Cultural history of the wig
Wigs, which were used even by the ancient Egyptians, could be made of human hair, plant fibers, or wool depending on the wearer’s social status.
Since blonde hair was the most fashionable hair color in ancient Rome, women, including the majority of prostitutes, often wore wigs made of German women’s hair.
Wigs were so decorated and complex that several hours were required to set them up, so wig wearers were highly advised to sleep sitting up in order to avoid repeating the procedure.
The constantly powdered, scented and waxed wigs were not washed, so they provided a perfect environment for lice, moths and even mice.
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