Friday, July 10, 2009

The Many Uses of Wigs

By Susan Green

Like hats, wigs are used to cover a person‘s head. Wigs come in all shapes and sizes, from straight to curly, short to long. Wigs are also available in a variety of colors and texture.

Wigs are worn by people for many reasons aside from covering natural hair loss. Some people wear wigs to change their hairstyles and hair colors albeit temporarily. Other people however use wigs not for aesthetic purposes but as part of tradition or the mandates of their professions.

In the olden days, the use of wigs signified power and wealth. English judges and lawyers used to wear wigs in the courtroom. Remember those white curly hairs worn by judges in old English movies?

These lawyers and judges use the wigs not for anything else but as part of their official functions.

The use of wigs is basically a necessity for people who have thinning hair or have excessive hair loss. The presence of hair even though in the form of a wig, can spell more confidence for bald people. In ancient times, the Egyptians wore wigs for the same reason people wore hats, and that is to protect their heads from the sun’s heat.

Wigs are widely used by performers, whether in movies or theaters, to help them delineate different roles that they portray. The use of wigs in theaters can somehow exaggerate the characters portrayed by actors and actresses.

For women, wigs are essential fashionable accessories because it enables them to transform from dull dark-haired girls to blonde bombshells. Women who have short hairs also wear longer wigs when it suits them. Ironically, the use of wigs as a fashion accessory can be attributed not to a woman, but to male French and English leaders who wore wigs that imitated real hair. France’s Louis XIII and England’s Charles’s II spearheaded the use of wigs as a fashion accessory.

But the wigs of the olden days were not always made of human hair due to the latter’s scarcity.

Believe it or not, wig manufacturers used the hairs of animals like goats and horses to create wigs.

The use of wigs for both men and women became more popular in the 18th century when the use of wigs became a status symbol. During that time, the wig colors varied from white to pink and there were even blue wigs.

The popularity of wigs in Asia during the 19th century led to the industrialization of the wig industry where manufacturers discovered the use of synthetic hair materials for the production of wigs.

The use of wigs as a fashion statement may have lost its popularity nowadays but this hair accessory is still being used for its functional purpose namely, to cover up hair loss or thinning hair. However, the use of wigs is still being practiced in theaters.

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How to Rock a Sweet Wig

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 24:  Actress Nicolette ...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

By Gao

Wigs are becoming common accessory among buyers, department stores and wholesale business operators. Buyers purchase wigs for various reasons-some want to transform their style, some want to give surprise to others in some special occasion, and others use them in order to hide some thinning patches of hair. In brief, it is undeniable that wearing a wig can help alter your look instantly, and users don't necessarily have to worry that the hair dye could do harm to the hair, or after bothersome processing getting a horrible hair style which differs from what was imagined initially and is unable to be changed for a very long time.

No matter holding what kind of motivation, wigs are just worth one's trying. In the department stores, a wide range of wigs made of diverse materials are presented. The popularity of wigs is of surely a good news for wig wholesale manufacturers. The most commonly seen two kinds of wigs are synthetic wigs and human hair wigs. The former is usually inexpensive compared with the latter. While human hair wigs last longer, and can be dyed or curled just as the real hair. For buyers who wish not to wear them everyday, synthetic wigs can be just engouh. But if one intends to wear it on daily basis or to change the style of the wig occasionally, then human hair wigs are more suitable.

It is extremely important for wig buyers to know some tips to care wigs after buying them. If your wig is synthetic, you should understand that it can be damaged under some circumstances. Choose specific shampoo to clean the synthetic wig, and avoid using cleaners that are harmful to synthetic material. When brushing the wig, the wearer should avoid pulling away rudely when the wig is knotted. To keep the shape of the wig, use a wig stand or mannequin when you don't wear it. Don't use hot rollers or dryers on wigs made of synthetic material.

Human hair wigs need to be treated carefully as well. If you want to have it dyed, you can find some specialist to do that. Commonly, human hair wigs can be kept longer than synthetic ones. It is recommendable that wig wholesale business managers provide their customers some general guides on how to keep the wigs.

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