History Of Wigs

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Mannequins in department stores wear wigs. Some food chain crews also wear wigs as part of their uniforms. When you turn on the television, actors and actresses sometimes wear wigs to portray a character. Indeed, there are a lot of people now who wear wigs.

But wigs are not just prominent in todays modern times. During the ancient times, wigs are worn by most of the people in the elite society. The first wearers were the early Egyptians. Because of the hot weather, Egyptians shaved their heads. But to protect their bald head from too much exposure to the suns heat, they wore wigs made from animal hairs or plant fibers. Egyptian women added ornaments to accessorize their wigs.

Ancient Greeks also wore wigs, which became a common hair ornament at the time. Some wigs were used to disguise themselves in battle while others were used only to enhance appearance. Just like the Egyptians, ancient Greeks also put ornaments and accessories to make their wigs look more attractive.

Romans also started wearing wigs as early as 49 AD. The popularity of wigs continued until the time of Julius Caesar who himself wore wigs to cover his bald head. In fact, even Roman prostitutes were required to wear yellow wigs to distinguish their profession. Later on, the yellow color of wigs had become a general fashion statement among Roman wigs. And even after Rome embraced Christianity, wigs were still worn.

During Queen Elizabeths reign in the 16th century, wigs became more essential to the European wardrobe. And because of this popularity, European men started embracing the culture of wearing wigs as much as women. From then on, wigs had been worn in different colors and styles. Wig makers became the most sought-after workers at that time especially in the Queens palaces.

In modern times, most men and women never missed out paying close attention to their hair. To many, the hair is their crowning glory. However, it is inevitable that hair can grow thin for some people, which can lead to baldness. In this case, wearing wigs had been seen as a considerable alternative to somehow disguise these thinning and balding. Even more, wigs are used for aesthetic and fashion purposes.
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This article was published on 2011/01/26