During the time of the Egyptians wigs were worn by members of the royal court. They were a symbol of social status and wealth. However after the downfall of the Roman Empire they were looked down upon and went out of style for years.
It wasn’t until the 16th century that wigs came back into prominence well more so in Europe than anywhere else. Think famous rulers like Louis XIV of France and the Kings and Queens of England. The famous paintings that we’ve all seen in TV shows and the actors that weave watched in movies.
Of course it isn’t like wigs were the fashion statement that they are today or just an accessory. No, wigs during the 16th century were needed because because of the hygienic conditions of the time. That isn’t to say the the wealthy didn’t use them to cover up signs of natural aging because they did. No, I ask that we all think back to when we were kids in school and had to undergo the dreaded lice test. Those things were rampant back in the day and there weren’t modern day shampoos to help get rid of them. Instead people just shaved off their hair and used wigs to cover up the loss. It was an open secret against the aristocracy.
To get to the point wigs during the 16th century may have been more of a necessity but that doesn’t that we can’t be grateful to them for helping keep the trend alive.