Knowing the Difference in Restoring the Asian Look

  • Kenichiro Imagawa


Shoguns, the leaders of the samurai, governed Japan until the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1867. During their ruling periods, hairstyling was used to indicate the social rank and class of Japanese men. There was no obvious male pattern baldness at that time because every man appeared bald as a result of a custom called sakayaki. During the coming-of-age ceremony, the potential bald area would be shaved (Fig. 1), and this hairstyle maintained throughout life.
Fig. 1.

An Edo period woodblock print: Kabuki actor by Syaraku (1794). The frontal and parietal area is shaved: this is called sakayaki


Hair Follicle Hypertrophic Scar Hair Density Hair Transplantation Male Pattern Hair Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenichiro Imagawa
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  1. 1.Japan Society of Aesthetic and Reconstructive SurgeryJapan
  2. 2.Yokobi ClinicYokohamaJapan

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