It was often removed with a forerunner to depilatory cream (‘dropax’ – a mix of vinegar and earth) as body hair was considered uncivilised.
Bronze razors have been found in tombs dating back to 3000BC.
In ancient Greece, a hairless body was synonymous with youth and beauty – hence artworks from that period show women with no pubic hair.
According to the Sunnah (based on the teachings of the prophet Muhammad), all Muslims (male and female) should remove hair in the armpits and below the navel.
Warriors returning from the Middle East brought the practice back to Europe.
But women were still more concerned with their legs at this stage. As swimwear got smaller (for men too, with sales of the Speedo soaring), the need to remove hair became greater.
Yet, it was still seen as sexually alluring; a wisp of pubic hair appeared for the first time in published a full bush in 1971 (although for male titillation).
In fact, lovers exchanged pubic hair as gifts; the Museum of St Andrews University, Scotland, exhibits a box of pubic hair from a mistress of King George IV.
In the more puritanical Victorian era, perceptions started to change.
Around this time, American women applied poultices of caustic lye (sodium hydroxide, now found in oven cleaners) to burn away hair on the legs and underarms.
Women in this century did little to their body hair, as it was not on show.
From bare down there to trimmed triangles, the way you wear your body hair speaks volumes about the female agenda.