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The World of Wigs
Wigs were worn by both men and women in ancient civilizations. They were first made of human hair. In Egypt young girls often had pigtails while boys had shaved heads, except for one braided lock worn to one side. That must have been handsome!
Louis XIV didn't wear a wig until he was 35 years old. The king's personal barber was the only one who could see the king without his wig.
Men and women
often wore the same hair style. For centuries, men and
women have been wearing wigs. Wigs got more elaborate in some cultures.
They became more expensive and heavy, so that wearing a "big wig"
showed off wealth and position in society.
Wigs were maid out of horsehair, yak hair and human hair.
English judges began wearing wigs in the days of Queen
Anne and, even today, wear white wigs (made of nylon.)
Did they do that with a curling iron? Wigs
for men have grown less popular in the United States. (A hairpiece for a man is called a toupee.)
Today, mostly women wear them.
Wigs grew very popular in the 1960's, but they were made to look "fake" by using synthetic materials in funky colors! Hippie wigs! Today, wigs are still worn in most countries just to improve the appearance.