Contrary to what many believe to be true, hair loss is not a modern anomaly. It is not a newphenomenon – it is in fact a part of being human. All evidence indicates that baldness has been a part of life since the dawn of homo-sapiens. There are many references to ancient Egyptians searching for cures over four thousand years ago. Even the Bible alludes to it, for example in Kings 2:23:

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.

Clearly, it was a sensitive issue even back then.

louis-13Legend tells us that Caesar wore his ceremonial laurel wreaths constantly, trying to hide his lack of hair. Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks spent lavish sums on salves and ointments hoping for the re-growth of hair lost. A particular form of baldness named Alopecia Areata actually means Mangy Fox in Greek.

In 400 B.C., Hippocrates (called “the Father of Medicine”) used a mixture of cumin, horseradish, pigeon droppings, and beetroots or nettles to prevent hair loss. It goes without saying it did not work – both he and his patients remained hairless. Furthermore, Hippocrates noticed that eunuchs (men castrated before puberty) never suffered from baldness – and in fact this does prevent it – though this option is thankfully off the table for most of us (interestingly, it was unknowingly the first connection made between male pattern balding and testosterone).

It’s also well documented that France’s King Louis XIII wore a wig to conceal his hair loss – and so began the two hundred year tradition of wearing powdered wigs, which were all the rage after being donned by Louis.

Indeed, men and women of all countries, races, times, and places have experienced the tragedy of permanent hair loss. And until today, there was not much help for the afflicted. Today, incredible advances in hair restoration surgery, along with more experimental treatments involving low-level lasers, PRP treatments, Micro Scalp Pigmentation and stem cells, are finally putting that fuller head of hair within reach.

Even though there is no perfect cure, stopping or slowing hair loss without surgery has become easy and a good-looking, restored head of hair can finally been attained through surgery. Being bald is no longer a life sentence. It can now be corrected with more means then ever before.

A brief history of hair loss