Shocking Ways We Have Tried to Prevent Baldness in the Past

While some men shave their heads to obtain baldness others go to extensive lengths to prevent it and in some cases to try to get the hair to come back after it’s gone. This is nothing new though men and women alike throughout history have been doing some outlandish things to try to cure baldness.

It is said that in Rome around 50 B.C. bald Romans would try to treat baldness by rubbing myrrh berries directly onto the scalp.  In Ireland around 1000 A.D., a Celtic remedy for baldness was too stuff mice into clay jars before sealing it, burying it beside a fire, and leaving it for a year. It was believed that if you did not wear gloves when you pulled out what was inside a year later you would sprout hair from your fingers.

Way back in 4000 B.C ancient Egyptians are believed to have made a concoction that included donkey hooves, dog paws and dates that were ground up and cooked in oil and then rubbed on the head. Fast-forward to 1948 in the United States an invention was created known as the Crosley Xervac, which was the machine that utilized forced air and vacuum suction while promising to stimulate hair growth through the promotion of blood circulation in the scalp. Come 1989 somebody finally got it right in England. The British Medical Journal encouraged their readers that year to simply come to terms with baldness as it was the best response.

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