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Sheitel Envy

My blond blue-eyed friend and I were having a nice chat about the horrors of covering our hair. She mentioned her hair losing some of its streaky blondness. I mentioned that I can’t actually fit a sheitel over my head. What with my hair being so…TALL.

She said: “You know, I could totally understand why you wouldn’t want to wear a sheitel. Your hair’s got personality. Why would you want to have some white woman’s dead hair on your head?”

Some times people just say things better than I ever could have said them myself. Hair is a complicated subject for me. We’ll leave it at that.

8 thoughts on “Sheitel Envy

  1. I know there’s an African American women, who’s already married to someone Jewish, who is going through gerus. I know she covers he hair with a sheitel. I can pass along a link to her LiveJournal if you’d be interested in talking with her. I know that there are sheitlach out there made for people with non-white hair textures.


  2. I lost half my hair when I got Hashimoto’s disease. When I got lice, I shaved off the rest of it to avoid the delousing experience.My boyfriend only saw pictures. He looked rather pained and managed to say it was…cute.Lol. It was not my best look.And, honestly, I like tichels better. The nicest ones are from Muslim sites. I’m so tired of those lurex-striped Israeli tichels everyone seems to wear. The Muslim ones come in amazing colors, and they have these really cool underscarves that (at least if you have silky hair) cover things up and keep wisps from sliding out.


  3. speaking of non-European hair textures…African Americans and Orthodox Jews — two cultural groups where men still wear fedoras and women wear wigs and headscarves. Coincidence? Let the wacky racial conspiracy theories begin! (or maybe not)


  4. Well my hair is relaxed; I’m not married, but the only way I could deal with natural hair is with dreadlocks (I used to have them); and married Jewish women can’t go that route (I’m not married or Jewish — yet — though). But if you google search “ebony wigs” or something along those lines, you’ll see that the wigs Black women wear are <>way<> cheaper than “sheitals”; even the human hair ones.So if I ever to convert and get married, I will be hitting up Maggies — my local Korean wig store, to get a $75 sheital…and it will be “fly”! LOL


  5. Girl, my mother tried to relax my hair when I was younger. It fell out in clumps. I can’t even dye it or straighten it without dastardly things happening. I have seen people of color wearing Eastern European sheitels and wigs. I’m just not that into them. I look like my 15 year old self back before I stopped straightening my hair. It’s freaky! Yea, dreads would be rough in the mikvah. 🙂 As for the cheaper wigs, I totally saw an African-American wig store that had one that looked like my hair. If only my husband would have stopped. But I think I signed something in the ketubah that said I’d never wear a “sheitel.”Good luck on your “fly” wig.:)


  6. The Torah and the Halachah are being MISinterpreted, and the Halachah should now be interpreted CORRECTLY. The Halachah is that: • A married woman is required to cover her hair in order to welcome in the Shabbat and Yom Tov, when she lights the candles. She should also cover her hair when she goes to the Synagogue, because that is the Place of Kedusha. The Halachah does not require anything more from women. Rabbi Menachem Schneeersohn tz”l was unfortunately very wrong in his instruction that a married woman must cover her head with a wig, known as a “sheitel.”


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