Wigs: Between Past and Present
Wigs have always been in fashion, for as long as we can remember but how far back does it actually go? We tried finding that out and it was truly so far away in the past that it kind of caught us off guard.
History can trace them back to Ancient Egypt, and even the Roman Empire! Read below to find out more.
In Ancient Egypt:
In ancient Egypt, men and women wore wigs, it was closely linked to the upper class, they considered it a primary part of their wardrobe, and a tradition to wear it. It was not a rare, nor an odd concept, it was known, familiarized and people were used to seeing it on the ruling and rich class.
This is not surprising since Egyptians worshiped beauty and remembered the small details of everything, from the tiny decorations of their clothing to fascinating and breathtaking temples.
They were worn in many different but amazing styles, in the ancient kingdom of Egypt, where men and women wore wigs with rows of short curls or straight hair that was slightly longer. It was made of natural human hair, wool, linen, palm fibers, felt, or other materials attached to a fiber mesh cap.
In later eras, men's wigs were less bulky and got much longer in the front than at the back, but women's got larger, completely covering the shoulders. Even though most of them were in black, Queen Nefertiti was known to wear a dark blue one.
During the Roman Empire:
The elite class of Roman society evolved into a luxurious lifestyle, where they cared about their appearance, did everything to improve their appearance and dress. At that time, baldness in men was considered ugly, so to hide this shortage of hair, both men and women frequently used them.
The dramatic hairstyles of wealthy Roman women changed so frequently that even the sculptures began to have some sort of hairpieces. Many notable women who had their portraits carved from marble began to request that the hair be sculpted as a separate piece so that the hair in the sculpture could be altered to follow the current fashion.
Wigs were only for the upper class as well, as shown in the 17th century when 16-year-old Louis XIV ascended the throne with long, curly hair. It was associated with important events and workers in higher positions. Kings wore them, just like judges and lawyers, it was so expensive back then that there was "theft of wigs", and at some point, men started leaving them to their heirs after their death!
In the 18th century, those with the finances had a large wig for formal occasions and a smaller one for home use, the larger and curlier it is, the more expensive it became. And those who couldn't afford one, styled their hair to look more like it.
The most preferred color for the wigs was white, and they were first greased and then powdered with flour or a mixture of starch and plaster.
At that time, it was more known among men to wear wigs than among women, however, women developed hairstyles in which their hair was brushed, greased well with pomade then powdered.
After the French Revolution:
In the early nineteenth and early twentieth century, all hairdressers had a workshop in which hairpieces were made for sale.
In 1920, only older women wore wigs, but again when the 50s rushed in -an era known for its most notable fashion-, wigs came back in vogue and strongly. However, that was only as a way to enjoy temporary outstanding hairstyles, and not as a daily hair routine nor a daily look. It's just for fashion and shoots and then back to being useless.
In 1960, they were of supreme importance and in 1968 they exploded again when about 1/3 of European women wore wigs.
In 1969, about forty percent of wigs were synthetic.
Now the wig industry is a known essential industry, even singers like Beyoncé and Britney Spears openly use weaves of all styles and colors.
There are three types: Natural Hair Wigs, “Real Human Hair Wigs”, Synthetic Wigs, and Mixed Wigs, But have you ever wondered: How are they made?
Human Hair Wigs:
- It takes six to nine beds of hair in a ponytail to make a single wig.
- Those of similar color, texture, and length are packaged together and sent to the manufacturer.
- There, the hair in a ponytail goes through a hack to evenly blend the hair and remove uneven or weak strands.
- The freshly cut hair is then pressed into a holding card with tiny metal pins to make sure it doesn't get tangled again.
- Part of the hair is sewn in wefts, which are then sewn to the sides and back of the cap.
- The rest of the hair strands are ventilated by hand, and that's what makes the wigs look lifelike.
The synthetic ones are usually made from plastic or acrylic fibers that mimic hair. The fibers are heated to a certain temperature and then strung into bristles that look like human hair fibers. The locks of hair are then woven into wefts, extensions, and hairpieces.
It contains both human hair and synthetic hair mixed together. They have many advantages as they can keep the style longer due to the synthetic fibers all while having a natural look and feel; because of the presence of human hair.
Whatever you want to use a wig for, whether it is a costume, a fashion look, or for medical reasons, you will have a lot of options to choose from...
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