The ancient Egyptians were waxing long before suburban house wives discovered the bikini wax.
A smooth and hairless body was the standard of beauty, youth and innocence
for a woman in Egypt.
The wife of the divine Pharoah set the example and every Egyptian woman took care that there was not a single hair on her body.
They used depilatory creams and waxed with a sticky emulsion made of oil and honey, similar to what we now call "sugaring".
Later, the Greeks adopted this ideal of smoothness.
The old Greek sculptures show us that. The sculptures of women are polished and shiny, and there is no pubic hair at all, whereas the sculptures of men do show pubic hair, although modern times have changed now, some of us like a smooth patch in the middle.
The Greeks thought pubic hair on women was ugly and upper class ladies removed it.
The Romans did not like pubic hair either and young girls began removing it as soon as it first appeared. They used tweezers, which they called the "volsella" and had a kind of depilatory cream, the "philotrum" or "dropax", the forerunner of the current depilatory creams!
Waxing was also a way of depilating and this was done with resin or pitch.
In 1520, Bassano de Zra wrote: "The Turks consider it sinful when a woman
lets the hair on her private parts grow.
As soon as a woman feels the hair is growing,
she hurries to the public bath to have it removed or remove it herself."
The public baths all had special rooms
where the ladies could get rid of their hair.
Nowadays the hamams, or public baths, have special rooms for the ladies to depilate.
The habit of depilating fell out of fashion after Catherine de Medici,
then queen of France,
forbade her ladies in waiting to remove their pubic hair any longer.
In the sixties,
smoothness was rediscovered with the invention of the bikini, and today many women remove hair somewhere on their bodies. It is the fashion to have smooth armpits, legs, bikini lines.
And its not always just been the ladies,
there is evidence dating back 30,000 years to cavemen who shaved their hairy bits
with pieces of flint.
So if you think waxing may be painful, then try that old method 1st!
Into the 20th century, it became fashionable for celebrities as part of their beauty treatments.
Practicality for swimming as it can improve their speed in the water being hairless.
Gym fanantics to show off their bulging muscles.
Attraction - There are many of us that just love the sight and feel of a smooth body, whether on ourselves or the one cosying up to us!
The benefits of waxing outweigh the other methods such as hair removal creams and shaving,
as it lasts longer and literally gets to the root of the issue, not just the surface.
It can help some people who really detest their hairiness to feel more confident with the look and feel of their bodies.
It can help you to feel more fresher and hygienic in the intimate areas.
And then there is the 'optical inch', when the hair is not in the way, it can enhance things to look bigger, which is also a big confidence boost.