Thick, shiny, healthy hair is great. But only not in the case when all this beauty spikes in lush color on your body. And it's not at all according to modern glossy standards of beauty: in ancient times, girls got rid of unwanted vegetation by all available methods.
Until our time, the absence of body hair was considered a symbol of youth and innocence. In ancient Rome, hair removal was carried out in special baths: the hairs were wound on a strong thread and then pulled out by the roots. In ancient Egypt, the body hair of Borlis is not only women, but also men. All available means were used: stones, sharp shells, pumice, sugar paste. By the way, according to historians, especially the Egyptians, we should be grateful for the invention of the first razor.
Only the ancient Greeks surpassed the Egyptians: they did not bother with sharpening stones, but simply scorched unnecessary vegetation with an oil lamp.
The invention of the stripes is attributed to the Turks. During the Ottoman Empire, a special room was allocated in the famous Turkish baths, where everyone was helped to get rid of unwanted hair. What mixture was applied to the strips - history is silent.
But European ladies do not really bother about the vegetation on the body. So without Queen Elizabeth I of England, they would have gone hairy. She was a “trendsetter” in hair removal: hair was removed not only from the body, but also from the face. According to Elizabeth, the eyebrows, and with them the small facial hair, were destroyed by all the ladies of the court. Later, this trend reached the people. The epilation method was simple: you mixed vinegar with lime (apparently instead of shaving gel), applied it to your face, and then shaved it off with a razor.
In 1760, the French hairdresser Jean-Jacques Perret created the world's first razor for men, which quickly migrated to the women's cosmetic bag. And 100 years later, the American king Camp Gillett remembered Perret's invention - he guessed to make the blades replaceable. Initially, they were also intended for men, but you yourself understand.
Early 20th century
The real boom came in 1915, when Harper's Bazaar magazine published a photograph of a woman with her arm raised and without a single armpit hair! Razor sales were skyrocketing, and all women succumbed desperately to the new trend and immediately began to get rid of hair all over their bodies.
There was no sadness ... miniskirts are becoming fashionable, and now you need to remove the hair on the exposed parts of the body. At the same time, the first electric epilator is tested. The hair was rumored to have taken 18 hours to remove.
Fashion for mini skirts has made a real revolution in cosmetology. Now the absence of hair on any exposed areas of the body is the norm for any woman who takes care of herself. At the same time, there are special preparations for epilation containing enzymes. They penetrated the hair follicles, after which the hair fell out easily.
In the USSR, a very popular remedy called “Nuri” became very popular, after being applied to the skin, it spreads the suffocating smell of hydrogen sulfide. It was necessary to wait until this gray mass dries to a crust, and then rinse with water along with unwanted hairs. The effect lasted one and a half to two weeks.
The days of "hairy hippies" (hairy everywhere and everywhere) are coming to an end. A new trend has emerged in the world - Brazilian hair removal. No compromises: body hair is out of the question. All means are used - from the razor to the first electric epilators.
Hurray, now we have freedom of choice! If you want to shave, get the most modern machine and shaving products, designed specifically for women's needs. If you prefer a longer epilating effect, try waxing, sugaring, or an electric epilator. For those who want to get rid of unwanted hair permanently, laser hair removal comes to the rescue.