Concern over baldness is not solely a modern issue; with Male Pattern Baldness being caused by genes, and 40% of men experiencing some hair loss by the age of 35, even our comparatively short-lived ancestors would have faced the same symptoms of receding hairline or thinning hair. And so, throughout history, people have sought to prevent hair loss in numerous – and sometimes fantastic – different ways.
The Ancient Egyptians cared a great deal about their appearance, and saw hair loss as a sign of falling out of favour with the gods. Descriptions of some of their remedies have survived to the present day. The most ancient therapy on record involved making a prayer to the sun god, followed by taking a concoction made from red lead, alabaster, onions, iron and honey. Another, more recent but even stranger remedy used the toes of a dog and a donkey’s hoof as ingredients! One of the most ingenious options involved goat dung – as goats were supposed never to lose their hair, this remedy was intended to fool the gods into thinking the patient was a goat, thus ensuring the gods overlooked them when meting out divine retribution!
In the medieval period, people believed that rubbing the fat of animals into your scalp would stimulate hair growth – with the choice of animals including fox, goose, ibex and even hedgehog! In Scotland, rotten mice were prescribed, whilst in North Carolina bat’s blood was the cure of choice.
Other American remedies such as a poultice of dung (either cow or chicken) and “gas water” – as in, the liquid through which coal gas is pumped to purify – were seen as effective when applied externally. Certain Native American tribes even recommended women’s urine, combined with crushed millipedes, scorpions and nettles, as a last resort!
In China crushed green snake and roots, boiled then matured for three days in a silk bag under a full moon was believed to produce long, silky black hair, whilst the Vikings swore by goose droppings for even the most advanced cases.
How times have changed: modern hair loss remedies
Dung and polluted water are unlikely to appeal to hair-loss sufferers in the modern-day. Fortunately, a range of much more scientific and less dramatic treatments are available. Here at Belgravia, we combine proven medications licensed by the MHRA such as Minoxidil and Propecia with the FDA-cleared LaserComb, herbal hair growth supplements and other hair growth-boosting therapies to re-grow hair. Our hair loss experts will create a treatment plan specifically tailored to your individual condition.
Instead of old-wives’ tales to back up our claims, we have an extensive collection (the largest of its kind in the world!) of hair loss uccess stories with photographs to show you precisely how effective our regimens are. Our central London clinic is open 7 days a week, so tackling hairloss has never been easier.
Please call on 0800 077 6666 or message the clinic to organise a free consultation. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form for a treatment programme that we can post anywhere in the world.