Did You Know? George Washington Never Wore A Wig – Interesting Story
George washington didn?t wear a wig; the ponytail and perfect curls were all his? he turned his brown hair white by using lots of powder so he kept his ponytail in a silk bag to keep it from smearing across his back when he was dancing with the ladies.
George Washington?s hairstyle is iconic and simple enough that most Americans can probably recall it in an instant ? or they can at least refresh their memory by pulling out a dollar bill or a quarter.
It was pulled back from his forehead and puffy on the sides, colored grey-white perhaps like many wigs of the day. But Washington never wore a wig.
The painting, The Courtship of Washington by John C. McRae, was painted in 1860, long after Washington?s dea in 1799. But a project out of the University of Virginia called The Papers of George Washington also confirms that the first president?s natural hair color was light brown.
The style he favored wasn?t fancy, though it may appear so to modern eyes. It was a military style called a queue.
Even if Washington didn?t wear a wig ? he did powder his hair to get that white look. It may also have been the fashion in America to wear less elaborate wig styles.
By the late 18th century, wigs were starting to go out of style. So Washington could have been fashion-forward in his military simplicity. Still, the powdering was a chore involving a robe to protect clothes, a cone to protect the face and sometimes special bellows to puff the powder evenly.
But Washington?s use of powder raises the question, how did he avoid the look of permanent dandruff?
It?s possible that the same solution that helped Washington?s hair rolls stay fluffy also kept the powder sticking ? greasy hair and lots of pomade.
Bathing and washing hair frequently wasn?t a popular activity, so powders also solved the problem of smelly unwashed heads ? they were perfumed. It?s a good thing fashions change.
This is why George Washington Never Wore A Wig
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