Wigs Then And Now

In the 17th century French wig makers made expensive human hair wigs. Cheaper versions were made of goat and horse hair. In the 18th century powdered wigs created white or off white colors to a lesser extent. The ground starch was colored violet, blue, pink or yellow.

Head lice and other diseases were common and wigs would hide sores so people shaved their heads and sent the hair to wig makers who boiled and cleaned the lice off. This was easier than than removing the insects from the persons own head.

People who could afford the longest pouffiest wigs were know as "big wigs", a term that is common even today. After the French revolution taxes were high on wig powder and short hair cuts replaced wig wearing.

In the sixties human hair falls, wigs and other pieces were very popular; however, they needed as much care as your own hair. The first synthetics were easily cared for and have become better. Today just looking at them is not enough to tell them from human hair.

Party wigs come in all colors. I have a collection of them myself as I sell them and have found that they aid me in different pursuits. For the Light up Lakewood parade I chose light lavendar with gold tinsel with my outfit. St. Patrick's brings out the green curly look. At the 4th of July, Lady Liberty wears light mint. To support the Save Lakewood Hospital group, I changed lady Liberty to red and matched the hair in a red wig.

A current trend my salon is stocking are Anime designs, with more to come. They are very fantasy-oriented. They round out our costume collections also with dreads, disco. I see them as fun. Our salon is Carabel Beauty Salon & Store. If you are interested in seeing any wigs it is best to call ahead for a phone consultation to see if we can supply you with what you need as we are small and our space is limited.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 4:44 PM, 03.29.2016