Wigs, hairpieces and hair additions are today worn by all of society, from A-list celebrities and high ranking officials, to the regular person on the street with no social stigma attached, but it was not always like this.
Wigs have been worn by both men and women for as long as history has been recorded. In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore wigs as a way to protect their heads from the heat of the sun. They were first worn by the upper classes and it was even said that the hair of slaves was used to make these wigs. Wigs became part of daily wear for the Egyptian people indicating a person's status as well as their role in society or politics. Other ancient cultures that wore wigs were the Romans and Greeks, and also during the Elizabethan era where the aristocracy sported curly wigs generously studded with precious gems. The popularity of wigs grew tremendously in the 1950s and 1960s with the development of lower priced synthetic fibres — making wigs more affordable and available to more people.
Most clients that seek wig services do so because they are experiencing hereditary hair loss or hair loss due to illness, others seek these services for the abundance of possibilities they offer, from quick changes in length, texture and colour, to even styling varieties. Wig wearing can be a means of boosting someone's self esteem and confidence in those cases where hair issues are a primary concern and struggle.
There are many types of wigs which are designed to cover the entire head, and hairpieces — which cover a particular area of the head — but the lace-front wig is one of the most sought after wigs for women. These wigs will look the most natural and will be undetectable. They are crafted to maximise breathability as well as added comfort. They allow natural partings to be made throughout the entire wig, and can be worn in up-do styles, low ponytails, and even braids.
Unlike wigs and hairpieces, hair additions are made up of loose hair fiber that is attached to the base of your own hair. The options with hair additions are quite vast, ranging from braided extensions – which in itself has numerous possibilities — to bonding wefts using a special hair adhesive to adhere hair wefts (strips of hair fibre) to your hair. More contemporary is the use of the fusion bonding method of applying hair additions and also the use of clip in extensions.
With the fusion method, a bonding agent (special keratin glue) is activated by a heating element (usually special electric tongs) to affix loose hair fibre to small sections of your own hair.
The micro rings extensions are applied similarly to the fusion method, but instead, loose fibres are attached using small cylinders at the base with special pliers. These are popular choices amongst stars such as Beyonce. They are both long processes, taking at least 8 hours to apply, but the results are very natural and undetectable.
Clip in hair extensions are the quickest and easiest for a DIY project. They consist of small clips attached along the base of hair wefts that are inserted along partings of your own hair and clasped together, securing the extensions at the base of your hair. These extensions make wearing additions very easy and are a great investment for the first timers wanting to experiment with a new look.