Costume wigs have a very interesting history. Are you aware that wigs were initially used in Egypt as a protection for the head from the heat? Later on they made their appearance in Rome for a very short while as fashion accessories.
There on, they appeared again in Europe but this time their appearance was for purely practical purposes. They were used to protect the hair from head lice. They once more became and stayed as fashion accessories when King Louis XIV wore them for amusement. The rich nobility then adopted the powdered wigs and later on they were manufactured in many colors.
There are three types of popular wigs that can be worn for plays or parties. They make a fashion statement and are also a representative of their era.
1. Periwigs – Full Bottom wigs and Bob wigs – If you are doing play or are going to visit a British theme party, you can wear either the full bottom wigs or the Bob wigs. It will help you greatly if you know the character that you are playing. Full Bottom wigs were mostly worn by the judiciary and some of the old-fashioned nobility of the British court. The young men preferred powdered short wigs. By the 1750, powered short wigs was the fashion and full bottom wigs had vanished.
To wear either of these costume wigs, you need to wear a long tailcoat. If you are a stuffy judge, a full bottom wig with black tailcoats will suit the occasion well. In contrast to the bob wigs worn by men, women wore wigs with curls falling on either side of the face. These costume wigs were available in platinum blonde and other colors as befitted the nobility.
2. Afro wigs – There has been a tremendous change in the use of costume wigs from the 1750s to the 1900s. Wigs are the fashion even now but now they are used in parties. You will rarely find a party where young men or women wear colored Afro wigs to set a mischievous mood to the party. It can be in a single color or multi-hued.
3. Dreadlocks wigs – Dreadlock wigs are popular too owing to their use by the famous pop groups. When you are choosing dreadlock wigs, you can buy brown or black costume wigs to give your costume an authentic look or alternatively, you can choose colored dreadlocks. There are many people who choose to grow their dreadlocks and are offended by the sight of colored dreadlocks.
When you buy costume wigs, you need to take good care of them so that they last longer. Wash them as recommended. The above 3 types of wigs need washing after 10 – 12 uses but wash them with the shampoo that is recommended for them and condition them too. If you feel that the wig need styling, don’t attempt to do so yourself. Take it to a wig maker who will make the necessary alterations for you. Caring for them will help them last a long time.