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10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Shaving

10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Shaving

Shaving, a simple routine, is one of the best skincare for men. It’s also a richly ceremonial ritual that harks back to our earliest ancestors, who used clam shells to scrape their faces clean. Below are some facts you might not have known about shaving!

  1. The word “shave” comes from the Old English word “scafan” which means “to scrape off.” Today, we typically associate the term with removing facial hair and head hair as well as hair on other body parts such as legs and armpits.
  2. Shaving is one of the oldest grooming practices. It dates back to ancient Egypt around 3500 BC. The ritual of shaving an individual’s head and face was an ancient Egyptian tradition that was shared by both men and women alike. They used sharpened flints for shaving, which was a much riskier experience than what we are used to today.
  3. The ancient Egyptians believed that the goddess Bastet (goddess of cats) would protect them from evil and harm. Cats are traditionally linked with good fortune and treated like royalty in Ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians would shave off their eyebrows to show that they were mourning when one of their cats died. They would continue to lament until they got their eyebrows back.
  4. An improved safety razor was patented to King Camp Gillette in 1904 and it made shaving much less dangerous than it had been before then. Gillette finally produced one of the best safety razors to revolutionize the industry. It accomplished this by using inexpensive steel sheets for blades.
  5. Shaving does not alter hair texture. This has been a popular misconception for some time now. New strands of hair seem to protrude from the roots and look more voluminous than the original hair they had come in to replace. While at first, the new hair may seem to be darker than the rest, it will eventually brighten. It’s important to know that this is a temporary effect and is caused by the hair not being exposed to sunlight or other chemicals. A strand will gradually taper off as you let it grow, but this process can take a while.
  6. On average, men’s faces contain about 5,000 to 25,000 hairs and the greatest concentration is found on the upper lip and the chin.
  7. On average, men shave about 20,000 times throughout their lifetime, which is about 5 months of shaving their faces.
  8. Long ago, beards were commonly worn by soldiers. But during WWI, the military encouraged all its soldiers to shave because beards hindered gas masks from sealing properly.
  9. One of the most expensive razors on the market, the Zafirro Iridium, made with white sapphire was priced at $100,000.
  10. A lot of shaving problems are caused by shaving techniques rather than the razor. A quick, easy, and often overlooked solution to shaving problems is improving your technique.

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