Hairy fashions throughout the Ages

Ladies, have you ever arrived for an intimate dinner date feeling stunning and sexy, only to realise you have forgotten to shave your legs! Yep, we’ve all been there – exit stage left!

Have you ever wondered how being hairless came into fashion in the first place? Let’s take a brief little look at the history of hairy fashions.

The truth is, hair removal isn’t just a modern day issue. In fact, it is believed that even back in the caveman times, men used sharp rocks, seashells or flint blades to scrap the hair away from their faces! This wasn’t because cavemen were particularly enamoured by their appearance, they removed the hair for health reasons. Facial hair attracted mites and dirt, so the less hair, the less chance of illness.

Skipping forward a few centuries to ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians are remembered for their architecture, science and beauty rituals however, they also invested a lot of time into hair removal. The women removed all their body hair using sugar based waxes, beeswax and tweezers made from seashells. Ouch!

Let’s not forget the Romans, who considered hair, or lack there of, as a reflection of your status. Wealthy men and women were expected to be hairless. Being hairless was so highly regarded that having pubic hair was seen as “uncivilized”. This is why most of the iconic ancient statues and paintings of Grecian women are pictured as being hairless.

During the middle ages, a drastic change in the fashion of hair was seen. The fashion was to remove facial hair, particularly eyebrows and the hair from the forehead to make the forehead appear longer.  They did this by using bandages soaked in walnut oil, feline waste and vinegar.

The 18th Century saw the introduction of the razor, which was invented by a French barber.  The good-old razor then grew and eventually developed into the modern razor that is still around.

Skip forward to the 1960s, where waxing was the hair removal method of choice. Even though early laser hair removal techniques were available, it wasn’t a popular choice.

Today, laser hair removal is an all-time high and it’s popularity continues to rise. New laser technologies, equipment and techniques have made laser one of the most popular beauty services currently available on the market.

All men and women practice some kind of hair removal in their grooming routine, so whatever the hair removal method of choice, remember to be grateful for advancements in technology and that we’re no longer relying on the waste of felines to remove our unwanted hair!

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