Trichophilia or Hair fetishism is a paraphilia in which one becomes sexually aroused by, or is extremely fond of, human hair; commonly cephalic hair.
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).
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.
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