Tresses Through Time: The Evolving Fashion of Wigs

Written by: Christina Jones



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

From Ancient Adornments to Modern Must-Haves – Uncover the Transformation of Wig Fashion

Travel through the corridors of time to witness the transformative journey of wigs. What began as a head covering for nobility has become a staple of style and self-expression. This retrospective will take you from the ancient world's use of wigs to today's cutting-edge creations, highlighting pivotal moments that have shaped wig fashion.

Ancient Beginnings:

Our timeline starts in the courts of the pharaohs, where wigs were symbols of status made from palm leaf fibers and wool. These pieces weren't just practical, protecting wearers from the sun; they were also deeply integrated into the cultural fabric of ancient societies.

European Resurgence:

Fast-forward to the European courts of the 17th century, where the wig became a sign of sophistication and social standing. It was a time of elaborate powdered wigs and periwigs, symbols of wealth during the reigns of monarchs like Louis XIV and Charles II.

Victorian Elegance:

In the Victorian era, wigs became more subdued, with elegant updos reflecting the period's modesty and refinement. Hairpieces and enhancements were commonly used to create the voluminous hairstyles of the time.

The Twentieth Century:

As the 20th century rolled in, wigs mirrored the shifts in fashion. The roaring '20s saw the introduction of the bob, a statement of rebellion against traditional norms. By the 1960s, wigs had become a symbol of freedom and experimentation, with styles varying from the beehive to more natural looks.

Wigs in ancient egypt

The Modern Age:


Today, wigs are celebrated for their diversity and inclusivity, with styles ranging from long luxurious locks to short sassy cuts, in a variety of textures and colors. Innovations in materials, from synthetic hair to 100% Remy human hair, have allowed for wigs that are more realistic, comfortable, and suited to individual needs than ever before.

The back of 15 long wigs and shoulders

 Wig Cap Technology:


Underneath it all is the technology of wig caps, which has evolved to offer options like lace fronts for a natural hairline, monofilament tops for realistic parting, and 100% hand-tied caps for a supremely natural look and feel. The Wig Company's the Ultra-Lite Styles designed with a light weight construction of less than 2 oz that provides unparalleled comfort.

Inside a wig cap

The Future of Wigs:

As we look to the future, we can expect wigs to continue their trajectory of innovation. Sustainable materials, custom-fit technology, and advancements in realistic fiber promise to make wigs an even more integral part of fashion and lifestyle.


From necessity to accessory, wigs have not just adorned heads, they've told stories, marked eras, and signified shifts in culture and identity. The Wig Company continues this tradition, offering a wide selection of styles that pay homage to the past while embracing the innovations of the future.

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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.