Yesha Callahan

Lace Front Wigs: The Real Epidemic Affecting Black Women

I will be the first to admit, I’ve watched For The Love of  a Beaver  several times, maybe one too many times, but that’s besides the point. I always wondered why these women were willing to subject themselves to embarrassment for the love of a beaver who’s biggest claim to fame was getting his knob slobbed on by Kim Kardashian.  Sure Ray J may have had a few songs, and a few sitcom appearances, but no one was checking for his ass until the infamous homemade porno.

But I digress. This post isn’t about Ray J’s penis, but something a lot more serious, and an epidemic that is affecting black women every where.

FUCKED UP LACE FRONT WIGS!

Forget about this supposed “I’m A Single Black Woman Woe Is Me” epidemic, the real crisis sweeping the nation are lace front hairlines that start at the eyebrows!

Last night as I was watching Brandy & Ray J’s show, or Ray J’s & Brandy’s show, whatever, I couldn’t help but to notice how tragic her lace front wigs were. There is no human being walking the face of the earth who’s hairline starts at the middle of their forehead. Well besides, this person:


 
When you hairline resembles that of Eddie Munster, you seriously need a lace front intervention. Forget about chasing around Flo Rida, Brandy needs to chase around another stylist to fix those horrible wigs.
Now Brandy definitely isn’t the only person to suffer from Lace Frontitis.  Just look at Kelly Rowland in the picture below:

Kelly….What in god’s name is going on with that hairline? Where’s your part? Where’s the natural hairline, or at least some natural looking baby hair (#noChili). I’m not even going to mention that you can also see where the lace front begins.

Don’t think it’s only the rich and famous with horrible Lace Frontitis. You can walk into any beauty supply nowadays and pick up a cheap lace front for less than $50. I can’t count how many women I’ve seen on the streets of DC & Baltimore with what resembles roadkill on their heads.

I’ve seen crooked hairlines.

I’ve seen glue and lace exposed hairlines.

The madness must STOP!

Seriously, I blame Tyra & Beyonce for this lace front wig epidemic. Tyra & Beyonce have definitely had their fair share of lace front mishaps, but for the most part, Beyonce has always kept her lace fronts ‘natural’ looking (well as natural as you can get wearing hair that has been sewn onto a piece of lace and then super glued to your forehead). If you’re seriously going to venture out and attempt to wear a lace front, at least make sure you’re not walking around looking like Eddie Munster’s twin sister.

…and the lace front epidemic will be televised on You Tube!

  1. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    The weird thing is, I used to intern for an opera festival and learned how to make and affix these wigs. These are not designed for every day wear. They are made for the stage! What the hell are people thinking? that glue ruins your skin over time. Dingbats!

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @PP79

      I knew there was something theatrical and sinister about those wigs!

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @PP79

      Exactly PP79!! I am always cracking up every time I see these females rocking the same lace front day in and day out.. all of that Glue is literally stripping away their forehead skin!! LOL.. SMH..

      • May 25, 2010 - Reply

        @Goofyv

        I think that an enormous part of the reason that you see this ridiculousness people you see wearing these units, is that they don’t take the time out to do their home work. I am a black business owner that specializes in selling Remy hair products, meaning that I sell hair extensions, clip ins and wigs. What i find to be the most frustrating is that people don’t ask the important questions: Like what’s the material or textures of the units, is the hairline realistic? Will the lace be realistic looking to my skin tone, and also to my facial structure…That’s more important then you’ll ever realize. It’s really troubling to see people walking around in 2010, looking like a cross between Bruce Lee, and Simba, from the lion king. I have yet to see in my 30++++++ years on this planet a black person with a real hair resembling those guys from the kung foo movies..
        My suggestion, youtube tutorials, youtube tutorials, youtube tutorials, then do your research on suppliers…Spend the money and do it right the first time…

  2. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    Damn, Kelly! WTH?? I guess that’s what happens when you get stuck with leftovers from Queen Yawnce’s wig crypt.
    But yes, these wigs are a horrible epidemic of epic proportion. If I see one more chic with one tied up into a bun looking like a Samauri Warrior, there will be some smoke in the Capital City.

  3. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    Bwahahahahahahahahaha!
    If only you KNEW how much I see of this! And dont get me started on the ones that havent mastered the glue… *dead*
    I’m glad someone shares my views on it… I better type silently, there is a lace frontitis sufferer looking at me… Hair just DYING to part…

  4. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    I saw these pics and had to refrain from screaming “EWWWWWWW!” in my office. I swear celebrities either have too much money or too much time on their hands. What convinces them that looking like Eddie Munster is better than looking like a human being???

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Skinny Black Girl

      I blame Beyonce & Tyra..lol
      But I truly thing the Queen of the Lace Front will forever be Diana Ross!

  5. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    Brandy looks like a samurai warrior with that monstosity… smh

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @naturallyalise1

      You and PBG were def. separated at birth..lol.

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @naturallyalise1

      Hilarious!

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @naturallyalise1

      Now that was hilarious !

  6. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    Damn! I cocked at Eddie Monster. You can see janky & fucked up lace fronts around the streets of Detroit at every turn. They are everywhere!
    The other day a friend introduced me to a co-worker & after stating my name, I said, “nice lace front.” She was shocked. I was like I see you!
    Anyway, I don’t get this pair’s continued fame. Brandy aint been hit since long before she killed that woman. And just how long will VH1 pay Ray J for his cock based fame.

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Tafari

      You are so rude! You should have just laughed and let her figure out what you were laughing at…lol

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Tafari

      LMAO @ you acknowledging that lady’s wig in public!!

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Tafari

      ” I said, ‘nice lace front'”
      Do you say, “nice single process” to the bottle blond white chick?
      The blog was crazy funny, but busting on someone you just met is foul.

  7. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    It’s sad that in a effort to be what we are not, we are making fools of ourselves. The other day a Black woman walked in with the worst, Rapunzel, lace wig I had ever seen. It didn’t eve look like it was growing from her head. I felt so embarrassed.

  8. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    OMG! I’m all for a good weave if that’s what you want but I HATE these wigs! I mean what two people do you know that have the same hairline? Some people even shave the EDGES of their hairline so the wig will “look” natural!
    While we are on the wigs can we discuss the need for those long dreadful ass eyelashes that women pair with a lace front? Its almost like it comes in a 2 package deal.

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @misspretty1981

      Today I learned what bleached knots & ‘real’ baby hair were…lol!
      Buy one lace front, get some spidery looking eye lashes for free!
      BOGO!

  9. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    Awww Lawd. I can’t believe Brandy is making her infamous fleeting hairline even worse. Didn’t she learn from years of braids. Don’t get me wrong,I love Brandy, and Bran’ Nu. But for years, we’ve secretly begged Brandy not to do this to her hair anymore. Apparently, it’s a losing game.
    Too bad her brother (lol @ the Beaver) won’t give her straight talk about the mess on her head. But then again, he’s let us know consistently that he’s not interested in Black women.
    Kelly R looks a hot mess in this pic too. I mean, for real, Kelly is a beautiful young woman, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt this ONE time that it was a last minute bad decision. I know I’ve made them a time or two when it comes to hair choices.
    One last thing…yes, Lace fronts are a terrible epidemic in the District. I hate walking in to my local Hair Shop to see us buying despicable lace fronts from people who are more concerned with the green in your hand than the 1B on top of your head.
    Let’s get it together ladies.

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Najeema

      Unfortunately, it wasn’t a one time thing for Kelly, I added another picture that was taken last week..lol

  10. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    I love it.
    By the way I love April! Although I’ve never used her lacefront lessons she taught me everything I know about wearing hair!

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Thembi

      I love April too!!! She always looks great and I never see any glue residue…
      I saw a hispanic girl that works in my local beauty supply applying those things with glue that looks like fingernail polish. She was even charging 35 dollars. She needs to catch some youtube herself.

      • May 24, 2010 - Reply

        @misspretty1981

        Ok, apparently I’m the only one who doesn’t know who this April chick is. I was just amazed that she thought that plastic/shiny looking wig was acceptable Lol!

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Thembi

      Me too!!! She’s great at using it as a protective style, if you’ve seen her natural hair, she’s actually got gorgeous hair. She has some really nice wigs and she’s one of the best at wearing them naturally- she’s not over the top with styles or colors; I learned application from her for when I want a break from the fro! lol

  11. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    AWWW Hell, It had to said. And ‘FBC’ I’m glad you said it! I too am tired of these women walking around looking crazy bout head. The sad part their friends and family are not telling them the truth about how bad it looks. or maybe just afraid to tell them.

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Tonia

      They’re not telling them b/c they appreciate the laugh.

  12. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    Aw! You beat me to it. I swear I was going to write a post about this very same thing today!
    I was inspired by the tragedy that is the Manhattan-bound A-train. This morning, as I was trying to get my mind right to head into work, I saw this mess of a lace front staring me down. I thought to myself, “what alternate universe is this chick living in where she thinks it’s acceptable to have hair growing from the middle of her forehead?”
    I don’t have a problem with a weave or a wig per se. I have a problem with the hair dysmorphia our people are suffering from. How… HOW do you look at a bad weave/wig in the mirror and not know it’s bad? Homegirl I saw today… her shit was LITERALLY an inch above her eyebrows. But she thought she was cute? Liek I said, alternate universe.

    • May 24, 2010 - Reply

      @Kia, JD

      They don’t know it’s bad b/c their friends aren’t honest with them.
      “Yeah, girl, that looks hot!”, but once her back turns, “I hope she doesn’t plan on walking out the house looking like that”.
      There’s the saying “each one teach one”, well that should apply to friends letting friends know that their wigs look like shit.

      • May 25, 2010 - Reply

        @[fung'ke] [blak] [chik]

        Friends who can’t be honest with you are not true friends. There is a diplomatic way to offer a sista help without hurting her feelings. Why are we so surprised at Brandy’s jacked up lacefront application? Her braids were atrocious as well. Unfortunately, money can’t by taste or class.

  13. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    The worse thing is when they try and shake it like it’s natural hair in their face.
    Peace, Love and Chocolate
    Tiffany

  14. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    Hilarious as always. I’m up here in CT and I thought it was just me but they seem to look a tad bit odd! Some ppl even look like they have just been prepared for burial…. Dont get me wrong I love a fabulous weave but something bout these just don’t look right!

  15. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    Well, that’s just unfortunate all the way around. I thought the purpose of wearing these things was to look natural? It looks… painful and unnecessary.

  16. May 24, 2010 - Reply

    I’ma break my silence about Lace Fronts… I’ve seen some Gawd Awful applications and I’ve seen some flawless applications here in Atlanta. I’m a fan of looking good no matter what you attach to your head. I’m natural but I rock all type of extensions, and twists, my fro, kinks pressed out… hair is an accessory.
    Anyways, bad lacefronts give ALL lace fronts a bad name. It’s quite unfortunate. But the good thing is that if you’re wearing a lace front properly nobody can tell it’s a lace front so uhm… get it together or you ain’t gonna have any edges and that simply ain’t cute.

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  18. May 25, 2010 - Reply

    I have been saying this since last year sometime. These sumo wrestling looking hoes have ruint lacefronts for anybody that was halfway wearing them right. Banish them to hell! LMAO

  19. May 25, 2010 - Reply

    Ok, YT chick…is that sposed to look good?! This is EXACTLY what I’m talkin bout!

  20. May 25, 2010 - Reply

    The photo of Eddie Munster had me DYING! And how come with all their dollars neither Brandy nor Kelly knows the fine art of tweezing your lacefront so the hairline looks at least somewhat au naturale?

  21. May 25, 2010 - Reply

    I take personal affront to bad lacefront. Especially when it’s worn by celebrities. They KNOW better and GOT money to do better. Kelly Rowland is notorious for her horrid hairhats.
    People don’t wig it no more. All they do is lacefront.

  22. May 25, 2010 - Reply

    This is official! I already think lacefronts are of the devil. At least figure out where the hairline actually begins! Between her wigs and her ever-arching eyebrows, Brandy’s forehead gets smaller and smaller everyday! Geez!

  23. May 26, 2010 - Reply

    **iDied** reading this post. The Eddie Munster feature was priceless. I saw a preview of the next episode of “A Family Affair” and whilst Brandy was crying about a pretty serious issue, I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous her hairline looked. smh.

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  31. June 9, 2010 - Reply

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  32. June 14, 2010 - Reply

    I like the lace front wigs, but your right: They gotta put them on right. When I was in TX I worked with a girl who laced a REGULAR wig to her head! Lawd-it look like that hairline was cut with a razor!
    I agree with you. Some of these people need to check ya gurls vid!
    Kelly’s people are so wrong for lettin her out in public like that!

  33. June 16, 2010 - Reply

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  34. July 3, 2010 - Reply

    Thanks for such a kick but post, you rock!

  35. January 6, 2011 - Reply

    Very interesting post here, it made me laugh. haha. Especially the comparison with the Eddie Munster, truly a classic. I still can’t help cracking.

    • January 16, 2011 - Reply

      @Lace Front Wigs UK

      Some people because of hair lost and not cancer need the wigs, but how can you tell which ones. Please don’t make fun of everyone you see, for some it’s the wig or live in shame.

  36. July 26, 2011 - Reply

    It think it’s a real shame for anyone to make fun of people who are already feeling the pain of their hair loss. I have a friend who is very dear to me, she has alopecia areata and its no laughing matter. However inspite of the sadness she feels at times due to her hair loss she did accomplished her goal of earning her doctorate degree from the university. Laughing at people who wear lace wigs should be the least of our problems when people are dying from illnesses, murder, wars, and many other contributing factors. After all its their right by law to wear whatever they choose on their head.

    • July 26, 2011 - Reply

      @Euddora

      WTF?? Do you see anyone making fun of people with Alopecia?? We’re NOT talking about those cases. RIF. Reading Is Fundamental.

  37. August 4, 2011 - Reply

    It’s seem to me also,you are laughing at people wearing lace wigs. I am sure there’s more in life than lace wigs. Don’t you think!!!

    • August 4, 2011 - Reply

      @Perious

      Stop laughing at others and take a good strong look at yourself ok! Because you nor any one else is perfect on this earth. Keep that in mind!!!

      • August 10, 2011 - Reply

        @Perious

        *slaps you with a lacefront*
        shut up.

  38. August 16, 2011 - Reply

    By saying slaps with you with a lacefront wig! Says to me you really need to grow-up! please gets some up, and grow up before its to lace!!!

  39. August 16, 2011 - Reply

    By saying slaps you with a lacefront wig! Says to me you really need to grow-up!

    • August 16, 2011 - Reply

      @Perious

      no it says that you’re amusing me and i’m bored..which is why i keep on replying to you on MY SITE and you keep on visiting MY SITE by searching YAHOO for it….so maybe it’s you who’s actually bored and with too much time on their hands…While you’re trolling make sure you click an add also..google adsense dollars are always good.
      thanks 🙂

  40. September 22, 2013 - Reply

    Your blog is priceless. Give them a pack of hair and they think they fine. It’s. A wig it looks like a wig. Stop playing. Yourself the wigs look just like what it is a wig. The hairline is all wrong the texture is wrong. I blame tyra and that fake wanna be queen beyonce. Black women are damaging their own hair for fake hair that looks fake its ridiculous.

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