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Wig Wonders: Why do people wear wigs?

For many, wigs are an accessory; for others, a necessity. The art of wig-making dates back to Ancient Egypt and survives the many cultural shifts that bring us to the modern day.

Whether it’s to express your identity, observe religious values or address a medical concern, wigs and hairpieces offer a versatile solution. From fashion to function, the reasons why individuals choose to wear wigs are as diverse as the people themselves.

Fashion & Convenience

In our fast-paced, trend dominated world, time and convenience are the ultimate commodity. Wigs offer the freedom to experiment with different hairstyles, colours and lengths without

committing to a permanent change after hours in a salon. For those who love to keep up with the latest fashions, wigs can be the perfect way to refresh your look quickly and easily. From sleek bobs to voluminous curls, the possibilities are endless.

Medical Hair Loss

As we know all too well, hair loss is a common issue that affects millions of people worldwide. Whether due to genetics, medical treatments like chemotherapy or conditions such as alopecia, losing hair is an incredibly distressing experience. Wigs offer a way to restore confidence and normalcy, as well as your sense of identity. The array of realistic and high-quality wigs available today, such as our ReadyMade and Made to Measure collections, allow you to take back control of your look and provide a sense of security in often uncertain times.

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Protective Styling

For individuals with natural afro or textured hair, wigs can be a protective style that helps maintain hair health. Frequent styling, heat, and chemical treatments can damage natural hair over time. Wearing wigs allows individuals to give their own hair a break, reducing exposure to potentially harmful styling practices. This can lead to healthier, stronger hair in the long run and is a convenient and time-saving solution.

Gender Expression

For many individuals, wigs are an important tool for gender expression and identity. They allow people to present themselves in a way that aligns with their true selves. For those in the transgender community, wigs can be an essential part of the transition process, helping to affirm their gender identity and boost confidence.

Religious Observance

For many Jewish women, particularly those in Orthodox communities, wearing wigs (known in Yiddish as a ‘sheitel’) is a way to adhere to religious traditions and modesty laws. According to Jewish law, married women are required to cover their hair in public as a sign of respect, signalling to their surroundings that they are married and comply with traditional practices. Wearing a sheitel is deeply rooted in Jewish culture and reflects your commitment to the community's values and customs.

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Professional Practice

The most obvious example of wigs worn for work is that of judges and barristers wearing wigs in court as a symbol of authority, tradition and impartiality. Known as a ‘bench’ wig and traditionally made with horse hair, this practice originated in Europe but became popular in the UK during the reign of King Charles in the 17th century. It is clear that wigs are a powerful tool, serving a multitude of purposes and playing a significant role in the lives of many. Whether you want to express yourself or just blend in, the transformational effect of wigs cannot be underestimated. By understanding and appreciating the diverse reasons people wear wigs, we can foster a more inclusive and empathetic society.

FAQs

When did people start wearing wigs?

Wig-making and wearing can be traced back to Ancient Egyptian times in, around c.3400 BC. Initially symbolic of power and hierarchy, wigs were worn to depict high status, as well as protection from the sun. Throughout the centuries, they continued to indicate wealth and social standing for both men and women.

Why do Jewish women wear wigs?

Orthodox Jews wear sheitels or head coverings to conceal their hair in public, signalling that they are married and comply with Jewish law and customs. Covering hair is seen as a modesty practice and shows respect for their new husband, as well as Jewish law.

Why do judges wear wigs?

Judges and barristers wear ‘bench’ wigs in the courtroom with respect to authority, tradition and uniformity. Wearing bench wigs originated in Europe and became popular in the UK in the 17th century. Today, they are still an integral part of courtroom uniforms and are a requirement for all criminal trials in the UK, though their use worldwide is slowly dissipating.

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