As Dizzy and I rambled around the west side of Gardiner (not to be confused with West Gardiner, a separate town) this morning, a passing car caught my attention.
It was a white Mustang convertible being driven by a man of late middle years, a story in itself; but what really drew my notice was this man's glorious head of blond curls.
It was not only a wig, it was a defiant wig, a Gorgeous George-style symphony of hair. It wouldn't have fooled a blind man, or his aged mother. It was becoming only as a bizarre accessory, in the manner of Phil Spector's wig wardrobe.
This man was driving and I was walking, so I did not have a chance to stop and ask him all the things I want to know (which was probably best). Does he think the wig looks natural? Why is he so afraid of baldness? Does he have different wigs for different occasions? Are people supposed to pretend that's his real hair?
I sound critical here -- and I am, of this particular case -- but of course I understand the need and desire for wigs, especially among people who have lost their hair to illness or chemotherapy. I've given my hair to Locks of Love more than once, and will probably do it again before the end of the year.
That said, why is it so hard to make a wig look real? We used wigs for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and although the people wearing them were attractive and pleasing to the eye, the wigs themselves looked rotten. Granted, they weren't expensive wigs, but even expensive wigs rarely look real.
My next door neighbor, facing health-related hair loss, has chosen to shave her head rather than use a hairpiece. I admire that, and it actually becomes her. I hope I'll be that brave, if I ever need to be.
Do you wear a hairpiece? Would you? Would you care if it looked real, or just go straight for the pink nylon?