Unraveling the Locks of Wigs A Historical Analysis by Yakeen Hafouda and Paul Devakar Yesudian
The use of wigs can be dated as far back as Ancient Egypt c.3400 BC. Mostly worn by the elites, Egyptian wigs served as both a sign of high rank and a practical way of protecting noble shaved heads from sunburn.
The Romans used wigs as a fashion accessory for wealthy women while men attached wigs to their scalp to hide their baldness.
In 16th century Europe, French and English royals used wigs as an aristocratic ornament for the upper-class. Later, in the 1700s, powdered wigs were the rage, as affluent households demanded even staff to wear them. Many avid wig wearers would shave their heads to be more comfortable.
The 19th century saw a sharp end to the wig trend, as men preferred more natural and shorter hair styles.
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