Most women agree that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. No wonder we are always in search of ways to make our hair look better. I guess that is why human hair wigs were invented.
Not to mention, why we spend a lot of time, money, and effort in obsessing on how to keep our hair in the best condition possible. A bad hair day can literally be a bad day. Hair has become a symbol of a woman’s femininity and often reflects our identity.
Moreover, it has a big effect on a woman’s self-esteem. Thus, women who have frizzy or dry hair tend to feel “ugly” on those bad hair days. Women who have lost their hair due to illness also tend to feel bare and completely exposed. This is where human hair wigs become really useful.
What Are Human Hair Wigs?
A wig is a head covering that is made up of human hair. There are some manufacturers that use animal hair too (I personally don’t want that!). Today, it is fancied as a fashion statement. Anyone who wants to change up their look can wear human hair wigs and portray a different character or persona. Even men who cross-dress often wear wigs as well, but I digress.
I wear human hair wigs because they are oh, so versatile. You can curl and style them as you would your own hair. I have friends with so many wigs that they can match their outfit to the appropriate wig. Sure that might sound a little cray, cray to some, but they always look put together. I guess there is something to their wig madness!
Wigs be used in a random place at a random time for a random reason because they are very adaptable and flexible.
Looking back, hair wigs have been an item since almost the beginning of time. Ancient Egyptians used human hair wigs to cover their shaved heads from the heat of the sun. Wigs were worn by both men and women and were made of human hair, later of date palm fibers, which were curled and their shape preserved by waxing. They were worn on religious grounds, because they were fashionable or occasionally as a hair substitute hiding natural baldness. Often the wigs were perfumed and their style and length were subject to the changing fashions, men at times wearing very long and women short cropped hair.
I had to do it. Michael Jackson – Remember The Time.
All of these beautiful black people. The video is set in ancient Egypt and features appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman, Tommy “Tiny” Lister and Magic Johnson.
In the 16th century, people wore wigs to compensate for balding hair or shaved hair due to unhygienic conditions, which caused the massive propagation of lice. Furthermore, wigs became a symbol of rank in the late 16th and 17th century. Royal people such as Queen Elizabeth I wore beautifully curled and styled human hair wigs in 1588.
How Are These Human Hair Wigs Made?
Wigs are either machine-made or hand-made. Machine-made wigs use a special machine to weave hair into its net foundation. This net foundation is called a weft. Wefts are hair shafts sewn together at one end to create a long strip. When the wind blows through a machine-made wig, the wefts would show, especially if the wearer is totally bald or has lost all of his hair.
Hand-made wigs, on the other hand, are more intricately made.
As the name suggests, these are thoroughly woven by wigmakers and are often customized. These are usually for a more discerning clientele. The wigmaker would get the measurements of the wearer’s head to be able to make a wig that fits perfectly.
There are two parts of the wig – the foundation and the hair. The foundation is the base of the wig. The human hair is woven into it. The foundation also creates the shape of the head. Moreover, this is used to attach the wig to the wearer’s head.
The foundation could be made of hair lace, a mono-filament fabric, or thick-mesh fabric. Hair lace, usually in honey-comb shape, comes in different measures of thickness and colors. This type of foundation gives the wig the most natural look among other foundation materials when worn.
A mono-filament fabric is a very transparent mesh in which the human hair is hand woven into. This type of foundation material can be used in making whole wigs or just for the part of the head that seems to be balding, such as the top of the head. This also creates a natural look when worn, but not as fine as the hair lace wig.
The thick-mesh fabric is the foundation material used in mass production of wigs. These are generally cheaper than the first two. However, this gives the most unnatural look when worn.
The second part of the wig is the hair. Human hair used in wigs needs processing. They come from various parts of the world such as Europe and Asia. Once processed, the human hair becomes weak due to the lack of natural oils, which prevents the hair from drying up and becoming frizzy.
Asian hair, for example, goes through a lot of processing before they can be used for wigs. It has to be thoroughly lightened before dyeing it. Human hair can be washed, shampooed, and conditioned. This can also be styled differently by using straightening and curling irons. However, it may not behave like your own naturally grown hair.
Synthetic hair, on the other hand, is often made of acrylic. Unlike human hair, it is tough and durable. It comes in different styles too. It can be straight or curled using hair rollers. However, direct heat may ruin the synthetic hair. Thus, ironing, curling, blow drying is not good for synthetic hair. Nevertheless, this is significantly cheaper than human hair.
Human hair wigs take two to eight weeks before they are ready for use.
The process of making it is easy. The wigmaker should prepare the hair and make sure that individual strands are lying in the same direction. The hair is grouped and tied with a string that is tight enough to hold them together, but loose enough to be able to wash and comb. Next, the hair is inspected to see if there are louse eggs.
If any is present, the hair is first boiled in a solution to kill the eggs and combed through a steel-toothed machine. Each bundle of hair is then washed in a bowl of hot, soapy water that is loaded with disinfectants and rinsed several times more. I say throw it away, but hey…that’s just me!
The bundles are then set to dry by towelling them or putting them in an oven or a location where there is open air. After drying, the bundles of hair are then combed to straighten them. They are then sorted into equal lengths by the wigmakers.
Thereafter, it can be styled – straight or curled. Since the hair bundles are not uniform in color, they can now be dyed to achieve the desired hair color. After that, the knotting of the hair bundles into the foundation can be done.
How To Wear Human Hair Wigs Properly by MsHairBlogger
Whether it is for fad or fashion, a specific purpose or just a random thought, wearing human hair wigs can definitely serve a purpose when it comes to aesthetics. It may be pricier, but it is definitely worth it compared to synthetic hair wigs, which cannot be styled as naturally as human hair wigs.
Moreover, cleaning and taking care of human hair wigs is easy too. Simple shampoo and conditioning is already enough to preserve the hair’s condition.