Wigs in history: from the 1800s to the present day


If you ever read about our previous aritcle “Wigs in history: from ancient Egypt to the eighteenth century“? Today, we’d like to talk about the wig from 800 to today.

In the nineteenth century there is a decline in the use of wigs.Thanks to the neoclassical taste they have a last wave of pride: powder is no longer used, they are used only by women, with mainly blond (and rarer brown) colors, with a line inspired by Greek shapes. Their use will however be very limited. There were therefore, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, flashbacks for wigs, albeit sporadic and of short duration. The fundamental difference, therefore, is that Up to the eighteenth century, wigs are used for aesthetic, social, fashion reasons, but the upheaval brought about by the French revolution puts an end to a practice, that of the wig, which referred to splendor and power. aristocratic, banned by revolutionaries and the spread of their ideas.

Nowadays, therefore, the wig has decidedly more practical purposes: it is linked to particular periods of celebration, such as carnival for example, or it is used as a prosthesis, in cases of alopecia. anticancer treatment (such as chemotherapy), can lead to problems of acceptance of one’s new appearance: from the point of view of social and psychological health, the wig therefore becomes an important and effective tool.

The individual hairs or groups of hair are provided on nets, equipped with elastic parts to be able to adhere to the head. , as in the past, there are wigs made up of synthetic and natural hair. Synthetic ones are often made of a very resistant microfiber. In the case of natural hair, on the other hand, the quality of the hair is very important, as there are different origins for hair: the European, more valuable, versus the oriental, less valuable. Even the color, which can be natural (untreated) or treated, as well as the hair assembly technique, affect quality and the final result: obviously, untreated natural hair, assembled with a natural direction, will give life to a more precious, showing a more natural effect. Looking at the wigs you enter the reading of our post “Wigs: between history and future”.


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