The Significance of Hair in Society
The hair on your head plays a significant role in your beauty and appeal. Imagine yourself bald for a second and notice how it changes your entire look.
An ample set of hair indicates youth, vitality, good health, virility and beauty. Women with long and lustrous locks are seen as feminine and men with ample hair are seen as considerably masculine than their bald counterparts.
Unfortunately, many people suffer from a balding or hair loss condition. A study showed that 85% of the men suffering from hair loss suffered emotionally with feelings of preoccupation. They felt self-conscious, had a poor self-image and felt envious of other men.
It is a human tendency to view balding men or women as older, weaker, less desirable and more likely to not be favored at the work place.
The importance of hair dates back to thousands of years with hair being the subject of many tales, poems and novels. A great amount of cultural importance has been put on hair.
Hair distinguishes gender, social, religious and professional status. The importance of hair can be witnessed in many countries throughout the world such as in Ancient Egypt, the sons of Pharaoh wore their hair in a bun and the pharaoh himself wore a wig.
English judges wear white wigs of curled hair even today. Modern day English judges wear artificial horsehair wigs in court.
Monks and priests shave their hair to show that they have given up vanity and offered modesty by sacrificing their looks.
The biblical tale of Samson is about a man who has the straight to destroy the Philistines as long as his hair remains long and uncut. As soon as his wife, Delilah cuts his hair, he loses all his strength.
The story of Rapunzel is about a beautiful young princess who is locked up in a tower by a witch, and has hair that grows down to a hundred feet. She cuts off her hair and makes a rope of it to climb out of the tower. This tale signifies losing something to gain something better and bigger.
Hair loss curing dates back to 1150 BC when Egyptian men covered their scalps with animal fat in an attempt to prevent hair loss.
In today’s world, there are actual techniques that enable natural hair growth; one of these is known as a hair transplant. It is a method that uses hair from the back of the scalp and implants it into the balding regions as to enable hair growth. The results are permanent and natural looking.