History of Hair Removal Systems – From Ancient Egyptian Era to Present

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Tweezing, Shaving, or waxing does not seem to be enough to remove unwanted hair; laser hair removal can be a valuable choice. Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic treatments in the United States. It beams in hair follicles highly concentrated light. The pigment absorbs light in the follicles and removes hair.

Technology has improved hair removal techniques, but the idea as a whole is not new. Men and women have had a strong desire to remove unwanted body hair since the beginning of recorded history.

Ancient Egyptian Era

The Egyptians may have been the precursors of many beauty rituals, but they used to invest much of their time in hair removal. Ancient Egyptian women used to remove all their body hair, including that on their heads, using pumice stones, tweezers, or waxes based on sugar and beeswax. In ancient times, hairlessness meant social position and wealth.

Roman Empire

The lack of body hair was seen as an example of classes during the Roman Empire. Tweezers, creams, and stones were used by wealthy men and women to remove the hair. Even pubic hair was seen as uncivilized, which is why many famous pictures and statues were hairless depictions.

Middle Age

Just as Cleopatra in her time had become a trendsetter, so in the middle ages, also was Queen Elizabeth I. She set an example for women's hair removal, who followed her lead by pulling hair off their faces but not their bodies. The mode of this era was to remove from the forehead the eyebrows and the hair, for which women used bandages in vinegar and ammonia.


In the late 18th century, hair removal was more civilized. In 1760, Jean Jacques Perret came up with the first razor for men, while European and American women did not take it too much into consideration. In 1844, the first versions of depilatory creams appeared. In 1880, the first modern men's razor was launched by King Camp Gillette and brought the revolution. Three decades before a razor marketed explicitly for women would, however, be introduced.

The early 1900s

Milady Decolletée, the first women’s razor, was created in 1915 by Gillette. In 1907 an advertisement started to circulate for X-Bazin Depilatory Powder, promising to eliminate hair growth on neck, face, and arms. A decade later, a leading female fashion magazine released an ad showing a woman revealing  bare armpits.


After the success of a male version in 1940, Remington introduced the first electric female razor. Due to a war-long nylon shortage, more products and hair removal technology have been put on the market as women have been forced to go bare legged. The 1950s saw the more public acceptance of hair removal.

The use of wax strips began in the 1960s and soon became a way to remove unwanted hair from the arms and legs. On July 7th, 1960, Theodore H. Maiman came up with the very first laser to eliminate hair follicles but didn’t succeed because of resultant skin infections. This ruby laser was also inefficient, slow and could reduce the growth of hair, but it also caused severe damage and skin burns. It could target only a couple of hair follicles in a very tedious process.

Although electrolyzes have been around for almost a century, transistorized equipment in the 1970s made it more reliable and safe. In the 1970s, the first laser was developed with alexandrite. While these lasers were much safer than the first, the hair follicle didn't get adequate heat to destroy them. It would, therefore, have taken years for permanent results to be achieved.

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1980 to Present

In 1983 scientists had a laser which was used to target the hair follicle using a pulse duration. The follicle could, therefore, be targeted without harming the skin. Scientists have been developing an efficient laser system for hair removal for nearly 40 years. The first laser hair removal system approved by the FDA was in 2008: the Tria Laser 4x. In professional clinics, the Tria laser employs the same technology while enabling consumers to remove hair at home permanently.

In their daily routines of beauty, most women now rely on a particular form of hair removal, whether tweezing, waxing or shaving. Eyebrow threading studios, Waxing bars, and electrolysis centers always rise. It was one of the most popular services of beauty out there for new hair removal technologies.

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