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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 153  

Long hairs: Boon or a bane?

President, The Hair Research Society of India, No. 10, Ritherdon Avenue, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007, India

Date of Web Publication24-Aug-2012

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Patrick Yesudian
President, The Hair Research Society of India, No. 10, Ritherdon Avenue, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.100064

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Everyone is familiar with a biblical story of Samson and Delilah. Samson's phenomenal strength resided in his long uncut hairs, his girl friend Delilah wheedled this secret from him during one of his amorous moments and cut off his locks. Weak as a kitten, he was captured and blinded by the Philistines. While imprisoned, his hairs started to regrow, on a festive day, he was brought to the temple to be made fun of by the Philistines, not realizing that with the regrowth of his hairs, his strength had returned. He placed his hands on the two supportive pillars and with a loud prayer he pushed hard and brought down the massive temple killing himself and thousands of philistines. The story thus illustrates, the strength imparted by long hairs, but more strikingly the stronger willpower of the woman of the woman in this story, to whose nagging he ultimately succumbed.

Interestingly, women facing guillotine during the French revolution were requested to cut their long hairs, so that the tough hair keratin will not interfere with the shearing force of the blade.

Long hairs can cause fatal problems. Again recalling the biblical story of Absalom, the son of King David, who had long and beautiful hairs, which when cut once in a year would weigh 200 shekels (about 3 pounds!). When he was fleeing from his father's troops on a mule, his long hairs got entangles in the branches of a tree and while the mule sped on he was left hanging helplessly only to be stabbed to death by the soldiers. We also hear of many fatal accidents occurring in industry due to long hairs getting caught in machinery.

Long hairs in males in many parts of the world invite caustic comments like "weirdo, beatnik, hippie" and so on and is considered repugnant in some Red Indian tribes, the length of hair determined who will become chieftain, and he is addressed as "Chief long hair."

It is difficult and time consuming to grow long hairs and if not done properly, this invites conditions like plica polonica, pediculosis capitis, mudichood and piedra. To mention but a few of the hair disorders more often seen in long haired individuals.

The poor male of the homosapiens, even if he has cut his hairs short, can still get into trouble by the long hairs in the female of the species. Note how the Sireus in Greek mythology lured the unwary sea fares to an unenviable and by exhibiting their long and beautiful tresses. Milton in "Paradise Lost" goes into ecstasies over the temptations presented by long hairs:
"She has a veil down to the slender waist

Her unadorned golden tresses wore

Disheveled but in wanton ringlets waved

As the vine curls her tendrils."

So, do you still believe that long hairs are a boon?

I with a Hamilton type VII male pattern alopecia, firmly believe that it is a bane!

Sour grapes, may be?


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