How can I go bald permanently

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The removal of body hair is time-consuming and sometimes painful.

"A distinction is made between depilation and epilation. Depilation includes shaving and depilatory cream. Both techniques do not remove the hair permanently. Epilation includes tweezers, wax as in Brazilian waxing, Halawa or sugaring, epilators, electrical and laser epilation. The hair is permanently removed The cheapest option is shaving, the most expensive laser epilation. Depending on the part of the body and the provider, such a treatment, which is carried out in a special cosmetic studio, costs around 800 euros; at least 2 treatments are required Legs and genital area depilated. In men, it is the armpits, upper body and genital area. This applies to 82 percent of all women and 69 percent of men. "

A rational and plausible reason for body hair removal can be found in sports. Matthias Lepiorz, sports teacher and personal trainer:

"It makes sense in sports in which you have to overcome water resistance or in sports with a lot of body contact, where you have to be held, where you have to push away. That means: the less surface you have, the smoother it is, the better."

Not only in swimmers or wrestlers, but also in major television events such as the "Tour de France" or, most recently, the European Football Championship, one also sees hairless legs, arms and upper bodies. Does it make sense?

"The air resistance cannot be measured with body hair or without it, that there is a difference. Well, with football you could see it like this: if abrasions occur, for example, that they heal better if there is no hair between them, hair root inflammation etc. Otherwise: body cult. "

That seems to be the real reason in most cases. Matthias Lepiorz.

"In my opinion, people don't come to the gym for the sake of sport, at least not all of them, many of them do cosmetics there. You just see your muscles better when your body isn't hairy, on your legs, arms and wherever You usually don't see it like that under your T-shirt. The tendency is for people to follow a certain body cult that is exemplified in advertising, muscular arms, a nice six-pack and of course you can do that with little body fluff, I tell you, see better. "

Lepiorz sees neither a defined age limit nor a gender difference in his everyday practical work: if hair removal was previously a women's domain, men are now catching up.

"I shave completely, everything except my legs. I find that very aesthetic with the legs when men still have hair. The easiest way for me to shave is in the shower. And why? It just looks better and women like it too. "

"Even if it is sometimes annoying, the full-body shave is just part of it for me, it makes you feel more well-groomed and above all more attractive."

"There are 2 main reasons that are mentioned: that is hygiene and that is beauty."

Professor Elmar Brähler, director of the Institute for Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology in Leipzig.

"I think to myself that hygiene is often postponed. You decide something and look for a reason, rationalizations, that you present yourself there reasonably and logically."

Brähler and his team carried out several studies on body modification. These include: above all body hair removal as a basic technique, but also tattoos and piercings. The latter can only be applied to hairless skin. be attached. General result: the younger, the less hairless. His subjects in the representative study were between 14 and 75 years old. The armpit hair is most commonly shaved in both sexes.

"It is said that hygiene when shaving the armpits so that the sweat does not stick is called and the deodorants are now specialized in shaved armpits. In the genital area, this is also used as an argument, there are no more unloved residents who have it used to give occasionally and that already leads to the ideal of beauty, the disgust for it; the younger generation is completely differently socialized by their age group and they can no longer imagine it any differently. "

Around 1990 the trend towards massive armpit hair removal began. While basketball players initially even had colored hair and boxers like the Klitschko brothers showed splendidly proliferating armpit hair, that has changed decisively. The genital area was similar, according to Brähler, although it is generally spared the eyes of strangers as far as possible.

"At first the reason was: tight bikinis, then you have to shave a little, then came the intimate shave, a bar was shaved, that was in the early 90s and at the beginning of this millennium, the first Playmate in Playboy was completely shaved that also happened, almost all of them now shave. Role models are named, such as David Beckham with his metrosexuality named after him,
Another reason would of course be tattoo and piercing, which have become very common; the shave serves to clear the battlefield. "

Are you upgraded in the gender battle for suitable partners in order to survive in the market? It is often assumed that the porn industry, which is freely accessible via the Internet, is to blame for the "wave of hair removal". Elmar Brähler refutes the allegation.

"That, I think, is the other way around: that the porn rather follows the trend towards depilation. Hairy is now a special category, not to say, perversion, that practically no longer exists. Whether the shame is missing? The depilation of course has consequences Especially with many women who believe that they are not designed correctly and the labia are visible. In America and its entourage - here it always takes 10 years longer - a whole wave of cosmetic surgery in the genital area has broken out. "

Brähler sees this optimization of the body image due to the visibility in the most intimate zones as problematic. There is naturally a wide range in appearance, and he is skeptical of the orientation towards any justified beauty norm for the genital region.

"There are ideas of being misshapen. This is called body dysmorphophobia. One has the unfounded idea that one is malformed. There are also men who believe they have a crooked penis that needs treatment. There is one too, that one Must be treated medically, but it is one of the very rare diseases, but it appears prominently in cosmetic surgery requests. "

This wish was not even an issue for the people interviewed by Brähler and his team, but it does demonstrate the possible pathological consequences. On the other hand, Brähler uncovered rather positive things in the personality tests of the respondents as part of his study.

"Today you can say that the large number of young people who tend to tattoo and piercing, who of course are all depilated, are more open, are more curious and are more alert. There is still, as we had checked, an urban-rural gradient the country takes a little longer, you have to watch these urban subcultures that are trendsetters in lifestyle and see what then reappears.

In medieval painting and also in renaissance painting, especially Christ, St. John and St. Sebastian are depicted hairless. With most of the others we don't really know, these are the three we see naked. "

Käthe Wenzel has a doctorate in art history with a teaching position at Jacobs University in Bremen and a practicing artist with her own studio in Berlin.

"Sebastian, Johannes and Jesus are the ones who are always portrayed as beautiful, young and especially spiritual."

Angel-like, with feminine features, far from the earthly, from the animal, the hairlessness demonstrates as much innocence as purity. The bad, ugly, and wild, on the other hand, are quite hairy. Prime example: the devil.

"He definitely has this goatee, the goatee and he has shaggy calves and this hairy tail. It is mixed in between. I would not put my hand in the fire that he always has a hairy chest, for example in Orvieto there is a really great recent dish with an unbelievable number of devils, smooth chest, rest scruffy. Or also: waist down scruffy and neck up. "

This dichotomy still persists today. A parallel from then to today's hairless ideal, Käthe Wenzel:

"It is also about the fact that being hairless in this time, ie the Middle Ages, Renaissance, early modern times, is considered civilized. There are also depictions of the so-called wild men and wild women. They are depicted as people who are completely hairy. That are counter-figures that often appear in church windows in book illustrations, which were also embodied at the English court, for example, as a mummery, as a mask. You have these unbelievably dressed up courtiers, like in the "Elisabeth" film, really with pearls and Spanish court clothes and made them their delineated court dances and then the wild men and wild women came, ran out of the garden into the castle and kidnapped the ladies. That was the uncivilized counter-image, so that one keeps in mind what is civilized about oneself, namely shaving, dressing well and being Ask women at least pro forma beforehand. "

Today, the untreated body hair in Germany falls back into the "uncivilized" or neglected category. Even in the days of Sean Connery as James Bond, thick chest hair was considered a sign of virility. The sociologist Hans-Georg Soeffner, who has lived at the Institute for Cultural Studies in Essen since his retirement in Constance, sees a generational leap and change here

"The previous generation to the now shaving, i.e. hippies and nature-loving groups, would not have come up with the idea; it was also a sociological explanation for the fact that the closeness to nature, i.e. the non-manipulability of the body, was made the main point of one's own ideology and that was the flag under which one sailed. "

Soeffner sees a similarly big leap in sport, especially in football with its stars and role models: Ronaldo, Gomez, Balotelli: growing body awareness, combined with showing off the six-pack, the hairstyle, the tattoo.

"If you think about what a Uwe Seeler or little fat Müller looked like, the entire body culture has increased tremendously in recent years and that ranges from sport to pop music to drama. There are such characters, too, of course Certain role models that lead to violent imitation and the strange thing for me is that the full body shave meets the tattoo. Of course, you get the idea that here the body is used as a show object overall. The tattoo makes it to the picture. "

The body becomes legible. However, no longer only for prison brothers and seamen, but for an increasingly broader segment of the population. Sociologist Soeffner sees the old classifications in his discipline as outdated, and limits are drawn according to lifestyles.

"If I belong or want to belong to a certain style grouping and which should also recognize me, then I have to adhere to their style. We are an observation society, relatively anonymous, but when we appear at such major events where 100,000, 200,000 , 300,000 people gather who all have the same lifestyle, otherwise they don't know each other, but then you would have to know where my possible partners are. What do they look like? Which piercing do they wear, are they tattooed, are they not tattooed and then I sort of assign myself. Style groupings and milieu groupings can understand each other as coded and then immediately recognize each other. "

This "market" is primarily used in leisure time - at work you don't even see the clean-shaven six-pack and tattoos are hidden in certain professional groups anyway. In general, both the Leipzig medical psychologist Brähler and the sociologist Soeffner state a trend towards body modification and optimization that was almost unthinkable in Germany two generations ago. This is accompanied by a changed idea of ​​beauty, which has a more androgynous tendency. Hans-Georg Soeffner.

"I do believe that at least as far as the ideal body is concerned, there is a kind of" crossover "here. The role models that you have in fashion magazines when you hold the male and female bodies next to each other, then you notice that some of the female bodies are heavily trained. What used to be not common for women, that one has a relatively muscular body, indicates that there is a kind of ideal of masculinity through fitness cultures, yoga and much more in the female area went."

On the other hand, one could state an "emancipation" of the man, not only with regard to the removal of body hair.

"With men a kind of feminization, at least as far as their own body image is concerned with regard to cosmetics, purity, hygiene. That not only applies to smell, but also to appearance. That there is a kind of assimilation here. Besides, of course, I also believe that something like a pure heterosexuality, as it belonged to the classical ideology until the 1970s, that this pure heterosexuality no longer exists in this form for the younger generation. "

"We don't have a religion of hair removal at the moment, as long as it doesn't exist and can change again. The artistic avant-garde doesn't go along with every nonsense."

"We have the so-called breast hair toupee, but we also have the dental hair prosthesis for the production of hair on the teeth. This is needed for the performative, temporary, non-threatening creation of natural authority. This is a product for all insufficiently masculine people and of course especially recommended for women in salary negotiations. "