Wigs have been in fashion for thousands of years. From as far back as ancient Egypt, to as recent as the Jessica Simpson wig and hair piece line, wigs have been popular. They are used to disguise the loss of hair and to better the appearance. In the 16th century it was more common to wear a wig than to wear one’s own natural hair.
Royalty throughout the ages have worn wigs and hair pieces as a symbol of wealth and power.
Actors and actresses have worn wigs for hundreds, even thousands of years to help in their costumes and in ‘setting the stage.’
In more recent years, actresses such as Raquel Welch have popularized the fashion of wigs in America by creating their own line of products.
Wigs are now worn for many different reasons such as convenience. A wig can be styled ahead of time and does not take as long to style.
Wigs are also commonly worn by those suffering from a medical condition such at cancer but they are also worn by individuals who have had genetic hair loss because they are more affordable than hair replacement systems. The American Hair Loss Association says that about 40% of their cases are women; (this includes about 90 million women) and over 50% of these women’s hair loss is genetic.
In modern times wigs are also being worn for style’s sake. With a wig or a collection of wigs, a person has the choice of wearing a different style everyday and they can choose between colors, lengths and style, (curly, wave or straight).