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History of Wigs
By Caroline Cox
Wigs are artificial heads of hair, either cunningly concealing baldness or glaringly obvious fashion items in their own right. The Jewish sheitel, for instance, is worn for religious reasons where a woman's natural hair is shielded from the gaze of all men who are not her husband. The Talmud teaches that the sight of a woman's hair constitutes an arousal or sexual lure; thus a woman hiding her hair helps protect the fabric of Jewish society. The entertainer Elton John's obvious ginger weave is, of course, completely different, worn to retain an air of youth and as a disguise for baldness.
The earliest Egyptian wigs (c. 2700 B.C.E.) were constructed of human hair, but cheaper substitutes such as palm leaf fibers and wool were more widely used. They denoted rank, social status, and religious piety and were used as protection against the sun while keeping the head free from vermin. Up until the 1500s, hair tended to be dressed as a foundation for headdresses, but by the end of the century hairstyles became higher and more elaborate constructions in which quantities of false hair were used to supplement the wearer's own. Hair was gummed and powdered, false curls and ringlets were in fashion, and, in some cases, a complete head of false hair called a perruque, was worn. The French perruque was colloquially known as a peruke, periwyk, periwig, and eventually the diminutive wig by 1675.
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
The seventeenth century saw the complete resurgence of the wig and it became the height of fashion for both men and women, with many shaving their heads beneath for both comfort and fit. Hair historian Richard Corson sees the ascendance of Louis XIV to the French throne as pivotal. The king supplemented his thinning hair with false pieces until "eventually he agreed to have his head shaved, which was done daily thereafter, and to wear a wig." (Corson, p. 215) By the eighteenth century, those who had the finances had a large wig for formal occasions and a smaller one for use in the home. The larger or more "full bottomed" the wig, the more expensive, thus they were also a mark of class and income and the target of wig snatch-ers. If one was unable to afford a wig, one made one's natural hair look as wiglike as possible. By the mid-eighteenth century, white was the favored color for wigs, and they were first greased then powdered with flour or a mixture of starch and plaster of paris in the house's wig closet using special bellows. Lucrative trades were constructed around their care and maintenance, such as hairdressing, so-called because hair was dressed rather than cut. Women's wigs were particularly high, powdered, and bejeweled, and the subject of much caricature. To achieve the look, hair was harvested from the heads of the rural working classes. Richard Corson noted that the full wig was disappearing by about 1790, however, "when there was a good deal of natural hair in evidence" (Corson, p. 298).
Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
After this brief period of respite during the French Revolution, when a natural look and thus natural hair was fashionable, the elaborately dressed hairstyles of the Victorian and Edwardian era demanded a myriad of false pieces or fronts and transformations. As the feminine ideal in the Edwardian era required enormous hairstyles, the natural bulk of the hair was padded out. Lady Violet Harvey recalled, "Enormous hats often poised on a pyramid of hair, which if not possessed, was supplied, pads under the hair to puff it out were universal and made heads unnaturally big. This entailed innumerable hairpins. My sister and I were amazed to see how much false hair and pads were shed at 'brushing time.' (Hardy, p. 79) " The building of massive hairstyles was dependent on the use of postiche, the French word for "added hair" and styles included fringes, fronts, switches, pompadour rolls, and frizettes. All hairdressers had a workroom in which postiches were made for sale wherein the posticheur prepared hair. Hair combings were saved and then drawn through a hackle (a flat board with metal teeth sticking upward) to straighten them. Hair was sorted into bundles ready to be curled into false pieces or curled by a device called a bigoudis made of wood or hardened clay. Sections of hair were rolled up on the bigoudis and then dropped into water mixed with soda. After being boiled for several hours the dry hair was then unwound and stored-a method that dates back to the Egyptians. If too little hair was obtained from combings it came from other women. It was a commodity to be exploited and one famous source was the Hair Market at Morlans in the Pyrenees, one of a number of hiring fairs where dealers literally bought the hair from women's heads. Much hair was also imported from Asia Minor, India, China, and Japan and boiled in nitric acid to remove the color and vermin. Men wore wigs, too, but this was to hide baldness.
1920s to Present
With the introduction of the new bobbed hairstyle in the 1920s, wigs fell out of favor and were worn by older women who were not interested in the newly shorn look. Their use returned in the 1950s, but only as a way of having temporary fantasy hairstyles. The most renowned wigmakers and hairdressers in Europe were Maria and Rosy Carita. In black hairdressing, though, the wig was of supreme importance allowing for fashionable styles without undergoing the time-consuming, and in some instances painful, process of straightening. Black stars such as Diana Ross were known for their stylish wig collections in the mid-1960s. It was not really until the late 1960s that wigs underwent a massive renaissance in white hairdressing practices. Rapidly changing fashion, a space-age chic and the vogue for drip-dry clothes in new man-made fabrics led to a vogue for the artificial over the natural. By 1968 there was a wig boom and it is estimated that one-third of all European women wore what hair-dressers called a "wig of convenience." Men still tended to wear wigs differently moving further toward the naturalism that many women were rejecting. Until the early 1950s, all wigs were made by hand. However, the invention of the machine-made, washable, nylon and acrylic wig in Hong Kong led to cheap, mass-produced wigs flooding the market. The novelty fashion wig or hair-piece became one of Hong Kong's fastest growing exports and by 1970 the industry employed 24,000 workers. In 1963 British imports of wigs and hairpieces from Hong Kong was worth £200,000 ($350,000); by 1968 it was almost £5 million ($8.78 million). By 1969 around forty percent of wigs were synthetic and the leading companies in wig development were the American firm Dynel and the Japanese Kanekalon, who both used modacrylics to create wigs that were easy to care for and held curl well. In the late twentieth century, many false forms of hair are used and the change from a long to a short hair-style can be completed at a whim with extensions that have moved from black hairdressing to white hairdressing. Singers such as Beyoncé and Britney Spears use weaves of all styles and colors openly.
Corson, Richard. Fashions in Hair: The First Five Thousand Years. London: Peter Owen, 1965.
Cox, Caroline. Good Hair Days: A History of British Hairstyling. London: Quartet, 1999.
Hardy, Lady Violet. As It Was. London: Christopher Johnson, 1958.
Based on an ivory carving of a woman's head found in southwestern France, anthropologists speculate that wigs may have been used as long as 100,000 years ago. Wigs were quite popular among ancient Egyptians, who cut their hair short or shaved their heads in the interests of cleanliness and comfort (i.e., relief from the desert heat). While the poor wore felt caps to protect their heads from the sun, those who could afford them wore wigs of human hair, sheep's wool, or palm-leaf fiber mounted on a porous fabric. An Egyptian clay figure that dates to about 2500 b.c. wears a removable wig of black clay. The British Museum holds a beautifully made wig at least 3,000 years old that was found in the Temple of Isis at Thebes; its hundreds of tiny curls still retain their carefully arranged shape.
Louis XIV and wigs
from "The Hair at the Eitheenth Century" on TheHistoryoftheHairsWorld.com
The wear of wigs in men started to be very popular at the end of the 17th century, while the reign in France of Louis XIV, the Sun King. All his court began to use wigs, and as France was the pattern of the fashion for all Europe at that age, the use of wigs was spread to the rest of the courts of the continent. In 1680 Louis XIV had 40 wigmakers designing his wigs at the court of Versailles.
Top 10 Facts About Wigs
1. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘wig’ has been a word for “a kind of bun or small cake made of fine flour” since the 14th century.
2. On Good Friday 1664, Samuel Pepys recorded in his diary, “Home to the only Lenten supper I have had of wiggs and ale.”
3. ‘Wig’ (short for ‘periwig’) has only been used for artificial hair since 1675.
4. The ancient Egyptians around 350BC wore wigs to cover their heads which had been shaven to be free of vermin.
5. Mozart wore a wig to cover a deformity of his left ear.
6. Queen Elizabeth I owned 150 wigs.
7. The word ‘bigwig’ comes from an old tendency for the most important officials to wear the biggest wigs.
8. In 1765, wigmakers marched through London to present the King with a petition demanding that certain professions should be forced to wear wigs.
9. They were beaten up and shaved bald by rioters angry that the wigmakers were not wearing wigs.
10. More wigs were made for The Two Towers, the second Lord of the Rings film, than any other film.
- 41 million-The approximate number of potential trick or treaters that may be out and about this year on Halloween night. (Don’t worry—they won’t all be in your neighborhood!)
- 116.7 million-The approximate number of potential “stops” for those hungry, candy seeking trick or treaters.
- 92%-Percentage of households with residents who think of their neighborhoods as safe; additionally 78% said there was no place within 1 mile of their residence that they would be afraid to walk at night.
- One billion pounds-quantity of pumpkin products produced by major pumpkin producing states in 2010.
- 1,177-number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produce chocolate and cocoa products.
- 409-Number of U.S. establishments that manufacture non-cocoa confectionary products.
- 24.7 pounds-per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.
Halloween Fast Facts
from CNN Library
Here is some spooky background information about Halloween, celebrated annually in the United States on October 31. In 2015, Halloween is on a Saturday.
The word Halloween is an abbreviated version of the phrases All Hallows' Eve or All Hallows' Evening.
Halloween comes from an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago called Samhain (prono: SOW ehn).
The festival took place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northwestern France.
Samhain means "summer's end" and marks the beginning of winter. Samhain is also thought to celebrate the beginning of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that Samhain was a time when the dead could walk among the living.
Trick-or-treating began in areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. People went house-to-house "souling" - asking for small breads called "soul cakes" in exchange for prayer.
Adults also went door-to-door asking for food and drinks in exchange for a song or dance.
Jack-o'-lanterns are the symbol of Halloween. People in Ireland and Scotland originally used beets or turnips as lanterns on Halloween.
An Irish legend says that jack-o'-lanterns are named for a man called Jack who could not go to heaven or hell and was forced to walk the earth forever with only a coal from hell to light his lantern.
The name jack-o'-lantern can also be derived from the night watchman who would light the street lanterns every evening.
Immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought Halloween to the United States in the 1800s. Haitian and African immigrants brought voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft.
Halloween Statistics for 2014:
(ALL from the National Retail Federation)
Spending in the United States this year is estimated to reach $7.4 billion, up from 2013's $6.9 billion.
Consumers are projected to spend $77.52 per person, with an average of $29.26 on costumes and $23.40 on candy.
46.2% will decorate their home or yard, and 45.8% will wear a costume.
14.3 percent of people will dress up their pets.
Top Children's Costumes for 2014
1. Princess - 7.4% - 3,408,518
2. Animal (Dog, Cat, Lion, Monkey) - 6.4% - 2,973,388
3. Spiderman - 5.6% - 2,610,780
4. "Frozen" character - 5.6% - 2,574,519
5. Action/Superhero - 4.6% - 2,139,389
Top Adult Costumes for 2014
1. Witch - 8.9% 4,825,715
2. Animal (Cat, Dog, Rabbit, etc) - 4.8% 2,613,929
3. Batman - 3.6% - 1,977,203
4. Pirate - 3.4% - 1,843,155
5. Zombie - 3.3% - 1,776,131
Top Pet Costumes for 2014 (no data for # of pets)
1. Pumpkin - 10.8%
2. Hot Dog - 6.7%
3. Devil - 5.3%
4. Bumblebee - 4.0%
5. Cat 3.4%
from the Article "Colonial Fashion Trends: What the Founding Fathers Wore" on ConstutionalFacts.com
"The concept of the powdered wig emerged in France the mid 17th century. King Louis XIII was the man first responsible for the trend, as he wore a wig (original called "periwig") to cover his premature balding. As the trend began in royalty, they developed an upper-class, conservative status. People who wore them were among the "elites" in society.
"The first wigs were made from goat and horse hair, and because they were never properly washed they smelled quite terrible, and tended to attract lice.
"To combat the unfortunate odor and unwanted parasites, the wig-wearer would "powder" his wig. The powder was usually made up of finely ground starch and scented with lavender."