Men throughout history have feared the loss of their hair and have tried nearly everything to not only regain their luscious locks, but also avoid hair loss altogether. Today, on the Hairskeen blog, we are going to share with you some of the oddest baldness remedies found throughout history.
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4 Odd Cures For Baldness
Hair loss has plagued both men and women since the beginning of time and has inspired the inception of interesting baldness remedies. Keep reading to learn more!
In many cases, the most effective means of covering up baldness and embracing modern style is through the use of wigs. Many of the ancient Egyptians wore wigs and fake beards — both men and women — and some were gilded with gold. However, they did try other means as well. A text from 1550 B.C. details the ancient Egyptian cure for baldness: a concoction of hippopotamus fats, crocodile, tomcat, snake, ibex; porcupine hair boiled in water placed on the scalp for four days; a greyhounds leg, boiled in water with a donkey hoof. We are guessing the wigs were the most effective means of covering baldness.
The Father of Modern Medicine considered a cure for male baldness. Like the Egyptians, he also concocted a topical remedy: opium, horseradish, pigeon dropping, beetroot, and spices. From ancient records, it sounds like this did not work — and we are guessing was quite odorous. Hippocrates also came to the conclusion that eunuchs rarely went bald. A 1995 study conducted at Duke confirms his findings. However, we highly doubt that men opted for castration in an effort to preserve their locks.
Julius Caesar also suffered from male pattern baldness. Like some modern men, he opted for a comb-over — he grew his hair in the back long and combed it over. Unfortunately, his hair didn’t stay in place. His lover Cleopatra devised a concoction of mice, horse teeth, and bear grease to help his hair stay in place, but that did not work either. As a result, he opted to cover his baldness with a laurel wreath.
The Sutherland sisters of the late 1800s and early 1900s were part of a “get-rich-scheme.” The sisters who were known for their luscious long locks and their sideshow were used by traveling salesmen to sell tonics, ointments, and “snake oil” called Seven Sutherland Sisters’ Hair Grower.
These aren’t the only interesting and disturbing means that people throughout history tried to regain their hair. Stay tuned to learn more and be sure to visit the Hairskeen website to learn about the revolutionary hair replacement services you can offer your clients that not only actually work but can help them regain their confidence and sport the latest hairstyles. Sign up for a certification class nearby!