You can believe it or not, but the story goes beyond Egyptian days. Egyptian men and women wore hair enhancements or wigs. More than aesthetically appealing, those served a very basic purpose – protect the wearer from lice. Egyptian men were shaving their heads and wore natural wigs to protect the head from various adverse elements like sun, dust and insects.
Wigs for women became socially “not very acceptable” upon after 1800s, and the women started to work out other ways to look gorgeous. At the beginning of the 20th century under King Edward women started again wearing artificial enhancements to follow the “Madame Pompadour” style. They are back again and the “Romantic” style is the top of popularity and they were used so widely in the mid-Victorian era that more than 52 000 kilograms of human hair were sold in France in 1871 and more than 100 000 kg in 1873.
Since then, most of Asian and South Asian countries have learned to harvest and proceed the human hair and selling it worldwide. The nowadays sold products are often harvested in mass, and most of them and processed mechanically or chemically at different levels. Wigs were originally coated with beeswax or vegetable gums, and sewn to the fabric base. The modern times have seen developing the micro- or nano- rings, weaving, hot or cold keratin, clips in and so on.
Originally, they could be mostly bought by the very rich people who could afford the cost and sit for a fitting for about 12 to 15 hours in a row. The modern Hair Extensions techniques considerably lowered the cost of wigs and extensions, reducing the fitting time to 1-3 hours in general.