The Secret Horrible History of Hair

Did you wake up with some crazy bird nest hair this morning?

Not quite sure how your hair accomplished its gloriously bold look? Well, today you don't have to feel so sorry about your hair, as we delve into the luscious locks of the bygone era.

Get ready for a history crash course with a  little twist of giggles and some partial relief for the modern "do."

Let's go back to the 17th Century, the era where hair and makeup was the symbol of power, enlightenment, and aristocracy of the changing times.

Now we love to embrace the beauty of hair, but the volume of hair was extreme, even for our liking.

During and before the French Revolution, noble women such as Marie Antoinette and bourgeoisie women would have hours upon hours of dressing ceremonies with exotically painful looking hair. Never before had the world seen such extravagant fuzz. We are talking significant bold volume, wigs, cone-heads and the more powdered the hair, the better the color and size. White lead cosmetics were matched for the face (eek, before the knowledge of lead poisoning.)

The 15th century was also the era where wigs were not just for fashion but held a darker secret. You see these wigs you may have noticed all powdered and pamper, but they were a disguise for some pretty disgusting bodily reactions. The age was one of the rampant escapades of the horizontal tango nature type and syphilis was RIFE. The symptoms in the day of syphilis included balding, extreme skin rashes and a rank body odor- so the wig came in handy. Powdered wigs splashed with oils, and lavender helped to cover not only the sores and baldness but the stench as well.

Wigs were made from horse, goat and human hair, and were scented with lavender or substantially gross scents to deter the strong odors.

Women and men folk both adorned the wig. Men had artificial white hair powdered with corn flour instead of dye (as it was less damaging), and women rarely wore full wigs at all.  

Do you ever wonder why barristers wear those white-haired bouffant wigs in court? Well, that ‘Bag Wig’ originates from the 16th century where King Louis XVIII was freaking out about balding in his early twenties, and bam, you have a Kardashian moment, and every nobleman was wearing wigs. #truth!

If your brain is already ticking away imagining these wigs and nests of hair, here is a quick video timeline of the world’s most historically recognized crazy hair trends simply for your enjoyment.  Enjoy!

Crazy Hair Trends Video- (So good)

We hope you have a lovely day, and maybe this blog makes you realize that it’s okay to have a bad hair day, embrace your look, and be thankful that you don't ever have to wear goat hair.  See us at Jomara Hair studio if you would seriously like some creativity in the hair department.