Want This New Invention? Knitted Wigs
There are a lot of reasons that women lose their hair, from the effects of chemotherapy to alopecia, and women have tried hats, scarves, and wigs to try to regain a sense of normalcy in their lives. Whether we like it or not, women are more often judged by their hair than men and thus it is a greater part of their identity. Thanks to a photography student in London, Louise Walker, there is a new and fun idea out there for these women.
Each of these wigs is based on a classic style from past decades. The vintage looks are fun, flirty, and girlie, and something that will help keep a head warm in winter. The wigs were inspired, in part, by the fact that Walker's mum is a hairdresser which already made hair a large part of Walker's life. Her "Nan" was also an inspiration having knitted jumpers (sweaters) for her for many years.
Walker started knitting just a few years ago when her sister, a textile student, was learning as a part of her course work, and Walker felt drawn to try her hand at it too. She later channeled it into knitting the wigs as part of a final year photography degree project entitled 'Wooly Head.' Each of the wigs required research into iconic hairstyles of the 1920s through the 1970s and then a week to actually produce each one. Quite impressive for a beginner.
The designs range from the short, marcelled hair of the 1920s, through the movie siren 1930s and 50s, the Rosie the Riveter type look of the 1940s, the beehive of the 60s, and the "Cher" look of the 1970s. The colors run from fun pastels to the regular range of blonde, brunette, redhead and even gray.
It is Walker's dream that her designs could be used to help people like chemotherapy patients and has been working on some designs specifically for them. She hopes that they will help women deal with their hair loss with confidence and self-assurance.
Since Walker started knitting it has taken over her life. She now has her own Etsy shop for selling the wigs and some fun animal designs she has created, including a scarf design of a fox that is meant to hearken back to the days when women wore fox stoles.
You could say that Louise Walker is something of a "knit-wit." I daresay she doesn't mind being "needled" about it either.
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