When you admire yourself in front of a mirror with a well-made wig, you must never have imagined that the history of wigs is so long that it even dating back to ancient Egypt. As a fashion accessory, wigs have been honored and neglected in the long history. Let's learn about the history of the origin of wigs!
The originator of wigs is ancient Egypt, and there are many sites where mummies wearing wigs have been unearthed, the oldest of which is a female mummy from Hierakonpolis, an ancient city of Egypt, around 3400 BC.In Egypt, both men and women have the habit of shaving their heads. First of all, the climate of Egypt is hot , and it is more comfortable to have no hair. Second, lice were a big problem at that time, the ancient Egyptians believed that hair was unclean and tended to nourish dirt like lice, and a bald head can help avoid the dangers of lice infestation. However, the ancient Egyptians seem to be very concerned about their apperence. As a result, wigs came into being, The wig can also protect the bald head from the scorching sun. Gradually, wigs became part of the daily wears of ancient Egyptians, becoming a symbol of personal identity and their social or political status. The more sophisticated the wig, the higher the social status of the wearer.
There are also Greeks and Romans who wear wigs， especially the Romans. Their wigs were mostly made of slave hair. During the Roman Empire, Faustina, the ancient Roman queen, created a hairstyle that was popular for two centuries. The ladies of Rome often wore ornate wigs to thicken and style their hair.
However, the most influential thing is the popular modern European wig, and its origin is also quite interesting. It is said that in France in the early 17th century, the reigning King Louis XIII bald prematurely due to the treatment of syphilis, so he began to wear exquisite wigs to cover up the symptoms of hair loss. There is also a saying that syphilis boosting the wig industry. Wearing wigs has caused countless imitations of the upper classes. By the end of the reign of the "Sun King" Louis XIV, the popularity of wigs has far exceeded the French aristocracy, and became the most basic element of aristocratic clothing.
By the end of the 18th century, young people began to like to brush their hair into a more natural style. Although wigs still look cool and continue
to be used, they are no longer a fashion accessory that people wear every day, but have become the patent of the old-fashioned uncles and aunts who attended the court. During the French Revolution, with the civil strife in France, people opposed the luxury of the nobility, the importance of wigs in France began to decline day by day.
In the 21st century, more wigs used to beautify hairstyles, and wigs have become synonymous with a fashion trend. The pathological hair loss and mental hair loss of modern people are becoming more and more serious, and the number of people with baldness is increasing. The wig is convenient and the craftsmanship is skilled, which just responds to this problem. Today, wigs have become a daily necessity, just like clothes, jewelry, shoes and perfume. Now the fate of wigs has entered a new phase. Because of the beauty-loving nature of human beings, it will never go away