Strange Baldness Cures
The Egyptians and Baldness
The Ebers Papyrus, a medical text that dates back to 1550 B.C., offers a number of recommended cures for ancient Egyptians suffering from baldness. Suggestions include a mixture of fats from a hippopotamus, crocodile, tomcat, snake and ibex; porcupine hair boiled in water and applied to the scalp for four days; and the leg of a female greyhound sautéed in oil with the hoof of a donkey.
Cleopatra experimented with a goo made of ground horse teeth and deer marrow to spur Julius Caesar’s dormant hair follicles into action.
In ancient Rome, hair continued to be a symbol of power and virility and baldness a sign of weakness.
This presented a problem for Julius Caesar, whose hairline was receding even as his empire was expanding. He developed some cosmetic solutions to his hair loss problem.First he began growing it long in the back and combing it straight forward over his bald spot.
So Caesar then took to wearing a laurel wreath around his head to hide his baldness. The trademark wreath soon became a symbol of power and virility
Hippocrates swore by a mixture of opium, horseradish, pigeon droppings, beetroot, and spices for his baldness.
The Tudor Era
Baldness – shave the head and smear onto the scalp the grease from a fox.
An alternate treatment for baldness was to crush a garlic bulb and rub it into the scalp and then wash the scalp in vinegar.
In 1654, with Oliver Cromwell ruling England, good health and grooming for men was somewhat more basic.
Baldness remedy “Take the ashes of Culver-dung in Lye, and wash the head therewith.
Also Walnut leaves beaten with Beares suet, restoreth the haire that is plucked away.
Also, the leaves and middle rinde of an Oak sodden in water, and the head washed therewith, is very good for this purpose.”
In traditional Indian Medicine, tumeric is considered to be a cure and hair growth stimulant when consumed in large quantities.