Strands of Intrigue: The Untold Story of Wig Invention
Time to read 2 min
Time to read 2 min
Wig invention, a tale as rich and complex as the strands of hair themselves. From ancient cultures to contemporary fashion, discover the fascinating evolution of wigs and how they have shaped human self-expression.
Our story begins in ancient Egypt, circa 2700 BCE, where wigs were more than mere fashion accessories. In the scorching desert sun, managing hair was challenging, prompting Egyptians to shave their heads.
Wigs, often ornate and made with materials like gold and intricate beading, were used to protect the bald head from the sun and to display social status. They were so integral to Egyptian society that they were often buried with the deceased.
Fast forward to Europe in the 1660s, where wigs found a resurgence, especially in France and England. The trend in England began with King Charles II in 1660, following his return from exile in France. In France, Louis XIV played a significant role in popularizing wigs.
These wigs, symbols of rank, social status, and religion, became a vital part of European fashion, with their dominance lasting for about 140 years.
The 20th century marked the revolution of synthetic wigs, offering affordability and broader accessibility. Early synthetic materials like rayon provided a cost-effective alternative to human hair.
Post-World War II advancements in plastics led to more realistic synthetic fibers like modacrylic, making wigs more practical and easier to maintain.
Technological advancements in the 2000s revolutionized wig-making with lace front wigs and monofilament caps, offering a more natural look and improved comfort. Specialized technology in customization allowed for personalized fits and styles.
Today's wigs blend human and synthetic hair, combining the natural look and versatility of human hair with the durability and affordability of synthetics. Innovations like heat-resistant synthetic fibers allow for greater styling flexibility while still maintaining affordability and convenience.
At The Wig Company, we love keeping you informed on the latest trends and styles. We’re always adding new wigs and hairpieces to the site, and with choices ranging from human hair to heat-friendly synthetic, you’ll always find what you’re looking for.