Most of us would probably admit having done something “dramatic” to our hair… dying it purple as an identity statement in the ninth grade, chopping it off to get that fresh start you craved after he broke your heart, maybe even shaving your eyebrows just to see if it looked good. Chances are pretty good we’ve never taken “dramatic” to the lengths that these people do, though. Read on for our top 4 Weird Hair Issues from around the globe.
4. Pubic Hair Transplants
Ever thought of your down-there hair as a sign of fertility? Women in South Korea have, and for some, having too little of it is embarrassing. The solution: transplants. No, not from donors, thankfully, but from the recipient’s own scalp line. A sliver of skin is removed from the hairline along the neck and separated into pieces that contain 1-3 hair bulbs each. A laser or scalpel is implemented to make room for the tiny chunks of much-desired pili (the fancy scientific name for hair) in the desired location. The transplanted hairs are arranged in such a way as to be consistent with the pattern of typical pubic hair. With much repetition, this procedure — called micrografting — can produce quite successful results. Meaning: being pube-less doesn’t have to scar you for life. A few cuts and burns later, you can compare parts with Sasquatch and come out a winner. Ew.
3. Eyebrow Transplants
It’s not so surprising that there’s a market for this, is it? We’d expect someone who’s lost their eyebrows to disease or disastrous accident to feel a twinge of discomfort about it. They’re on your face, and… well, what more needs to be said? These make it to the list because of how tricky they end up being. Eyebrows, if you have noticed, are not quite like scalp hair… or leg hair… or pubic hair, for that matter. (Although that would make a good one for another list — eyebrows transplanted from the nether-regions. Interesting.) Scalp hair can be used, but it must be done very carefully. The transplanted hair must be placed flat back against the browline rather than at about a 45 degree angle, like it was “back home” on your head. The holes needed to make room for the new hair must be tiny, since only one hair may be placed at a time. These must be made with a fine needle rather than a scalpel. All that to say, it takes some skill to do this. Don’t let some back-alley quack try it on you, or you may end up with a little stranger over-eye growth than you bargained for.
2. Longest Ear Hair Ever
The guy that made the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest ear hair ever recorded. Everyone wants to be known for something. But did it really have to be this, Grandpa? Maybe you could have written a book instead. Oh, well. It’s still pretty cool!
1. Hairboy – China’s Aspiring Rockstar
This takes publicity stunts to a whole new level. Exploiting your body hair to get a recording label? It’s true, Yu Zhenhuan is trying to get noticed for his body hair, and musical talent too. He even has his own personal space on the Web called MaoHai, which translates to “hairboy”. There, he has posted pictures of himself. Apparently he has a condition which causes dark hair to grow over his entire body, with the exception of his hands and feet. That’s definitely different enough to get “discovered”. Will it do anything for his music? Who knows.