What makes a costume so perfect? Is it the makeup? Or the outfit? We say: No! It’s your hair! Because with hair you can make a lot of dress-technically so much. Whether you make them a beard (well, in this particular case, let us call the women’s world), or as a noble dutt, or make a braid, it’s up to you. No matter whether it’s in blonde, black or even red: a matching wig completes every panel stylishly.

But what if you are a man or a woman with short hair, but want to go into a disguise for carnage, for which long hair is necessary? Another hurdle might be that your hair has a very different hue than your role requires. Let us assume that you want to dress up – as a man or a woman – as an aristocrat from the Baroque or Rococo era. They have short hair, which is also black, blond or red. These features fit stylistically but not completely into the mentioned epochs. For at that time white-gray hair was preferred to be worn in playful-entangled curls. Only rarely did one show oneself with other hair-colors. For this purpose, there are fortunately historical wigs that look good on every party.

Let us have a little secret: the nobility liked to wear wigs already in the Baroque, for hardly anyone had the time Wigsen, the leisure time or simply the necessary hair volume and curls, in order to be able regularly to make a complex Hochsteckfrisur. This applied to both the nobleman and the lady. With baroque wigs matching the historical costume, you are on the go at any event, whether it is a mottoparty, gothic or cosplay meeting.

Wigs already existed in ancient Egypt as well as in ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. First, they consisted of plant material. In some cases, however, they were already more complex and made of animal or human hair. Rich Roman women held even for this purpose even slaves, who at least once in their hair their hair was sheared. This was used to make wigs as well as wigs.

At this stage of mankind’s history, hair was so important that it had partial symbolic characters (for example, in the army), but it was enough to wear human hair. If you wanted to adorn it, we would use braids or hair jewelry. Married women, on the other hand, always wore a chaste little hat. When the Church gained more and more influence, this affected the hair style. Open hair was frowned upon. Men were no longer allowed to wear a beard. To wear a wig was considered a mortal sin and was punished accordingly. The deeply believing man was drilled, that the blessing of God could no longer reach a witch-bearer. This information provided for a nearly complete disappearance of the wig from the then fashion.

After this phase of the rejection the wig from the Renaissance found itself again to their old popularity. The reason for this was, in addition to the loss of influence of the church, especially the thinned, growth-unwilling hair of many people of the state. The relatively free and casual lifestyle of the nobility led to a widespread spread of the sexually transmitted disease Syphilis. This was associated with severe hair loss. As a result, the ignorant people were treated with mercury according to the best conscience at the time – a substance which, according to today’s knowledge and information, is only encountered under appropriate protection. The mercury caused further hair loss in those who survived the treatment.

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