Ferdinand's Wigs retail salon is Peoria's oldest and first full service wig salon, established in 1962. We are a family owned and operated with two generations working together to meet your needs. We also offer many wholesale products and can be contacted for any further information.
We are closed most holidays. Please call (309)682-8423.
FOUNDER & INVENTOR
A little about founder Myrna
Myrna Hawkins, owner, inventor, and ballroom dancer. Myrna began as a licensed beautician in 1952. In 1962, she opened her first wig salon on Fulton Street in Peoria, Illinois. Over the next several years, Ferdinand's expanded into seven retail stores located all over Central Illinois. Ferdinand's offered a full line of woman's wigs, a private men's department for toupee fittings, and an evening class once a week to instruct customers how to care and style their Human Hair wigs.
The wig business has undergone many transformations over the years, and unfortunately hair loss due to chemotherapy was on the rise. Myrna knew she needed to find a secure and comfortable way for her customers to keep their wigs on even if they didn't have any hair. This is when she invented the original Comfy Grip and changed the way we wear wigs. No longer do you need two way tape or to have your wig shift on your head. A sign of a truly wonderful idea is the Imitation products and gel bands that are on the market today. Of course, we welcome competition, but don't be fooled. Our Comfy Grip products are filled with a gel that is made in the United States, with high quality dry-polymer material that is self healing, hypoallergenic, and dissipates body heat. Our Velcro attachments are fused on and guaranteed not to come loose. Well, Myrna is quite the inventor as you can see. When she realized the comfort the gel filled band could provide the head, she turned her attention to her own feet.
Myrna suffers from a painful and disfiguring condition called Hammer Toe and Crossover Toe. She is an avid ballroom dancer and needed a way to comfortably wear her high heeled dance shoes. Nothing she tried worked. Worse yet, the products she did try were bulky and ugly looking!! Who needs that?
COMFY TOE BRACE
The Toe Brace is born. Thank goodness!
Now, she has discovered a way to relieve the pain of her cross-over toe, and correct the position of it comfortably.
The Toe Brace is nearly invisible, so she can even wear open-toed shoes.
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