Biology

The Trend of Shaving Body Hair Is Relatively New

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How did hair become desirable in some places but not others? It gets complicated. The trend of shaving underarm hair, for example, began after a 1920s advertisement ran in Harper's Bazaar featuring a bare-armed woman with her arms raised. Learn more about the history of body hair.

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Why Do We Grow Hair In Odd Places?

The patches of hair on our bodies are weirdly sporadic.

When Humans Started Shaving...

You can thank a 1920s magazine ad for encouraging women to shave their underarms.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Ancient Egyptians removed all of their body hair, from head to toe. 00:27

  2. In May of 1915, Harper's Bazaar ran an ad featuring a women in a sleeveless dress and bare armpits, perhaps sparking the trend of women shaving their armpits. 00:57

  3. Ancient cave paintings showed men using seashells as tweezers to pluck out unwanted hairs. 04:10

Why Do We Have Pubic Hair?

And is shaving it a good idea?

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