The practice of hair removal dates as far back as 30 000 years.1 Over the centuries, hair removal technology has improved from the use of crude tools to advanced laser techniques.1 There are 2 main methods of hair removal. Depilation removes the hair shaft above the skin surface and includes shaving and chemical creams. In contrast, epilation removes hair from the root and permits a longer period before hair regrowth. Epilatory techniques include plucking, threading, waxing, and the ancient art of sugaring.
Lim V, Simmons BJ, Maranda EL, Afifi L, Kallis PJ, Jimenez J. Sugaring—Modern Revival of an Ancient Egyptian Technique for Hair Removal. JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(6):660. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.4864
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