Shaving – It’s something 99% of the adult population have to deal with on a regular basis but have you ever thought about where it all began or why it’s fashionable to shave certain areas of the body? Here we have put together 35 Fun Trivia Facts About Shaving.
The Sciencey Bit
1. 0.35 millimetres a day or 1 centimetre per month is the rate at which human hair grows.
2. It is estimated that a man will shave at least 20,000 times in his lifetime.
3. Your hair grows in response to individual biochemistry and hormones. Heredity, genes, race, medications taken, physical and mental stress, and diet influence these hormones.
4. When saturated with water, the strength of a single strand of hair is approximately one third less than the strength of dry hair, making it much easier to shave.
5. The average person has about 615 hairs per square centimetre.
6. The average man’s face contains anywhere from 5,000 to 25,000 whiskers.
7. The average man will spend 60 hours shaving each year.
8. On average it takes a man between 100 and 600 strokes to shave his entire face.
9. For men, it would take roughly 16 years of shaving to collect together one pound of hair clippings.
10. In general, a man removes over 27 feet of hair in his lifetime through shaving alone.
11. Due to a decrease in body fluids in the morning, you should try to avoid shaving first thing when you wake-up.
12. Hair grows faster during the day than at night.
13. The ideal shave angle (razor blade meeting the face) is 28-32 degrees.
14. The average shave lasts 3.5 minutes.
15. Pseudofolliculitisbarbae is the the medical term for razor burn.
Where it all Began
16. The first safety razor was patented in 1901, more than 30 million blades are sold in Ireland and the UK every year.
17. The world’s oldest existing barber’s is Truefitt and Hill in St James’ Street, London, which opened in 1805.
18. Shaving cream didn’t always come in aerosol cans; this method wasn’t even introduced until 1950.
19. Shave gels weren’t even thought of until the 1970’s.
20. The straight cut-throat blade was introduced in the Middle Ages.
21. 1680 is the year in which the first narrow-bladed folding straight razor was introduced.
History Plays its Part
22. Alexander the Great observed that beards could be easily grabbed by the enemy during battle and insisted his troops fight with clean-shaven faces.
23. Cave drawing from as early as 10,000 BC depict both men with clean-shaven faces and those with short beards.
24. Ancient Egyptian barbers regularly shaved their clients with razors and pumice stones, as a beard was considered an indication of personal neglect.
25. Peter the Great of Russia imposed a tax on beards, which was collected at every town gate.
26. The Pharaohs of Egypt liked a good shave every now and then, and of course using nothing less than the best made from gold and silver. Archeologists have found gold razor relics that date back as far as the fourth century.
27. Archeologists believe that caveman used clams and shark teeth to shave with, 20,000 years ago-in the Stone Age!
28. The reason Fidel Castro originally grew his beard is because his supply of Gillette Blades was cut off.
29. Some archeologists think that many warriors shaved their heads before battles so opponents didn’t have any hair to pull … maybe they were discouraging the practice of scalping?!
Fashion Takes the Lead
30. Marketing campaigns convinced the women of North America to shave their body hair. Notably, women in the other parts of the world do not engage on masse in this ritual. Even in French Canada, the habit is not largely undertaken. It all began with the May, 1915 edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine that featured a model sporting the latest fashion. She wore a sleeveless evening gown that exposed, for the first time in fashion, her bare shoulders, and her armpits.
31. Shaving cream was only made for men until the industry specifically targeted women in 1986 by manufacturing the whipped magic specifically for women!
32. A young marketing executive with the Wilkinson Sword Company, designed a campaign to convince the women of North America that: (a) Underarm hair was unhygienic, (b) It was unfeminine. In two years, the sales of razor blades doubled as our grandmothers and great grandmothers made themselves conform to this socially constructed gender stereotype. This norm for North American women has been reinforced by several generations of daughters who role modelled their mothers.
33. 10 feet is the length of the longest moustache on record grown by Birger Pellas of Sweden.
34. 17.5 feet is the length of the longest beard on record grown by Hans Langseth of Norway.
35. Old Spice is the bestselling after-shave in the United States.
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