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Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads shaved
« on: January 29, 2005, 10:36:23 AM »
I have heard many people saying that the Grand Duchesses had their heads shaved at one point and I have also seen pictures of them with their heads shaved. Why was this? Was it so that people couldn't recognise them?

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2005, 10:40:47 AM »
It was because they had measles...

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2005, 10:47:11 AM »
Ahh! Thanks a lot, I always thought it was more serious than that. I wondered if it was done by the Bolsheiviks to demoralise them because they were the Russian Royal family, like the Nazis did with the Jews in the Holocaust.

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2005, 10:56:10 AM »
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Ahh! Thanks a lot, I always thought it was more serious than that. I wondered if it was done by the Bolsheiviks to demoralise them because they were the Russian Royal family, like the Nazis did with the Jews in the Holocaust.


No no, nothing like that! *I think* it was common practice to shave your head when you had something like measles, because of the sores on the scalp....

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2005, 03:23:26 PM »
I remember that their hair started to fall out as a result of their illness, so I suppose they just shaved it all off. I've never heard of shaving your scalp because of sores....

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2005, 03:25:15 PM »
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I remember that their hair started to fall out as a result of their illness, so I suppose they just shaved it all off. I've never heard of shaving your scalp because of sores....


I read it somewhere about the sores, that their scalps were very itchy and they had sores from scratching or something like that. But it could also be because the hair was coming out... In any case, they shaved their hair off because of the measles...

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2005, 05:10:13 PM »
I think I read that the medication they took for the measles were what caused there hair to fall out. When they shaved their heads, Alexei followed suit even though it wasn't necessary for him--a show of solidarity!!  :)

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2005, 03:22:16 PM »
Yes, and Alexandra was none too pleased! :D

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2005, 09:08:06 PM »
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Yes, and Alexandra was none too pleased! :D


I did not know that.  How funny.  She certainly was a domineering mama!

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Re: Why did the GrandDuchesses have their heads sh
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2005, 10:08:32 PM »
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No no, nothing like that! *I think* it was common practice to shave your head when you had something like measles, because of the sores on the scalp....
 


No, i think i was because of their medication, it made them have clumps of hairfall out, and alexandra said it would grow back faster if it was shaved, and its true, hair grows faster when its cut
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