Human beings naturally grow hair all over their bodies, and some of us are hairier than others – mostly males, it has to be said. But while modern Western convention deems that men need only shave their faces, women are encouraged to shave all of their body hair clean away. We just wonder why this naked ambition came about – and ask when the bid to bare all began.
For most women these days, hair removal is a key part of any beauty regimen. As a result, there’s now a multi-million-dollar industry that produces an enormous array of cosmetic products for this very purpose. But the methods employed to become a smooth operator are the subject of much debate and no little experimentation.