September 1, 2012
This month at Uni K Wax we thought we would not only give college students a welcome back promotion, but also celebrate learning with a quick glance at some interesting facts about hair removal history.
It may be surprising but there is evidence of hair removal dating as far back as ancient Egypt if not further. The practice of hair removal appears to be common in many different civilizations through history, ranging from the ancient Greeks and Romans up through the middle ages and all the way up to today. There has been both a consistency and a couple of underlying reasons for removing hair: beauty and hygiene.
In ancient Egypt, they used a process called “sugaring”, which is a mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and water that is made into a syrup or sticky paste. The paste is formed into a ball, flattened onto the skin, then quickly stripped away, removing the hair from the root. The Egyptians felt that waxing not only was hygienic, but it was considered a sign of purity. Sugaring is considered an early form of waxing and believe it or not it is still popular in Arabic countries today.
The Greeks felt the same way and it was reflected in their artwork which shows women completely smooth and silky with no hair on their bodies. The Romans followed suit and are credited with having the first version of the “Day Spa”! Rooms were set aside at the public baths that allowed both women and men to remove hair from their bodies. When the Roman Empire fell, the practice of hair removal fell to the wayside. It wasn’t until the Crusades of the 12th and 13th centuries that it was back again in Europe. Although the knights were searching for the Holy Grail, they encountered the custom of hair removal in the Middle East and brought it back to Europe.
Americans, by contrast, are really late to the game. It might seem commonplace now to see athletes like Michael Phelps without a single hair on his body, or models with perfect skin with no hair anywhere on their bodies, but women in America didn’t really start waxing until the 1940’s, when bathing suits became a little more abbreviated. It goes without saying that the “bikini line waxing” became fashionable in the 1960’s, when bikinis came into fashion and women didn’t want hair to show on the sides of the bikini bottom. It then evolved to the Brazilian waxing when the almost g-string “Brazilian Tangas” (or thongs) came into fashion. Women would only leave the small triangle that the Brazilian Tanga would cover and have all the rest removed.
The ” Brazilian Bikini” and “Full Bikini” were first introduced by Uni K Wax in 1993, revolutionizing the hair removal world. In 2000 this modality gained notoriety and began to be embraced widely among women. Why 2000 you ask? Well the most popular show on TV that year was “Sex in the City”. Women everywhere were watching when Carrie Bradshaw found a new swagger in her step after waxing it all off, and once Carrie was bare down there…, well, the rest it appears is history. It’s now commonplace to see even men waxing on a regular basis. Whether it is their back, shoulders, legs, or even, dare we say, a bikini wax, men like the feel, the look and hygiene of less hair.
Thankfully, science and technology have really taken hair removal to a new level. Uni K Wax’s sophisticated waxing techniques combined with its 100% natural wax, specifically designed to adhere only to the hair and not to the skin, places Uni K Wax at the forefront of the waxing industry. Therefore, before you try any sugaring, beeswax, or some other kind of hair removal in your dorm room, give us a call or book an appointment online and take advantage of our special promotion for college coeds. It’s a lot safer, definitely not nearly as messy, a whole lot easier and best of all – natural, safe and affordable! So college students, check off waxing from your to do list… this September you can get $5 OFF if the total spent is $30 or more, and $10 OFF if $60 or more! REFER A FRIEND and earn 5,000 REWARDS POINTS (equivalent to another $5 off) and your friend GETS 10%OFF the first visit. Spread the word, share or tweet this. Ty & c u @ Uni K Wax