Worse than you can imagine or how men shave in antiquities

A razor is a truly revolutionary invention that
helps modern men easily and painlessly get rid of
unwanted facial hair. In vain men are surprised and joking
about the endurance of women during epilation. After all, once strong
the floor had to endure and not such flour. The fate of men eased
American amateur inventor King Camp Gillett, having patented
in 1895 his invention – “safety razor”, the first safe
the razor. And before that, men did not go so smoothly …


Shaving procedure known to mankind since the Stone Age. Already
then men actively struggled with facial hair, massively
tearing off, in the truest sense of the word, beards and mustaches. In this course
There were not the most humane methods and tools: clay epilation,
stone knives, flint scrapers, mollusk shells (used
both as tweezers, and as sharpened blades).

What at that moment experienced real heroes, terribly

Stone Knife

Stone knife

The cause of the universal obsession to get rid of extra
hair anthropologists explain the desire of our ancestors to separate themselves from
animal world. Some scientists suggest that the presence of a beard
it was unsafe in primitive conditions: various
pathogenic insects, she could get entangled in the bushes, in the fight was
one of the vulnerabilities, etc. Therefore, in the fight with the beard
representatives of the ancient world did not spare themselves, using natural
“dangers” and other chilling shavers.

By the way, women, looking at the efforts of their men, are also not
stayed away. Fifty centuries ago they invented the first
Depilatory “cream”, which includes the most dangerous ingredients:
arsenic (Arsenicum), lime and starch. About the consequences of using
such an explosive mixture can only guess.

Incredibly, the fact remains: representatives of even the most
primitive cultures violently exterminated wool on their face. BUT
long lush beards, as a stylish decision or life attitude,
appeared much later.

The first razors, judging by the artifacts that have reached us, were not even
from bronze, and from silicon. Before the appearance of quality processed
silicon razors, ancient people used teeth
animals and shells with sharp edges. Similar tools for
shaving is still used by residents of some primitive tribes
in Polynesia.


Silicon knife

Sink with sharpened edges

Sharpened sink

With razors, the ancient Egyptians mostly shaved their heads, and with beards
they got rid of it differently – they plucked them out. Widely used
a procedure such as waxing and clay epilation: a mixture of these
substances were applied in a thick layer on the grown bristles. When
the clay-wax compress was dry on his face, he was torn off along with

The Egyptian beard was the prerogative of only one person –
the pharaoh. Even if it was a woman. Pad beard used
for rituals, tied up to the queens and boys kings.


It should be noted that the grave struggle of the ancient Jews for the right
and the duty to grow and wear a beard keeps traces
of the old conflict: the Jews in Egypt insisted on giving them
preferences due to the peculiarities of their faith. They claimed that by
religious canons they are forbidden to shave, and also to work each
the seventh day of the week (while the Egyptians rested once in
ten days).

The surviving recipes of the inhabitants of Mesopotamia indicate
frequent use of mixtures for facial hair removal. In particular, we are talking about
ingredients like honey and various pitches.


In ancient Rome, the hair on the face and body burned. Specially
trained beautician slaves were able to quickly and accurately burn
hairs leading over the surface of the skin lit candles. In the course of such
depilation hairs were removed almost to the roots. Wherein
there was a complete lack of burns. Although sometimes the servants are still
burned their masters, for which they often got it.

In Japan, used to remove unwanted hair
metal tweezers. Watching the clock in bronze mirrors, men
a hair was plucked out of their beards and mustaches, and the women eyebrows.
The description of this procedure can be found in novels and diaries.
of the Heian period, and Say-Shonagon in the famous “Notes at the Head”
resented the fact that finding good tweezers that would
easily caught hairs – not an easy task.

The Indians of America treated their beards mercilessly: hair from the face
they scrape with shells and pull out primitive tweezers
models. In some North American tribes, boys who have reached
adolescents burned faces moistened in boiling water
rags. Thus, the tribal residents tried to stop the growth

As for the Slavs, in the time of Ivan the Terrible, they got rid of
from hair using infusions made from burning herbs and
poisonous plants, including datura (Datura).

In Russia, facial hair was also removed with epilation. On
skin of the face was molded with rye bread chewed or soaked in water,
characterized by strong stickiness when wet and with the same hardness
– in the dry.

Muslim beard shaving is prohibited, but the hair on
body – in the armpits and groin – remove, according to the sacred
legends (hadith), recommended at least once in forty
days And both men and women. In the Muslim world with
For this purpose, hot pasta made from sugar and
all sorts of aromatic resins.

Agree, some modern inventions and technologies
worth our deep appreciation.

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