Batty Ideas About Hair Care

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for the weekly WeWriWa blog hop, an event that allows authors of all experience levels and genres to share 8-10 sentence snippets of their work. I’m sharing from my upcoming release, 60 Beautiful Bat Facts.

Last week, I posted about Pliny the Elder’s thoughts on how to improve marital relations. A few people made comments about how they worry about bats getting wrapped up in their hair. I completely understand. Despite knowing that echolocation prevents bats from crashing, I worry about my hair whenever one finds it’s way into my apartment. In my case, it’s a kneejerk reaction to having something small, fast, and unpredictable flying around my head, combined with the fact that my hair has a life of it’s own and might reach out and grab the poor bat.

Last week’s comments made me decide to share a little bit about the long history of bats and hair. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was.

While it_s unclear where the rumor about bats entangling themselves in women's long hair started, there_s

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    1. They do have minds of their own. 🙂 One was in my apartment earlier this week (surprising since it’s already quite cold in Michigan right now, but some big brown bats have a high tolerance for cold and will delay hybernating.) The best way to get them outdoors is sealing them into a single room and opening a door or window. Eventually they find thier way out. If they’re roosting in the house, put up a bat house as an alternative roost site and after they leave the house for a night hunt, seal up the hole/crack they’re using to gain entrance. The simplest way to locate their front door is going outside at dusk and watching them take flight.


  1. Oh my. Um, I think I’ll just stick to my regular shampoo…and shaving my legs. lol. I used to be terrified of bats until one came to rest on the balcony of my condo. He’d fly off at night and do his batty things, and then come and sleep the day away on my balcony. I grew to love the little guy. 🙂

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  2. Sorry, but I don’t think I’d like a bat in my house. It’s interesting that so many cultures believed in bats and hair care.


  3. I love bats. Live bats. I just don’t see them as ingredients in health products. LOL

    By the way, are you familiar with this poem?

    The Bat

    By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.
    He likes the attic of an aging house.

    His fingers make a hat about his head.
    His pulse beat is so slow we think him dead.

    He loops in crazy figures half the night
    Among the trees that face the corner light.

    But when he brushes up against a screen,
    We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:

    For something is amiss or out of place
    When mice with wings can wear a human face.

    —Theodore Roethke

    (For some reason I always hear this in Vincent Price’s voice…)

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    1. I wondered the same thing. The transcript the information was found in was extremely old, which makes me wonder if something got lost in translation, OR if there was a religious reason that I’m unfamiliar with. The transcript is called the Papyrus Ebers and it was written near 1550 BC.

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  4. Poor bats! I hate the way people believe that there are certain properties in the skin/claws/horns/blood/bones etc of animals, so much cruelty, in the past as well as today. (Can you guess I love all creatures great and small and have never been afraid of bats getting tangled in my hair, they’re far too clever) Very interesting post!


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