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Human Hair Wigs And Their Usage In History

August 27, 2019 by ishowhair  

Human hair wigs are still a prevalent fashion accessory, despite being made and used so many years ago. They date back centuries and while the reason for their uses have changed over the times, they have not gone anywhere. It's interesting to see the time line of usage for human hair wigs, from mens wigs to wigs for women, and their various meanings.


The first instance of wigs go all the way back to the ancient Egyptians, who used wigs to cover their shaved heads from the sun, to keep from getting sun burn. Egypt weren't the only ancient civilization to use them though. They were also found to be worn by the Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians, to name a few.


The wig fell out of favor for a good long while, but made it's reappearance in the 16th century. It was the first time wigs were used for fashion. It was also the first time it was used to cover hair loss. Lice was also a rampant issue at the time, so wigs made it much easier to take care of. People would shave their natural hair to get rid of the lice and use synthetic, as opposed to human hair wigs, to wear since it was a bit easier to keep lice from attaching to the fake material.


Human hair wigs were often worn by royalty, which is a piece of history that many of us know. There's been plenty of representations of kings and queens wearing wigs that we've seen in museums and history books. Queen Elizabeth I famously wore a red wig, which was a striking look for back then. Both King Louie XIII and XIV also wore wigs and made it popular for men. By the late 1600s it was practically an obligation for men of high social ranking. To be a wig maker in this time was a much lauded title. In the 18th century they started popping up in the legal system, used by judges and others of high standing. Women were not wearing wigs quite as much at the time, not until the 19th century when it started to drop out of favor as a status symbol and became more of just a fashion choice like we see today. More and more human hair lace front wigs were being used for a natural look. Now today we have the ability to manufacture them quickly! A lot has changed in the past few years.


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