WHY IS HAIR REMOVAL REQUIRED?
Social, cultural, and other reasons such as vanity dictate our hair removal choices most of the time. People may ask themselves, “would I look better at the workplace clean-shaven or with stubble?” “Would I like to flaunt hairy legs on a date?” Most folks answer a resounding “NO!” to these questions
Also, many religions across the world also involve some kind of hair removal or hair-shaping requirement or ritual.
Additionally, the recruits training at a military or police academy can’t be looking like the Beatles. The institution’s rules usually state that any recruit – male or female – must wear their hair according to the institution’s regulations, which usually require that normally hair should be short or the head is shaven.
Apart from cosmetic or institutional considerations there can be other compelling reasons why people want to remove hair, medical reasons, for example. This can be required when, due to some hormonal imbalance, women start sprouting hair at places where they are not supposed to, e.g., facial hair. Also, before surgery a patient’s hair is removed in order to minimize the chance of infection. Normally, this is done by a simple temporary method like shaving.
The Two Types of Hair Removal
There are basically two types of hair removal – temporary and permanent. Before we discuss the different methods available for hair removal it is essential to know that hair growth starts from beneath the skin’s surface. If you want to remove hair above the skin’s surface then that is most likely a temporary method, also called depilation. Shaving, trimming, using creams or powders that dissolve hair or using rough surfaces to rub off hair are temporary methods.
Permanent hair removal, also called epilation, involves removing hair not just from the surface but removing it entirely along with the root. Methods like tweezing, waxing, sugaring, threading, etc. are epilation methods. Then there are the more sophisticated and technical epilation methods, such as electrolysis and laser hair removal.
The Long And Winding Road
From our beginnings in caves, we’ve dealt with the challenges of hair removal. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of men shaving their faces as long as twenty thousand years ago. They used sharpened rocks and shells to scrape off hair. Other historical figures, such as Cleopatra, also did hair removal -- some with bronze implements recently unearthed from their tombs, some used sugar and others epilated with beeswax.
Primitive hair removal methods were still being used by women as late as the 1940s. One popular method of the time involved rubbing off the hair by scouring the skin with abrasive mitts or discs which were the consistency of fine sandpaper.
Fortunately, nowadays we have modern techniques to make hair removal a much less painful and complicated process.
Not only is this a positive thing for all style-conscious men and women, it has also become a great vocation for those seeking a career.