In 2011, Serena Williams was caught by presses with a huge bald spot on her head. This piece of news spurred rumors about the 32-year-old tennis pro having a case of traction alopecia, a type of baldness affecting more than 20 million women in the U.S. Williams may have joined the ranks of other celebrities like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan who were reported to be suffering from hair loss.
Other news, however, dispute the baldness theory. According to a report by Juicy Magazine, published around the same day as reports on Williams’ alleged hair loss, improper styling of her hair extensions has exposed her weave closure. This refers to the lace that usually goes on top of the head to make the weave appear natural.
Lace and silk closures are widely used because of their ability to mimic or show natural skin color and texture. After choosing your closure, it’s tinted to make it less obvious when you part your hair in any direction you desire. Of course, weave closures have hair extensions on them, matching them with the type of natural hair in question.
With proper installation and care, closures can last between two to three months. Beyond the estimated time frame, the closure may start losing its effectiveness in the form of hair loss.