Little Known Facts About Hair Removal

Losing One's Hair Purposefully

I have many times wanted to shave my head, having tired of hair care and hair styles altogether. During these times I think back to the Parisian trend of the 1970s in which ladies shaved their heads completely and wore hats that comprised a band of material, feathers or fur across the top of the skull or from ear to ear around the back of the head. At least, this is what 1970s-era American women's magazines in the stacks at Half Price Books tell us.

Others may also contemplate complete chrome-domedom in fantasy from time to time but recover from the urge. Still others shave their entire bodies daily and become human Sushi Tables for 1.5 hours per diem at the rate of $75/hour. Not a bad living, depending on the market area; but, razor burn and skin irritations or eruptions may result and put their careers on haitus. See: Naked Sushi for the background and a revelatory photo. Major cities across America have picked up this "new" cuisine-fashion type of entertainment for Asia, where the pay is less and humiliation, mandatory. 

Unseen hair like this brush?

See your doctor.
See your doctor.

Delicate Body Areas

Shaving can harm the skin in several ways, can be messy and require costly products in its accomplishment. Men often shave their faces and sometimes their skulls, while some do not shave at all. American women often shave underarm areas and their legs, along with parts in between, but some shave their heads.

More than female friend has been diagnosed as ' post-puberty hirsute" by her physician, each them into frenzies of hair removal that included bleaching, shaving, and depilatories. These were applied to the face, neck, throat, and arms with unsatisfactory results. A few of these women suffered skin conditions resulting from constant, harsh hair removal. One began suffered from ingrown hairs on the chin and cheeks that hurt and then became infected.

Hirsutism in women beginning post-puberty (especially in adults) is often a sign of underlying physical problems, but these ladies' physicians did nothing to examine for any of them. One of them might have been spared the complications of diabetes if he had - including diabetic leg sores. It seems that hair can, indeed, indicate health and sickness if examined by knowledgeable professionals and smart people everywhere that recognize signs and signals.

Of particular importance is that hirsute women often demonstrate higher blood levels of insulin and are also insulin resistance and obese. Indeed, several such woman I have known are diabetic [OSU College of Medicine and Public Health].

A word of warning is to say that there exist nearly a dozen physical problems that can cause hirsutism and if they are found and treated, this hirsutism can often be reduced or attenuated. Plainly put, if you seem to have too much, too coarse, and too dark an amount of hair where you do not wish it to be, see your doctor and insist on answers. Indelicately put, one's private areas should not usually resemble a boar bristle hairbrush. Unless you are a boar.

Hair Indicators of Diabetes

Strange hair may not need to be removed. It may be a warning signal. It may not be a sign of diabetes, but check with your healthcare professional.

  1. Is the hair on your head gray, while your eyebrows are still dark? This was shown in a large German medical study to be related to diabetes.
  2. Hirsuitism after puberty, usually far after puberty is established can be a sign of diabetes . This is the coarse, stiff, dark "too much" hair discussed above.
  3. Some cases of hair loss from or thinning hair on the head and other body areas. This can be caused by a thickening of the blood vessel walls that hampers circulation in diabetics and is called atherosclerosis.

Hair, Hair Conditions & Hair Mysteries

Traditional Turkish Shave Prevents Ingrown Hair - Strings, Fire, Relaxation

Body Sugaring - Ancient Egyptian Methods

Cave Men and Women Removing Hair?

Depilation, or hair removal, has been seen in archaeological evidence from eras considered prehistoric.

Cave People, as it were, made rudimentary tweezers (shells or split wood like bamboo and others), used sandpaper like rocks and pumice, and produced knife-like blades from stone, shells, and bone with which they removed hair. As societies developed cultural connections and habits, shaving became a matter not only of personal convenience and preference, but also of religious significance, of caste, of ethnicity, of tradition, and of any number of other elements of a group. Hair removal may have been a mark of political affiliation in certain cultures.

Facial hair seems to have been the first to go, according to cave paintings. Aside from those methods mentioned above, threads or thin strings can be used to pull hair out of an area as there are stretched taut and run over the skin. I have seen this used on eyebrows, quickly, with minimal pain. Certain Middle Eastern countries maintain an old tradition of removing all of the bridal hair except from the head and eyebrows on the day of the wedding; strings make it a quick work.

In films, Native Americans have become well known for plucking facial hairs. However, recordings exist of whites' observations of Indigenous Peoples burning off hair with harsh lye (a chemical). The Mohawks, of whom I am personally familiar, shaved their skulls to leave a strip of hair down the center, front to back. A few other nations did the same, keeping their hair shorter, however.

In the 21st Century, many methods and products are available for hair removal, from the ancient string to the high-tech laser. It may even become possible in the future to manipulate genetics in order to prevent hair growth across selected areasof the human body. 

Whatever your choose to do about unwanted hair, pay attention to your hair as a healthindicator and enjoy the videos of two ancient-but-new techniques below. 

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ratcliffe07 7 years ago

Very interesting... I have had my eyebrows ummm stringed(?) i guess you can call it. There is an Indian Boutique here and they do it...it gets every little hair it is fabulous


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

I was wondering what people think about the string technique. it looks very thorough, as you say it is.


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aniketgore 7 years ago from India

Nice i didn't dare to think also to consider making one.


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gr8archer45 7 years ago from Pakistan

The string technique or threading as it is commonly called is quite efficient patty, I try it for my eyebrows very often. With a bit of practice, it can be done easily by yourself to remove facial hair/fine body hair. Apply some ice before & after threading so as to soothe the skin. However Do NOT use on sensitive areas.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

aniketgore - You might still come up with a good idea about this. I'll read it if you do! Thanks for commenting.

gr8archer45 - Thanks for telling me, because now I think I will try this technqiue.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Good advice, especially for recognizing signs for diabetes.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks! If we knew these things 20 years ago - or paid attention - some of my friends would be in better health today.


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mulberry1 7 years ago

ah-ha. I've seen the threading being done at the mall...but I was never really sure what they were doing.


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RVDaniels 7 years ago from Athens, GA

Hey Patty, bald can be beautiful,eh? Good Hub.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Interesting!


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Patty, very excellent. I like the videos, too. I hope I can get that sugar lemon and water and do it myself. LOL


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Will Apse 7 years ago

My wife and her friends groom each other like monkeys, spending happy hours searching for white hairs that are usually no more than a quarter of an inch long. Is this normal?

If I don't move for more than five minutes I will find tweezers being worked into my ears and nose with all the pains that entail. What is it with woman and hair?

Most of these hairs have a reason for being there- they filter dust, prevent abrasions, keep you warm. I might make a hub on why hair is good for you- 'Your Right to be a Werewolf.'


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

That info about diabedes I never heard of. Good to know, I must say. Glad to hear we are all cavemen and women at heart. :) Loved the read, learned a lot, and those videos are phenomenal! That turkish method is sheer delicacy, it's the only discription that comes to mind. The sugaring is something I'd love to get into. phenominal hub! Thumbs up.


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sbmitchelson 7 years ago

I'm impressed! Great article!


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fatuisred 7 years ago from Location is somewhere over the rainbow in Newark,N.J.

like it!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Very interesting and informative. I didn't know that your hair's condition could be a warning sign for diabetes. The things one learns at the hubMobs !


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for all the comments! I have friends that have diabetes and a couple of them have accumulated a lot of information to share, so I can keep up to date and pass it on. Much of it is now appearing in the publications of Mayo Clinic and NIH as well as medical journals.

In a certain style of healthcare and diagnosis, the hair can be analyzed for illnesses and nutritional issues and this method was not always respected as worthwhile, it may be now - if anyone knows about that, please let us know here. Thanks!


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Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

Great hub as always,Patty!

And I love the beautiful Phersis Khambhatta!I understand she was the first actress to go bald in Hollywood for a film.And she became a Miss India at age 15 in 1965.


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gpetrou85 7 years ago from greece

very nice,good hub.


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charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

Wow congratulations patty for taking google in your stride, three top numbers you must be feeling top of the world. Gr8 hub.


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sumon108 7 years ago

very good, but not need to do it every body


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for all the postive comments! I always enjoy having readings visit and leave such thoughts.


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thelaserman 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

Very interesting read! Did not know that about diabetes!


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Pro1Review 6 years ago

thanks for this! Linking to it from one of my hubs :)


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candle62 6 years ago from London

excellent hub

keep it up

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