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from www.costumes.org quotation from site costume specialist Tara Marginis, PhD: "In 1624 Loius XIII went prematurely bald. He disguised this with a wig and started a fashion which became almost universal for European upper and middle class men by the beginning of the 18th Century during his similarly folliclely challenged son's reign. Wigs were made of horsehair, yak hair or human hair, the latter being the most expensive. Wigs were very expensive. A man could outfit himself with a hat, coat, breeches, shirt, hose and shoes for about what a wig would cost him. A wig also required constant care from a hairdresser for cleaning, curling and powdering." Why would a man want to wear a wig? answer from Dr Tara Marginis: 1.) to hide baldness, 2.)could sent your wig out to be done rather than personally spending time at the hairdresser, 3.) to get rid of lice you could shave your head and boil your wig, 4.) it's comfortable sleeping in short hair, 5.) ability to change styles by changing your wig, 6.) class considerations: wigs were expensive and looked it (for illustrations, go to www.costume.org, under "history," then "18th C.," then "accesories," then "wigs," then "18th C. Men's Wigs")
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