History of Shaving

April 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Men

The basic purpose of shaving of course is to help eliminate body hair, and of course this is a process that is historically practiced by both men and women. For women, it was usually to shave the legs and the underarms and if they have any facial hair that would also be removed.

For men, of course it is from the face and underarms, and maybe the chest. This has been traditionally true over a span of many, many centuries. There may also be excess hair that is present on the abdominal area of either men or women or on the chins and cheeks of women that might be removed.

Types of Devices

All shaving is usually done with the use of a straight razor which is also known as a safety razor. This also is known as manual shaving or wet shaving, or it might be called electric shaving.

On the other hand, dry shaving is usually done with an electrically operating shaving device but without the use of any agent to keep the skin moist. When shaving gels, soaps, or creams, are being used this is what makes it become a wet shave. Certain ones have moisturizing agents in them while others may foam up for prevention of swelling, redness, and so on.


Everyone has their own system of removing h Over the centuries a double shave or reverse shave has often been used. That might be the case with a traditional razor. With an electric razor a circular motion might be used when removing hair from the face.

However, it did not start with these types of razors. Before these were even created people used two shells clamped around the hair to pull it out. Then, in the year 3000 BC copper tools were used to create razors to be used for removal of hair.

Religion and Traditions

A shaved head often resembled masculinity and power and strength, which often is true of men in the armed forces. (Women have not traditionally shaved their head if they are in the military.) Head shaving also is a way to assert a competitive edge when playing a sport.

However, head shaving can also have negative connotations attached to it. In some cultures it is a sign of humiliation and punishment. On the opposite extreme, the presence of noticeable hair on the chin in females can be attributed to stereotypes of disgrace.

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