What in the wig?

September 09, 2020

What in the wig?

Quick facts about the hair we love.

by a CysterWigs' Contributor After reading this article, you’ll be left thinking ‘’what in the ‘wig’?’’ Wigs are so convenient – there is no denying that. I personally cannot tell you how many times my wigs have saved me from ‘’bad hair days’’- you know days when your hair is just so frustrating and you are not really in the mood to do anything to it. I know hair rocks but there are days when I just want to stuff my hair underneath a scarf and call it a day! Those are the days I turn to my trusted wigs for help. They are versatile and they are capable of switching up our looks from casual to glam in just a few moments. It is funny though how popular wigs have become over the years in pop culture and amongst women. Yet, we still know little about how wigs came to be. I bet you won’t look at them the same way anymore, especially after you read these facts that just might flip your wig! Did you know wigs are more ancient than we thought? Yes, they go waaaay back. In fact, most wigs were designed for specific purposes. It all began in Egypt when ancient folks were tired of having their bald or shaved heads exposed to the sun during the day; they needed a shield, something decorative and befitting. So they designed wigs to cover their hairless scalp while beeswax was used to keep wigs in place back then. Amazing, right? Humans have been going extreme lengths to look fabulous since the dawn of time. I am not complaining though, I love it. I just admire how open they also were back then to trying out different things to their hair. I think the Egyptians rocked wigs so well that other cultures from other parts of the world adopted wigs too--like the Romans and the Greeks. Other facts include...

1. A wig was originally known as a ‘’Periwig’’. They were used initially to cover hair loss or deformity and to protect hair from hair lice.

2. Wig makers adopted the use of natural human hair in the seventeenth century to produce wigs.

3. Wigs were worn by military soldiers in Britain. I am not one to object fashionable moments but I cannot help but imagine the battlefields then - men fighting each other for power and position whilst rocking naturally-colored wigs with their uniforms. What a sight to behold!

4. Wigs depicted a divide between the upper-class from the lower-class in society. Meaning only rich families could afford wigs back then.

5. In the seventeenth century, people began to seek an alternative to expensive wigs and they came up with using the hairs of goats and horses as wigs. What do you think of these facts? And most importantly which of these facts are you learning for the first time? Let us know in our comment section.




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