Hair Removal: A brief history!
Updated: Apr 12, 2021
We humans are relatively hairless compared to our tree-loving, fuzzy Chimpanzee ancestors. Charles Darwin reckoned this was due to sexual selection - in other words our natural preference is for hairless mates despite our ancestry. This certainly goes a long way towards explaining our obsession with body hair removal! As the twentieth century progressed, hemlines rose steadily higher and with them the threat of furry-calved exposure. So women were forced to engage in evermore drastic measures to remove the fluff - enter razors, depilatory creams, waxing, electrolysis etc. Women went through unbelievable torture to achieve the goal of smooth, hairless skin - the ultimate indicator of femininity.
There was a time when hair was what differentiated the men from the boys but that day is no more! Fast forward to the 21st century and manscaping has arrived - the days of Magnum PI are consigned to the history books - alas no more gold medallions nestling in manly chest hair!! Everybody is now looking for a fast, effective and, above all, permanent method of removing unwanted facial and body hair. Thanks to Theodore H. Maiman who introduced laser for hair removal in 1960, the technology has advanced over the last 50 years to become a highly sophisticated, safe and effective procedure with consistently successful results.
According to industry insiders, the global aesthetic lasers market was worth $580.6 million in 2016 and is expected to reach $1,293.7 million by 2022! This alone demonstrates our obsession with permanent hair removal - indeed nowadays you are more likely to be berated for public displays of body hair -remember the furore caused by Julia Roberts' underarm hair?
Love it or hate it, laser hair removal is becoming the new norm and the good news is it's easier and less painful than ever!