When were powdered wigs first worn in 18th century armies?

Question by Paranormal I: When were powdered wigs first worn in 18th century armies?
I ask because I read somewhere that powdered hair began in Prussia in 1713 but I am not clear if this means powdered wigs or just powdered hair.

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Answer by Bilbo
Probably both – as powder was used to keep lice at bay it might be used on real hair – but would not have done it much good – so wigs tend to give a better appearance.

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  1. Ragnar

    It would have been powdered hair. Soldiers used to run candle wax or a grease like tallow through their hair and then add a powder as a defence against lice.

    But some light infantry units, such as Green Jackets didn’t powder their hair at all. Their uniforms were dark for camouflage purposes.

    As far as I am aware powdered hair was something that started in the late 17th Century.

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