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Ferengis always appear hairless. Can they grow hair (but merely choose not to), or are they physically incapable of doing so?

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No

According to Deep Space Nine executive producer Ira Behr, as recounted in the Deep Space Nine Companion:

Responds Behr, “Robert had this feeling that given the way Ferengi look, the style of body with big heads and ears and little eyes and no hair, that they would live in a moist climate.”

Deep Space Nine Companion

This would definitely seem to confirm that they don’t have any hair as an innate quality due to having evolved on a wet planet, not by choice.

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    I disagree. That quote doesn't say whether "no hair", in-universe, is prescriptive or descriptive. There could be a Ferengi custom that growing hair makes you a weakling, so they all make sure to shave their heads. Or it's simply more convenient to go hairless when living in a moist climate.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jan 10, 2017 at 12:10
  • @Randal’Thor - Well, the big ears and little eyes are presumably not prescriptive. I read the whole quote as one part, referring to intrinsic characteristics of the Ferengi.
    – Adamant
    Jan 10, 2017 at 18:41
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Grand Nagus Zek has ear hair. Does that count?

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  • I don’t think that’s really what the question was asking.... It was more about whether they had hair on their heads.
    – Adamant
    Jan 10, 2017 at 6:12
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    @Adamant the OP used the term 'hairless', not 'bald'. As the question is phrased, I think this is the right answer, it proves the Ferengi can 'grow hair'. Jan 21, 2017 at 22:04
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Notwithstanding the answer above that implies by design physiology that the Ferengi are without hair a priori, the following book I read some years ago goes some way to explain (from a fashion point of view) why some Ferengi will not even have hair in the ears and nostrils. In short, they purchase a Gweemo Lobemaster

Star Trek \ DS9: Legends of the Ferengi

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