International Journal of Trichology

: 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Patrick Yesudian 
 President, The Hair Research Society of India, India

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Patrick Yesudian
President, The Hair Research Society of India

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The two main complaints regarding hair by human beings are either too little hair on wanted areas or too much hair on unwanted areas known respectively as alopecia and hirsutism. An elderly dermatologist used to tell us when we are medical students that whoever finds a cure to the above two complaints will become the rich and famous person in the world.

What is baldness after all, it is but hair today gone tomorrow. Though hair is totally a dispensable structure from a physiological point of view in human beings, yet a person would rather lose a kidney than a handful of hairs. The psychological trauma of baldness in some individuals can be severe and any Dermato-trichologist wanting to specialize in trichology should have the patience of biblical Job and the compassion of Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa.

On the contrary, there exist a big group of men who take baldness so lightly and are shining stars in the society. It is not surprising to know that a society called Baldies International was formed in 1971 by nineteen men who had gathered at the Delhi residence of a well-known lawyer who noticed that 15 among them were bald. [1] The idea of an exclusive association was then mooted and soon started functioning with 150 members, including lawyers, bureaucrats, company executives, entrepreneurs, doctors, engineers, and various other professionals. The youngest member was 50 and the oldest, who was 85, was selected president of the club. They say "We unite, because we have nothing to lose" It is a mandate that a person seeking admission must take pride in his baldness. They have evocative nicknames such as Moonshine, Will-Shine, and Sunshine.

Their octogenarian president, goes to the extent of saying that one's character and personality could be "read" by examining the shape and size of one's bald head! "If you are bald in the front, you are a thinking man. If you are bald at the back, you come under the category of being sexy. Those who are bald on both sides think they are sexy."

Jokes apart, they are well aware of the truth and caution their members to be beware of charlatans with tall claims to regain lost hair, since according to science, hair doesn't just fall out; it cycles down and baldness runs parallel with age.

Great people in history like Julius Caesar, Aristotle, and Ramses II were bald. Even women of yore were not spared and the beautiful Nefertiti was bald. Hippocrates who was bald started a rumor stating that bald men were very virile, because his girlfriends eventually fell for his more hairy contemporaries. Not many bald people will share the sentiment- "What use hair when a blush will do?" some weird prescriptions were advised for baldness in ancient times. To quote but one "Wear for 7 days and 7 nights a fresh pig's urinary bladder as a Capulet." Weather this prescription raised hairs or not, it certainly would have raised a stink. Today thanks to the enormous advances in basic sciences and our in depth knowledge of hair biology and the changes taking place at the molecular level, we have a more rational approach to the problems involving hair.

Let us further enhance our knowledge regarding hair disorders to promote ethical treatment based on sound fundamental principles.


1Baldies of the World Unite, You have Nothing to Lose. Available from: