Leave Lace Front Wigs Alone!

Recently I attended a ritzy awards show for a women’s organization. I was speaking to a friend about something or another when she suddenly grabbed my arm, cutting the conversation short.

“Look around!” she instructed. “What do you see?”

I looked. There was nothing out of the ordinary. I looked back at her like she was crazy.

“There are no lace fronts!” she exclaimed, “That’s how you know it’s a classy event.”

If you wear a lace front wig–full wigs with mesh lace attached in front and beyond the “hair line” of the wig–which is temporarily glued to ones skin around the hair line, you probably don’t care that I, and many other people (there are Facebook page dedicated to hating on them) can’t stand them. It’s a disdain unreserved for weaves, even the worst ones. And the reason is that on the vast majority of people, like 99.9%, they look awful.

I blame Beyoncé and her mother for their popularity among the masses. (RuPaul wore them for years, even as the face of beauty for MAC and it never caught on.) Somehow women believe they can channel Bey’s flowing, track free locs on a budget, and the sad fact of the matter is, no, no, no you can’t. Bey pays great money for her wig crypt (and even she’s had some glue errors). With lace fronts that cost less and are applied by anyone other than her top-notch hair team, you can immediately tell the difference, even with other celebs who seemingly can afford the good stuff.

Take for instance Jennifer Hudson, who was vilified by viewers when she showed up at the Academy Awards last year. Instead of focusing on the Versace dress that highlighted her newly svelte curves and amazing complexion, all anyone could talk about was her hair, particularly that the glue on her lace front wig didn’t match her skin tone and her hair line was an unnatural, Steve Harvey sharp. Ciara, Lil’ Kim and Trina are also repeat offenders of this phenomenon.