Hair and hairloss have been important to human beings throughout history. Hair has crucial symbolic and social significance in many cultures, and baldness has likewise proved significant in various ways.
Ancient hairstyles and hair loss
Hairstyles are often used to signify personal or marital status. In Ancient Rome, nobles of both genders often wore highly complex styles that required whole teams of slaves to maintain, as a demonstration of wealth and power. During the Qing Dynasty in China, the dominant Manchu people forced the rest of the Chinese population to wear their hair in the distinctive queue, or long ponytail. Unmarried Fulani women in Africa elaborately braid their hair with amber beads, whilst married women attach their hair to even larger amber ornaments.
In Ancient Egypt, baldness was a sign of being cursed by the gods – and was avoided at all costs. Throughout Ancient Europe, baldness in men was associated with wisdom and authority. Due to genetic variation, Northern Europeans were most likely to experience receding hairlines, whilst men of Mediterranean decent were more likely to develop a bald patch on their crown.
This interesting fact led to differences in monastic tonsure during the Christian period, when monks began to shave their hair in order to give the impression of wisdom. In the South, only the top of the head was shaved, whilst in Britain and Ireland, the forehead was shaved from ear to ear, leaving a point or semi-circle of hair; a pattern much like that of a receding hairline! This difference was reconciled at the Synod of Whitby in 664, when the latter style – believed to have been worn by religious leaders since the time of the Druids – was abandoned.
Hair loss today
Whatever your beliefs about the wider significance of hair loss, there is no need to restrict your choice of hair-style in the future by leaving it untreated. Here at The Belgravia Centre, your precise hair-care needs can be catered for, and our hair loss experts are able to answer any questions you might have.
The techniques we offer are safe and effective, and our hair loss experts create bespoke hair loss treatment programmes for our clients, designed to promote hair regrowth. These programmes often include MHRA licensed medications, such as Minoxidil and Propecia, and other growth-boosting techniques including the FDA-cleared LaserComb and our recommended Hair Vitalics dietary supplements.
As our extensive collection of success stories from satisfied clients attests, we have a proven track record of providing lasting treatment for hair loss..
To find out how you can safely deal with hair loss, please call us on 0800 077 6666, message us to book a free consultation, or alternatively fill in our online diagnostic form to receive a home-use treatment programme that can be sent to you anywhere in the world.