Thursday, August 25, 2011

Introducing 'Classic Sheitel Consignments' - Plus An Informative Insight into the Big Wig Question of Modesty vs. Beauty

Okay, for those of you who are not familiar with the Jewish (orthodox) custom of a married woman covering her hair, this post will be quite interesting and informative. As everyone knows, my blog is about fashion, design and beauty within  a modest and refined lifestyle. One of the customs of the Orthodox Jewish woman is to cover her hair AFTER she is married. And let me tell you, within our circles, we put Hollywood wigs to shame with our resources of quality stunning human hair wigs. And these pieces do NOT come cheap (think along the price lines of a gorgeous Chanel or Valentino bag...or more!)

That is why I am happy to introduce Classic Sheitel Consignments (sheitel is a yiddish word for wig). The service offered by this company is a vital one for so many who cannot afford the full price of a new wig. We believe in looking beautiful and we need to be comfortable, so our standards are pretty high. Classic Sheitel Consignments affords women (literally) the opportunity to buy a slightly use wig valued at $3000 or higher  for less than half of that price. Of course that  is just one example. Prices vary depending on length, brand and quality of hair.

Some of my fabulous friends wearing their fabulous wigs!

Now, the big wig question: If covering our hair is about modesty, why do we wear such gorgeous wigs that ultimately add to our beauty? Well I found a great article explaining this whole concept and the the concept of modesty in general:

The Meaning of Hair Covering

From the Jewish perspective, modesty has nothing to do with being unattractive. Rather, modesty is a means to create privacy. And that is what a wig achieves.
Modesty has nothing to do with being unattractiveThe hair-covering was never intended to make a married woman look ugly. 
Beauty is a divine gift, and Jewish tradition encourages both men and women to care for their appearance and always look presentable. Jewish tradition also encourages modesty; not in order to detract from our beauty, but rather to channel our beauty and attractiveness so it be saved for where it belongs -- within marriage.
By covering her hair, the married woman makes a statement: "I am not available. You can see me but I am not open to the public. Even my hair, the most obvious and visible part of me, is not for your eyes."
The hair-covering has a profound effect on the wearer. It creates a psychological barrier, a cognitive distance between her and strangers. Her beauty becomes visible but inconspicuous; she is attractive but unavailable.

The wig achieves the desired effect exactly, because a wig allows a woman to cover all her hair, while maintaining her attractive appearance. She can be proud of the way she looks without compromising her privacy. And even if her wig looks so real as to be mistaken for natural hair, she knows that no one is looking at the real her. She has created a private space, and only she decides who to let into that space.

Perhaps in other religions modesty and beauty don't mix. This is not the Jewish view. True beauty, inner beauty, needs modesty to protect it and allow it to thrive.

Now, here's how Classic Sheitel Consignments works: 

Problem: You have a sheitel that was never right for you.
Solution: Sell it and start fresh!

Your sheitel may be your biggest fashion accessory. A great cut makes you feel beautiful and amazing. But, when something goes wrong—the cut or color is unflattering, or the cap is uncomfortable, or you were pressured into buying something that just isn’t you—you’re left feeling unstylish, unlovely, and unhappy.

Enter Lena Fleminger’s upscale sheitel resale boutique, Classic Sheitel Consignments.

“I felt so frustrated and disappointed when sheitels didn’t work out,” shares Lena. “I had sheitels that were barely worn just sitting in my closet. They were a total waste, and I felt bad about buying a new sheitel when I had these perfectly good ones hanging around. 

Lena envisioned a shop in which women could resell their sheitels and start fresh, and two-and-a-half years ago, she opened Classic Sheitel Consignments. She’s since sold over 150 gently-worn sheitels for consignment clients from all over the U.S., Canada, and Israel.

Her clients love it because they can sell the sheitels they’re not wearing and put what they earn toward buying another piece. “It’s amazing for the buyer as well, because someone who loves fashion and wants a beautiful look, gets a great deal on whatever high end wig we’ve got in stock,” says Lena.

Lena also writes a super-informative blog, www.classicsheitels.blogspot.com. She shares some really valuable insider tips—what the different types of hair are, how to ask for and get terrific customer service, how to convey what you want in a cut, and even what kallahs (new brides) can reasonably expect from a wig.

The sheitel buying process can be very confusing. Lena’s blog provides a sort of “sheitel concierge service.” Her main point is that the average sheitel customer just needs more information in order to make a good choice and get a great piece.

In the coming months, Classic Sheitel Consignments will be expanding by launching a new web site. The site will feature pictures of the stunning sheitels Lena has available so that women everywhere can see and buy what’s in stock. So keep your eyes open for the new site.

So go ahead, get that sheitel out of your closet and off your mind! Get a fresh start with a stylish new piece. (I'm waiting for mine to arrive!)

You can get in touch with Lena by calling her at 443-717-1111 or emailing CSCBaltimore@hotmail.com. She’s happy to answer any of your sheitel questions!

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  1. Hi Sharon, thank you for your visit!

    I follow you,too!
    Besos, desde España, Marcela

  2. This is a great concept! I know of so many sheitels lying abandoned in closets because they were cut badly or some other problem. What a great way to make them useful again!

  3. Sharon, this is an informative post. I think many out there are not aware of the reasons for wearing a sheitel. And there are so many who need help in getting properly fitted for one. Shabbat Shalom!

  4. wow, these look so natural! I had no idea they could be so expensive!

  5. Fascinating post. I am Christian but work as a consultant in a number of Orthodox environments. I've done a ton of reading on Jewish customs for women and have never seen someone explain the wig issue as well as the source you cited.

    I used to think Jewish women naturally had the most gorgeous, perfectly styled hair on earth--then I figured out they're wearing wigs! Since the wigs look perfect, they almost certainly make the women look more beautiful than their natural hair, so I wondered how that contributes to a sense of modesty. Now I see that it is about the level of privacy. It fits perfectly with what I know to be true about the clothing customs.

    Most people do not understand the purpose of covering up so much ("What, are elbows sexy?") But I totally get it! Once I started wearing clothes that covered my collarbone, elbows, and knees, I immediately saw the level of freedom they allow. I don't have to worry about how I sit or bend over; I can just move freely and do the work I need to without thinking about my clothes or constantly adjusting them. And I feel a distinct sense of privacy when men look at me--like, okay you can LOOK at me, but you can't really SEE me. I can only imagine how much a wig would add to that. Contrary to popular opinion, it's extremely empowering to dress so conservatively.

    As a Christian who tries to follow a Biblical way of life, I feel (like the Orthodox Jews) that my body is sacred and private, and not for anyone but my husband. So I dress pretty modestly most of the time. However, on the days when I work in Orthodox environments, I feel even more set apart for both my husband and for God. It's a difficult thing to explain which is probably why I'm leaving a lengthy anonymous comment on your blog. ;-)

    Thanks for reading. You've got a new blog subscriber. :-)

  6. While the wigs are beautiful and I also do not see the value in any women aiming for ugly, I still don't understand why the hair is not covered. The woman knows it's a wig however very few other, meaning non Jews would not guess that fact.

    Why not just wear a hair covering when out in public?


  7. Elleblue I wish you would have left an email address so I could answer you directly. I hope you will see this! We cover our hair not so we shouldn't look beautiful, as looking beautiful is ok in the Jewish religion. We wear wigs as a separation and reminder to ourselves that we are married and that our hair is private for our husbands. There is no rule not to look beautiful, just not 'attracting or seductive'. So as long as we're coving our real hair we can wear wigs and feel good about ourselves.

    Thanks for the insightful comment!