When we think of wigs, we think of wigs for women when, in fact, historically speaking, men used wigs before women ever did and wigs for men are still being made and purchased.  We’ll look at wigs for men and the history of wigs for men

 

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Wigs for men were used among the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Assyrians and the ancient Egyptians.  They shaved their heads bald in order to wear wigs.  Wigs were used in the ancient Japanese and Chinese cultures but they were mainly theatrical wigs for women.  Wigs didn’t regain revival until the 1500s when they were used to cover balding individuals.  Wigs sometimes carried lice and the plague but nevertheless were used by men through the 18th century.  Wigs were made by human hair, goat hair or horse hair.  Wigs were usually powdered with ground starch that is colored with some kind of tint and scented with rose water, orange water or lavender water.  Wigs went out of favor for men around 1800 except for the wigs used in court by barristers and judges. 
In today’s time, wigs for men are found on the internet and at specialty wig stores.  You can get them in a variety of styles and colors, including blond wigs, grey wigs, black wigs and Afro wigs.   The hair is made longer than your regular style so it can be cut to your specifications.  The main reason men use these wigs are because they have balding areas or are completely bald.  Men rarely use wigs because they want to make a fashion statement so that wigs for men are mostly therapeutic.  Wigs for Cancer patients are especially in demand. 

 
 
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Men can wear costume wigs that look as though they came from the 70s.  Afro wigs for men are popular for those who want a seventy’s costume wig.  As with women’s wigs, they can be made from human hair, goat hair or horse hair.  Human hair wigs are the most expensive but you need to know that overall, men’s wigs are much cheaper than women’s wigs. They can be as cheap as $40 dollars or as expensive as $400, depending on the style you use and on how much hair is used in the making of the wig.
Men’s wigs are often made the same way as women’s wigs. Strands of hair are taken with the cuticles in the same direction and are woven into a net that is shaped like the human head.  Ideally, the strands are woven in wefts that are close enough together to make the hair really realistic.  If the wefts are woven in too far apart, the result is that it looks like doll’s hair and the scalp will show.  They also make lace front wigs for men which have the ultimate in realism.  Lace front wigs look as though the hair is coming directly from the scalp.  You don’t see the lace and the wig are bonded to the scalp for security. 
Men’s wigs aren’t as popular as women’s wigs but they have their uses, especially when it comes to wigs for cancer patients.  You’ll see wigs for men becoming more popular as they become even more realistic.  

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