If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you know exactly who Countess Vaughn is… She was the funny girl on “Moesha” then landed her own spin-off show “The Parkers” and eventually resurfaced on an emotional stint on “Celebrity Fit Club.”
The actress recently appeared on “The Doctors” where she revealed her horrific encounter with lace front wigs. Countess fell in love with lace front wigs when she was first introduced to them by her hair stylist in 2004 and began wearing them faithfully until she discovered an odor that alarmed her.
“The red flag was the oozing from my ears from, my forehead, the whole nape around my head. The puss that horrible smell, it was painful. I let it go by for 6 months,” she told cameras. It turns out, Countess had a severe reaction to the glue that she used to apply the wig. She said she suffered through pain and hair loss and has skin discoloration. The skin around on her ears even fell off.
“I didn’t want to make the connection with that,” Countess said, living in denial to maintain her image of a natural scalp. “I was embarrassed,” she said.
Lace front wigs became popular when women saw how versatile and natural (if done right) the appearance of the scalp looked. Using tape or glue to hold the wig in place is common however, can be very damaging to the scalp and hair if used consistently.
Countess struggled with self-esteem issues and used this experience to instill self-confidence in her daughter. “I had to go through this in order to teach my little one that you have to love yourself before anybody else will.”
Watching Countess break down into tears as she discussed self-worth is heartbreaking. Countess was always a lively character and kept us laughing even if it was at her expense. That bubbly energy is gone and she looks sad. We hope she gets it together.
Watch a clip of her episode, below:
Tahiry Flaunts Her Tresses + More Celebs Who've Embraced Their Real Hair
Tahiry gave her hair a break and showed off her natural hair this weekend! "Everything breathes a little easier on a Sunday! #WeaveOut #ScalpFree #Natural #ThisIsMe 😊😜👻 #teamtahiry" Doesn't she look fly?
2. Keri Hilson
Pretty girl rock singer Keri Hilson let her hair down and showed off her beautiful hair! "Decided to wear my own hair out for a few days, but Mother Nature got jokes!! It rained all weekend here in OKC ☔️🙆😓 so...I was forced to sweep it up! Even with the natural hair swell in humidity, I had fun with it! Thanks to @maneresultssalon! #aunatural"
3. Khloe Joins The Hairfinity Team
Khloe must have borrow her big sister's bottle of Hairfinity and got addicted to the results. The Kardashian is now repping the pills! "Seriously @hairfinity you have saved my hair!!!!! #LifeSaver #LongHairDontCare #TeamHealthyHair"
4. Tiny Shows Off Her Natural Hair
Tiny is the latest celeb who has tried their Hairfinity vitamins. We're looking forward to seeing more of Tiny's natural tresses! Here are several other celebs who have let go off the weaves and waves.
5. Tae Heckard
Tae Heckard went to IG to ask followers about Hairfinity pills. It looks like the beauty wants to grow out her hair and embrace that natural crown of hers!
6. La La Anthony
La La Anthony has a new 'do, beauties! We're totally here for the reality star and her short new bob. We hope she keeps it up for a while.
7. Porsha Williams
#RHOA star Porsha Williams showed off her naturally long tresses and attributed her healthy hair to Hairfinity pills. "Still loving @hairfinity !! My hair feels so healthy & shiny😃 #hairfinity #shegothairbutlovesweave"
8. Porsha Williams
Long hair, don't care.
9. Tamera Mowry
Tamera had to do the big chop after her hair was heat damaged. "In love with my natural state! Girls who are going natural. Be encourage...😘"
10. Nicki Minaj
We've never seen Nicki so bare faced and simple! The "Pink Friday" Barbie ditched her makeup, weaves (and clothes) and revealed her natural beauty while getting ready to shower. Check out these other celebs who've embraced their natural tresses.
11. Nicki Minaj
12. Amber Riley
"Dancing With The Stars" winner Amber Riley flossed her healthy hair on Instagram.
13. Kelly Rowland
Let Kelly be your hair's motivation!
14. Lupita Nyong'o
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o embraces her natural hair and uses it to encourage other young girls to accept their natural beauty.
15. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union uses her weaves as a protective style to grow her hair underneath.
16. Gabrielle Union
"Ladies... You can achieve hair growth... With a weave! This is allllll mine, no clips, no extensions, hadn't even been pressed...And it got this healthy thick legnth from responsibly wearing weaves. #weaveandflowletitgrow," she wrote on Instagram.
17. Angela Simmons
Angela Simmons rocking her natural fro.
18. Angela Simmons
Pressed and set!
19. Vanessa Simmons
Angela's sister Vanessa also has a thick head of long hair.
20. Karlie Redd
"Love & Hip Hop" star Karlie Redd revealed her long natural tresses on Instagram while she was inbetween weaves.
21. Toya Wright
Toya Wright Attributes her long hair growth to Hairfinity pills.
Oprah uses juices and berries in her hair (just kidding).
Remember when Solange did the big chop? Look how far her hair come.
24. Sanaa Lathan
"And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp"
25. Jessica White
Who knew Jessica White had all these luxurious curls underneath her weave! "#nofiter last day home... Then back to my weave, makeup and heels! Ugh can't wait lol", she wrote on Instagram.
26. Tracee Ellis Ross
Embracing her natural hair since day 1.
27. Teyonah Parris
This "Mad Men" star is proud of her natural tresses.
28. Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer maintains her hair length by getting her ends trimmed regularly.
29. Viola Davis
Viola Davis shocked the world when she debuted her natural hair on the red carpet of the 2010 Academy Awards and we must say, she's never looked better!
30. Janelle Monae
The only Android rocking a pompadour.
31. Jill Scott
Jilly from Philly graced Essence Magazine with her natural cut.
32. Tyra Banks
Tyra was one of the first celebs to embrace her natural hair and revealed her hair on "National Real Hair Day."
33. Queen Latifah
We are loving this cut on Queen Latifah!
34. Erykah Badu