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A Frightening Follicular Fable

For almost two centuries, powdered wigs were all the rage. But the chic hairpiece would have never taken off if it hadn't been for a venereal disease. Say what? By 1580, syphilis had become the worst epidemic to hit Europe since the Black Death. Victims faced open sores, blindness and hair loss. Back then, baldness was a one-way ticket to public embarrassment. Hence, where fake hair came in.