The History of Wigs

The History of Wigs

A wig is a head covering manufactured from animal and human hair or synthetic fiber that has been adorned for cultural traditions, fashion, health issues, or religion.   The word wig is derived from the word "periwig" and debuted in the English language around 1675.

Many individuals  adorned wigs to conceal hair thinning, patterened baldness and coverup hair loss due to medical conditions requiring therapies which could be more  invasive and expensive to restore the hair. Wigs were also utilized as an article of apparel, or to fulfill a religious obligation. Actors often wore costume wigs in order to portray characters, such as in the Shakespearian Period.

The ancient Egyptians created the wig to shield their respective shaved and/or hairless head from the sun. The wigs were affixed to the head by utilizing beeswax and resin to maintain the wig's position. In conclusion, other historical cultures utilized wigs in their respective fashions as follows:   the Assyrians, Greeks, Israelites, Jews, Phoenicians and Romans.

Current Wig Usage

Wigs are worn by some people on a daily or occasional basis in everyday life because it can be a low maintenance and convenient effort with less stress on one's natural hair.  They are also worn by individuals who are experiencing hair loss due to medical reasons (most commonly cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, or those who are suffering from alopecia areata).  Today, many celebrities from actors, dancers, musicians and more have adorn wigs for it's artistic value to, include  Beyonce', Donna Summer, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga,  and Tina Turner. Cher has worn all kinds of wigs in the last 40 years from black, blonde to brown, and curly, straight and wavy textures.

                                                                                    There are (2) basic kinds of hair wigs:

                                                                            1.  Traditional Machine Stitched Weft Wig

                                                                            2.  Hand Tied Lace Wig

The Traditional Machine Stitched Weft Wigs are still the most widely worn wigs today. The hair is sewn on a stretch weft material and come with back straps for adjusting to various head sizes. These wigs are typically pre-styled and lack any kind of realistic expectations.

The Hand Tied Lace Wigs are quickly becoming one of the most sought after wigs among wig wearers and is the human hair wig type that "Byutie Salon" utilizes. The illusion of hair growing from the scalp is the feature that makes this wig the best of the best when it comes to wearing fake hair. These wigs are made with a French or Swiss lace material base. They are made as a full lace or partial lace front with a stretch weft back. Each hair strand is individually stitched into a lace material which creates the natural look of hair at the base. This is where the term "hand tied" originates.

Human Wig Types

Hair Textures & Types

There are (4) Main Types of hair utilized in manufacturing:  1. Chinese  or "Malaysian"; 2. Indian from India; 3. Indonesian or "Brazilian" & 4. Caucasian or "European". Hair textures and types are the distinguishing factors in human hair wigs. The majority of human hair wigs are made of Chinese or Indian hair, while European hair is considered the most expensive and rare, as most donors are from Russia or Northern Europe, where there is a smaller portion of hair donors to the market.

Remy human hair is considered to be the best quality of human hair because the cuticles are kept intact and removed. The hair is carefully separated after collecting it from the donor to ensure all the cuticles are of the same length.

Byutie Salon:  Wig Care & Maintenance Services

Byutie Salon strives to protect your investment with our premium Wig Care and Maintenance Services by adhering to the following regimen:
  • Glue Removal (if needed/required)
  • Shampooing
  • Conditioning
  • Dried set and styled
  • Cutting is included per the request
The regimen will maintain your wig in the gorgeous state as close to originally purchased per normal wear  and tear and is recommended to be completed at least (4) times a year. 
The wig can be dropped off or picked up (to include delivery services) per your discretion for the professional removal of all adhesive (if needed/required), thoroughly shampooed, conditioned, dried and styled within 5 business days.
NOTE:  Expedited 24 hours service is $65 | Please write your name with a Sharpie on a tag attached to the wig for identity purposes.
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