uringDuring Egyptian times 3400 BC, wigs were worn to signal higher ranking individuals in their strict social hierarchy. andIt helped to reduce irritation and pain on their shaven heads, which was a sign of nobility, caused by the sun and weather, they. They would also often wear sun hats in order to protect the wigs. They would wear wigs in order to help maintain their personal hygiene by reducing the risk of head lice. For the middle class, predominantly, those that couldn't afford wigs made entirely out of human hair, they would buy a blended wig, made with human hair and vegetable fibresfibers. Sometimes, they were also made from sheep's wool. The cheapest wigs were made entirely from sheep's wool. Both men and women wore wigs, while mens were often shorter, children. Children and priests, however, did not wear wigs, priests. Priests often preferred to shave their heads. Slaves and servants were not permitted to wear wigs by law, and they were not allowed to shave their heads either. Egyptians wore wigs for multiple purposes: decoration, to create shade as they were often quite large and thick, special occasions and religious ceremonies, and to cover the thinning hair. They were often decorated with golden tubes, jewelleryjewelery chains, flowers, ribbons, and beads. There were also beard wigs for men.

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