What Are Wigs Made Of?

Wigs are worn for a variety of reasons, including prosthetic, cosmetic, and practical purposes. People that lost all or a fraction of their hair due to sickness or genetic baldness can conceal the condition. They may wear wigs for purely cosmetic reasons, to quickly get a longer or thicker hairstyle or a unique hue. Many people have saved themselves thousands of dollars that could have been used for styling through having several wigs in their wardrobe. Remember that this also helps during travel because it can be cumbersome to find the best hair care center to help look after your hair.

The history of wigs

Anthropologists believe that wigs were used as far back as 100,000 years ago, based on an ivory sculpture of a woman’s head unearthed in southwestern France. Wigs were very prominent among ancient Egyptians, who mostly shaved their hair to help them look more neat and clean. The ancient inhabitants of  Egypt who couldn’t afford fashionable wigs used options that were made from sheep’s wool and palm leaves which were mounted on a porous cloth. The poorest could often wear felt caps to help them to protect their heads from the scorching sun. An Egyptian sculpture that is made from clay dates back to around 2500 B.C wore a   removable wig.

The British Museum houses a wonderfully crafted wig that was discovered in the Temple of Isis at Thebes. The discovery was made more than 3000 years ago. The wig is meticulously crafted using tiny curls that still look crisp and perfectly organized.

What are wigs made from?

There are many materials for making wigs, and the material that is used ultimately determines the quality of the wig and also its price. Nylon, acrylic, or polyester is the majority in the market because they are easy to style, and also quite affordable.

Jute fibers were utilized as imitation hair in musical wigs from the early 1900s. Yak hair from Tibet is now a popular material for theatrical wigs, especially those worn by clowns.  This bovine species’ hair keeps a set well, is easily colored, and can endure stains from food, creams, and more.

Synthetic hair wigs are popular for a variety of reasons. They are relatively affordable. Significant material advancements over the last decade have resulted in synthetic hair that looks and feels more like real hair. 

Furthermore, synthetic wigs are substantially lighter than genuine hair wigs. They hold a style well—so well that restyling can be difficult. Synthetic fibers, on the other hand, do not move as organically as human hairs and tend to frizz due to friction along collar lines. Synthetic hair also is heat susceptible and can get quickly damaged.

Some firms combine synthetic and natural hair to create wigs that have the style-retaining characteristics of synthetic hair as well as the natural movement of human hair.  However, because different varieties of hair require different kinds of care, this can make maintenance more difficult.

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