The Trend of Shaving Body Hair Is Relatively New

The Trend of Shaving Body Hair Is Relatively New

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.

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

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    Ancient Egyptians removed all of their body hair, from head to toe. (0:27)

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    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. (0:57)

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    Ancient cave paintings showed men using seashells as tweezers to pluck out unwanted hairs. (4:10)

Why Do We Have Pubic Hair?

And is shaving it a good idea?

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