By Mary N. DiZazzo

Wigging Out.

Ciao bella,

Your hair is your crowning glory. I don't know how many of you gals out there watched the last season of the New York comedy/drama Sex in the City. One of the characters needed chemotherapy. Naturally, she lost all her hair. So she just really took advantage of her lock-less state and donned a different wig in every scene! It certainly gave me some ideas on changing my look also. So when in New York --do as the New Yorkers.

Passing numerous beauty supply stores, I stumbled on one that I knew would cater to me. Wigs and Plus, at 152 W 32nd St. was beauty queen heaven for me. I'm sure I could have spent several more hours there.

But naturally, I bring my husband David and while his patience is more kind and more allowing than the lot, there is a limit.

Jo, my wig consultant was born and reared in France. She was very experienced and knew just how to fix up the wisps of hair on these marvelous hairpieces.

The price was right and I walked out with a wispy Marilyn Monroe coif! I felt truly great and know now why it's fun to be a blonde!

The price tag on my new tresses certainly cost less than a cut and color at the salon. The quality of the merchandise and service were fabulous.

Did you know that through history the use of wigs go as far back as the ancient Egyptians in 4,000 B.C. Men and women wore a braided kind of blunt style.

Also during the Roman Empire (500 B.C. to A.D. 500) there was a wig popularity with women. Hairpieces were used to increase volume. Color was added for effect.

The French king Louis XIII, during his reign, invented the use of an Allonge wig for men which became an important part of daily dress.

In the 18th century the wig gained aesthetic popularity as a status symbol for both men and women.

So gals out there in bland-land: whether you need to or just want to, buy some new locks and feel beautiful.

Have you missed any of my columns in the Post-Gazette? Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns on my website

Buona giornata.


Mary DiZazzo is a third-generation cosmetologist and owner of Mary for Nails, etc. natural nailcare salon in Andover, and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183. She also sees select clients by appointment in Boston at (617) 742-6881.