By Danielle Gray. Photo courtesy of Dave Edwards/Instagram.
What in the wig?!?! Ya'll, I think I've found out where our collectively shed edges, hair, and eyebrows go (you know, after Beyoncé does something to snatch them off). Dave Edwards gets them, and then uses them to slay the mess out of some wigs.
The wig maker — or should I say wig slayer — has the internet all in a fury with his handiwork. And as most viral beauty news goes, it all started with a tweet. Specifically, a tweet of him rocking a grey-haired wig that is looks like something he snatched off the head of a super sexy college professor.
Edwards's Instagram following has practically tripled in the few days since the tweet sent a stampede of wig enthusiasts his way. As it should because, girl, you see his hair in the post below? THAT'S. A. WIG.
Go ahead and look at that zoom-in on the hairline in the below post. Like, seriously...what lace?
Mine eyes have seen the GLORY! Oh, and he even makes eyebrow wigs.
His secret? "I think the fact that I have been a visual artist for so many years has helped me develop an eye for detail. I am constantly observing (a.k.a. stalking) people in the subway or on the street to study their hairlines or crown swirls," he told Allure in an e-mail. "The wigs I make are generally light density which helps the hair to move and behave naturally, and I’m constantly trying new ideas and techniques to improve the final result."
It can sometimes take upwards of 120 hours to complete a unit.
All of this started, as Edwards tells us, when he was a kid. "As a kid, I was always ‘in disguise,’ whether that meant wearing a mask or sticking crepe hair on my face to make a false beard. I had a few inexpensive wigs that I would use, but I was always disappointed that I could never make them look like a real head of hair."
That all changed when he moved to Montreal and got inspired by a string of nearby wig shops. Edwards was amazed by the lace-front wigs in the shops and began to research wig-making methods on YouTube until he perfected his craft to where it is now. His background isn't even in wigs! "Until recently, I was making my living as a painter (artist). But the changing economy and other factors have made that career increasingly difficult, so I am in the process of moving into wig making full time. I will still continue to paint as time allows."
I'm thinking Edwards's number is one that many film production companies and celebrities will want to have on speed dial.
It's also not just about the glamour of having a fabulous new hairstyle. Edwards tells us he's happy to see that wigs have made a huge comeback and he never understood the stigma at all. "I’m very happy to see that it is also becoming more accepted for men to wear hair replacements," Edwards begins. "If you have seen my Instagram, you will know that I am very open about the fact that I wear a hairpiece. I have fun with it and love the idea of being ‘disguised’ as myself."
And he loves that wigs and hairpieces can be life-changing for some people, "I hear so many heartbreaking stories of people who really struggle emotionally with hair loss. Not just older people, but young kids who are devastated that they are losing their hair, often to the point of feeling suicidal. My sincere hope is that removing the stigma around wigs and hair replacement will mean that those kinds of situations will no longer exist."
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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