Hair removal has been one of the most important things for women for millennia. From the vigorous scrubbing in the old days to the laser procedures of today, hair removal methods have had an evolution of their own.
While everyone is preoccupied with guessing the future of computers and smartphones, why don’t we take a peek into some possible future solutions for hair removal?
We shave, wax, epilate, depilate, use hair-removing lasers, photo cells and shower creams and much, much more, but it all requires multiple procedures over certain periods of time. On the one hand, we pray and hope that someone will come up with a way to permanently remove all excess body hair – not just for a few years, but forever. With all the developments in technology we have seen in recent years, such a hope doesn’t seem farfetched. On the other hand, this idea seems unrealistic in terms of the industries – hair removal is a billion dollar, worldwide industry and the people behind it probably won’t allow someone to give women a permanent solution.
While on the subject of price, the future might lower the prices of currently available hair removal methods. As it turns out, the more effective and long-lasting the method is, the higher its price goes (i.e. shaving tools are very cheap but the results of shaving lasts no more than a day; laser epilating, on the other hand, lasts for years but it is very costly). It is, of course, logical, but the same laws of logic dictate that every piece of technology becomes cheaper over time and so must these.
Current methods of hair removal carry very unpleasant health risks. You can cut yourself when shaving, get bruises from waxing, or scarring from lasers, and all of them increase the chance of experiencing ingrown hairs which are not pretty and sometimes even painful. And pain too, is associated with most hair removal methods – we’ve come to embrace it as it is necessary to be beautiful. But isn’t it safe to assume that the future will give us pain and risk-free methods. How nice would it be to remove all the unwanted hair and hum a happy song in the process? How nice would it be to know that once you’re done, you’re done – not worrying about irritations and inflammations? It’s all going to happen and only time will tell us when.
Hair removal procedures are already being taken from the salon to the home. Shaving, waxing, epilating and depilating have always been possible at home, but they are even inventing some small laser devices now. As these devices become more sophisticated and more affordable over the years, we will probably all have our mini salons in the comfort of our own homes very soon.
Talking from an evolution point of view, hair removal might not even be necessary in the more distant future. The Homo Habilis that lived about 2 million years ago was completely covered in hair and look at us now – it seems that evolution is doing our work for us and we might be completely bald in a few hundred thousand years.
Rita Rova is the beauty writer for money saving website – LoveMyVouchers.co.uk; where you can find low cost beauty deals from top UK stores.