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Brief history of wig/toupee.

2019/01/07

Background


Due to cosmetic or convenience reasons, wigs are worn. People who have lost all or part of their hair because of illness or baldness can conceal their condition. People may wear them for fuller hairstyles or different colors in the interest of strict beauty (or changing their appearance). It is said using a wig avoids spending.

 

 

History

 

According to a sculpture of a woman's head found in southwestern France, anthropologists speculate that wigs might have been used 100,000 years ago. Wigs were popular among ancient Egyptians who cut their hair or shaved their head in order to be clean and comfortable in desert. The poor wore hats to protect their heads from the sun, while the rich wore human hair wigs/toupee, wool or palm fibers on porous fabrics.

 

Wigs are the rage both for personal use and performing cause their color and style revealed more natural outlook in ancient Greece. Ladies of quality from Imperial Rome wore blonde or red wigs made from the head of other countries’ captives.

 

In the mid-12th century, wigs were introduced in England, and increasing women began to wear them in the late 16th century. During the reign of Louis XIV, wearing wigs went into a higher degree and it became fashionable. Not only covered their bald heads but also made themselves look taller with towering hair. During the 1665 plague, hair’s supply falls short of demand so that patients' hair was used to make wigs from hearsay, which created a low grade of wig.

 

The enormous popularity of wigs in England declined markedly during the reign of George III. In fact, a large number of wig makers were going bankrupt that they marched through London to present the king for relief. Because few of wig makers were wearing wigs although they wanted to protect their jobs by forcing others to wear them, which made onlookers infuriated. Chaos happened soon afterwards wig manufacture fell down.

 

Louis XVI wigged his bald head with wigs, and the wig was prevalent throughout France in the late 18th century. It was in that environment ventilation techniques were invented. Small springs were sewn into the French wig by 1784, leaving them safe and sound. In 1805, a French invented a incarnate net for making wigs. A battery of other improvements had been took place including the use of knotting techniques, decorating methods and base basics. 

 

 

 

Raw Materials

 

By the early 1900s jute fibers were used as imitation hair in stagy wigs. Today, one of the favorite materials for stagy wigs(especially jokers’), is yak hair from Asia. The hair of this ox species holds a set well, is easily dyed, and withstands food and shaving cream assaults.

 

 

Some manufacturers blend synthetic and human hair for wigs that have both the style-retaining qualities of synthetic hair and the natural movement of human hair. However, this can complicate maintenance, since the different types of hair require different kinds of care. Shunfa insists on using human hair, which is still a superior choice for wig making due to its natural look and feeling. Women and hair traders contract to grow and sell hair.

 

After cutting, the hair is treated to peel the outer cortex to make the hair easier to handle. Easy to style unlike synthetic hair.