The History Of Wigs In Africa

Jun 22, 2020 1:58:18 AM

The History Of Wigs In Africa

The ancient Egyptians in Africa began to use wigs more than 4000 years ago. They were also the first people in the world to use wigs and spread them to Europe.

Wigs also appear in many forms of performing art.Wigs are one of the court costumers of barristers and judges in Britain and most Commonwealth countries. 

Modern wigs have been more and more used in life to match clothing or make up for hair shortage.

The ancient Egyptians began to popularize wigs in the early dynasties, and from the third to the sixth dynasties, it was common for men and women to wear wigs made of wool mixed with human hair.

The length and style of wigs are differed from social status and times. Since the Middle Kingdom, regardless of wealth, status and gender, people have shaved their hair and beard, put on wigs and fake mustaches, and only allow their hair to grow when they are in mourning, otherwise, they will be ridiculed.

For this phenomenon, Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, thought that the ancient Egyptians thought that the head would be hard if they were exposed to the sun, but this had no scientific basis and could not explain the habit of wearing wigs. 

Later, some people thought that the ancient Egyptians loved to be clean, and their hair and beard were easy to hide dirt. So they shaved their hair and beard and put on wigs to prevent their head from being sunburned. However, some people questioned that wearing a wig instead of real hair was not as clean as leaving hair.

It has been suggested that in Ancient Egypt, although anyone except the pariah could wear wigs, the pattern of wigs worn by people of different classes was strictly regulated and could not be arrogated. In addition to fake hair, pharaohs, male nobles and officials, and fake beards are symbols of status and power.

In Ancient Egypt, wigs were mainly curled and braided. In ancient Greek mythology, all gods had golden flesh and Lazuli hair, so noble wigs were often dyed blue.

Generally speaking, women's wigs are more natural, while men's wigs are more sophisticated.

In the ancient kingdom, the length of Brazilian human hair lace front wigs was from ear to shoulder. At that time, there was no habit of shaving, but to keep short hair plus wig, or to add wig to real hair. Royal or aristocratic women tie their hair into three braids.

After the Middle Kingdom, the female wig falls vertically on her shoulder from the top of her head along her face. Occasionally, a small lock of hair is coiled into a spiral shape.

For men, the length of the shoulder touch is always short, which is shaped by small curls, in a small triangle or square shape. The forehead is cut horizontally or in an arc shape. When wearing, a small part of the forehead is exposed, covering both ears and the back of the neck.

The untouchables cover their heads with plain faces. The Egyptians in the New Kingdom preferred to embellish the tail of the wig with long tassels, among which the short wig was popular in the Amarna era.

In addition, there are a variety of wigs, which are suitable for special occasion as headwear. Ancient Egyptian women will wear fragrant cone-shaped ornaments on their gorgeous wigs when they attend festivals. The perfume in the ornaments will gradually melt over time and penetrate into the wigs to send out fragrance.

Some wigs are also padded with jujube and coconut fiber to make them fuller.In addition to using wigs while living, ancient Egyptians also used wigs for burial. They believed that they need to wear wigs when they go to another world. Archaeologists also found wigs for burial in many ancient tombs.

Wigs are made of  real hair wig, wool or plant fibers, such as straw, date palm fiber and other materials. Among them, those made of real human hair are the most advanced and expensive. Medium priced wigs are blend of real human hair and plant fiber. Cheap ones are all made of plant fiber.

Some of the wigs and no virgin hair are connected with real hair by knitting and knots, others are fixed directly on the scalp by honey wax, resin or beeswax, and some are tied with belts like wearing hats.

Because ancient Egyptians attached great importance to wigs, they would put the wigs that they didn't wear in a special box for collection, put them in a storage rack or box, and often sprinkle petals, cinnamon sawdust, perfume, etc. on the wigs to make the wigs fragrant.

Furthermore, the wig manufacturing industry was also a respected industry at that time, and it was also one of the types of jobs available for women. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of many wig factories in the area.

The history of anything is rich and colorful. It is because of the rich and colorful history of wigs that they are popular now. If you want to know the popular wig styles, please log in to the West Kiss Wig for query.

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