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arrangement of artificial or human hair worn to conceal baldness, as a disguise, or as part of a costume, either theatrical, ceremonial, or fashionable. In ancient Egypt the wig was worn to protect the head from the sun; short-haired and in many tiers or long and thickly plaited, the wig was an ingenious structure and rather formalized in appearance. Roman women, who favored light hair, often wore blond wigs. The wig came into popular fashion in Europe in the 17th cent. First worn in France during the reign of Louis XIII, who himself wore a wig of long curls that was meant to simulate real hair, the fashion became widespread during the reign of Charles II of England. As human hair was both difficult to obtain and expensive, the hair of horses and goats was often used. The natural wig eventually gave way to the formal peruke or periwig. Later (c.1690) scented pomade and white powder of starch and plaster of Paris were used on the wigs; pink, gray, and blue powder were fashionable as the fad grew. At its height during the reign of Louis XV, the powdered wig was out of fashion by 1794. The periwig gradually gave way to a smaller wig with horizontal curls above the ears and with the back drawn into a loose queue and tied with a bow. By 1788 men began to wear their own hair tied at the back (and sometimes powdered) in imitation of a wig; wigs however continued their hold on the professional classes and can be seen today in the official dress of English courts. After 1800, as long hair for men lost favor, the wig became a part of women's fashions. Today the use of the wig is dictated by fashion.



a covering of hair for the head, made of human hair, animal hair, or synthetic material sewn onto a cloth foundation. Wigs were widely worn in ancient Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, and other countries. They were very popular in ancient Greece and Rome from the first century A.D., mainly among women. Wigs were introduced in Europe at the end of the 16th century. They became obligatory for the nobility and the state employees in the 18th century but at the end of the century went out of style. Wigs have continued to be traditional for judges in a number of foreign countries into the 20th century. In the late 1960’s, wigs again became fashionable for everyday wear. Wigs are used in the theater and in films to alter an actor’s appearance and achieve certain make-up effects. Trick wigs, with concealed mechanisms, are sometimes used in the circus.

What does it mean when you dream about a wig?

A dream about wearing a wig could represent everything from disguising oneself under a new identity to adopting false or unnatural ideas. It has also been said that wearing a wig in a dream could reflect anxiety about losing one’s hair.

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Through generous donations from friends and family, Francesca has already raised PS500 for the charity, which is enough to purchase one wig, which costs on average between PS350-PS500.
Although extensions remain in demand, wigs are a great alternative to extensions and have gained popularity for the versatility a wig can offer.
A bevy of models walked the runway adorned in vagina wigs to present designer Kaimin's 2018 Spring / Summer collection, 'Oriental Garden'.
Some women also affirmed that it was expensive to visit the saloon or pay for the services of hairdressers, adding that they had resorted to wearing wigs.
Rebecca, (pictured) who holds an official NHS contract for supplying wigs to hospital patients, will open her new store Morgan's Wigs this Saturday (January 20) on Charles Street in Hoole.
One of the editors of the Nigerian Lawyer blog wrote that wigs weren't made for the sweltering Lagos heat, where lawyers melted under their garb.
It was not immediately clear how the wigs were found to fall below standards.
As the requests for wigs continued to roll in from around the world, she realised that she was going to need help.
How to donate your hair The Rapunzel Foundation is delighted to accept hair donations from anyone wishing to give their hair towards a wig for someone who has long-term hair loss.
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I can remember being a little girl and hearing all the commotion in my house from my mom, aunts, and grandmother when picking out their wigs for the day.