National Rub A Bald Head Month
by
Brownielocks and The 3 Bears

 

 

Famous  Bald People ...
who have either gone bald by choice or are bald and beautiful!

Presidents:

Martin Van Buren
John Adams
James Garfield 
Dwight Eisenhower
Gerald Ford

By Choice:


Britney Spears,
Demi Moore
Sinead O'Connor
Howie Mandel

Political or 
Religious:



Buddah
Mohandas Ghandi
Winston Churchill
Ben Franklin
Prince Charles
Ceasar

Bald and Proud:

Telly Savales
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Billy Zane
Michael Jordon
Phil Mitchell
Ross Kemp
Yule Brenner
Montel Williams
David Ben-Gurion
Kevin Eubanks
Paul Shaffer
Al Roker
Willard Scott
Patrick Stewart
Sean Connery

Cartoon
Characters:


Popeye
Charlie Brown
Mr. Clean
Homer Simpson
Ziggy

If you know of others, feel free to write me so I can add them to the list.

 

 

Some men don't mnd being bald.  In fact, some women feel bald men are sexy.  A receding hairline can also be considered a sign of higher intelligence, dignity and virility.  But, for those who want their hair, there have been many bald cures out there.  Even today, there are products on the market for preventing or curing baldness.  Below are a few of the ancient cures that were tried.  Apparently they didn't work too well because men remained bald!

 

 



 

Egyptians

The Ebers Papyrus is a very old medical document that is said to be around 1550 B.C. 
In it, there are a few  interesting potions to help with baldness.
(1) Fats from a Hippopotamus, Crocodile, Tomcat, Snake and Ibex.  Mix well.
I assume this is to be rubbed on the head.  It doesn't say how many times a day or how long it will take to grow hair.

(2) Boil Porcupine hair in water and apply to the scalp for 4 days.
(3) Sautee the leg of a female greyhound in oil along with a donkey hoof.

If none of this worked, they also resorted to wearing fake beards and wigs!


 

 

The Greeks


Hippocrates is a well-known Greek physician around 460 B.C.  And, he was bald!
What did he do?
He is said to have created a hair tonic made of Opium, Horseradish, Piegeon Poop, Beetroot and various Spices.
It didn't work. But, perhaps he made some money just by selling it?

Hippocrates also noticed that eunuchs never went bald.
Although castration wasn't really suggested back then, in 1995 Duke University researchers confirmed that castration could prevent hair loss.
A real extreme prevention indeed!

 

 

 

 

ROMANS
Romans are a hairy group... well on their bodies!  But, keeping it on top of their heads is another story.

Even if you were nobility, that didn't stop the balding.  Julius Ceasar tried to hide his balding head by growing what he had very long and then brushing it over his scalp.
Today this is more known as a combover.  And, Donald Trump is famous for it!

Cleopatra tried to help him by creating a mixture of ground-up mice, horse teeth and bear grease.  It didn't work.
Ceasar just covered his bald head with a laurel wreath.

By the 17th century royals such as King Louis XIII of France, wore a toupee  or a wig to hide a bald head.

 

OTHER SOLUTIONS?

 
Baldness wasn't being cured.  And, by the 19th century men were still having a problem. (Some women also.)  What to do?
Along came many side-show doctors with hair tonic treatments.  None of them worked at creating more hair.  They just created more money for the seller.

In England, a mixture of cold India tea and lemon were rubbed on the head.  It didn't work.  But, I'm sure the person smelled nice and lemony fresh!

Then came the high-tech solutions!

Thermocap was made by the Allied Merke Institute in the 1920s. Men and women with thinning locks just had to spend only 15 minutes a day under it.  (heat and blue lights)
 They claimed it stimulated the hair roots. 
Curing baldness was as financially profitable as weight loss. So, not just medical companies were trying.
The Crosley Corporation was a radio and automobile manufacturer.  In 1936 they made the Xervac.   And, you didn't have to buy it.  You could rent it.  Also many barbers had it in their shops.  Made sense.  Bald men don't need haircuts.  But, men with hair do!  So, men could just sit back, relax with a cigar, cigarette and their newspaper while the helmt was on their head sucking their hair follicles.

In 1939, a Japanese dermatologist decided that if you can't make hair grow, how about transplanting it from one spot to another?  So, he pioneered a procedure for grafting hair from the scalp, eyebrows, face and other parts of the body onto bald spots. Twenty years later,  Norman Orentreich (New York Dr.)  popularized hair transplants. However, for several years, the results were not natural-looking, but resembed dollís heads where you can see the tuffs of hair popping out.  But, the procedure worked.  So, hair transplants  for male pattern baldness is still being done today, only with more natural looks.

 


Bald Motto: 
 "When there's no snow on the roof,
then there's a lot of fire in the furnace."

 

For more Bald fun visit the following outside sites:

Folk Tales About Bald Men The Science of Shaving 
(taken from a Hygiene Magazine Article)
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