Loss and the Bible
One of the
earliest mentions of hair loss is in the bible, below are a
23 From there Elisha went to Bethel. As he was walking
along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered
at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said
"go on up, you baldhead!" He turned round, looked
at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the
Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled
forty-two of the youths. And he went on to Mount Carmel and
from there returned to Samaria.
13: 40-41 When a man has lost his hair and he is bald, he is
clean. If he has lost his hair from the front of scalp and
has a bald forehead, he is clean.
1-21 The Nazarites had special rules regarding treatment of
is also mentioned in the bible.
16: 31 Grey hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by
a righteous life.
20: 29 The glory of young men is their strength, grey hair
the splendour of the old.
the ancient Middle East hair loss was regarded as shameful.
It symbolised the public announcement of the loss of a mans
virility. Samson who lost all his hair, also, well
documented in the bible, showed that his head full of hair
was not only a symbol, it was also considered the actual
source of his power and strength, which he lost when it was
cut off by the Philistines, and not by Delilah as most
Egypt, wigs were serious business. The head was shaved for
cleanliness, and presumably for coolness, and wigs were worn
as protection from the sun and as a sign of regal status.
All Pharaohs were buried with lavish head gear for wearing
in the afterlife.
Egyptians, Romans and Greeks spent fortunes on salves and
ointments which they hoped would grow hair or at least help
stop hair loss.
The following dates back
to the Egyptian times:
Remedy for Hair Growth
Ses, Mother of his Majesty the King of Upper and Lower
Egypt, Teta, deceased
Another ancient remedy used to prevent grey hairs
Put in real balsam and rub therewith.
Hair fashions change
rapidly and usually without any rational pattern. Hair
styles that out of favour with current fashion often evoke
unexpectedly strong emotions and attempts to outlaw them are
Ancient Persian men
considered a shaved face as absurd, but their
contemporaries, the Hittites, shaved their beards,
moustache, eyebrows and patches of hair near the temples.
The Celts often shaved their beards but not their
moustaches. Ancient Greeks wore beards and wore long hair
but in the 4th century BC, Alexander the Great ordered his
soldiers to shave beards and keep head hair short.
Roman law once required
prostitutes to wear blonde wigs, but the Emperor Claudius's
wife, Messalina, wore a yellow wig on her nightly outings.
The regulation was repealed and blonde wigs became the
fashion of the day. The Romans generally shaved for about
500 years, but around the year 200 beards reappeared. This
lasted until Charlemargne in the year 800 ordered his
subjects, most of Western Europe, to shave. Beards started
to return but the Bishop of Rouen warned in 1096 that men
with beards were in danger of damnation.
it that Caesar became so worried and embarrassed about his
baldness that he used to wear his ceremonial laurel wreaths
constantly to try and hide it. Caesar also had his defeated
enemy's hair cut off as a sign of submission when they were
of hair loss Alopectia Areata ( small bald patches that can
sometimes appear and disappear for no reason) is actually
derived from the Greek word for "Mangy Fox".
B.C. Hippocrates the Father of Medicine prescribed a mixture
of cumin, pigeon droppings, horseradish and beetroots or
nettles, to help prevent hair loss. Needless to say he as
well as his patients remained absolutely bald.
In the middle ages eunuchs always had full heads of hair.
Eunuchs are males who have been castrated (had their
testicles removed), and if this was done before puberty they
do not go bald. Some eunuchs who when given male hormone did
not have increased hair loss. This means that an adequate
level of male hormone need only be present for male pattern
baldness to occur in susceptible men, thus destroying the
popular myth (with bald men at least) that bald men are more
virile, because it was assumed that they had more male
also noted that neither Eunuchs nor women grew hairs on
theirs chests, he proposed that this was due to the lack of
been adorned since man first appeared, from bones in the
hair of cavemen to feathers in the heads of North American
Indians. Colouring of the hair has also been around since
the ancient Egyptians and the Assyrian's. It is certainly
not a modern day fashion as most people like to think.
1500's men's head hair was cut short but beards flourished.
Women generally braided their hair many married women
revived the Orthodox Jewish custom of only showing their
hair to their husbands.
cultures wigs were worn mainly by women, then in 1624 Louis
XIII of France launched the era of the big wig - by wearing
one. The fashion held sway in Europe and its colonies until
the American and French revolutions swept away such symbols
in nearly all his tragedies used hair loss to portray
an ageing king, fool or villain - Never a virile young man.
ironic, considering that Shakespeare himself was bald.
by the 1700's men who were losing their hair also seemed to
be losing their minds! They began
to over compensate for their thinning and balding by taking
the drastic step of wearing long, curly, powdered wigs.
Up to the
beginning of this century men wearing wigs was certainly not
thought of as odd but nowadays this is rarely acceptable
except on barristers and judges, where it is still part of
an age old tradition.
Even in America in the 1800's tough and hardened cowboys
lined up to spend their hard earned money on worthless
"Snake Oil", hair growing tonics peddled by
charlatan "Doctors" from the side shows and stages
of the great wild west medicine shows.
also used the trick of rubbing grease into their hair,
causing it to look thicker, whilst slightly effective it was
a very messy process.
ancient belief as illustrated by the story of Samson, was
that when you took the hair of an enemy you also took
possession of his strength and courage - An Indian warrior
with the greatest number of scalps hanging from his wigwam
was a very powerful man indeed.
following is an old remedy for hair loss, dating back to
If the kernels be bruised
and boiled in vinegar until
they become thick and
applied to the head,
marvellously, make the hair grow
again upon bald places or
where it is too thin.
So does hair loss affect man today as much as it did in
years gone by?
the pressures we face living in a highly competitive, youth
orientated and grooming conscious society, hair loss
probably affects us even more today both at work and in our
social lives than ever before.
problem is that our high technology culture has made
virtually no progress in finding a true lotion or pill cure
for hair loss that can be taken internally or applied
externally, even today the lotions and potions we are
offered have little more success than those offered to the
worse is that some of today's more intelligent men who are
stressed out by suffering hair loss are often just as likely
to believe the claims made for worthless solutions and
treatments as these cowboys of yesteryear. This is largely
due to the advertising hype that is produced in the hair
treatment business and as the hair product industry is a
multi - million pound industry with huge advertising budgets
it is fairly easy to be carried away with all the colourful
brochures and advertising bumph that promises instant sex
appeal and change of personality once someone's hair
returns. Most of the brochures show that as soon as hair is
restored there is a woman at the man's side. This
unfortunately is not true in real life but it certainly does
appear to help sell the product.
continues to be expressive of ideas - a full head of hair is
considered a sign of youth and vigour, thus wigs, toupee's
and hair transplants are likely to be with us well into the
21st century - and beyond.
United Kingdom there are a large number of laymen owned hair
clinics and so called hair consultants without any
experience who sell worthless scalp massages, hair growth
lotions and pills or even ultraviolet ray treatment that
they claim will help grow hair and stop or slow down the
rate of hair loss.
the only real truth found in these clinics is their
financial success. The sad fact of the matter is that men
today who suffer from hair loss are usually so intent on
finding a solution, they'll try almost anything.
that they're looking for some fountain of youth. They're
just tired of hair loss making them look ten to fifteen
years older than they really are, and they are committed to
doing something decisive and positive about it.
are quite artistic with their remaining hair, growing it
longer where possible and brushing it sideways to cover up
gaps, a technique that doesn't stand up to strong winds or
all the advice on this site most people will at least be in
a position to decide which treatment if any is suitable for