The Woes of the Wig

For many years, the humble wig has been the recipient of some bad press. Old fashioned and unnatural looking hairpieces have led to the archaic view that all wigs are poorly-fitting and easy to detect. In the past, this might have been true, but over the last two decades, technology in the hair replacement industry has come a long way.

Wigs began life in ancient Egypt, where they were used as sunshields for people with shaved or bald heads. Other ancient civilisations used them as a fashion accessory, until the fall of Rome, after which they fell into disuse.

Sometime around the 16th century, wigs began to make their return, and their popularity was assured due to their uptake by several influential royal figures. They were also extremely convenient as a way of cutting down on unhygienic conditions caused by unwashed natural hair.

Before the end of the 17th century, wig making was considered to be such a prestigious profession that a Wigmaker’s Guild was formed in France, and quickly spread across Europe. Wigs were practically obligatory for men with any social standing at that time, and were made from a variety of materials such as human hair, horse hair, and goat hair.

The style and fashion of wigs continued to change and evolve over time, and didn’t see a true decline until the early 20th century. After World War 2, wigs became the refrain of people who wanted to conceal their hair loss. Unfortunately, due to the available technology at the time, it was difficult to make really undetectable wigs and people were often left disappointed with the results.

Now, in the 2010s the technology available to wigmakers is astonishing. Advancements in look, feel, and fit have all come together to make a truly undetectable hair replacement system possible. If you want to find out more about how our hair replacement systems work, all the information is available on this website.

If you would like to book a consultation, please call New Image Clinics on 0800 018 4247, or contact us by email.