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A BRIEF HISTORY OF

Hair removal

From brows to Brazilians, we’ve got the buzz on how women defuzz

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Drop-years

Early influencer Queen Elizabeth I turns the receding-hairline-look into the trend du jour. Style-conscious ladies of the day use hair-removal concoctions that include vinegar and walnut oil – and pluck eyebrows completely!

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Gillette capitalises on short-sleeve fashion and creates the first razor for women, Milady Décolleté (long after men got theirs in 1760).

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The wartime nylon shortage means no stockings, so bare legs become the norm. And thus begins the trend for women shaving their pins.

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The world welcomes a new way to get rid of fuzz: DIY wax strips. Their arrival coincides with the introduction of the miniskirt – which is handy.

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Laser hair-removal technology is invented, and women flock to beauty salons to experience the latest fuzz-shedding technique. (Fast forward to 2015, and demand is growing 20 times faster than for any other way to depilate.)

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Our nethers get a new look – the Brazilian wax (aka ‘everything off except a landing strip’). Although a ‘thing’ since the 90s in New York, SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw put being virtually-bare-down-there on the wax map, so to speak.

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Embracing the rough with the smooth, the ‘Januhairy’ movement begins and women are urged to let hair grow. Yet, in a role reversal, almost as many blokes aged 16 to 24 now remove body hair as women (29% vs 34%).

Words Rosie Benson Photography Alamy, Getty Images, Shutterstock

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