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August 16, 2013

Wigs And Hair Extensions: Here’s To 1500 Years of Fashion

Wigs and hair extensions can be valuable fashion accessories to complement your different looks. Many women, at one time or another has donned wigs, be it for Halloween or as part of a daily regimen. Hair extensions and wigs play a huge part in our culture.

The History of Hair Extensions and Wigs

The Egyptians began this practice 1500 years ago. The wig was created to complement festive holiday attire. Various historians have analyzed these primitive wig specimens and found that they were composed of vegetable and human hair. The history books say that somewhere in 900 B.C., Queen Isimkheb wore such a heavy wig that attendants had to help her walk. This massive headpiece is currently housed in the Cairo Museum. The specimen is made of human hair and covered in beeswax.

In the first-century B.C., Romans began to wear wigs as well. As barbaric as this may sound, Roman women preferred blond locks, which they took from their German captives. Due to the amount of German slaves, there was no shortage of flaxen hair. Royalty like Caligula and Empress Messalina loved donning blond headpieces when they went about town. Soon these coveted headpieces became a trademark of Roman prostitutes, as they became synonymous with lewdness and debauchery.

Thus, the Christian Church tried to ban them in the first century and went as far as to threaten the public that a person wearing a wig would not be eligible for a church blessing. In A.D. 692, it had gotten to the point where the Council of Constantinople would excommunicate a Christian for wearing a wig.

During the Reformation of 1517, these harsh laws were lifted. Thud, as expected, by 1580, these headpieces were the cutting edge in hair fashion. We can thank Elizabeth I, who was cursed with a receding hairline and thinning hair wore a wig constantly.

It is said that Mary Queen of Scots sported a headpiece herself, and that it went unnoticed until her beheading. While the Church made an effort to ban wigs once again, it was hard to do so as there were many clergymen who wore fashionable curly headpieces. Thus, they were allowed for laymen and even priests. However, women were forbidden to wear them.

From The Eighteenth Century to Date

Lawyers in eighteenth-century London wore wigs, and they still do to this very day. During the Colonial Period, the founding fathers sported powdered wigs. In the 1960s adding a “fall” to one’s short mane was quite popular.

These days, extensions have become more popular. If you are going through an awkward hair phase, it would be wise to invest in extensions to make your locks look better. Avalon School of Cosmetology’s salon experts can help you pick the best hair extensions to suit your taste and preferred hairstyle.

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