Hair fetishism (Trichophilia)

Trichophilia or hair fetishism is a paraphilia in which one becomes sexually aroused by, or is extremely fond of, human hair; commonly head hair, but also hairy armpits and "hirsute" pubic hair.

Scientific study of Trichophilia

In order to determine the relative prevalences of different fetishes, scientists obtained a sample of at least 5000 individuals worldwide from 381 Internet discussion groups. The relative prevalences were estimated based on (a) the number of groups devoted to a particular fetish, (b) the number of individuals participating in the groups and (c) the number of messages exchanged. Of the sampled population, 7 percent were turned on by hair (as opposed to 12 for underwear, but only 4 for genitals, 3 for breasts, 2 for buttocks, and less than one for body hair). [1][2]

In fiction

In a scene in the 1988 novel Prelude to Foundation, characters discuss the theory that members of the Mycogenian culture would naturally develop a strong sexual interest in hair as a result of living in a place where hair is never seen, with that interest developing to the point that some may be willing to shirk other cultural restrictions in order to feel hair.

In the 2003 movie Charlie's Angels, the Thin Man is seen snatching and sniffing the hair from the three female detectives, letting out orgasmic screams and moans while he rubs the hair against his nose.


1. ^ Scorolli C, Ghirlanda S, Enquist M, Zattoni S, Jannini E A (2007). Relative prevalence of different fetishes. International Journal of Impotence Researchadvance online publication 15 February 2007; doi: 10.1038/sj.ijir.3901547. retrieved March 2007.
2. ^ Dobson, Roger (2007). Heels are the world's No 1 fetish. The Independent Online Edition,, accessed February 2007.


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