From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, wigs were worn by men and women, their size being a sign of status and wealth. They were curled and powdered to keep them smart (but seldom washed!). Ceramic wig curlers were heated in the fire then left in place to fix the curl until the wig was needed. Ceramic was less likely to burn or scorch the hair than metal curlers. This wig-wearing tradition is the origin of the wigs still worn by lawyers and judges today.