85%. That?s the percentage of men who will experience some form of hair loss by the time they are 50. For many men, hair loss is seem as emasculating, a rebuke of virility. Our society reviles baldness so much, that it is often used in our fiction for short hand for evil (Gargamel, Voldemort, Gollum).
Today, many men who experience balding will elect for expensive surgical hair transplant surgeries such as a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE hair transplant) or a Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS hair transplant), or one of a myriad of holistic hair restoration medicines.
But our culture is not the first to fixate on condemning and curing baldness. History is full of weird and wacky curatives, many at a fraction of the cost of a hair transplant (although they are likely not effective).
Hair was so important in Ancient Egypt, the rules often would wear wigs made with human hair and sheep?s wool regardless of whether or not they were bald! If one did have the misfortune to be bald, there are several cures still surviving, many of which involve the liberal application of animal fats! All you have to do is go catch that crocodile.
Hippocrates, often considered the father of the medical field, had his own theories on how to stop hairless: Castration. He noticed that eunuchs never seemed to suffer from hair loss. But at what cost?
One of the most popular cures for hair loss in Ancient China was to take rosemary and safflower oil, and muddle in dried animal testes. Hair growth could also be encouraged by using headstands to improve circulation to the scalp.
The Wild West
We?re all familiar with the traveling ?doctors? that permeated the American West, at least in fiction. Fast talking con men that sold ointments and creams, and any other sort of cure-all, and then quietly left town before the locals discovered the fraud.
The idea that circulation to the scalp could help fight baldness was still around less than 100 years ago. This misconception led to the invention of the head vacuum. Unfortunately, not only did this not work, but it often left the patient with a bright red head from the suction
Today, we have the benefit of understand the way hormones effect hair loss, and the benefit of hair clinics which specializing in affordable solutions for hair restoration, cruelty free.