Brazilian Waxing in the Harem. Ouch!
Brazilian waxing in the harem? Well not exactly, at least not by that name. In the harem, removal of unwanted body hair was known as smoothing and was done by plucking, waxing, sugaring and occasionally by shaving. Today, of course we call this bikini waxing, Brazilian waxing, sugaring, or just plain bikini shaving.
Today, many think of bikini waxing as something new for the modern woman, but in fact this ancient practice of removing pubic hair dates back to the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs. ('Priestesses of the ancient religion of Egypt shaved their entire person, in order that all roughness be smoothed and the skin have a beautiful polish, making them clean and pure in approaching the throne of God.’). Smoothing later spread across North Africa, from Persia in the east to Morocco in the west, and north to Turkey, France, and Rome. In a slave harems, smoothing was de rigueur, and not uncommon amongst brides and younger married women, although rarely spoken of.
And now in the West, Brazilian waxing is gaining popularity thanks to J. Sisters International Salon opened in New York City by seven sisters from Brazil. Their daring stylings took off with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, who gushed, in a signed picture that adorns the salon wall, "You've changed my life!"
paintings of naked women in the harem, usually slave girls, invariably
portray them without body hair. Depilation was mandatory and pursued rigorously.
In large turkish harems where there were so many women that visits to the
sultan's bedchamber were infrequent or one time affairs, the chosen woman
was shaved by eunuchs before going to the Sultan's the bed. In smaller
harems and amongst harem favorites, longer lasting plucking, waxing (much like Brazilian waxing), or
sugaring was preferred to shaving and was called smoothing for obvious reasons.
"...a man finds that part of a woman pleasing and pretty to the eye, and more so when it is bare and not concealed behind a bush. After all, God did not put hair on a woman’s face or on her chest for that reason. We have all been done this way,” I added, for her comfort.
I found this statement somewhere in my research, but have lost the reference, but here it is anyway:
Religion has always played a large part in the customs of the Middle East and it is not surprising that the religious authorities had something to say about hair removal:
Why, you ask, would you do this to yourself? Well, to be honest,
the pain isn't all that bad, and the results are undeniable. You'll
have a smooth, bump-free bikini area that looks fabulous in a bathing suit
or au naturel. Plus, you and your partner will probably find it incredibly
Many girls and women now view smoothing as a natural extension of leg and underarm shaving. So don't be shy! It's beautiful and worth it.
Oriental girls! - Visit this Japanese site: Brazilian Waxing in Japan
Waxing, shaving and sugaring of the bikini area and behind are all different procedures used to produce smoothing.