National Wig Out Day

Wig Out Day was invented in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party. Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation. It’s your chance to try a wild and crazy wig and pretend to be someone else for a day. Sort of like a mini Halloween.

In ancient Egypt, both males and females wore wigs made either from human hair, sheep’s wool or vegetable fibers, depending upon their social status. Other ancient civilizations whose citizens wore wigs were the Greeks, Romans, Assyrians, and the Phoenicians. For the Romans, in particular, wigs were often made with hair from slaves. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the use of wigs fell into disuse in the West for a thousand years until they were revived in the 16th century. Perukes or periwigs for men were introduced into the English-speaking world with other French styles when Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660.

In modern times, in Britain, most Commonwealth nations, and the Republic of Ireland special wigs are worn by barristers, judges, and certain parliamentary and municipal or civic officials as a symbol of the office. Hong Kong barristers and judges continue to wear wigs as part of court dress as an influence from their former jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Nations.

For ordinary people, in addition to changing ones looks or compensating for hair loss, wigs can serve a very useful purpose. There are two sites where you can donate hair that is at least ten inches long for wigs for cancer patients. For children, the site is Locks of Love at http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved/. For adult women, the site is Pantene at http://pantene.com/en-us/brandexperience/make-the-cut. For those with long, untreated, not grey hair, do consider this as a gift to a cancer patient.

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Quotes about wigs.

Aunt Petunia often said that Dudley looked like a baby angel – Harry often said that Dudley looked like a pig in a wig.–J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.–Frank Zappa

For Heaven’s sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum.–Thomas Jefferson

Three things are men most likely to be cheated in, a horse, a wig, and a wife.–Benjamin Franklin

My house used to be haunted, but the ghosts haven’t been back since the night I tried on all my wigs.–Phyllis Diller

I’ve seen more convincing wigs on William Shatner.–John Larroquette

As long as I can wear a wig I can be any character, and in real life I can be myself.–Ginnifer Goodwin

I’m the artist formally known as Beck. I have a genius wig. When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges. I don’t have enough hair to be a genius. I think you have to have hair going everywhere.–Beck

Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?–Frank Moore Colby

Find nearly 9000 inspirational quotes and a link to the Quote of the Day list, as well as quotation related merchandise, at http://www.quotelady.com.

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