International Wig Day

International Wig Day is a holiday that’s observed in various ways. It’s a day when people who are forced to wear a wig for the rest of the year can take a break from worrying about their hair. It’s also a day for those who enjoy elaborate wigs to dress up with the wildest wigs they can find.

This day is celebrated on the 10th of March every year and is the perfect opportunity for people to purchase a new wig of their choice. It’s also a day to raise awareness about hair loss caused by diseases such as cancer, which is the primary purpose of this holiday.

The History of International Wig Day

Although people around the world celebrate this holiday for fun, it was actually created for a very serious reason. Temashop in Denmark established it in 2016 to raise awareness about cancer and the side effects of most cancer treatments.

Hair loss is a common side effect of many cancer treatments, which can be devastating for those already in a vulnerable state.

Some Interesting Facts About Wigs

When we started writing this article for International Wig Day, we came to a startling conclusion: we didn’t know as much about wigs as we thought. This is why we decided to do a bit of research and increase our knowledge on this subject.

The following list includes some of the things we learned about wigs that we thought our readers might also find interesting.

  • In 2017, over $192 million was spent on wigs and extensions in the U.S.
  • During the 16th century, a rise in hair loss due to the side effects of syphilis led to the increased popularity of wigs.
  • Natural red hair wigs are exceptionally rare, with only about 2% of the world’s population being natural redheads.
  • A wig can take up to 8 weeks to create.
  • The term “bigwig” was first coined in France during the 17th century because only the wealthy could afford large wigs.

Observing International Wig Day

On this holiday, people can show support for those with cancer. This can be done by wearing a wig in support of someone who has cancer or by participating in a contest to raise money for cancer treatment.

People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #InternationalWigDay with a picture of themselves wearing a wig.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 10 Sunday
Next year (2025)
March 10 Monday
Last year (2023)
March 10 Friday