Celebrity hair. Long, luxurious celebrity hair that bounces like Beyoncé’s. Moves like Mary’s and twirls like Tyra’s. Everybody generally seems to want to buy. But for lots of women, especially African American, a coif of silky, back-length locks that never sweats out (put simply, gets frizzy) and holds a curl for several days can only be purchased. Then it ought to be braided, woven or glued in.
Enter in the latest must-have in millennium black good hair care: the lace-front wig. “I think they are the best since the hair is really human looking and i also can perform plenty of styles,” said Shawna Webb, 24, who works in real estate. “It’s awesome.” 180 density full lace wigs would be the next “miracle product” made to give black women what society tells them (and what many now believe) is perfect hair. Meaning, long and straight.
The fad started with transvestite RuPaul almost ten years ago. Inside the last five years, many silky-maned black celebrities, from Halle Berry to Vivica Fox, began wearing the wigs. The lace-front wigs grew in popularity due to the fact they offer the sense that the wearer’s hair is increasing directly from the scalp. So once the wig is fastened securely round the hairline, a woman can part her hair or pull it right into a ponytail without anxiety about exposing indentations in which the hair has been sewn or glued in (also known as tracks).
“It simply affords me more options,” said Andrea Wright, 42, as she sat in Lisa Johnson’s chair at the Wyndmoor salon Shapes -N- More. Wright, a function planner who lives in Mount Airy, walked to the shop sporting a brief, relaxed style. She walked out with straight dark brown hair that fell well below her shoulder. Her face was framed with soft curls.
“This is so nice. It’s not so severe a glance to me. I will put it in a ponytail but still feel professional … feminine.” When lace-front wigs first hit the scene, they cost between $5,000 to $25,000 simply because they looked so real. However, these days, the high density full lace wigs, most made from human hair, are available for $300 to $one thousand. There are demonstrations online.com that report people how to apply the wigs themselves and Websites that tell people how to find them.
The wigs come in different shades, from dark black to white blond, and many different hair textures from kinky/curly to straight. Some wigs are real, some are synthetic. The majority of the hair utilized to fashion the wigs comes from women of Asian descent, and a lot are manufactured in Asia. In some of the wigs, the lace is extremely fine, with pin-sized holes that mark where each strand arises from. These are generally called bleach knots and price hundreds of dollars more.
There are several ways to attach your hair, although most applications start with a stocking cap on the head. The wig will then be glued over the cap’s perimeter using a special sort of adhesive. It takes approximately an hour or so to get the hair applied then cut and styled. That’s a fraction of the time it takes to get weaves and braids.
Because of the cost, the majority of females keep the wig on for around 3 months (wearers should get rid of it then to enable them to wash their very own hair). The wig are able to be reapplied, without looking shabby, for up to per year. “You can sykkcc out in them and swim within them and everything,” said Dayna Cherry-Smith, 35, a mom of two who lives in West Oak Lane.
About four years ago, Cherry-Smith had health issues that caused her hair to thin out. How did celebrities have so much hair constantly? she wondered. She look at the glossy mags, then did some online research. Her search uncovered a Chinese company, and she ordered a wig for herself online. “I felt better about myself,” Cherry-Smith said. “The silk base wigs with baby hair was undetectable. You couldn’t tell i had a wig on so when I looked into the mirror, I felt a sense of my old self was back.”
Cherry-Smith ordered more wigs for herself. Then she started ordering wigs on her behalf friends, as well as their friends, and her business grew. Now Cherry-Smith is a lace-front-wig broker, of sorts. She has sold more than 500 wigs online and also to local salons. She charges about $350 each.