Hair extensions, it sounds strange and new, but actually they last longer than you think. You may not know it, but it turns out that Cleopatra loves wigs just as much as Kylie Jenner, even Queen Elizabeth often uses wigs to show off.
So where do hair extensions come from? How do people know more about hair extensions? To help you better understand these issues, ApoGroups will take a look back at the evolution of hair extensions – from using only sheep wool to bringing real human hair into production.
The people of the mysterious ancient Egypt have always been known as pioneers in many fields, including the field of wigs. Recently, archaeologists discovered the remains of an Egyptian woman with more than 70 tightly braided wigs on her head. It is known that the ancient Egyptians often wore wigs or hair extensions and decorated their hair with beads of different sizes, lotus flowers and other colored gold-plated accessories. Yellow, red, and turquoise were the colors that Cleopatra liked most.
Hair extensions continued to be used as everyday items by the Egyptians until it really became a trend in England in Elizabethan times. At that time, voluminous and ruffled hair became popular and women began to use wigs to add volume and thickness to their hair.
The reason wigs began to be widely used at that time was thanks to the great influence in the fashion field of England’s first queen – Queen Elizabeth I. The red curly wig in the Latin style. Ma has become one of her most impressive hairstyles. In addition, hair extensions were also produced using horse hair and sheep’s wool at a cheaper price to cater to middle-class women of the time.
Despite the rapidly growing popularity in Elizabethan times, hair extensions were still considered a luxury item that could only be worn by aristocrats. And they were still considered expensive until the 19th century, in the Victorian era, when music stars started using them, and that led to the trend of using wigs that grew at a dizzying rate. .
Hair extensions became famous as an effective method to increase hair thickness and length. Hair extensions at this time were produced in the form of hair bundles with a loop at the end so that users could easily tie or attach them to their real hair. In fact, hair extensions of the 19th century did not have too many differences with current hair extensions. The most striking difference is the rather elaborate use of Victorian extensions – they combined the current clip-in attachment with braids to create a popular hairstyle at the time. Besides, the Victorian era was also the period when real human hair was introduced to produce hair extensions, animal hair was also gradually used less and gradually replaced.
The 50s of the 20th century
In 1950, Christina Jenkins – a housewife in the state of Ohio, USA officially created the famous hair sewing technique that is being used until now. By braiding the curls in rows, you can easily hook the extensions into your real hair without becoming unnatural and uncomfortable. This method is also commented to be more comfortable and natural than other hair extension methods.
60s of the twentieth century
The honeycomb bun trend started to emerge, facilitating the growth of hair extensions in the 60s of the 19th century. One of the most famous hairstyles of the time was the ready-made wig, Users only need to put their real hair in after the hair extension to have the popular bun hairstyle at that time.
The 70s of the 20th century
Wigs and hair extensions began to be more popular at this time. You can easily buy a hair extension and experiment with as many hairstyles as you like. French fashion label Balmain also entered the wig industry in 1974 and has successfully cemented its position in the fashion industry. Along with that, wigs and hair extensions are also becoming more and more popular and used.
90s of XX century
This decade is considered an important milestone in the wig industry with the explosion of glued hair extensions and hair made from man-made fibers. In particular, wigs made from artificial fibers have become more famous than ever thanks to their cost advantages and diverse supply colors.
Wigs have now become one of the daily fashion accessories of many people, and also lead to the current beauty trend.