Why did Elizabeth 1 begin to wear wigs and when did she start wearing them?

It is said that an attack of smallpox in 1562, when Elizabeth was around 29, caused her to lose some of her hair so she started wearing wigs. Her trademark auburn wig, make-up and lavish gowns were part of the image she constructed and also kept her youthful.

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7 thoughts on “Why did Elizabeth 1 begin to wear wigs and when did she start wearing them?”

  1. Baroness Von Reis says:

    I new of Elizabeths hair lose from IILness,but she had her ladies cut her hair off when she bacame the vigin Queen and married England and so wore a wig of her hair color.

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    2. Sargam says:

      ‘Marrying England’ was a mere Parliamentary evasion. One would have to be naive to think she remained a virgin. her big paramour was Robert Dudley, and later, Essex. Personally, I attribute her hair loss to the arsenic in the make-up she used after contracting smallpox at age twenty nine.

  2. rxphan says:

    The white face paint and rouge that the ladies used during that time contained lead which also contributed to hair loss.

    1. Côme says:

      in order to get the white pigment for the face white screen, lead was used(only way then known to get a pure white) the then called “Ceruse White” would led to a slow decay of the inner tissues, specially the gums turning blacks leading to the loss of teeths.
      the “rouge” used on lips and cheeks did not contain lead.

    2. Lu says:

      Interesting. And makes sense. Perhaps That also attributed to the mental illness in some royals?

  3. Julia Andre says:

    Or maybe she had trichotillomania, and pulled out most of her hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes.

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