Lace Wigs….Are They Dangerous?

Actress Countess Vaughn appeared on the Doctor’s television show a while back and here’s what she had to say….

After a five-year long love affair with the hair pieces that require constant application of wig glue to stay in place, Countess realized that she had developed a severe scalp infection. But because she couldn’t accept that a wig could be causing such damage, the actress let the oozing and hair loss that resulted from the infection go on for six months before consulting a dermatologist.


“It’s crazy how one day everything’s fine then the next thing, the simplest thing, can mess up your life,” Countess said while taping the CBS show.

Now the 35-year-old star uses eyeliner to fill in her diminished hairline and discolored skin, which many people assume is caused by vitiligo.

And Countess isn’t the only celeb we’ve seen suffer a follicle fail. Supermodel Naomi Campbell and superstar athlete Serena Williams have also experienced similar hair loss issues thanks to the prolonged use of hairpieces. Furthermore, there have even been reported instances of death connected to the high toxic levels of hair glue.

“I was embarrassed, you have to be at home, and be bald,” Countess said while holding back tears. “I had to go through this to teach my little one that you have to love yourself before anyone else will.”

Lace Front wigs have been at the forefront of recent hair trends, made popular by entertainers and models including Beyoncé, Hallie Berry and Naomi Campbell. Unfortunately, many young women mimic these hair trends with little knowledge of possible outcomes, according to Olivia Hughes, owner of Shape’s N More, Ltd, Wyndmoor, PA.


Hughes advises women to resist hair trends that might be short lived and opt for those that result in healthy hair options. “So many women follow hair trends without the proper knowledge,” said Hughes. “The damage it causes to the hair and scalp can sometimes permanent” she added.

There also are a myriad of reasons women lose their hair, explained Hughes, who specializes in hair restoration, that include hair care products, too much tension, tightness and teasing,  genetics, extreme emotional stress, illness, some medications, and hormones.

For those who find the allure of lace front wigs too strong to resist, salon owner Leah Bowman encourages a study of the pros and cons of the wigs and chemicals required to maintain the look. “Because most people don’t do the necessary due diligence before selecting the lace front option, I believe it’s a trend best avoided opined Bowman, who operates a salon bearing her name—Leah Beauty Salon—in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane section.


While there are an array of websites, on-line tutorials and videos, instructional manuals that provide information. Both Bowman and Hughes believe a decision to pursue lace front and weaves should be driven by solid advice. “A professional can guide you through the rationale for lace wig applications, “ said Bowman. They might range from cosmetic (for health reasons) to creating a new fashion look.”

In the absence of solid advice and direction, Bowman and Hughes, believe it’s best to lose the lace front wig. Reference: http://www.philasun.com/style/questions-emerge-surrounding-the-lace-front-wig-should-i-keep-it-or-should-i-lose-it/

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