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  • A Whirlwind History of Hair Removal


    Does hair removal have a history? You bet it does! And we’re here to tell you all about it. Get ready to go on a whirlwind journey from prehistoric times all the way to the modern magic that is laser hair removal.

    Hair Removal Through the Ages


    Prehistoric Times

    Did you know that even cavemen removed unwanted body hair? While it wasn’t for aesthetic reasons, cavemen removed hair using sharpened rocks, flint blades, and sea shells. Reasons for hair removal included the benefit of having less mites on the body.

    Ancient Egypt

    Did you know that in ancient Egypt, women removed all of their body hair, including the hair on their heads? Women used tweezers made from seashells, pumice stones, beeswax and sugar-based waxes to remove body hair.

    Ancient Asia and India

    In Ancient Asia and India, hair threading was all the rage, and quickly spread to the Middle East! What’s threading? Threading involves taking a thread, twisting it, and rolling it over areas of unwanted hair, which results in the hair being plucked from the follicle level.

    Ancient Greece

    In Ancient Greece, body hair was considered to be barbaric. People went to great lengths to remove body hair. Any beards or unshaven areas besides the head would denote that you were lower class or even a slave.

    Ancient Rome

    In Ancient Rome, much like in Ancient Greece, body hair was associated with socioeconomic status. Wealthy men and women removed any excess body hair using razors made from flints, tweezers, creams, and stones. Even pubic hair was considered uncivilized among the wealthier classes. Only poor people had body hair because they couldn’t afford to remove it.

    Middle Ages

    Queen Elizabeth I was a trendsetter during the Middle Ages, and shaped attitudes towards hair. Queen Elizabeth I advocated for only removing facial hair but leaving body hair intact. The fashion during this time was to remove eyebrows and hair from the forehead using walnut oil or bandages soaked in ammonia and vinegar.

    Sixteenth-Century South America

    The Aztecs in Central and North America used razors made from volcanic obsidian glass, which were sharp and effective.

    Seventeenth-Century Middle East

    In the 1600s Middle East, body sugaring involving the application of a natural, sugar-based paste was commonly used to remove unwanted hair. The paste was either rubbed or pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth. Fun fact: The night before a wedding, the bride was required to removal all body hair except the hair on their heads and facial hair.

    Eighteenth-Century Europe

    With the 1700s came better, less painful approaches to hair removal. During this time, Jean Jacques Perret, a French barber, created the first straight razor for men which women also used to shave with.

    Nineteenth-Century America

    The 1800s were a great time for innovations in laser hair removal techniques. In 1844, Dr. Gouraud created one of the first depilatory creams. In 1880, King Camp Gillette designed for first modern day razor for men!

    Early Twentieth-Century America

    Gillette designed the first women’s razor in 1915, and soon loads of advertisements for razors and depilatory creams hit the streets.


    In 1940, Remington released the first electric women’s razor. Because there was a wartime shortage of nylon, lots of hair removal products hit the market since women were forced to go bare legged.


    In the 1950s, hair removal became more socially accepted, and women preferred to use razors over depilatory creams to shave their legs and underarms. Many women also used tweezers to groom their eyebrows.


    Did you know that wax strips first appeared in the 1960s? They then quickly became the preferred method for removing unwanted underarm and leg hair. And the first laser hair removal method was also created in the 1960s, but wasn’t successful because of its skin damaging tendencies.


    Even though electrolysis had been invented in the early 1900s, it became more reliable and safe in the 1970s. Swimsuits were still all the rage in the 1970s, so it was very popular for women to remove their bikini hair.


    The epilator was developed in the 1980s, which is similar to waxing or sugaring insofar as it also removes hair by the root. The popular Brazilian wax was also invented in the late 1980s.


    In the mid-1990s, laser hair removal becomes commercially available. It soon sweeps the world, and becomes the best method for permanent hair reduction.

    2000s to present

    Advancements made in laser hair removal technology ensure that all skin types and tones can be safely and effectively treated. These include the development of Ruby lasers, Nd:YAG lasers, Alexandrite lasers, Diode lasers, and IPL lasers.

    Want Silky Soft Skin Forever?

    Then check out laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can free you from the tedious routine of waxing and shaving—but that’s not all it can do. Laser hair removal boasts many benefits, including:

    • Laser hair removal is non-invasive and non-surgical.
    • Laser hair removal selectively targets dark, coarse hairs while leaving surrounding skin undamaged.
    • Laser hair removal is fast—each laser pulse takes only a fraction of a second.
    • Laser hair removal results in softer, smoother skin.
    • Laser hair removal can effectively target large areas of hair.

    What’s not to love? Laser hair removal eliminates the need to shave and wax—and it does so without compromising your busy lifestyle.

    Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

    You bet they are! Our advanced laser hair removal technologies work on nearly all skin types and tones. The only exception to that rule is red or grey colored hair. Why? Because laser hair removal technology can’t differentiate those colored hairs from the surrounding tissue. Since laser hair removal works by preferentially targeting the melanin in hair follicles, clients with high-color contrasts, such as those with dark hair and light skin, tend to respond best to treatment.

    That being said, laser hair removal options still exist for other hair and skin color combinations. Clients with light hair and skin, for example, can achieve good results by first dying their hair a darker shade before a laser hair removal procedure.


    For clients with darker skin and hair, lasers such as the Nd:YAG laser can eliminate unwanted hair. The Nd:YAG laser has a longer wavelength, and is highly sensitive to all color and melanin. This means it can more precisely penetrate hair follicles without damaging surrounding tissue.

    It should be kept in mind that clients with darker skin tones tend to experience a higher risk of complications associated with laser hair removal. This can include hypopigmentation, keloid scarring and folliculitis.

    The Science Behind Laser Hair Removal

    Laser hair removal seems like magic, but the science behind it is simple. Laser hair removal uses laser light pulses that selectively destroy hair follicles by targeting the melanin in them. The follicle’s pigment absorbs the laser’s light pulse, damaging the follicle enough to significantly slow down hair regrowth. Since the lasers target melanin, coarse, dark hair and light skin combinations tend to respond best to treatment.

    Clients with darker hair and darker skin and lighter hair and lighter skin combinations can still achieve desirable results with the Nd:YAG laser. The Nd:YAG laser has a longer wavelength and better pigment selectivity than other lasers used for hair removal, meaning that it can penetrate hair follicles more precisely, leaving the surrounding skin tissue undamaged.

    History Shows that Laser Hair Removal Is the Best Way to Remove Hair

    There’s no question that laser hair removal works. It’s the preferred way to remove hair because it’s safer and more permanent than other methods such as waxing, plucking, shaving, and electrolysis. Laser hair removal is so effective that most clients experience permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions. But you’ll have to undergo multiple laser hair removal sessions to obtain maximum results, because only hair in the anagen—or active—stage of hair growth can be successfully treated.

    What’s more, laser hair removal is the only proven method available for easily and painlessly removing hair from large areas of the body, including the back, chest, legs and face.
    Simply put, laser hair removal gets results. So what are you waiting for? Schedule a free, no obligation laser hair removal consultation with LaserAway today!

    LaserAway Is the Nation’s Top Hair Removal Med Spa

    LaserAway is proud to offer the most medspa service options of any national skincare provider. We hire only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, we use only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. We aim to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying. Want to learn more about laser hair removal? Then schedule a free, no obligation consultation today by emailing or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to making sure you never have to wax like Cleopatra!

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