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Hair Removal Throughout History, The Middle Ages to the 17th Century

Generations before we put our SensEpil Reviews together, and well before laser and intense pulse light hair removal was a choice for anybody, many people had been participating in hair removal for beauty and cultural reasons. People have been removing hair for a long, long time. The fact is, removing unwelcome body hair, is not really a recent sensation. Let’s show you some intriguing information about how unwanted hair was being taken off in the Middle Ages, and in the 17th century, during the Elizabethan Era.

Through much of the Middle Ages, hair removal had been restricted to tonsuring. Clerics and monks would shave the crown of the scalp free of hair as a indication of formal rejection of the cultural influences of worldly fashion trends. Basically, the style was an anti-fashion trend.

Similar tonsure traditions were done by junior Buddist monks, and in Hinduism, in which young children had their head of hair shaved. In certain instances a small tuft was kept, but other customs involved the full removal of the hair on the scalp. This tradition is still observed today.

Over 400 years ago, in North and Central America, native peoples using volcanic glass to create sharp razors had the ability to shave their skin. The glass, called obsidian, was quite effective but tended to be very delicate.

Meanwhile, over in Europe, the fashion trend of the day had ladies keeping their faces, including their foreheads and eyebrows, plucked and shaved to make sure they could be like Queen Elizabeth. Previous to this, however, European females, and by extension, North American females of European descent, did not take part in any kind of hair removal that we know of.

While much of this period in the past could hardly be described as sexy, there’s clearly a continuing trend in the shaving of hair seen worldwide. Particularly in Europe, most of the trends originally started in Rome and Greece were lost for many years. But with the dawning of the Elizabethan Era, aesthetic hair removal was back, and it got definitely more interesting from then on.

Stay tuned for hair removal facts from the 18th and 19th centuries and after that we’ll discuss how things were done through the 20th century and how the hair removal landscape appears like in the 21st.

Kim Kairns and her best friend, Stella Coulis are sobsessed with hair-removal. They created an informative site about at-home hair removal methods and hope that it provides prospective users of the Silk’n SensEpil with a useful resource so that they can make an informed hair-removal decision. Read more about the SensEpil, including reviews and comparisons to other popular products, like Tria and NoNo Hair at SilknSensEpilatorReviews.com.

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