10 things you may not have known about shaving
- 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.
- Peter the Great of Russia implemented a tax on beards which was collected at every town gate.
- The ideal angle for the razor meeting the face is at 28-32 degrees.
- Relics of Ancient Egyptian razors have been found made of silver and gold.
- Pseudofolliculitisbarbae is the medical term for razor burn.
- 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.
- The Ancient Aztecs made their razors from volcanic glass.
- In Ancient Egypt, people would shave their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
- 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.
- Native Americans are thought to have shaved using clam shells to pull out hairs.
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