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Lace front wigs causing forehead cancer

Sun., Jun. 2, 2013 9:18 AM EDT
by Louvonia McClain

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From celebrities to everyday women, old to young and black to white women, lace front wigs have become very popular in the past few years. But users have reason to part ways with the trend. Researchers have finally come to the conclusion that lace front wigs are the leading cause of forehead cancer in African American women. After years of studies, this cancer has shown to be more prevalent in women, especially African American women, who wear tightly laced wigs because of the abnormal cells that are able to form under the moist heat that is usually a result of over-wearing the head pieces.

Cancer Center of America Representative Ronald DePinho described the hair trend as a forehead eating disease. “The amount of wig wearing youngsters has increased 3 fold,” he admitted during the study.

Click to see a photo of what happened to one woman after years of wearing lace front wigs. Proceed with caution; the photo is graphic.

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  • Frotastic1

    Do you have a copy of the study referenced in the article? When was it completed?

  • Frotastic1

    Additionally, the person in this photo suffers from a condition called xeroderma pigmentosum, a genetic defect NOT caused by lace front wigs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.wadsworth.961 Jacob Wadsworth

    Wearing a wig give us the confidence to face people every day. We need to be aware of what we are wearing and using. This page tells us that we need to be knowledgeable on things and how it works.

    - http://www.yourwigshop.com/

    • Watershed

      If wearing something fake and making changes to the way God made us is what gives us confidence, something is very very wrong.

  • Mau mau

    This was proven to be false… Smh

  • Monie

    i know yall see that mustache lol that is clearly a man..

  • Kameca Camphor

    So is it from the actual wig or from the glue? It just doesn’t sound right to me….where is the PROVEN study?

  • Dre Mosley

    I’m against wigs and weave(stop being ashamed of your own hair!), but I believe this was debunked.

    • Chile_Pleeze

      Not everyone is ashamed. I for one am not ashamed of my hair. I choose to wear wigs and weaves a part of my protective styling. I am very proud of my natural hair hence why I need to protect it from the elements and heat from time to time.

      • Watershed

        The sun is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our hair.

        • Chile_Pleeze

          it can also be the worst gift too….

          • Chile_Pleeze

            see Camster’s link below

        • rachybaby

          Yes, and the other things we do to our hair can be the worst gifts at times, thus why we need to give our hair a break from the styling from time to time and rock wigs and weaves….not all of us are “ashamed”…

      • Deydey

        It’s just an other excuse to wear wigs and weaves. Someone who is truly proud of his or her natural hair don’t hide it and is proud to wear it all the time. I promise you that your hair will not melt in the presence of the outside elements. I have nothing against people who wear wigs or weaves but please stop the hypocrisy and the ignorance about natural hair.

        • Dre Mosley

          Exactly. That, “We wear them to protect our natural hair,” excuse is just that: an excuse and a bullshit one at that. Black hair is made of the exact same stuff as every other race, only the texture differs. . . .do you hear white or Indian, or hispanic woman saying, we need to “protect our hair from the elements” by covering it?

          • rachybaby

            Clearly, you need an education too (on hair and women…), so you can read what I wrote to Deydey. Although, better yet…I’ll just re-post it below so you can have your own copy:

            “The only ignorant one here is you. I wear my hair naturally and every now and then, to give my hair a break from the constant styling, I will wear wigs.

            You desperately need it, so let me introduce you to black hair: You’re right, our hair will not “melt” from “the outside elements”, but kinky curly hair can be EASILY broken and IS the most fragile out of ALL the hair types. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to end up bald by constantly putting my fingers in my hair AND by styling daily so, again, I will wear wigs from time to time — for that purpose and that purpose alone.

            For your information, I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF BEING A ‘NATURAL’; I LOVE my KINKY HAIR, and there are many more like me, so don’t you dare attempt — in your ignorance — to provide your own weak conclusions as to why we women do what we do with our hair because you OBVIOUSLY don’t have a clue…”

          • Dre Mosley

            Oh I have a clue. I have a mother with natural LONG BLACK NATURAL HAIR who has NEVER EVER worn a wig and her hair is shiny, healthy, thick , and beautiful(and NO she’s not mixed, just a black woman). So I still don’t buy it. So I will DARE if I damn well please, thanks.

            Anyone can find an article to support their bullshit . . .which you clearly have.

          • rachybaby

            Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t say it loud enough? YOU’RE IGNORANT and I proved it…and JUST LIKE A MAN you don’t have the guts to admit it. :-D

            And uh, btw, your analogy about your mother has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING because she is one woman with one woman’s hair-type (even among kinky hair types, there is dense, fine, thick, damaged, thin, etc.), and one woman’s hair story, but I wouldn’t expect you understand that simple concept. I know, dear…it’s WAYYYYYY over your head.

            Then dare all you like, we women will have something to laugh at. :-)

          • Dre Mosley

            Yes, bacause the ramblings of strangers on the internet truly matter. And just like a BLACK woman, you resorted to name calling. Thanks for playing ;)

          • rachybaby

            Lol! No hon, I resorted to FACTS. And you can’t handle the truth. It’s not name calling to call someone ignorant. It’s an ACTUAL description of you (I’ll give you a clue, it means you haven’t the foggiest idea of what you’re talking about).

            Ignorant doesn’t just mean stupid…but you are the gift that keeps on giving, that’s for sure (especially displayed by not knowing the two meanings of that word). :-D

          • rachybaby

            Part Two:

            OH, and I forgot to add in my previous posts that many of us are literally not familiar with how to take care of our unique natural hair because we had relaxed or jheri curled it at a very young age. MANY of us are babies when it comes to our hair, and, for me, almost 30 years had passed from the last time I was a natural hair girl to now being a natural hair woman. So for those of us who use wigs as a styling break, it’s needed because, even multiple years later, we are STILL learning and making mistakes that lead to breakage (eg. how you “roughly” treated your hair when you had a tiny afro is not how you can treat it when it’s 5 inches longer because it WILL break).

            Yeah, the preceding was definitely a ramble from me…lol.

            Grade: An F… :-)

        • rachybaby

          The only ignorant one here is you. I wear my hair naturally and every now and then, to give my hair a break from the constant styling, I will wear wigs.

          You need it, so let me introduce you to black hair: no, our hair will not “melt” from “the outside elements” but kinky curly hair can be EASILY broken. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to end up bald by constantly putting my fingers in my hair and styling away like, so again, I will wear wigs from time to time.

          For your information, I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF BEING A ‘NATURAL’; I LOVE my KINKY HAIR, and there are many more like me, so don’t you dare attempt — in your ignorance — to provide your own weak conclusions as to why we women do what we do with our hair because you OBVIOUSLY don’t have a clue…

    • Really????

      Not everyone is ashamed. Some women suffer from medical illnesses that cause the hair to fall out (either permanently or temporarily). Wigs allow them to have the confidence to step out the front door (at least the ones that feel more inclined to wear them). Honestly, I don’t know why anyone takes any amount of time sitting around judging what other people choose to do with THEIR hair, clothes, etc.

  • Camster
  • boston227

    if women are not ashamed of their, hair then why do you need a wig or weave
    as protective styles, you can just wear your natural hair up or braid your own hair with scarfes as well.
    im black and wear i live in boston it is
    shocking for none blacks to see a black women with no weaves or wigs. to each their own but their are a small amount of black women who do wear their own hair and due protective styling with no weave/wigs.

    • M T

      Sometimes you just want a different look. It’s like a white woman born a brunette who dyes her hair blonde, or someone with pale skin that decides to get a spray on tan. It doesn’t mean you hate yourself or are ashamed. Sometimes I wear sneakers because that’s what I’m in the mood for not because OMG I HATE MY TOES. Just sayin’

      :-)

    • Watershed

      Exactly….These females are lying to themselves.
      Hair like all living organisms need Sunlight, Oxygen and water to grow, there is no way that false hair is more protective than natural elements.
      It’s no coincidence that these days many Black people are chanting “white is right” while flexing the Barbie(prostitute) look. As apposed to the 70′s when everyone was rocking the Natty chanting “Black Power”.
      Children as young as 5 will now tell you that they’ll be wearing weave when they get older, why…because mommy doesn’t think her own hair is beautiful and has to cover it up to look like my barbie.
      Those same children will openly tell you that white is good Black is Bad…they aren’t born with that unnatural thought, so who’s teaching them…even the media can’t program that into them if we let them know that Black is Beautiful from day 1.

  • Not All Wigs Cause Cancer

    Look, stop looking for every opportunity to attack a Black woman and her methods of beautifying herself. Adding hair or any other forms of cosmetic enhancing practices are of antiquity. This means the practice of beautifying goes into ancient cultures and civilizations in all cultures. When the King in the ancient cultures chose his wives, you think they showed up in some house shoes and unkempt hair and sloppy personal appearances?? You are mad if you think this. Weaves, adding hair, wearing make-up, skin care, beautifying is goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. Maybe women who beautify using these wigs have to do a very simple trick of alternating their beauty regimen to keep healthy skin and scalps. Simple. Black women do this anyway. Take the (lace front) Wig off when you sleep, Use it for special nights or ceremonies. Keep your hair healthy, wear other alternative beautifying styles, such as extensions, weaves (good old fashion weaves that lets your scalp breathe). Black woman alternate looks and hair styles, can still do this to prevent over wearing. The key is to keep the scalp breathing, not to stop wearing the wigs. You been doing this anyway. Weaves do not cause cancer, braid in weaves. Utilize different methods for weaves. Maybe create your own wigs with different material, such as the stocking cap that allows your hair and scalp to breathe. It is the material in the Front lace wig blocking off air. So the construction material needs to be modified and improved to allow the scalp to breath. Now not all wigs cause this condition. So, we can’t bash wig wearing entirely. It is the new “lace front wigs” that cause the condition. It is the production material. Wow, stop tripping with this. NO woman is at fault for her beauty practice. It is not a sign that Black women do not like their hair. But they are true to the ancient cultures they descend from, which used cosmetic practices to display versatile appearances. It is not a sign that you cannot continue wearing wigs or weaves. This does not mean Black women hate themselves. Ancient Egyptians when they wore their wigs did not say this about their women. England did not say this when both men and women wore wigs as a sign of Aristocracy, status, fame and wealth. English did not have fore head cancer,neither did ancient Egypt. So this phenomenon you reading about started with the new invention of the “lace front” wig. But it seems that many have found yet another opportunity to bashing the beauty techniques of a Black woman. Why is that? Do you all secretly hate Black women? Do you hate your mothers,sisters and wives ? This cancer on the forehead is treatable and solvable. This is not some great omen that says that the cosmetic practice of wear wigs, weaves or extensions is wrong. This is an easy fix. But you searching for opportunities to degrade Black women and their beautifying practices is the real “cancer” that should be addressed. It seems the “cancer” of hate is worse then any other form of cancer known to mankind. The cancer on the forehead can be treated and prevented. But that cancer of hate in your mind, behind the forehead is very hard to treat and cure. That is the real cancer of any negative comment on this forum to a treatable and solvable problem mentioned in this article

  • Chinawhite

    Lace front wigs look a hot mess. They need to take all of them and make a big smokey bonfire out of them. Every woman that wears them looks like she has a baby dolls head on her body and the hair never matches them. You can easily look at it and know it’s not their hair because of the wack hair type and the straight across the forehead hairline. Too many women will wear whatever these foreigners place in a beauty supply store and they’re probably laughing at you when you buy it.

  • whythelacehate

    So, after reading this article and some of the comments I began to wonder why is it that women Black women get into a trend that has been existing for years do we get bashed and belittled…. The article is false and just read at the beginning where the article states that Black women in the past few years have been wearing lace front wigs. Then i goes on to state that the cancer center has been studying the effects for years. So really this doesn’t make since because if Black women have just been wearing them for the past few years the cancer center hasn’t yet had enough time to make a scientific study.

    So, why again I ask do Black women get so much flack about stuff!! Do you know what group of people has been wearing lace wigs and pieces much longer than Black women? The answer is White men. And they were them (which prior to lace they wore the old fashioned toupee. They wear them to conceal baldness and to look younger (or their age in some cases), and to boost confidence. And guess what there is nothing wrong with it!!! But they don’t get the flack of being fake, low self esteem or etc… Oh and by the way Black men have and still do wear them for the same reasons and so do White women.

    So why is the stigma and criticism just point to Black women? So why the criticism the one (link below) !! why? I don;t have a
    real clue but maybe I will start a blog about this… stay tuned!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAG0lqnc1Zc

    The following links are just for education purposes and not to criticize anyone…. Here is a clip to show that Black men wear lace fronts
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EVwHI44jrg

    Here are 2 clips to show that White men have been wearing them forever.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mtdtT-wy8M
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykejhIqXVQU

  • Pinks105

    Ummm, is it just me…or does anyone else realize that it’s actually a guy in the photo?

  • Jazz

    Anyone notice the mustache? Clearly thats a man! SMH

  • Bats

    where are your scholarly references an or articles… stop talking out your ass please

  • Tinley T.

    Is this woman alive? No before pics? Who is this sea biscuit?????