Strands of Intrigue: The Untold Story of Wig Invention

Written by: Christina Jones



Time to read 2 min

Modern woman wearing a wig compared a man from the Renaissance era

Delving Deeper into the Intriguing Origin and Evolution of Wigs

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.

The Dawn of Wigs: Ancient Egypt


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.

Wigs in ancient egypt

Wigs in Europe: The 1660s Renaissance


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.

European Wig

The 1900s: Synthetic Beginnings


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.

Wigs in ancient egypt

Today’s Wigs: Addressing Modern Needs


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.


Women now prefer wigs that offer a natural appearance and are lightweight for comfort. Breathable materials and advanced cap designs promote comfort and security.

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Shop Modern Wig Styles 

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.


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The Author: Christina Jones

Recognized as THE Wig Expert at The Wig Company. My fascination with wigs began at age 6 when I wielded scissors on Barbie's head. Since then, I've immersed myself in the world of wigs, utilizing my hairstylist background to explore endless possibilities. Now, I have the privilege of sharing my knowledge with you!

Engaging with remarkable women who embody bravery, courage, and beauty has been invaluable. I am humbled to meet each and every one of you and provide assistance in any way possible.