Sherri Shepherd, the bubbly comedian and actress who co-hosts the daily estrogen-heavy gab fest, 'The View' is a wig girl. And she's not ashamed of it.
"It's like an accessory to me, like a hat or a bracelet," the daytime diva told Hair Apparent. "You can become someone else, and then you go home and take that bad baby off!"
Shepherd says that while many in Hollywood sport weaves, she found that the extensions damaged her hair. Also, she's more than happy to carry on a tradition now on its fourth generation in her family.
"I come from a wig family," she explains. "My grandmother had the wig heads, and we used to color the cork face lips in. It was at thing of being five years old and watching her go through this transformation. She would cornrow her hair, she'd pull the wig on, put on that hat with all the fruit and she'd be ready to go."
Shepherd says that her mother wore both an Afro wig and the Cher wig in the '70s and that her niece has been playing with her wigs since she was a kindergartener.
On 'The View' Shepherd works with stylist Lavette Slater who keeps about 30 to 40 wigs on the set. Slater is responsible for her many looks -- from "Amy Winehouse" to short and sassy – and that the wigs go from low end (synthetic) to human-hair wigs and falls which can cost upwards of thousands of dollars. She says the stylist not only purchases "ready to go" wigs, but also cuts and styles them.
Not surprisingly, Shepherd is coming out with her own line of wigs, Diva Belle, this summer, which she promises will be targeted to all ethnicities and pocketbooks.
"We really wanted to be affordable in this economy. I do want to be mindful of the fact that we are in a crunch and so don't want people to go, 'Oh it looks good but I can't afford it,' she says. Diva Belle is not just for your grandmother, she promises.
Hear what Sherri had to say about her wig looks through the years.
Sherri's stylist shows how she works her magic on 'The View':