A silk-base closure is used to create natural-looking hair extensions. It is a light tie used to attach hair weaves to natural hair or a wig in a square pattern. If you are crafty and have time on your hands, you may be able to save some money by tying in your own silk-base closures.
Things You'll Need
- 2-by-4 (or 3-by-4) size silk-base hair closure, 16 to 18 inches long
- 2 hair pins or clips
- 2 curved threading needles
Braid your hair into vertical cornrows. Place a 2-by-4 or 3-by-4 size silk-base closure at the top center of your (or your client’s) head in the spot where you want to attach it. Mark this space by creating two horizontal braids that run from the center front of your scalp to the back, spaced two or three inches apart and four inches long.
Place the silk-base hair closure on top of the horizontal braids. Hold the base closure against your head with two hair pins, one at the front and one at the back of the closure.
Insert two curved threading needles into the braided hair beneath the front of the base closure. Thread natural or synthetic hair through the needles’ eyes.
Thread a lock stitch into the right front side of the silk-base closure, attaching it to your head. Create a lock stitch by sliding the needle through the silk base so that you create a loop with the hair, slide the needle back through the loop to lock the loop into place. Repeat twice, then switch to the left side of the closure. Sew three lock stitches with the curved threading needle on the left side of the closure. Move back to the right side and repeat the process. Continue stitching, three lock stitches at a time, alternating side to side until the closure is completely attached.
Unbraid your hair or sew in extensions, as desired, to the rest of the head so that the extensions blend in naturally with the closure, creating a seamless look.