Welcome my fellow learners, today I am going to talk about the history of the wig, and believe it or not you men should also read this, I think you will be shocked with what you read.
Anyway, away we go then.
Many years ago before we even learned how to walk like an Egyptian, the real ones cornered the market on wigs. Believe it not, both the men and the women indulged in this extravagance. Depending on their social standing, would mean the difference of scratching your head to death from using a wig made from sheep’s wool or vegetable fibers, to having luscious locks made from real human hair, which begs the question of “who is the poor soul running around baldy”?
Now, how ridiculous where these Egyptians, they walked around sporting beautifully made wigs, but in fact most of them actually shaved their heads due to the blistering heat. And then put wigs on their heads to protect them from the sun, boggles the mind!!!!
Other civilizations caught on to this trend, such as the Greeks, Phoenicians Assyrians, and let’s not exclude my ever loving blood thirsty Romans. But the Romans as usual took it a step further, and actually attained the hair for their wigs from slaves. And now, all you modern ladies out there, the Roman women actually used these hair pieces as extensions for their own hair, which means that all the hair extension ideas available today, are in fact stolen from ancient cultures.
Many of us who love to watch historical dramas or movies, will have seen at least one drama about Louis Xlll who actually sported a wig most of his life due to premature baldness. By the end of this Sun King's rule, wig wearing had spread beyond the nobility. Kings across Europe wore wigs as part of a nobilities wardrobe.
Another memorable royal who wore wigs was Queen Elizabeth I of England. Wigs by then were so common that most people wore them. The name wig was actually the name of a long curly wig that Charles II wore, but at the time was known as the periwig. These shorter versions can still be seen today, mostly worn by solicitors, barristers, or lawyers in modern day British Courts of Law