Archaeologists discover the ancient Romans' obsession with waxing
Archaeologists have found dozens of Roman tweezers in Britain, revealing the ancient culture's obsession with hair removal. The simple tools would have been used not only for plucking eyebrows, but also for removing unwanted hair, including underarms.
Cameron Moffett, curator of English Heritage, said the discovery was one of the largest of its kind in Britain, showing that tweezers were a "popular accessory".
"The advantage of tweezers was that it was safe, simple and cheap, but unfortunately not painless," he said.
The Romans highly valued personal hygiene, bathing in groups every day. Many people would have had their own personal cleaning kits, including nail polish removers and tweezers.