Synthetic Wig Care

A Guide To Wigs

With Halloween weekend around the corner, some pop culture fanatics may still be scrambling to find the most outrageous celebrity-inspired costumes. By the time the storm clouds were gathering for the American Revolution, men had begun to move away from the practice of shaving their heads to wear the elaborately curled and powdered white wigs, at least for daily life.

Instead, they wore their own hair in a similar style to the wigs – queues (single braids) or pony tails often worn, sometimes as an additional hairpiece – and would save the wigs and powder for more formal or dressy occasions.

Especially towards the latter part of the colonial period, when the elaborate dressing of French-inspired fashion began to give way to more practical styles, both men and women eased off in the use of powder on their wigs and hair.

This modest little easy-to-sew bonnet was worn by women of all walks of life over the full 170-year span of the American Colonial period, and to an extent right on through to the turn of the 20th century.

The short hair that’s currently worn by most boys is a little more difficult to give an air of 18th-century authenticity – even such loosely defined “authenticity” as we hope for with Human Hairpieces 2015 July 4th party and parade costumes!

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