Sheitels -- Hair to Stay?
In American society, the evident ethnicity of hair covering was unacceptable, so the modern minded discarded the sheitels (wigs) that were traditionally worn by married women. However, in recent years, the sheitel has reemerged, simultaneously fulfilling the practice of hair-covering that has been restored by religiously educated young women, as well as serving as a means of achieving the American look their grandmothers desired. In appearance, style, and texture, the modern sheitel is often closer to the American ideal than the Jewish hair it conceals. Paradoxically, the sheitel, which in