Hair removal has been an important part of women’s beauty regimes through the ages. Many advancements in technologies have made it possible for us to use unusual products for hair removal, as also new methods. So today, it is possible to remove hair at home or get a salon treatment. We take a look at some of the world’s most popular hair removal methods.
The earliest form of shaving was recorded from the time of the Ancient Egyptians – they used a rudimentary form of shaving using razors made of bronze or flint.Having hair-free, smooth bodies was considered to be a mark of wealth and status. Much later, hemlines rose in the 20th century, and shaving became the norm for women. It is still one of the most popular methods of hair removal, though it does have its limitations. The smoothest of razors can cause irritation, nicks and cuts. Though the hair is removed at once, it comes back quickly as well – so you have to shave again and again.
Waxing is one of the most popular hair removal methods today, but it was preceded by something known as ‘sugaring’. It was perfected by the Ancient Egyptians, who came up with the most unique beauty techniques. Sugaring used a mix of sugar, lemon, and water. These are then slow heated to form a glutinous syrup, which is then smoothed onto the skin. Once it cools a little, the syrup is pulled away to remove the hair. Waxing is more convenient than shaving. Veet Oriental Wax gives you salon-style results even from your own home. You do not need to create your own sugaring gum – just pop the wax in the microwave and apply it to the skin. If only the Ancient Egyptians had Veet and an oven on hand!
Hair removal is often associated with pain, but not if you’re using a depilatory cream. These creams make hair removal a pleasant experience. The cream dissolves the hair just below the skin’s surface, and it can then be wiped or rinsed off to reveal satiny smooth skin. Modern depilatory creams offer the most pain-free hair removal solution – in the olden days, these creams would contain such harsh ingredients as arsenic and quicklime. They removed the hair, but they were harsh on the skin. Today, depilatory creams are quite safe to use.
Thus, it is obvious that hair removal methods have evolved down the ages, to suit changing lifestyles and changing times. Shaving, sugaring and creaming away are more mainstream and popular than other methods.