Origin Of Wigs

The first recorded use of wigs in history has been over 2000 years ago in ancient Egypt and Rome. However, these fanciful wigs gradually declined due to their high cost and extremely artificial nature. About 400 years back, wigs were reintroduced in France when the then monarch of France, Louis, started going bald and supplemented his coiffure with wigs. This reignited the fashion of wearing wigs. Wigs started becoming an indication of a person’s status – the bigger the status, the larger the wig worn. At this time, the cost of making wigs was exorbitant. Large wigs started becoming valuable and were passed on from generation to generation as an inheritance, like property and titles. Even poor people who could not afford wigs started styling their hair to resemble wigs. The fashion spread from France to England, where, even till very recent times, the judges in courts were mandated to wear enormous wigs of white hair to give them an aura or authority and respectability. This practice was done away with since the wigs started looking ludicrous in the recent context, when wigs started being used to hide scalp imperfections and baldness. As a result, the wigs of modern days began to resemble natural hair and were used as substitutes for them.

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