Claire Grunwald

Wigs, Poetry, and The Holocaust


Claire Grunwald

I am a perfectionist. I learned wigmaking as an apprentice for 3 years in a large wig making

I am a perfectionist. I learned wigmaking as an apprentice for 3 years in a large wig making firm in Nurenberg, Germany, after WWII. I immigrated to the US in 1949, and landed a job immediately in a wig salon, in Manhattan.

I got married in 195l, and as all orthodox Jews, I had to cover my hair after marriage. I made myself two beautiful wigs, but I could never find a good hair stylist for them. For years I unhappily I went from stylist to stylist but could not get the look I wanted. They all made me look 10 years older. Finally, I started setting my own wigs, the way I used to set my own hair. What a difference! No one knew that I wore a wig! Then friends and family started begging me to set their wigs. I got so busy I didn't know what to do.

In the sixty's when the buffuont hair styles came in, I went to beauty school, and got my beautician's licence. In 1960 when my youngest daughter was born, I started working professionally in a basement I rented under my apartment.

And that is how the success story that is now Claire/Accuhair got started. From my basement we moved to Coney Island Ave., where we bought first one, then a second building. My family and I lived upstairs, but now the business was also a storefront open to all. It was very convenient, because I was operating fully as a business, yet I was always home for my 3 daughters at the same time.

Business was great, until the cheap, inferior synthetic and refined oriental wigs came on the market, and became the vogue. Being the perfectionist, I could neither wear, nor sell those wigs. I tried to persuade wig manufacturers to make a wig to my satisfaction, to no avail. Finally I had to design and manufacture a wig that met my exacting standards, superior to all others.

Success is not easy to achieve. With hard work, and high standards, I, with the help of God--have attained a certain amount of success. The name of Claire/Accuhair is now well known all over the world, wherever Orthodox Jews and discriminating customers live. We are known for our fine quality, integrity, customer care, and fair business policies.

Today Claire/Accuhair has about 25 to 30 employees. Among them, my three daughters,/Chaya; sales manager,Silky; head of production, and Chanie G. styling instructor for our Academy.

I am grateful to God, for I consider myself lucky, having my business, and, my family around me. Claire/ Accuhair is a family business. We treat our clients as family, with understanding, and compassion.

I find pleasure and pride selling the world's finest wigs to my discriminating clients. Whether you wear a wig for religious, esthetic, or medical reasons, I truly believe, that nobody in the world will tend to your needs as well as C/A.


A Custom Human Hair Wig That Truly is a Custom Human WigClaire -Germaine_-58-Edit (2)

If you buy a dress and the tailor alters it to fit you, would you call that a custom dress? So why do some wigmakers call wigs that are altered to fit you a custom?

At Claire / Accuhair, a custom human wig means exactly that. The cap is crafted specifically to your head. The hair is blended to your color and submitted for your approval before it's put in. We can't create a custom human hair wig without you because the most important part of your custom wig is you.

It's our attention to detail and our dedication to perfection that made the New York Times describe our custom human wigs as the Rolls Royce of human hair wigs.


“Claire creates sheitels by day and poetry by night, both forming the fabric of who she is.” -Nshei Chabad Newsletter

  “Each poem tells a piece of the story of my life.” Claire explains. “I write only when I get emotionally moved. Some people drink, some get depressed; I create poetry. I consider myself a simple person. There was nothing extraordinary in my life that most of my contemporaries didn't experience. Although I was not aware of a difficult childhood, by today’s standards it would be considered harsh.”


Dreams and Goals

Why the worry, why the rush?

Why do you feel you must

Attain a goal in life sky high

To become rich or famous before you die.

Dream about them, sit back, relax,

Savor the flavor of what would be perhaps,

For riches and fame are not what they seem,

And when you reach a goal, you lose a dream.

The Mosquito

A mosquito buzzed my head

He was full of life and pep

He was out for hunting food

And I must have looked so good


Ne’er a thought for tragedy,

Licking his chops he came at me

I reached out, this kind of sad

The mosquito now is dead.


“Dreams and Goals” was written a long time ago, when my children were young, and my sisters were alive. And I had no idea about true emunah (faith). We were having a discussion with my sister Chanie (May she rest in peace), and this poem was supposed to prove her wrong. Yet, my life has always put a lie to its content.

Well, it would have been sadder if the mosquito would have been killed after it has bitten me. I guess it was its destiny to die hungry. I used to wonder, why did G-d create such pests? Now I believe that there is a reason for everything.

The Holocaust

In The Press

April 1997

The New York Times

For Stylish Orthodox Women, Wigs That Aren't Wiggy


November 1999

New York Magazine

Wigging Out

How do Brooklyn's Orthodox women choose this year's hottest hairpieces?


June 2009


I am Frum and Attractive


December 2013

N’shei Chabad Newsletter

 Meet the Unforgettable Claire Grunwald