Ever wondered who was the GENIUS who thought “I’m gonna put someone else’s hair on my head to make it look better”? That genius was someone who lived over 6000 years ago in ancient Egypt! Let’s go into some hair history.
What we are gonna do right here is go back… waaaaayyy back. Back into time and explore the History of Hair Extensions
It’s not just a fad. Hair has always been a part of beauty and style. For thousands of years, people all over the world have been changing their hair to appear more beautiful. Hair has also become an important part of cultures, traditions and even religions. Hair is representative and also symbolic in many ways.
Hair extensions are no new product. Researchers have even hair extensions being used in ancient Egypt in 3400 BC where they would use resin and bees wax to attach a mix of human hair and dyed sheep’s wool as hair extensions… which is not the most glamorous kind of hair extensions.
The Egyptians later started sewing hair into knots in the hair and braiding hair. Researchers have discovered preserved skulls with a full head of hair and hair extensions. Hair quickly became a symbol of wealth and status. Appearances were important because it symbolised that a person was wealthy enough to be able to afford beauty and then… wigs were born!
During the 18th century, powdered wigs became the next best thing! These wigs were white hairpieces with curls and waves. When King Louis started going bald, he started wearing powdered wigs. His majestic had wig makers create large and excessively long wigs, this trend was adopted by the noble people of the era. They then became a trend in men and women all around the world.
In the 1800s, hair pieces later evolved into Apollo Knots which were tight curls that were tied near the roots of the hair. Hair was attached to the hair in mounds and bundles. The introduction of clip in hair extensions called “switch” came in during the beginning of the 1900s.
The 20th century saw the rising trend of pompadour hair where hair was pushed up with the use of frames and hair extensions. This style was worn on men and women and is what inspired the famous Elvis and James Dean ‘do.
In the 1940’s the world suddenly fell in love with long hair. It finally quickly popular causing the demand for hair extensions and wigs.
Hair extensions as we know them today were first invented in the fifties. Disco was everything and the long glamorous hair that came with it! Hair extensions were mostly worn by celebrities and those who
Hair weaves became well known amongst the African American community. Weaves would help those with afro textured hair to be able to achieve a smoother, shinier and straighter finish. As popularity increased, a growing amount of Caucasian people were to adopt hair extensions for hair enhancements.
That brings us to today!
Today we have all different types of hair extensions options available to us. Hair history has developed the technologies to give us what we have today. You can find hair extensions in any colour, length or style that you would like and the different options for hair extensions is constantly increasing.
Hair extensions are no longer just for the rich and royal as they have become so easily accessible.
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PUBLISHED 18TH OCTOBER 2018