Can We Talk About?: Whigney Houston, A Life in Wigs

If this makes you feel like a million dollar wig...

Can We Talk About? is a weekly series dedicated to the children.

This week marked seven years since we lost Whitney Elizabeth Houston and while I’ve accepted hers as a death I’ll never truly get over, I console myself with the occasional trip down a YouTube K-hole of her greatest performances. Whether it’s “All the Man I Need” at her 1991 Welcome Home Heroes concert, “When You Believe” with Mariah on Oprah or the Oscars, or her legendary medley at the 1994 American Music Awards, the truth is clear: the voice and the wigs were flawless.

In honor of the anniversary of her passing, let’s have a kiki about Nippy’s greatest wig moments, from the out-of-control crimps of the ’80s, to the matronly mops of the ’90s, and the grown lady locks of the ’00s. Just a few tender lacefronts is all that we’ll share, but we’re saving all our love for these wigs.

“You Give Good Wig”

For her first major hit, Whitney found out what what she’d been missing: volume.

“How Wig I Know”

There’s a wig Whit knew, it’s the one she dreamed of. Then she found it, she parted it, she tied it with a bow, and called it iconic.

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Wigs Me)”

For this massive number one smash, Whitney needed a wig that took a chance on a style that was hot enough to last. Sadly, this wig shows its age worse than me sitting down in or getting up from…well, anything.

“I’m Your Wig Tonight”

These wigs are giving me everything.

“I Never Believed in Wigs at First Sight”

But you’ve got a magic, wig, that I just can’t explain.

“This Wig’s Name Is Susan”

So show some respect to this blond bombshell.

“I Wig Always Love You”

I hope life treated this wig kind.

“Wigging to Exhale”

Count on this wig through thick and thin, a lacefront that will never end.

“The Shoop, Shoop, Shoot This Wig”

From the Richie Sambora “You Wig Love a Bad Mane” collection.

“The Preacher’s Wig”

Jesus loves this wig, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Wigerella”

Could this wig be any better? Impossible!

“This Wig Is Right, and More Than Okay”

This wig’s gonna make it anyway!

“This Is the Heartwig Hotel”

This wig is so epic it travels with its own luggage…
And its own backup singers.

“A Million Dollar Wig”

I can see the wig is making me feel this way about her love.

“I Didn’t Know My Own Wig”

This wig was not made to break. Because it’s not made of synthetic fibers.

“The Spark in Sparkle”

I celebrate you, I celebrate this wig.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat