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How did ancient Native Americans shave pre-1492?

Asked by talljasperman (18268 points ) March 26th, 2014

Before Europeans were introduced in America?

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gondwanalon's avatar

Perhaps they used obsidian blades which are dangerously sharp as shown here.

zenvelo's avatar

They used obsidian, as @gondwanalon said, or they used a sharpened shell. Or a sharpened piece of copper.

rojo's avatar

They did have the advantage of having finer facial hair than those of Europeans but they still had it. I believe the main method of hair removal was plucking although, facial hair was common in southwestern and northwestern tribes.

pleiades's avatar

Maybe they did not?

cazzie's avatar

Same way ancient Europeans shaved before the advent of metal blades. Sharp stone edges and shell edges. The ancients in Greece and Rome used to use oil and shells to scrape themselves clean before the advent of soap. There are also saponin containing plants that act like soap that they knew about and washed with.

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