#39: That’s Lit
While the hairstyle is hideous, this truly was the best time for wig makers. They just had to crank out the same design over and over again. They could probably do it blindfolded after the first month! As with most styles, a trendsetter is responsible. King Louis XIII was going bald in the mid-1600s and had a wig made to hide it.
Soon, everyone in upper-class France was wearing them. They’re called powdered wigs, or periwigs, and were made from horse and goat hair. Without the proper washing methods, lice was a significant issue. They also tended to smell pretty bad. That’s why people powdered them! They’d ground up starch and lavender and doused the wigs with the mixture.