What Ancient Women used to Remove Hair

While they may not have had the sophisticated laser hair removal machines we have today, women from years past have always been concerned with their body hair. Elle magazine looked at some of the hair removal methods used in ancient times:

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt’s women were big into body hair removal, including the hair on their heads. They used beeswax and sugar based waxes, pumice stones and tweezers made from seashells to remove the hair.

Roman Empire

During the time of the Roman Empire a lack of body hair was a display of wealth and class. Pubic hair was even seen as uncivilised, which is the reason why you’ll notice that many statues of people from this time are hairless. Wealthy women and men used creams, stones, flints and tweezers to remove their body hair.

Middle Ages

Queen Elizabeth I set the trend for women’s hair removal in the Middle Ages. The hair removal fashion of the time had women removing the hair from their eyebrows and forehead using walnut oil, bandages soaked in ammonia and vinegar.


By the time the late 18th century hit, the approaches to hair removal became a little more civil. In fact, it was a French barber by the name of Jean Jacques Perret that designed the very first straight razor in 1760, encouraging better hair-care amongst men.

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/history-of-hair-removal#slide-1

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