History Of Hair Removal

 History Of Hair Removal

The History Of Hair Removal!

Since prehistoric times, humans have been removing hair from their bodies. Cave dwellers as far back as 30,000 BC used sharp flint as razors to get rid of unwanted hair. It seems that they realized that lice and fleas seem to like hairy people. Since these pesky little creatures are notorious carriers of disease, maybe shaving helped these folks live a long and happier life.

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Whatever the reason, this form of shaving was popular with men. Women, on the other hand, used depilatory creams made from quicklime and arsenic. While hair was successfully burned from the body using this method, it is no wonder that the skin was often damaged in the process. So it seems that the clean-shaven look was popular even among our earliest ancestors.

Barbershops were actually started in 500 BC because of Alexander the Great’s obsession with shaving. It became a very popular thing to do, even among women who were using razors, tweezers, pumice stones, and hair removal creams. In 60 BC, Cleopatra used the sugaring method of hair removal which has always been very popular in European cultures. Perhaps this is the reason she was so attractive to males during that period so long ago.

Even in the middle ages shaving was popular as Aztecs in Central America made razors from volcanic glass. In Europe women were keeping their entire faces shaved, including their eyebrows. This trend was started by Queen Elizabeth. Women were often hairless and wore large wigs and hairpieces on their shaved heads. Even eyelashes were plucked out.

 History Of Hair Removal

The first razor was invented in 1847 by William Henson, an English inventor. The handle on the razor made shaving the face and body easier. Straight razors were invented in the late 1800s and became popular to use, even though they tended to get dull very quickly. Then came the invention of the razor strop or strap.

All this was happening during the time that shaving creams and lotions, along with after shave started becoming popular. Men were rather effeminate during the late 1800s and 1900s. They wore fancy lace and carried lace handkerchiefs. Therefore it is not far-fetched to think of them wearing fragrant scents.

The early form of electrolysis was invented in 1875 when Dr. Charles Michel, an ophthalmologist, used electricity in the treatment of ingrown eyelashes. In the 20th century a laser scientist had an accident that exposed his arm to a beam from a laser. Afterwords he noticed that this beam did not injure him. However, he realized that the hair on his arm did not grow back where the laser beam hit it.

Now men and women wax their bodies, shave their bodies, and use string to remove hair. The only permanent hair removal system is laser hair removal. It too has come a long way from the early days. This type of treatment is quick and painless, and large areas on the body can be treated quite efficiently.

Bikini hair removal is easy and painless on a very sensitive area, and the hair is removed permanently. Hair removal has certainly come a long way since early times. It no longer has to be painful or damaging to the skin. Certainly we can be thankful that quicklime and arsenic are a thing of the past.

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Cindy Williams


Hello everyone, Many time as a nurse assistant, I come across someone that needs their hair removed. Usually, because of a pending operation. Also, for whatever reason, some folks, and many peoples that I know, just want their hair removed... all of them! I must admit that the pain they must endure to get this done is way beyond my pain threshold. Because of this, I wanted to do something about it, hence this website. I truly hope you enjoy browsing through my pages and post, that are dealing with the many different methods of effective hair removal, and hair treatments in general. Enjoy, Cindy

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