Actress Countess Vaughn started out on Star Search and then became a very well-known star on many different shows such as Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Moesha, and The Parkers. Her looks evolved along with her celebrity status. In 2004 her hair dresser thought that she would like lace-front wigs. She fell in love with them and began to wear them all day, every day. Her latest TV appearance was on a show called The Doctors where she told the audience all about the horrors of lace-front wigs and warned everyone about how dangerous they can be.
Five years after wearing the wigs all day, she began to notice that something wasn’t right. She had pus oozing from the nape of her neck, around her ears, and all along her hairline. She didn’t think much about it even though it was painful and she said it smelled pretty bad. She let this go on for six months before she finally got it treated. Her scalp developed an allergy to the glue because she was using it so much and now her natural hair was falling out.
She went to see the dermatologist but he didn’t tell her what the long-term effects of the infection would be. She had skin fall off of her ears and her skin was lightened in the areas where the infection was. She said that people thought that she had vitiligo (disease that causes skin depigmentation). She now has to draw in her hairline with a pencil because of the damage that the infection caused.
Vaughn says that she had to go through it so that she could teach her child that you should love yourself and not try to change who you are.