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I can't wait for someone to write the social role of hair. Tuf-Kat (PS: I'm totally serious)

you are right to be serious. If you read french, here is what Philippe said about it

Le maillot à la brésilienne est un type de maillot de bain cher aux transsexuels de la même origine. La forme en est totalement anti-anatomique pour la pilosité féminine et exige un déboisement catastrophique. Les ravages dans les massifs buissonniers des monts de Vénus sont de plus en plus grands : une véritable catastrophe écologique. Le fier triangle qui affirmait le sexe féminin a laissé sa place à un toupet rédhibitoire du fait de sa totale absence d'évocation érotique. Entre les bords externes du toupet ridicule et les plis de l'aine, les lieux défrichés offrent le spectacle désolant de la peau d'un volatile plumé.

Voir aussi


This sociological approached was not judge acceptable.

I also highly recommand reading which is a very interesting article, over which we finally came to a difficult agreement.

Shaving for surgery[edit]

Article says "Patients' body hair was once shaved before surgery for reasons of hygiene; however, this turned out to be counter-productive".

Counter-productive how ? Jay 12:56, 18 Jun 2004 (UTC)

from what I understand about this issue is that the act of shaving introduces too many contaminants which is counter to the original aim of removing sources of contaminants. And I've heard anecdotal evidence that shaving an area that undergoes surgery tends to be highly irritating to the skin after the surgery is over because of the elevated sensitivity after surgery. Still, I think some hospitals still practice this, just as some hospitals clean wounds with alcohol instead of saline (the last thing you need after being hit by a car). I'm no-where near an expert though. --Qirex 09:09, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
Could you add a source that backs up the claim that shaving is counter productive, and that hospitals are moving away from it? The claim doesn't make much sense to me. I know that animals are still shaved in veterinary medicine. The doctors shaved hair off the applicable parts of me when I had an emergency appendectomy on October 30th, 2006 at Baylor in Dallas, TX (one of the best hospitals in the state). If it is true (which I am suspect), it definitely needs to be sourced. BMan1113VR 10:32, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

Shaving for surgery is not counter-productive; the shaving procedure is used as a golden standard worlwide, but once it was learned, that real shaving with sharp blades directly on the skin results in very small skin incisions, it was switched to hair cutting with special electro-mechanical cutting devices, which allow to cut the hairs as short as possible without the risk of minor skin injuries(i.e. Surgical Clipper - 3M Company).

Reasons for Shaving in the Millitary[edit]

Article says: "Shaving a man's scalp hair has been used as a means of stripping them of their former identity. This is sometimes done at the beginning of military training, and is done as part of a process of trying to instill a new identity into the new soldier."

It was my understanding that this was done, especially in ancient times, to prevent the enemy from grabbing your hair during combat. Also, isn't it removed today to prevent the spread of lice? --

Today, the fear of someone using a soldiers hair as a handle is probably pretty minimal, now that we try to shoot enemies from as far away as possible. Also, there are better ways to prevent the spread of lice than shaving people's heads. This also wouldn't explain why women's heads aren't shaved. Don't they get lice too? I think what the article says is pretty accurate. I could be wrong, but lice isn't a big problem in the modern military. Frecklefoot | Talk 19:26, May 25, 2005 (UTC)

--Qirex 09:09, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

Use of 'piety'[edit]

Under the heading "For religious reasons", the article reads, "To Sikhs, the maintenance and management of long hair is a manifestation of one's piety." I feel that the word 'piety' should not be used, because it could mean 'hypocrisy', or it could mean 'reverence and devotion to god' ([1]). I'd change it myself, but I don't know which meaning the original author intended convey. --Qirex 09:09, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

For religious reasons - Jains[edit]

I have never heard of a prohibiton on head-shaving in the Jain religious tradition. In fact, Paul Dundas' "The Jains" specifically mentions head-shaving as part of the initiation process for Jain monks:

"The hairpulling ceremony, which occurs at this time and is not witnessed by the lay community, signifies austerity and the abandonment of sexuality. This may involve the actual removal of the hair by tearing it out in handfuls as is often described in the old literature, although there is also ancient warranty for the custom sometimes found today of the head being shaved in advance with some small tufts being left which are removed in the course of initiation." (Dundas 156-157)

I moved the internal link for Jains into the appropriate paragraph.

- David

Removed crap[edit]

I've edited the section relating to pubic hair and sexual context of removal as it contained utter crap. Check the diff. Borderline racist comments about african women, and bizarre asertions that upper class women are more likely to depilate have no place here. 16:57, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

The following discussion is an archived debate of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the debate was move --Philip Baird Shearer 09:12, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Page move / Name change[edit]

This article is entitled Depilation, yet it includes info on Epilation (which redirects here). Perhaps the name should be Hair removal, which also redirects here. Unless there are objections, I'm going to implement this (no sooner than 1 week from today). -Rholton 03:28, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

  • Support I support the move to hair removal, which is the more common name and can mean both depilation and epilation. Jokestress 03:31, 29 May 2006 (UTC)
  • Support I guess this makes sense, as depilation and epilation are different things. This article makes some explicit references to epilation techniques, so if the article is called "depilation" then they can't be here. The Crow 03:19, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

skinheads - political reasons for head shaving[edit]

should the fact that some members of far right political groups choose to shave their heads as an expression of their political beliefs be included? 14:09, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

If it is a truly a fact, (i.e. verifiable then yes. However I don't think it is true to state that it is an expression of their political beliefs; more accurately it is a sign of identification with a group or culture. It is a subtle but important difference. Anyway, if you can prove it, by all means include it. The Crow 20:19, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Hairfacts[edit] is entirely relevant to the topic. The website is not-for-profit and links to studies to back up claims. deals explicitly on the topic of hair removal (which is the title of this article). 20:27, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

Does it cover anything that the current link doesn't? — Frecklefoot | Talk 15:03, 6 November 2006 (UTC)
Since it's a site I own, I will recuse myself from adding it back in, but much of this article is taken directly from my "Methods of hair removal" article on hairfacts (donated by me with permission under GFDL). The WebMD link is a very basic overview that really doesn't cover all topics. Hairfacts is the top hair removal resource online and has been for many years (Google "hair removal"). It covers about three times as many methods as the WebMD article currently cited, and each of those methods in turn has numerous subpages devoted to clinical data, regulatory information, etc. It also discusses unproven and banned methods not discussed anywhere in the WebMD article. Hairfacts is cited in published medical literature [2] and by journalists. It was removed recently in the wake of an online detractor's ongoing campaign against me for a perceived slight. That editor has been banned a few times here for vandalism and linkspamming her hair removal practice. Unfortunately, most reliable information on hair removal is in registration-only medical articles. If editors decide to add hairfacts back in, you might also consider adding this link: Hair Removal Methods. I'd also note that the WebMD and articles serve more ads than hairfacts. Wikipedia allows external links that serve ads, but this article is frequently targeted by those promoting their own products and services. Again, I'll leave it to others to determine consensus on this. Jokestress 15:49, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
Okay. — Frecklefoot | Talk 16:44, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
Glad to see it back on the links page. 16:39, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

Recent alterations to Advantages and Disadvantages[edit]

James Blond (talk · contribs) recently edited the Advantages and Disadvantages section, replacing the single paragraph:

There are advantages and disadvantages to many of these hair removal methods. Many are not permanent and many can cause medical problems or the costs are very high. Many of these methods are still in the testing phase and the methods have not been clinically proven. One should seek the advice of a doctor supervised facility when choosing a hair removal method.


There are advantages and disadvantages to many of these hair removal methods.
  • Many are not permanent
  • Many can cause medical problems
  • The costs often are very high.
  • Many of these methods are still in the testing phase and the methods have not been clinically proven. One should seek the advice of a doctor supervised facility when choosing a hair removal method.
  • Especially when women have hair on arms, legs and eventually chin epilated, a disadvantage for others is, that they don't see (immediatly), that this is a hormonally rather or very masculine woman. That can lead to an attitude, or a choise, that instinctively would have been different, if the 'natural information', that has been removed, still would have been present.

Given the content of the last point, I reverted this edit on sight as vandalism. The user has subsequently not only reverted the reversion but been exceedingly insulting in the edit summary.

While the existing paragraph is not as good as one might like, I oppose this edit for the following reasons:

  • It goes against wikipedia's manual of style (Bulleted lists) by unnecessarily being in list form.
  • The points don't provide enough information within each to be useful.
  • The grammar is poor.
  • The final point is irrelevant to the article, is unencylopedic in nature and is derogatory and/or insulting to women. It also incorrectly implies that some women have no arm, leg or facial hair. With the exception of diseases and disorders that cause hair loss, all women have hair in these areas, it is just the shaft thickness and pigmentation levels that vary.

--AliceJMarkham 00:35, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

  • Eventually the last point could be replaced by: "Removing hair in many cases has the disadvantage, that in this way natural information about one's measure of femininity and masculinity is removed, which can be confusing for others".
  • What sources could support the statement, that (in principle) all women have hair on arms, legs and chin? James Blond 01:40, 3 June 2007 (UTC)
  • Removing hair for the purpose of hiding growth patterns would be viewed as positive by many people, and the only way in which it is a measure of masculinity or femininity is in regards to social expectations. Conversion of the vellus hair (that every human has on their body, arms, legs and face) into terminal hair is a direct consequence of the sensitivity of the hair follicles to androgens (male hormones) and the level of androgens present. If you read the relevant wiki articles, you'll learn that all females have some level of androgen in their body from puberty onwards, and similarly, all males have estrogens (female hormones) in their body. The level of androgens does not directly imply "femininity" or "masculinity". The balance between androgens and estrogens effects the development of secondary sex characteristics, so a female with high androgen levels can be completely fertile and, by removing the body hair that is a consequence of that androgen level, will look just as "feminine" as a woman with lower androgen levels in the same way as a fertile and virile male who has a higher than normal estrogen level can develop gynecomastia. --AliceJMarkham 02:16, 4 June 2007 (UTC)
" removing the body hair that is a consequence of that androgen level, will look just as "feminine" as a woman with lower androgen levels...."
And there's the disadvantage; she looks just as "feminine", but isn't, and that will show in her behaviour. A vyril man, who thought he met a feminine partner, because there were no signs of the opposite, after a while will discover, that there's one more captain on the ship, whereas a feminine man, who prefers a female 'captain', due to epilation can't see, which woman is one. James Blond 13:27, 11 June 2007 (UTC)
  • You appear to be under the impression that androgen levels and hair distribution are directly related to both physical and psychological/behavioural femininty. Clearly, if you can find an authorative, verifiable reference to show that this is true, you're welcome to add it. Given that I am unable to find any scientific basis for your assertion, I don't expect that you will find any such statement anywhere except perhaps a non-authorative, non-verifiable statement on white supremesist sites. Everything that I can find indicates that the definition of physical femininty is socially variable, and has varied all the way from body hair being desirable (eg all the way up to between the breasts being a sign of female fertility) to the current western social ideal of little or no body hair. --AliceJMarkham 09:23, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

The following extra disadvantage of removing (i.c. cutting) hair, might be added: "Removing (i.c. cutting) headhair in principle has an esthetical disadvantage. Man is shaped with hair as long as it grows. Reducing it's length, or removing it completely, as good as always has an unesthetical effect, the way the cutting off of a horses tail has. James Blond 01:13, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

  • Nice theory, except that the entire statement is a value judgement. Some people find short hair more asthetically pleasing. Such a value judgement does not belong anywhere in wikipedia, which is built on verifiable facts. --AliceJMarkham 02:16, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

It might be encyclopedic anyway, to mention, that many feel, that it's a disadvantage of cutting headhair, that afterwards that head looks less esthetical. James Blond 01:58, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

  • This type of view, and others (including the complete opposite view that short hair is more desirable), apply to various societies and religions and to sub-groups in some societies. I believe that such information, presented in a NPOV and including the various viewpoints (not just the long hair viewpoint as this would fail NPOV) would indeed be encyclopedic and would be a valid subject for a section within this article. It certainly isn't an advantage or a disadvantage but is a social consideration. --AliceJMarkham 09:23, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

External Links[edit]

I believe that the links in any category should be reasonable and informative and should have the material thats authentic and valuable. Like for example in the category I find that this link should be added as the external link Hair Removal GuideAs it has really informative material and easy to understand tips that can help people who look for easy hair removing methods. And what are the advantages and disadvantages of differnet hair removing methods. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:43, August 26, 2007 (UTC)

Male body hair image[edit]

I am removing the picture of the man with his back and arms covered in thick hair. It is somewhat nauseating and adds nothing to the article. Jack324 (talk) 19:53, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

I put it right back in again per WP:CENSOR. It's not up to individuals to determine what's in the article based on their personal tastes. The image is informative and encyclopedic and belongs in the article, IMO. Just don't ask me to touch it! :) - Alison 20:03, 8 January 2008 (UTC)
Ha. I took that photo of a friend of mine. I'm sure he'll be pleased to have freaked somone out. Rockpocket 07:09, 1 March 2008 (UTC)
Rocky, I always thought that was you!! :) - Alison 07:13, 1 March 2008 (UTC)
Can we at least add a caption stating that the guy is unusually hirsute? Not all guys are that hairy (me included). — Frecklefσσt | Talk 22:27, 8 January 2008 (UTC)
I edited the link provided to readers clicking on "hirsute," as it pointed toward "hirsutism" and seems better suited pointing toward "hair". The use in this case refers to the overall level of hair on this male, and seems better suited to point to an article that includes a general discussion of body hair, rather than lead users to an article dealing with a condition that "affects only women" [Citing hirsutism article as of 3/2/2008]. (Personally, I was also somewhat offended to have a picture depicting what is a perfectly normal hair growth for some males, such as myself, pointing to an article that spoke only of body hair in terms depicting it as unwanted, as is often the case in hirsutism). --Clowser (talk) 06:52, 1 March 2008 (UTC)
This picture is in fact totally inappropriate for an article on hair removal. there is no indication in the picture of any hair being removed. it is entirely POV for a picture of someone with hair NOT being removed to be here, the implication being that this hair SHOULD be removed. the picture(s) are not here to argue the pros and cons of hair or lack thereof, either body hair, pubic hair, head hair, armpit hair, either removed, styled, or "natural". i would suggest this wikimedia commons pic, [3], as better. it shows before and after, and its the most neutral area for hair removal, ie not for cosmetic reasons. If someone can find a better picture than this, even better, but unless someone objects i will probably switch images at some point.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 08:24, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
I object. Note how this article starts with: "Hair removal is the practice of removing body hair...", and if you follow that link, you'll read that body hair " differentiated from the head hair...". This means that a picture depicting head hair removal, as the one you've provided, is not a valid replacement for this image. --Waldir talk 08:01, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Objection noted. i will not replace the image as i stated. however, we still need to remove, in my opinion, the image of a person with body hair. this article is not about hair, but hair removal. i will attempt to find a better image.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 08:24, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
perhaps this for shaving, for waxing. not great but possibly more accurate.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 08:34, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

To reiterate what someone said previously, I think "hirsute male" as a caption for this image is a bit oxymoronic and misleading. The link leads to hirsutism, which states that it is a condition affecting women. If this is the case, "hirsute male" is a contradiction, and an image of an unusually hairy man should not link to an article about a medical sign in women. I think it is a bit misleading, and at the very least incorrect. It should, as stated before, link to an article on body hair (or some similar, more relevant article), with the caption adjusted appropriately. "Hairy" seems acceptable. At the very least, use "hypertrichosis" both in the caption and as an article. Since it seems this change was already made, but reverted, I'm not going to change it back now. Is there any good reason to leave it as hirsute? – (talk) 05:22, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Hair thining "depilation"[edit]

When removing hair from its root you damage the hair, and deformations are possible which might cause skin problems and ingrown hair (NOT GOOD). When you shave it - you cut it and it's thick - it's like a hard brush and you get itchy and you will get some ingrown hair as well (NOT GOOD).

The solution would be a machine which by some mechanical and/or chemical action makes hairs very thin and soft and blond - almost transparent, and then it cuts it to about 1-3 mm length (so there are no ingrown hairs, no brushing, no itchiness - there are no bad side-effects whatsoever!).

Is there such machine to buy?

"in particular, for women who had 'collaborated' sexually" is beating around the bush. Wikipedia is not censored. Jhunt47 (talk) 03:43, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

Proposed Addition to the Reasons for Hair Removal[edit]

It may be my own bias but at present I feel like this article gives the impression that for men removing body hair is almost entirely a personal preference whereas women do so almost exclusively to conform to social or religious expectations and ideals. It's certainly a popular view but in my experience not accurate as most of the women I've discussed it with (it comes up frequently on some forums) say it's for personal reasons. For example they shave pubic hair because it's itchy and uncomfortable for them, or because they use menstural pads and blood can get stuck to the hair which is unplesant and potentially unhygenic. Some women also shave their leg hair because they find it makes wearing trousers (jeans in particular) more comfortable.

I'm planning to add a couple of sentances in or around the section on other reasons, without removing anything that's currently on the page. In my opinion it should be a fairly minor edit but knowing the strong reactions this topic can have and given the fact that I need time to find some reliable sources anyway I wanted to put a note here to give other editors an oppertunity to comment/contribute rather than waste time on something that gets reverted anyway or causing a mass of conflicting edits while a consensus is reached. Danikat (talk) 16:28, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Duplicate (bad) article at body grooming[edit]

A merge to Hair removal has been noted there by an earlier editor but nothing done. In ictu oculi (talk) 03:58, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

"Burning off with hot wax can damage the cells and prevent hair from ever growing in the unwanted spot again"[edit]

I removed this because on its face this statement basically just says that scarring can remove hair. Scarring is most certainly not an accepted form of hair removal. As far as I can tell, this statement is supposed to indicate that placing warmed wax on the skin and pulling it off can remove hair. This process is called waxing and is already listed on the page. Indeed, the link goes to a page on waxing. The edit was reverted, but it *really, really* should not have been, and I'm not sure which individual read the sentence and believed it to be in any way factual. Further, the sentence itself is not particularly accurate: "damage the cells" (which cells? hair follicles? skin cells?). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:29, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

"Eastern Turkish" culture[edit]

The statement regarding "Eastern Turkish" culture revering or respecting a beard is highly misleading and inaccurate. There is no "Eastern Turkish" culture. There are countless 'cultures' or traditions that live in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey (please also note that in terms of Turkish culture and society, the proper term would more likely be the "Southeast" of Turkey, which has a *slightly* more coherent culture than "Eastern Turkey" as depicted in the linked chart). These include a significant ethnic and religious populations: which, as the following article notes, compromise around a third of the country: These ethnic populations - which, as you can see, vary widely in "Eastern Turkey" - also have a number of religious differences, including a significant Alevi population. It is impossible to say that among "Eastern Turkish" Kurds, Circassians, Bulgarians, Azeris, and Arab-Turks there is a coherent idea that 'beards are respected', particularly given the ideological differences between the various groups listed. Please read this news article regarding facial hair in Turkey to understand why this throwaway comment that should be deleted would require an entire article to clarify what, exactly, facial hair in "Eastern Turkey" signifies: I am uncertain if you need more examples of why the uneducated and essentialist statement that in "Eastern Turkey" beards are a sign of wisdom, but if you require more, please let me know. I am further deleting the phrase "Eastern Culture" because it is a term that is not accepted in cultural studies, other than to critique orientalist/colonialist views of the world. I tend to suspect that this means "Arab culture" - but again, really do not think that an article on body hair removal should be making such grand, sweeping, and inaccurate comments about 'cultures'. I highly suspect that the criticism I have levied on the Turkish aspect of the beard comment applies to Iran as well (and note that the article I linked seems to indicate - as I have observed - a strong preference for non-bearded men), but not having lived there, I will refrain from commenting. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:56, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

thermodynamic wire[edit]

"NONO PRO" was mentioned on The Doctors using some "thermodynamic wire" that I do not see listed in the wiki on hair removal.Glas(talk)Nice User skin 15:39, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Other Reasons - Islam[edit]

This paragraph is particularly poorly written, but I don't have the knowledge of Islam to correct it properly. The article says:

"Muslim law (Sharia) puts hair in three categories: that which it is recommended and trim mustache. It is recommended to keep (the beard)[citation needed], and that which is the object of recommendation (foot, hand, back, and chest hair). A Muslim may trim or cut hair on head. The hairs on the chest and the back may be removed. In the 9th century, the use of chemical depilatories for women was introduced by Ziryab in Al-Andalus."

It mentions three categories, but then lists two. The need for citations is already marked for sections that follow.

stating opinion with choice of pictures[edit]

In section 'Cultural & sexual aspects' there is a pair of pictures of women's armpits. In the picture with no armpit hair the woman is grinning, suggesting that this is a superior state. I am offended to find this statement of opinion in an encyclopedia (talk) 02:37, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Unclear Statement?[edit]

"One issue that can be considered an advantage or a disadvantage depending upon an individual's viewpoint, is that removing hair has the effect of removing information about the individual's hair growth patterns due to genetic predisposition, illness, androgen levels (such as from pubertal hormonal imbalances or drug side effects), and/or gender status."

This statement is a mess. First of all, "removing information about the individual's hair growth patterns" is not only very vague but it doesn't necessarily hold true (id est, it is implied that hair directly communicates the very long pattern of growth, as if on sight). Second, what illness outside of hormonal disorders could even be concealed by means of hair removal (as most such illnesses are barely mitigated by removal, exempli gratis, Hypertrychosis)?

And androgen levels aren't what immediately causes hair growth! GnRH and FSH have far more influence on hair growth, and pubarche well precedes pubescence proper by many years. GnRH and FSH also would obviously manifest in both sexes to quite a degree, due to where it lies in the process of steroidogenesis.

Another matter to take issue with is that this statement is very specifically worded (in far too long-winded and preachy a manner) to imply that a major element of hair removal is based around the irrelevant matter of perception of biological sex. Sure, such a thing would have a place in an encyclopedia, but it would make more sense to relegate it to an article more focused on the societal and psychological role of hair. (talk) 23:26, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

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