We came across this article on weird baldness cures this weekend and just had to share it! Sometimes you really have to wonder how these weird baldness cures came about. We can’t really recommend any of these treatments, except the ;last one of course, but they’re fun to read about! This entertaining article comes to us courtesy of Jennie Cohen and History.com. If you’d like, click on the link at the bottom to read the entire article!
Weird baldness cures!
Some men—and women—believe that receding hairlines, thinning manes and smooth craniums lend an air of dignity. For those who don’t, there have always been plenty of baldness treatment and prevention options available, albeit with highly variable levels of effectiveness. Find out about some of the weird and wacky ways people have attempted to curb or conceal their hair loss over the centuries.
Ancient Egyptian Cures
The Ebers Papyrus, a medical text that dates back to 1550 B.C., offers a number of recommended cures for ancient Egyptians suffering from hair loss. Suggestions include a mixture of fats from a hippopotamus, crocodile, tomcat, snake and ibex. Some others are porcupine hair boiled in water and applied to the scalp for four days. Still another uses the leg of a female greyhound sautéed in oil with the hoof of a donkey. Apparently concerned with maintaining adequate hirsuteness, both male and female royals in ancient Egypt were known to wear wigs and fake beards.