Wigs and Toupees
Thinning hair is a not an uncommon problem, and can be a real source of low-self-esteem in those that it affects. Faced by both men and women, hair loss can be caused by many things, including hormonal changes, genetic predisposition, thyroid conditions, high stress levels, damaging treatments, some prescription drugs, and the habit of twisting or pulling the hair. While there are many treatments that may offer a slowing or reversal of hair loss, at times we may find ourselves needing to purchase a wig or a hair piece. Wigs are used temporarily and permanently, and for both purely cosmetic purposes and medical hair loss reasons. Regardless of the reason, a hair piece allows you to instantly and temporarily change your hair style, and can make the stress and embarrassment of hair loss an opportunity to explore a daring new style or look. Luckily, both science and style have come together to fashion a variety of incredibly realistic-looking good-quality wigs and hair pieces that are both aesthetically-pleasing and comfortable for the user.
A Brief History of Wigs
Human beings have always had a love affair with hair. In fact, we have been creating dynamic wigs and hair pieces since the 4th century BC, for a variety of reasons:
- Wigs were a symbol of high social status in ancient Egypt and 16th through 18th century Europe and North America. 269
- In France, wigs were used in the past to avoid social stigma from superstitions about red hair. 269
- In ancient Rome, by law prostitutes had to bleach their hair blonde or wear blonde wigs. 269
- The Egyptians elite often used wigs for cosmetic reasons. Even the soldiers are depicted as wearing short curly wigs. Other than kilts or loincloths and sandals, this is all they have on. Queens are often shown wearing heavy tripartite wigs (symbols of royalty), and were buried with them. Interestingly, Nefertiti was the only queen to be portrayed as wearing a wig. Some depictions show her with her head shaved, others wearing a cap or large, flattened top crown.270
It is interesting to note that during times when wearing a wig was a sign of high social status, rejecting wigs historically became a symbol of revolution in both the United States and France. 269
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