Ancient Wigs Are Not Only Made Of Real People’s Hair! !

Ancient wigs are not only made of real people’s hair! !

Hairdressing Town Building

Although many people will say that it is because the ancients did not cut their hair for a long time, so the length of the hair can be directly coiled on the head to make various shapes. However, modern people can only use wigs to stack towering buns because they do not have this constraint.

But in fact, the ancients had the habit of wearing wigs for a long time , and the back of women’s wigs was used by upper-class women in the early days. Like modern wigs, it is added on the head to make the hair look thicker and used to make a more complex bun.

Silk painting unearthed from the Tang tomb in Astana – a lady holding a bun

The bun is the wig that women used to adorn their heads in ancient times, which is our current wig bag. However, unlike today’s wig bags, ancient wigs were not only made of human hair.

Two objects were unearthed from the tomb of Zhang Xiong and his wife, No. 206, in the ancient tomb group of Astana Village, Turpan, Xinjiang, but they were actually thin wooden soles! Wooden… Seriously? Exactly! It’s really wooden!

One of the unearthed lacquered wooden wig buns (pictured below) is brown-black, 13.5 cm long and 6.5 cm wide, in a spiral shape with fine and well-proportioned hair. This bun is lined with linen, and the brown hair is wrapped around the linen to make a shape, and then it is made by dyeing.

Righteous bun unearthed from Tang tomb in Astana

There is also a black lacquer on the outside, and is painted with detailed patterns, like a “half-turned bun”, and there are some small holes at the bottom for inserting hairpins.


The bun has been very popular since the Southern and Northern Dynasties, and became more popular in the Tang Dynasty, and the styles of the bun became rich and varied. There are more than 30 types of hair buns recorded in “The Story of the Dressing Table”, “Bun Hairpins”, “Zhihuzi”, “New Book of Tang” and “Notes on Ancient and Modern China”.

“The righteous bun is thrown into the river, and the yellow shirt follows the flow of water”, “the high bun in the city is good, and the square is one foot high” are all descriptions of the towering buns stacked with wigs in the Tang Dynasty. And “Yang Taizhen Biography” mentioned that Concubine Yang “often used fake buns as jewelry”.

Zhou Fang, “The Lady with a Hairpin”

It turned out that the hair volume of the ancients was not as “amazing” as in “The Lady with Hairpins”, but the unearthed wooden bun looks much easier than the pile of wig bags today.

In addition to the wooden buns unearthed from Tang tombs, a false bun called jiū bun (also called Di bun) was used by Han women in the Yuan Dynasty. Covered with gauze, worn over the top of the head bun. Di bun has been used in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

In addition to the bun, the bun style commonly used by women in the Ming Dynasty also had a drum, which was made of a wig covered with a round frame made of wire. The complete set of headgear that goes with it is also known as the head face.

Gilt and silver bun with full head and face (front and back)

As the saying goes, the amount of hair is not enough, and the hair bag is used to make up. Even the little sister will use the wig bag when doing hairstyle!

Although it is really hard to wear a wig every time, a bald girl like Xiaolian has to succumb to the back of a woman’s wig under the volume of her hair. She hopes to make a very light wig one day to solve the problems of bald girls (boys). The suffering of “inlaid silk”.

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