The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 17, 1968 · Page 194
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 194

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 17, 1968
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Y ls'ny a nyon scalp base, operators will cover young client's bare patch with natural-looking crop ol matched hair. n ff""l H MM mm n mm hi vated me." Mrs. Jenkins experimented for about a year, she recalls, on friends and neighbors, mostly women, until she perfected the braid device, which she then promptly patented, and for which she now receives royalties from those hairweaving establishments which use it. A few Negro women who claim to have known Mrs. Jenkins in the old days, say that originally she worked on a method to allow Negro women to attach long straight hair to short kinky hair as a substitute for ineffective and frequently chemically dangerous hair-straighteners. Hair from Italy Whatever her original intention, Christina Jenkins has a method which is now being used by such swank establishments as Hairever Inc. and Hair Extension Centre in New York, Boston, Beverly Hills, and other metropolitan centers. These places are not cheap. They charge between $200 and $500 for the basic hairweave, depending on the size of the baldness to be covered. Once the nylon bases are threaded onto the customer's own hair, new hair, most of which comes from Italy, is attached in strands four to five inches long, to the base. A hair stylist then takes over and shapes the hair to the customer's head. Every six weeks the customer must return for a hair-tightening, since his own hair to which the base is attached has grown in that time. Hair-tightenings cost somewhere between $25 and $40 and frequently include a dye job. Actors who have had hairweaves, admit it is not the perfect answer to their baldness, but in their opinion, the best process available. Larry Powers who used to emote in the Tarzan films, and like many men became bald at an early age because of a hereditary predisposition, says: "I've worn hairpieces. I've had the hair transplants by Dr. Berger, a former associate of Dr. Norman Orentreich who originated the technique. And I've had a hairweaving job at Hair Extension Centre. Of the three, hairweaving serves me best. Not that it's perfect. For example, after your hair is woven, you can only comb it one direction but at least it's quick and pain-free. It looks well and you don't have to bother taking it off or on. It's the next best thing to a regrowth of your own hair." Since practically every Hollywood star 45 or over wears a toupee, which is a bothersome device, the market for hairweaves, at least in the film colony, seems tremendous. Hair Extension Centre which opened a stylish salon in the heart of Beverly Hills last week it's staffed almost entirely by Negro women already has more customers than it can handle. Its New York branch is also four weeks behind in catching up with appointments. The boom in hairweaving is on. PARADE NOVEMBFR 17, 18 BY LLOYD SHEARER and scalp are removed from the rear of the head and transplanted to the front hairweaving is qui:k and painless. No incisions are made into the scalp. No physicians are involved. No anesthesia is necessary. Most of the operators who are expert in the technique are Negro women who have studied under Christina Jenkins, 42, who created the nylon scalp base in 1952 and obtained the basic patents on the device. Mrs. Jenkins, wife of bandleader "Duke" Jenkins, is the owner of Christina's Academy at 1900 E. 87th St. in Cleveland where she runs daily classes in hairweaving. A graduate of Leland College, a Negro institution in Baton Rouge, La., holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in education, Mrs. Jenkins says: "Hairweaving has become so 'hot' of late that my classes which were entirely black in the past are becoming more and more white. Everyone wants to climb on the bandwagon, and I can hardly blame them. Hairweaving is really far better than wearing a wig." Mrs. Jenkins claims scientific curiosity was responsible for her developing the new technique. "In 1950," she explains, "I was working for a wigmaker in Chicago. My husband was playing in the Midwest at the time, and there was some difficulty about getting my teacher's credentials, so I went to work for this wigmaker. "Most of the customer complaints we received had to do with hairpieces which didn't fit too well and hairpieces which fell off under the most embarrassing circumstances. 'There must be some way,' I said to myself, 'in which a hairpiece can be sewed onto the customer's hair so that it doesn't come off.' That was the goal which originally moti There are in the United States an estimated 12 million bald, balding, and near bald men. For many of these victims of male-pattern baldness there is now new help, a process called hairweaving or hair-linking which is becoming so popular that it threatens to cut in half the fabulously profitable toupee market. Hairweaving is a specific solution for those men who have thinning hair, bald spots, or some hair left on their scalps to which an operator can sew a base of nylon braid. Additional human hair, matched according to the texture and color of the recipient's hair, is attached to the nylon base, then cut and styled. Part of the head Well done, it is impossible to tell whether the client is wearing his own or someone else's hair. The advantage of a hairweave over a toupee is considerable. It becomes part of the head. The wearer can sleep in it, shower in it, swim in it, wash it, never has to worry about its slipping, blowing or falling off. Unlike the hair transplant surgery which Frank Sinatra, )oey Bishop, Hugh Downs, and others are currently undergoing in which small patches of hair 30 V': ' ' w Christina jenkins, hairweave inventor.

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