Brazilian, landing strip, bare, all-natural. Pubic hair is a shape shifting superhero.
In this century, most people have adopted their preferred pubic hair style — both what they’ve elected to have themselves and what they are attracted to.
But where did all of these pubic hair trends begin?
Who invented all of these styles, and when did people start shaving and waxing their pubes?
Pubic Hair: From the Beginning
Ancient Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks each fancied the bare look.
Yes, like totally bare down there.
In fact, the first razors were created in Egypt and India around 3000 B.C. At the time, they were made of copper.
Egyptian women removed all their hair: head hair, pubic hair, leg hair — everything. They considered pubic hair uncivilized.
And just as Hollywood women are key drivers of modern trends today, Cleopatra started the trend of an entirely hairless look in Egypt. We’re talking absolutely no hair from head to toe. At the time, this style was symbolic of the highest level of hygiene.
So yes, Cleopatra’s block-braided hair, as depicted in images and sculptured, was in fact a wig. These wigs were worn by the gentry of ancient Egypt as a regal status symbol.
On the other hand, ancient Romans leveraged a different approach to achieve the hairless look. Using tweezers and pumice stones to remove pubic hair, high-class women in the Roman Empire were painfully committed to the silky smooth aesthetic.
And if you think tweezing and sanding sounds unfavorable, you are sure to assign a new level of respect to the ancient Greek women. They would pluck out individual hairs, one by one, and would even go as far as to burn their pubic hairs right off.
With plucking and fire as the two options, ancient Greek women were truly deciding between the lesser of the two evils.
The “Eh. leave it.” Pubic Hair Era
In Europe during the Middle Ages, and throughout the Elizabethan era, the trend was to keep any and all pubic hair around.
Unfortunately, this pubic hair style was, in part, the result of a not-so-hot pubic lice outbreak. So, in order to avoid lice burrowing into the skin, these women kept the hair down there as a barrier.
However, it was during this time that depilatories (like Nair) were making their debut. Many women would remove all of their hair, and instead opt for fancy options such as merkin, or a pubic hair wig. These were first recorded in history in 1450.
And while numerous famous nude sculptures may lead you to believe that hair below the belt was a no-go back in the day, pubic hair removal actually didn’t become popular in the Western World until far more recently.
Early 20th Century: Save the Bush, Shave the Rest.
The first female-specific body hair razor was released by Gillette in 1915. These ads focused on armpit hair, telling women they needed to ‘remove their unruly, unhygienic underarm hair.’
And the trend only escalated from there.
World War II brought upon a nylon shortage, which meant women could no longer wear stockings everyday. So, more women started going bare-legged. From here, clean shaven legs quickly became a trend.
Additionally, as skirts and shorts become shorter and shorter, the push for silky smooth legs gained some serious momentum.
And then came the bikini.
First introduced in 1946, the need for clean bikini lines quickly followed.
While no ads advertised pubic shaving (remember this was the 50s), women took it upon themselves to clean up down yonder with a razor.
The Rise of the Bush
With the sixties and seventies embracing rebellion and sexual liberation, a full bush and lush armpit hair became a sexy symbol of the counterculture. And the term “seventies bush” was born.
The 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s: Anything But the Bush.
In the 80’s and early 90’s, trimmed pubes entered the spotlight.
In fact, the 1996 play, The Vagina Monologues, had an entire skit discussing how going fully-hairless down there was creepy and degrading. Additionally, Playboy Magazine models were sporting trimmed pubic hair — not bald, but groomed — which helped form the male ideology that visible, but well-kept pubic hair was sexy.
Then, in 1999, Gwenyth Paltrow made it public that she goes completely bare, and claimed that it was ‘life-changing.’
Sex and the City soon followed suit in 2000, when they aired their ‘Brazilian’ episode in which Carrie Bradshaw got a little too much waxed off and felt completely bare. And just like that, the bare mons pubis look went from just another celebrity trend to a full-fledged national obsession.
Pubic Hair, Today.
Today, the three most popular pubic hair grooming styles are bare, landing strip, and all-natural growth.
These trends can be attributed to millenial and Gen Z shifts in beauty standards. In other words, the idea that you should do, wear, and grow whatever it is that makes you feel good. Pubic hair included.
Pubic Hair Must-Haves
If you are one to trim and shave, it’s important to take care of your skin.
Dragging a razor across your pubic area simply won’t cut it — or it literally will.
So, be sure to invest in high-quality shaving cream and after-shave to keep your bikini area in check. By adding these products to your pubic hair to-do list, you can avoid the razor bumps and be confident in the style you select.
Classic Erotica Coochy Shave Cream Au Natural
Enjoy a no nonsense shave with the Coochy Shave Cream Au Natural. This cream is fragrance free, stops red bumps from appearing, and will leave skin oh so smooth. It is also gluten-free and paraben-fee.
Additionally, this product is dermatologist tested, making it an ideal shaving solution for sensitive skin.
Coochy After Shave Protection Mist Botanical Blast
Complete your shaving routine with the After Shave Protection Mist Botanical Blast by Coochy. Infused with soothing essential oils and ultra-hydrating moisturizers, this after-shave mist provides a calming barrier designed to tighten pores and prevent irritation. It will leave your skin feeling softer and silkier than ever before.