Fascinating History of Hair Removal


Do you remove your hair from your body? Hair removal from the body today is a hygiene thing to do. There are many hair removal techniques today ranging from shaving, plucking, dissolving to waxing. Let us look at some interesting historical facts about hair removal.


Brief History

In Islam, the act of waxing is popularly known as an act of Fitrah and in Middle Eastern societies, removal of body hair is made necessary by local customs. Waxing has been considered as an act of hygiene for many centuries. Dating back to 4000 to 3000 BC, there have been evidences of total body hair removal. It is also commonly agreed that hair removal from the body originated in Middle Eastern countries. This could possibly be an act of response to lice, fleas, other parasites and body odour commonly found in hotter climates. This practice of total hair removal slowly became a religious ritual as a sign of cleanliness and purification. In ancient cultures back then, the absence of body hair often indicated class as well.


Historical Preferences

In the past, men preferred using a blade or razor while women prefer waxing off the hair using a primitive form of waxing known as "sugaring". During "sugaring", homemade sugar, lemon resin and water is mixed to form ball of syrup. This syrup is then rubbed onto the skin, removing the hair from the root using a tweezer known as "volsella". Today, this technique of "sugaring" is still used as a natural alternative for waxing. This difference in preference is still eminent in today's world. I find it quite fascinating that it has stayed relatively the same for centuries of years.