Local stylists say 360 lace wigs for black women started to gain popularity here within the this past year. At first, stylists resisted the requests as salon owners want to be recognized for promoting healthier hair on their clients’ heads instead of attaching someone else’s mane. However Mary J. Blige hit the cover of Essence magazine having an article having said that she wore them. Tyra Banks admitted she wore them on her show, and Beyoncé released her B’Day CD, featuring eight singles that showed her moving, grooving and shaking all that reddish-blond hair.
Immediately the salons started getting calls. Olivia Hughes, owner of Shapes -N- More, says she fields at the very least five requests for lace-front wigs weekly. Karen Wilson, who owns Simplicity, a Germantown salon, says she has five approximately regular customers using the wigs, in addition to walk-ins every day who ask about them. “I just started doing them this season,” said Wilson, who charges $900 for that wigs as well as the application. “Folks are seeing them plus they would just like them.”
It’s not only the celebrity influence that’s drawing customers for the wigs. Women suffering from alopecia (hairloss) and those who have lost their hair from chemotherapy can also be attracted to the wigs’ realism. But few are happy with lace-front. Some stylists explain that the wigs have the potential to be very damaging to skin and hairline.
Anika Thompson, who owns Ryan Foster Inc. in Germantown, refuses to perform the applications in her salon. The bonding adhesive may be damaging towards the skin and scalp, and often, Thompson says, if the wig comes off, the hairline comes off as well. But even more damaging than losing hair from a bad application is the loss of self-esteem that will originate from wearing someone else’s hair on the head for months at the same time, Thompson says.
“These women arrived at me with high density full lace wigs they may have removed. … [now they have got] no hairline,” Thompson said. “Your skin on the face is broken out of the adhesive along with their own hair is matted and broken off from rubbing up against the stocking cap.” Still, there are individuals who say the lace-front wig presents them courage to show themselves.
Tuere Brown, 37, enjoyed a miscarriage that she said caused patches of her hair to drop out. The Southwest Philadelphia mother wanted a peek that wouldn’t stress out her hair and would appear natural. So she chose an off-black bob with chestnut-brown highlights that falls just above her shoulder. “I feel great with it on,” she said. “It appears the way i used to wear my very own hair. I love it.”
He stores it in plastic bins and cardboard boxes, opposite the fishing supplies. “Got grays, got browns, got blonds,” he said. “Got everything.”
Inside one bin, shiny brown bundles nestled around the other person like snakes. He picked two thick braids and lifted them from your bin. Uncoiled, these people were three feet long and nearly reached the earth. “This is actually all Russian hair cut right off people’s heads,” Mr. Piazza said.
Mr. Piazza, 69, is the grandson of Sicilian immigrants, the son of a detective, a tournament fisherman. He does not appear to be a male who will provide an exotic hair collection within his garage. But for decades, Mr. Piazza was just about the most sought-after wigmakers in New York City. He made custom wigs and hairpieces for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Brooke Astor and Lena Horne at Kenneth hair salon. Also, he made the nearest thing the world has seen to mermaid hair, creating the long tresses Daryl Hannah wore in “Splash.”
Most of his hair originated from this stash, sourced from around the globe, and which eventually outgrew his studio. “I couldn’t close my closets,” he said. “I had more hair than I knew how to deal with.”
Mr. Piazza is among the last Old World wigmakers making wigs for that public within the city, people trained mostly by Italian and Jewish immigrants inside the centuries-old trade of silk base wigs with baby hair, a fussy affair that sykkcc the patience spectrum falls approximately tailoring a jacket and counting the heavens.
They are not the-pink bobs at Halloween stores. They are produced from human hair and possess intricate hairlines that blend to the skin. To help make one requires weaving hair, several strands at the same time, to some lace mesh cap using a small needle, a procedure called ventilating. Ventilating a lace wig, which can have up to 150,000 knots at its roots, takes about 40 hours.