Countess Vaughn Reveals Health Crisis From Wearing Lace Front Wigs

Beauty & Style | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 03/17/2014 | 04:30 PM EDT

‘The Parkers’ and ‘Moesha’ actress opens up about how being beautiful jeopardized her health and her hair

Ever wondered what happened to Countess Vaughn?


The actress who’s best known for her role as Kim on “Moesha” and “The Parkers” recently appeared on “The Doctors” to reveal that she endured a shocking health crisis at the result years of wearing lace front wigs.


Vaughn, 35, says in 2004 she began wearing the popular wigs, which are applied with glue.


After five years of wearing lace fronts “24/7,” she said, she had a bad reaction and pus began to ooze from her ears, forehead and anywhere the glue was applied.


“It had a horrible smell...it was painful. I let this go by for six months,” Vaughn said. “What I didn’t realize was that I had a bad reaction to the glue that I applied to the wig, so my hair started falling out. I didn’t want to make the connection with that. I was like ‘come on, a wig? A wig can make you sick?”


Though the actress sought the attention of a dermatologist, what Vaughn didn’t realize was that she would experience long-term effects from her wig-wearing such as discoloration.


“People assume [I] have vitiligo,” she said. “I use makeup to cover it up. The skin under my eyes peeled because of the glue and the skin came off my ears. With an eyeliner I’m literally drawing in my hairline.”


Vaughn admitted that her hair loss and discoloration impacted her career and social life, causing her to isolate herself.


“I was embarrassed. You have to be at home and be bald. I had to go through this in order to teach my little one that you have to love yourself before anybody else will,” she said as she broke down in tears. “I just want to look natural.”


Vaughn also cautioned women from the use of lace front wigs, as many don’t realize that as “you’re lifting it up you’re taking off a layer of skin each time.”


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