As bad as most lace front wearers look in their wigs, I’m petrified for what the future holds. Models Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks have also been longtime lace front aficionados, and I fear that is what has caused the damage to their hairlines, even with the best beauty teams good money can buy –outside of Beyoncé’s– managing their hair.
Several pictures of a now-weaved Naomi Campbell have popped up online in the last year, and they show severe alopecia. I mean our girl has just patches of hair and is mostly bald around the edges. Recent pictures of Tyra Banks revealed a thinning hairline where she’d gelled her remaining hair down in attempt to camouflage it. Gossip site Media Takeout evilly referred to it as a “comb over.”
I also shudder to think about what some women who wear lace fronts look like right now. Vibe Vixen once ran a story “Lace Wigs 101” which featured helpful tips to make your lace front look believable from Tiffany Chanel Luxury Hair. She described how she was “floored” when her customers asked, “how much of my edges do I need to shave off to wear a lace wig?” Turns out, people were allowing people their stylists to cut off their own natural hairlines so that they wouldn’t extend beyond the wig.
“If your hairdresser asks to shave your hair, immediately find a new hairdresser,” Tiffany bluntly advised.
I say this with love for my Sisters: for whatever reason you’ve decided on a lace front wig— fashion, convenience, to hide your hair or to avoid the trouble of doing your own actual locs daily— I implore you to find another method to have the look, texture or style you desire. Don’t do it for me! Do it for your hairline, and oh, so people can actually focus on you, not that horrid hair.
Demetria L. Lucas is the author of “A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life” (Atria) in stores now. Follow her on Twitter @abelleinbk