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Monday, 18 May 2015

Hair removal

Ancient Egyptians first started the trend of removing their body hair completely. As far back as the fourth millennium, ancient women were removing body hair by making their own depilatory creams that contained bizarre combinations of scary ingredients, such as arsenic, quicklime and starch.

In ancient Egypt, a shaved head was considered the ultimate in feminine beauty. Egyptian women removed every hair from their heads with special gold tweezers and polished their scalps to a high sheen with buffing cloths.

Some ancient Greek woman removed hair from her legs by singeing it off with a lamp.

The typical man of India in ancient times would be found sporting a neatly trimmed, well-groomed beard; yet he shaved all hair on his chest and pubic area;

Roman women depilated too. They used ground-up walnut shells to burn off body hair. By the birth of Christ, the latest available creams included some pretty wild ingredients, like resin, pitch, white vine or ivy gum extract, ass's fat, she-goat's gall, bat's blood, and powdered viper.

When Julius Caesar landed in Britain he noted that the Britons shaved the whole of their bodies except the head and upper lip.

During the Second World War, some women painfully removed hair from their bodies by rubbing sandpaper all over their legs and underarms, due to severe domestic materials shortages caused by the war.

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