A new documentary by Al Jazeera America looks at how wigmakers, the owners of wig studios in the US, are still making their living, and how some of their practices still exist today.
In the documentary, which will air on Thursday, December 17, we will also hear from one wigmaker about the challenges that come with running his business.
The film, entitled ‘Wig Studio: The Story of Hair’, tells the story of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the wig-making industry started.
Wigs are often seen as a symbol of the African American community, and for decades, the wig makers’ business has been a source of pride for Tuscatoas people.
But in the late 1980s, a backlash began against the wig manufacturers, and the industry was decimated.
In 1991, the first black head of the US wig-makers’ union was killed in a bombing, and in 1993, the United States passed a federal law requiring the manufacture of synthetic hair.
This is a picture of a wig factory in Tuscale.
The wig makers are seen in the background in 1992, and there is also an African American man in the foreground, who is also the owner of the wig factory.
The film is a portrait of a man who has been making his living in the wig industry since the 1940s, as he struggles to survive the industry’s demise.
“The wig industry is one of the most iconic and historically significant industries of the American economy,” said Richard Wigge, an associate professor of history at the University of Alabama.
“And it’s been the subject of a lot of hate for decades.”
But despite the loss of jobs and the devastating recession, wig makers have managed to maintain their business.
The industry has been profitable for the last decade, thanks to the US’s economic boom.
In 2008, the US economy added more than $1.6 trillion, but wig manufacturers have seen their business shrink by 30% over the last 10 years.
In 2013, the American Association of Hair and Makeup Artists and the American Society of Hairdressers of America launched a coalition called Make America Great Again.
They formed a task force to investigate what happened to the wig factories.
The task force released its report in February 2017, and their findings were met with great enthusiasm by the wigmakers.
Their report said the wig manufacturing industry was losing jobs because of automation and globalization, but the industry did not face the same kind of threats from the US government that other industries did.
According to the report, the companies faced the threat of losing their federal government subsidies and the threat from the Trump administration to take away their subsidies, and they were not able to afford to move forward with the manufacturing process because of the economic recession.
‘Toxic to the environment’ The task group recommended the government start regulating the wig making industry, but they also recommended a tax credit program, which is not yet in place.
Wig manufacturers are not only losing jobs, they are also losing business to other industries that are using the same processes and chemicals.
And the report warned that the wig manufactures are also being targeted by people with anti-black attitudes.
We are talking about people who are in denial about the history of the industry,” said Michael Brown, the president of the International Union of Hairdressing Artists (IUHA), a trade union for wig manufacturers.
There is also a growing trend in the American media to blame white people for all of the problems in the hair industry.
What does that mean?” said Brown. “
When we see the press, including the Hollywood press, saying that the president’s administration is a racist, we think, what?
What does that mean?” said Brown.
He also noted that the US Department of Labor has made a list of things white people can and can’t do with hair.
“They’re not allowed to do any of these things, including using any chemicals, which they’re prohibited from doing.
They can’t make any products for hair, including waxing, that aren’t made from synthetic hair,” he said.
As for why the wig studios still exist, the studios owners say that it is because of people’s passion.
“They want to be a part of history,” said Freda Foy, the owner and president of Foy Studios, a wig manufacturing company.
“The people that work here believe in the value of this industry and want to make a mark on the history.”
The wig makers were inspired by their own experiences and the challenges they faced.
When they started out, they didn’t have a name for their business, but over time, they grew and diversified into other fields, such as making jewelry and fashion.
They were not alone, however.
A wig-maker from Tuscala, Alabama told Al Jazeera that he has a wig