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To pluck or not to pluck: Our complicated relationship with hair

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10:  A woman has her eyebrows threaded at the Designer Couture Trunk Show hosted by Noelle Reno at The Collection on June 10, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
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A woman has her eyebrows threaded at the Designer Couture Trunk Show hosted by Noelle Reno at The Collection on June 10, 2009 in London, England.

For a significant portion of human history, mankind has endeavored to be hairless.

For a significant portion of human history, mankind has endeavored to be hairless.

Though recent inventions have made that goal significantly easier to achieve, our ancestors had a decidedly more difficult time trimming hairs deemed unsightly or unnecessary.

In her latest book, “Plucked: a history of hair removal,” author and historian Rebecca Herzig explores the long history of hair removal around the world, examining both the social codes that mandated hairlessness and the rudimentary tools our forebearers used to achieve their desired results.

Guest:

Rebecca M. Herzig, author of “Plucked A History of Hair Removal” (New York University Press, 2015) and professor of interdisciplinary studies at Bates College in Maine

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