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All About Hair Removal: From the Beginnings of the Trend in Women To Options Available Today

Hair or no hair, it should be your choice. Allow no one to make that decision for you.
Published -25 May 2022, 19:34 ISTUpdated -25 May 2022, 19:45 IST
  • Lakshita Singh
  • Editorial
  • Published -25 May 2022, 19:34 ISTUpdated -25 May 2022, 19:45 IST
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When going out, whether for a vacation, a day out, or a function, most women make sure they are fully shaved so they can wear short cute dresses or tops and move around confidently. This trend, however, solely applies to women. The majority of men do not follow this trend, and even if they do, the percentage of such men is too less. Over the years, we have seen men flaunting their body hair confidently, including in Bollywood movies, while actresses in the same movies appear completely hairless with smooth skin.

But what started this trend in women and where do we stand on this trend today? Take a look:

History Of Hair Removal In Women

History Of Hair Removal

Hair removal can be traced all the way back to ancient Rome and Egypt. Upper-class Roman women in the sixth century BCE had to stay hairless and they used techniques like tweezers, pumice stones etc for the same. They did it because they thought hair was unhygienic.

By 1900s, women started wearing sleeves that exposed more skin and manufacturers started capitalizing in this style of clothing. Advertisers made a marketing campaign that looked at body hair as "embarrassing".

In 1915, Gillette introduced the first razor designed specifically for ladies, describing shaving as "a modern necessity." Similarly, media and advertising campaigns promoted the agenda and aided in normalising hair removal.

During World War II, women were forced to go out  and because nylon was scarce, they had to walk out without stockings.  This required the women to go out without stockings and for this, they started going clean legs.

Slowly, it became a fashion trend, with shorter dresses and skirts, more revealing clothing, the marketers saw this as an opportunity to aggressively promote hair removal products. It soon became the norm, and people began to regard it as a set of beauty standards.

However, today whether to keep body hair or not has become more of a choice for women.

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How To Remove Body Hair

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Today, there are many options available to remove body hair. Take a look at it:

Shaving: Shaving is a pain free method of hair removal. However, shaving does not involve plucking hair from the roots, but rather cutting it from the middle. This causes hair to grow back in a short time.

Waxing: Waxing is a slightly painful method, but with this method hair comes out along with the roots.  It also reduces hair regrowth time. With this, the filth on your body is readily removed, leaving your skin looking clearer.

Laser Hair Reduction: Hair can be removed permanently using the lazer treatment.  It is a long-term option that involves using light to damage the hair follicle.  It usually reduces the amount of hair and makes it finer.

Wax Strips: Wax strips are easy to use strips that takes hardly 5 minutes to get rid of body hair.

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Hair or no hair, it should be your choice. Allow no one to make your decision for you.  All you need is confidence to pull it off.

I hope you found this story helpful. For more such stories, stay tuned to HerZindagi!


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