A history of hair removal – part 2
Getting rid of body hair is now a standard part of most women’s grooming regimes, with modern technological advances such as laser hair removal making getting rid of unwanted fuzz easier than ever. But while such things are easy for modern women, in olden times things were a little different. Here’s our history of hair removal, part 2:
In 1915 the first razor marketed specifically for women appeared, and just two years later the first ever advertisement featuring a woman with her arms raised – and her bare armpits on show – appeared in a leading fashion magazine.
By 1940 Remington had invented the first electric razor for women, after a male version was massively successful a few years earlier. The 1940s actually saw bucketloads of hair removal products hit the market, and for an unusual reason; the rationing of nylon meant women couldn’t wear tights as often.
Moving on into the 1950s and hair removal was officially mainstream; removal creams, however, were still a bit icky so women were still forced to shave their legs and underarms to defuzz. Tweezers were used for eyebrow grooming, naturally.
The 1960s were the decade of peace, free love and wax strips – those magical hair removing gadgets that took all of five minutes to kick razors to the curb and become the method of choice for ridding legs and underarms of hair. Laser hair removal was also invented, but it was pretty damaging to the skin and got dropped like a sack of hammers. Changes in swimsuit design also saw women grooming their bikini lines a lot more and electrolysis celebrated its centenary by becoming a treatment that was actually safe.
Of course today tweezing, shaving, waxing, depilating, epilating and laser hair removal treatments are all commonplace and most women rely on some form of hair removal.