In 18th-century colonial America, an active social life was important for people of all classes. Being fashionably dressed meant dressing from the head down. A wig was a fashion necessity for men of the gentry and successful businessmen. Being able to afford a wig, or sometimes several wigs, was a means of showing one’s status in society. Wigs were made of goat hair from Turkey, horse hair from China, yak hair from Tibet, or human hair from young women in Europe. Wearing wigs was fashionable for over 100 years.