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Men and Women Have Worn Wigs for Centuries

People have worn wigs throughout history.

Wigs have an important part in history around the world.

Most people know wigs are a popular option for those who are unhappy with the look of their hair; however, wearing wigs is not a new trend. In fact, using wigs as a hair enhancement has been a common practice in many cultures throughout history.

Ancient Cultures

The ancient Egyptians completely shaved their heads to stay more comfortable during the hottest months and prevent lice infestations from spreading. They would then use full cap hair replacements made out of human hair, wool or natural fibers, depending on their status. Wigs helped the Egyptians protect their heads from the sun and allowed them to wear elaborate styles, such as gold adorned braids. Full or partial cap hair replacements were also used by:

  • Greeks
  • Romans
  • Assyrians
  • Phoenicians

On the other hand, in ancient cultures, such as in China and Japan, hair enhancement wigs were only used by actors performing in theaters or worn for ceremonial traditions.

Wigs in Christianity

During periods of Christian influence, wigs became less popular as women were often required to cover their heads. Beauty became less ornamental and more austere, leading people to use less makeup, hair enhancement and fashionable clothing to keep themselves looking good. After the beginning of the Renaissance, however, women started adorning their heads and hair with veils and sparkling jewels. The increased attention to their hair led many women to wear wigs that featured elaborate hairstyles, such as curls, braids and other styles that would be difficult to fix every day.

France and England

Perhaps the most famous examples of hair enhancement come from France and England. In France, the trend started after French leader Louis XIII began prematurely balding. To disguise his condition, he began wearing partial cap hair replacements. Eventually, wigs and other full cap hair replacements became essential fashion pieces for members of French high society looking for big, curly and elaborate hairstyles.

In the same way France’s leaders popularized wigs, England’s Queen Elizabeth also made hair enhancements popular in her country. Wig making became a lucrative profession during her reign because most court-going citizens used them to be in style for everyday events and balls. Large, powdered wigs were essential additions to any wardrobe of the time.

Current Trends

Although wigs are not quite as popular now, they are still used by many people to cover medical conditions like balding or add more to existing hair styles. Full and partial cap hair replacements allow many people to cover their heads with confidence and improve their looks.

If you are looking for stylish hair enhancements, contact us. We have the experience needed to provide you with the latest style, care and product information to keep your wig looking great!

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Tips for Choosing the Right Wig: Part One

Learn how to use the right hair enhancement.

A full cap hair replacement can often be your best choice.

If you are looking for a full or partial cap hair replacement to add to your existing style or cover medically related hair loss, choosing the right wig may seem confusing and difficult. With so many options available, you may struggle to narrow down all of your hair enhancement options. To make the best decision for your new hair, there are a few things to consider.

Face Shape

Before you begin to consider the color or material for your hair system, it’s important to know your face shape so you can choose the best look. When choosing a wig, consider the following face shapes:

  • Oval: Most hair styles look great on oval faces
  • Square: Longer wigs with many layers
  • Oblong: Curly wigs
  • Heart shaped: Chin length wigs

If you don’t know your face shape, use your measurements to determine which wig would look best on you. Wig experts can also help you determine which hair enhancement would best highlight your features.

Lifestyle

It’s important to consider your lifestyle, hobbies and profession when choosing a full cap hair replacement. If you work in a professional office, you may need to consider natural colors, rather than bright, unnatural looks. For those who work in the heat or humid environments, full or partial cap replacements made from human hair can easily lose their style; synthetic hair may be a better choice in this case. You should also consider how much you’ll need to touch your wig. If you go to the gym every day and need to put your hair up, for example, you might want to look for wigs that are easily styled on the go.

Fitting

One of the most important factors when choosing a hair system is fit. Wigs that are too large or small for your head fall off easily, which could be embarrassing for everyone involved. To avoid such mishaps, measure your own head or seek the advice of a wig expert to make sure your hair enhancement fits properly and won’t cause any problems.

Color

With so many style options available for full cap hair replacement, it’s essential to find the color that looks the best on your skin tone. Consider the natural color of your hair, eyebrows and eyes to find the perfect match for you.

For the latest information on wig care and other hair enhancements, contact us. Our professional stylists are here to help you choose and care for your wig.

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