What Did We Do Before the Invention of the Humble Razor?
Most of us take shaving with a razor for granted, but there was a time when you couldn't simply go to the nearest shop for replacement blades.Men and women have used a variety of methods to trim their body hair over the years. And this now-mundane task was particularly tough before razors were invented. The average man has more than 25,000 hairs — each one as tough as copper wire. Shaving was once a painful, bloody experience. Despite this daunting challenge, history tells us that the art of shaving was mastered by the Ancient Egyptians. But the very first tools used to remove body hair are thought to date back to at least 30,000 B.C. The history of shaving is fascinating, and it begins during the time of the earliest humans Prehistoric Shaving Archaeologists have discovered cave drawings depicting early humans using sharpened flint and clam shells to remove body hair. There are also examples of primitive shaving tools fashioned from obsidian, which is a volcanic rock that has extremely sharp, glass-like edges. It seems that hair has always been an issue for humans, and the creation of tools to remove it has been happening for as long as mankind has walked the earth. In Southern Asia and the Middle East, people developed a form of hair removal that still exists today. Threading was widely performed in these regions more than 3,000 years ago. This ancient procedure involves using rolled strings to pluck hairs from the face. Meanwhile in Persia, the art of hair waxing was being perfected by rich and powerful merchants and political leaders. Waxing and threading may still be practised today, but little has changed in terms of the pain they both cause. Ancient Egypt Like so many everyday items we rely on today, the first sophisticated razors were created by the Ancient Egyptians. Archaeologists have discovered bronze, circular razors in Egyptian tombs — proving just how important they were to the rich and powerful at the time. In Ancient Egyptian society, hair was considered to be barbaric and uncivilised, which is why pharaohs would shave both their head and their face.