24 February 2011

Cavemen and women of the Roman Empire all desired smooth, hair-free skin, according to a recent report published in online newspaper ArabNews.com - meaning that it is far from a new phenomenon. The story suggested that removing all body hair was a defence tactic used by cavemen, who wanted to ensure that their enemies had as little to grab onto as possible during hand-to-hand combat. It also said that, in Roman times, removing body hair was a privilege reserved for women of the upper classes, who were given access to pumice stones, tweezers and hair removal cream. Hair removal has a great religious significance in Arabic countries, being part of sunan al-fitra (customs of nature), which refers to a collection of hygienic or cosmetic practices enjoined by Prophet Mohammed. ArabNews.com reports: Both men and women possess a yearning to be hair-free, and today, that superficial need is both easier and less painful to achieve thanks to laser hair removal devices. Dermatologist Lillian Khan said: We have both men and women that come in for laser sessions. The most popular areas for women are the underarms, bikini and face, while men often come to outline their beards.