A Quick History of Why The Heck We Shave Our Body Hair, Anyway


Let it grow out, baby.

Landing strip, Brazilian, fully shaved, or 70's bush, there are a million different ways to wear your hair, and I'm just talking about down under. But after being 20 minutes late to work today because I felt that societal pressure to shave my legs and armpits or else I'd feel like a disgusting ogre, I though to myself: why do we even do this anyway?

Check out this Buzzfeed video and a quick history of women and their hair.

The History of Body Hair

"Both men and women during the Stone Age often shaved their heads and faces so their opponents in battle wouldn't have the advantage of grabbing onto anything. It was also to prevent their chances of frostbite."

"In the ancient Roman Empire, hair removal was often seen as an identifier of class. The wealthy women would remove their body hair with pumice stones, razors, tweezers and depilatory creams."

Queen Elizabeth I of England believed in shaving off your eyebrows, mustache (ladystache is more like it) and the hair from the top of your forehead.

The Perret razor was invented in the 1760's by French barber, Jean Jacques Perret. In the 1880s, the Gilette razor is invented.

In 1915, the first women's razor came out after Harpers Bazaar magazine features a model wearing a sleeveless dress WITHOUT hairy pits. The ads told women that they had to shave their "objectionable hair."

In the 1940's, there was a major nylon shortage (during WWII), and women, through advertising, were encouraged to shave their legs in addition to their armpits.

The bikini comes to the US in 1946, and women start having to shave their hoo-ha's.

1960's - waxing strips become a thing!

1970's- the first fully bare vagina is shown in Hustler Magazine, and thus a trend begins.

1980's- body building becomes a fad, and men start manscaping ;)

1990-2000- celebrities start talking publicly about waxing and lasering their pubic hair.

2010 bikini waxing is so popular that pubic lice are going extinct. (cue Sarah McLachlan music.)

2017- women start growing back their hair again, because-- why the hell not?


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