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the powdered wig and George Washington . . . so why didn’t his wig fall off?


David and Rumaan’s Brooklyn home uses an impressive collection of George Washington portraits to make a bold statement in the family’s dining room.


But did George Washington actually wear a powdered wig? Even though wigs were fashionable at the time, George Washington kept his own hair. He kept it long and tied back in a queue, or ponytail.  Although he didn’t wear a wig, George Washington did powder his hair, giving it the iconic white color seen in famous portraits. Powdering ones hair was a custom of the time.



The Athenaeum portrait


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