If you’re like us, than you can definitely remember actress Countess Vaughn, who played the hilarious Kim Parker on such shows as Moesha and her subsequent spin-off, The Parkers. The actress was known for her ever-changing funky clothes and hairstyles, with the latter evidently causing a health risk she didn’t foresee.
While appearing on The Doctors recently, Countess revealed that after years of wearing lace wigs — wigs designed to look authentic that are glued or taped to the hairline — infected her scalp, causing scarred and discolored areas on and around her face.
“In 2004, my hairstylist introduced me to lace-front wigs and I fell in love with them, immediately. You have a full-hair line; I was wearing them 24/7. Five years later the drama came in. The red flag was the oozing from my ears, forehead, the whole nape around my head. The puss had a horrible smell and it was painful. I let it go by for six months. What I did not realize, I had a bad reaction to the glue I used to apply the wig. My hair started to fall out,” she recounts.
After Countess finally sought medical attention from a dermatologist, she remarked that she didn’t know there’d be long-term effects of the infection, including peeling on her scalp and ears, and skin discoloration.
“People assume I have vitiligo. I use makeup to cover up, especially the skin under my eyes. Skin came off of my ears. I draw in my hairline with an eye pencil. I had to go through this to teach my little one, ‘you have to love yourself before anyone else will.’”
We sincerely hope Countess recovers from this ordeal and that wig wearers take precautions to steer clear of a similar fate!
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