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Not that hair transplants are the main thing in Turkey…

By Deepthi Nair

They were ubiquitous: outside the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, on Istiklal Avenue, Taksim Square, aboard a Bosphorous cruise, on Galata Bridge, taking in views of the sunset or sitting beside me at that roadside kebab joint in Istanbul. At first sight, I was disgusted by what I saw: men with blood-soaked, bandaged heads with a triangle of red spots on their scalps. But later as I realised how common this sight was, it piqued my interest: was it a religious practice? Some kind of offering where they tonsured their hair and submitted it to deities? Continue reading Not that hair transplants are the main thing in Turkey…