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10 things you may not have known about shaving

10 things you may not have known about shaving

  1. The Ancient Egyptians used to visit barbers who would use razors and pumice stones to shave their clients. Beards were considered an indication of personal neglect.
  2. Peter the Great of Russia implemented a tax on beards which was collected at every town gate.
  3. The ideal angle for the razor meeting the face is at 28-32 degrees.
  4. Relics of Ancient Egyptian razors have been found made of silver and gold.
  5. Pseudofolliculitisbarbae is the medical term for razor burn.
  6. Alexander the Great promoted shaving during his reign, he was concerned that enemies could grab his soldier’s beards in battle and he preferred the way clean shaven soldiers looked.
  7. The Ancient Aztecs made their razors from volcanic glass.
  8. In Ancient Egypt, people would shave their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
  9. The world’s largest “barbershop” is the Sri Venkateswara temple in Tirumala, India. People travel to this temple to worship and donate their hair. The barbers shave over 20,000 heads a day and collect 500 tons of human hair every year.
  10. Native Americans are thought to have shaved using clam shells to pull out hairs.

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