I knew that body modification was in style in Japan, but I had not heard of the bagelhead trend until today. Apparently, this has been a steady trend in Japan since 2009. What does s a bagelhead look like? Well, exactly like it sounds...like there is a bagel on your forehead. This look is achieved by a technician injecting an ample amount of saline into the forehead which forms a large blob. This process takes two hours. Then the middle of the blob is pushed down leaving a bagel-looking shape on the forehead. It looks bizarre, but over 16 hours, the saline is absorbed into the body and everything goes back to normal. Since it's not permanent, I wonder if parents would prefer their children to get a bagelhead instead of piercings and tattoos. However, my main concern is that I might not ever be able to eat a bagel again.
National Geographic Taboo's episode about body modification airs tonight, Sept. 27 at 9pm CST.