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ESSENCE Poll: How Far Do You Go for Beauty?

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Countess Vaughn
Photo Credit: The Doctors

Former TV star Countess Vaughn's appearance on The Doctors yesterday revealed a scary truth about the consequences of constantly wearing lace front wigs. 

“In 2004, my hairstylist introduced to lace-front wigs and I fell in love with them, immediately," Vaughn shared. "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.”

The Parkers star went on to say that she visited a dermatologist but he did not let her know the long-term effects of the infection, which included skin discoloration throughout her face, loss of skin on her ears and hair loss.

While Vaughn's situation is extreme, she's not alone in making unhealthy choices in the name of beauty. Some women have sacrificed everything from their edges to gym workouts to maintain a hot hairstyle. Others continue to wear a full face of makeup everyday despite skin breakouts or continue to get gel manicures even though it is widely known that continued use can damage nail beds. 

How far do you go for beauty? 

QUESTION:
How far do you go for beauty?
Wearing weaves despite hair damage.
11%
Continuing to wear makeup during skin breakouts.
24%
Skipping workouts to maintain a hairdo.
47%
Getting gel manicures that harm nail beds.
18%
Total votes: 363

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