brush it harshly because that’s the number one cause for hair loss. Especially if your hair is long, it is more susceptible to being tangled and hard to manage.
Another benefit of lace closure braid down is that it protects your scalp and hair strands.
It’s also better for your scalp when you braid your hair into a cornrow before wearing lace closures. The scalp is revealed so that it’s easier to be detailed with your sew-in method. You can see where the parting should lie and sew the wig in exactly where you want it to be. It creates a smooth-looking finish whenever you wear your lace closures on top.
Lace closure braid down three ways
In general, there are three ways to braid down your lace closures, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your convenience and preferences, please feel free to decide on the styles that work for you. They all look great as long as you do them right.
This is undoubtedly the most popular braided style for lace closures. The cult classic! Everyone instantly thinks of this hairstyle when they want to wear a wig because of its protective capability and smooth flat look.
- How to do a cornrow braid:
Step 1: Brush your hair thoroughly inside and out. Make sure your hair is completely detangled and well-prep because it needs to be divided into tiny sections.
Step 2: Use a comb to carefully define your part and section your hair. You can section your hair into as many parts as you like. Some want six parts; some prefer 8 or more
Step 3: Use an elastic band to tie each of the section separately.
Step 4: Start braiding each section from the side. It’s a standard three-strand braid. You need to further division the hair into three strands and continuously flip the two side strands over the middle strand. Braid all the way till the end and secure with an elastic band. Remember to braid tightly so that the braid can lay flat and neat under the lace closures.
Step 5: Repeat the same process with other sections until you fully braid all sections.
Step 6: To cornrow more significant sections of the hair, start at the corner to create a “small to big” look. The smaller part should stick to your scalp for everything to be flat.
This is the most common and easy style of braids out there. No matter how clumsy you are, you can do the three-strand braids. This style may not look as flat as cornrows, but it allows your hair to be protected and easier for you to take care.
- How to do a three-strand braid:
Step 1: Comb your hair thoroughly and divide your hair into three even sections.
Step 2: Flip the side section over the middle section. Repeat the same process with the other side section until the end.
Step 3: Lift the braid, sew it in and wear a hair cap over it.
This hairstyle is for girls who are lazy or have no time braiding their hair. If you need to run out of the door right away but still want to wear lace closures, the flat twist is something you should consider.
This is the least popular as it is frizzy and tangle more easily than traditional braiding styles. You can prevent it by twisting small sections so that the lumps can be minimized.
- How to do a flat twist:
Step 1: Comb your hair and divide it into different sections (remember, the smaller, the better). This step is the same with the cornrow style
Step 2: For each section, grab the hair and twist it clockwise. Do it tightly so that it does not loosen easily.
Step 3: If you don’t want to do that, grab two sections of hair and twist them together. It creates a more secured flat twist.
Step 4: Do it all the way until the end. Repeat with other sections.
Step 5: Lift the twist and sew it in with the top part. Sew or wear a hair cap over the top so that the lace closures do not directly touch your hair.
In the bottom line
Lace closure braid down is undeniably an essential process in wearing your wig. If you still can’t do it yourself, don’t worry! You can always visit the hair salon and ask for a professional.
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