This was really sad to watch, in the video I am about to share, Countess Vaughn star of the popular sitcom The Parkers revealed that she got a scalp infections and skin discoloration from wearing lace front wigs*.
In the video she explained that the glue she used to keep the wigs* in place is what caused a severe allergic reaction on her skin and scalp after 5 years of wearing them. She says that they also caused her sever skin discoloration to the point where some people might have accused her of skin bleaching.
It appears that when removing the lace front wigs installed with glue, you remove a thin layer of skin every time whether you take off the wig to switch up the style, to readjust it, or just for a breather and it was this that caused Countess Vaughn’s severe infections.
Lets go off topic a bit, did you know that there are women who are allergic to certain types of underwear? The bands that are made with rubber and latex can actually cause really bad breakouts on your legs and around your personal areas. How do I know? Well because I am one of those women!
I like Countess had no idea why I had breakouts and because I was not doing anything out of the ordinary, I decided to live with it until I read something and decided to mention it to my doctor. I am among millions of women who are allergic to latex and rubber and we have to make sure that we know exactly what our underwear is made of before purchasing because of the dangers of the chemicals in the material.
I tell you this because sometimes we take for granted how fragile we are as human beings and that our skin and scalp is very porous, so when you introduce foreign objects to your person if you have an allergic reaction it is a big deal and you need to see a dermatologist or a doctor to treat the condition immediately and never wait.
We loved that Countess talked about the lessons she’s learned and how important it was for her to teach her daughter to love herself for who she was naturally. Many of us say, ‘oh wearing a wig* is just for protective styling’ or “I wear a weave because I choose to, no other reason” and honestly maybe that’s very true.
However if you find yourself over indulgent to the point of never showing your real hair or uncomfortable with what you look like without a weave or a wig style or in fact ignoring red flags that appear as a result of wearing them like skin issues, hair loss or balding, then there is something deeper there.
The thing is we can talk about the dangers of glue, and latex and talk about alopecia and what to do and what not to do all day long, but getting to the root of the matter is really where healing begins. Countess’s story was emotional and she was very brave to tell it in such a public manner, it is definitely meant to be shared and through her pain she will help someone else.
Be very careful ladies, we know how exciting a new hairstyle can be, because our hair is our crown and glory, but be just as excited on getting educated about what you are introducing to your scalp and skin. And more importantly, be excited that this weave and wig* wearing is a means to an end as you learn about caring for your own hair underneath looking forward to the day that you will hang up unnecessary adornments for good.
Not everything that is marketed to you has your best interest in mind, so you have to do your part.
Watch the video below