Because of the rampant use of wigs in the entertainment industry, many ordinary people have already followed suit, wearing wigs on a daily basis when going to work or at least for attending parties in the evenings and weekends. Wig retailers and manufacturers have actually reported a considerable increase in the sales of their products within the last decade or so.
All this may cause one to think that wigs are a fairly new trend in the beauty industry but the truth is that they have actually been around for several centuries. They may be more popular in the mainstream these days but since the 1600s, people all over the world have already been using these hairpieces, either to make a fashion statement, to make their social status known, to conform to ceremonial practices, and many other reasons.
According to historical findings, the first wigs were worn not for any of the modern purposes but to serve as protection against the extreme heat of the sun. There was a time when the Egyptians suffered from lice infestation, which led them to shave off their hair, leaving their heads exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. They fashioned wigs to protect their heads from the headaches that they were getting while working in the sun.
It didn’t take long for these early wigs to evolve into some kind of social status symbol, separating the upper from the lower class. This practice was adapted in many cultures, including the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Assyrians and the Romans.
Eventually, wigs took on a more practical role in society. People wore them if they didn’t have time to fix their hair because of a busy routine at home. When chemotherapy was developed, patients wore wigs to conceal the baldness that was one of the side effects of the treatment.
Today, people wear wigs mostly for purposes of fashion and convenience. If you are interested in buying a wig, there are thousands of choices available today in all colors, styles, and lengths. With a little bit of patience, you will surely be able to find one that will work for whatever purpose you want to use it.
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