Hairy Back? Here's How to Get Rid of It

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Photo credit: graphicphoto

Many men have hairy backs. Some don't. For a lot of people, having a hairy back is no cause for concern. For others, it may feel unattractive having hair on your shoulders and back, which could impact confidence and self-esteem. Some may even find it uncomfortable when wearing tight fitted clothing.

Back hair is an odd thing. It's been ingrained into our minds, through social media, pop culture, what we read, what we see, that women love stubble, a hairy chest, even furry forearms. Yet the sight of a hairy back to so many is seen an immediate turn off. But why?

It's a question that no one really knows the answer to. And, if we're being honest, we don't need to know. The only thing that matters is how you feel about your hairy back, and whether or not you want to get rid of it. If it's the latter, you've come to the right place.

Depilation is mandatory – which may explain why back waxes are the most popular hair removal treatments for men.

But the advantages of a bald back go beyond aesthetics. “Once the back hair removal is complete, the sensation on your back is so much better when wearing clothes, sweating and after showering,” says beautician Sarah Louisa O’Looney, who instructs therapists on hair removal techniques.

Photo credit: Pedro Martinez / EyeEm
Photo credit: Pedro Martinez / EyeEm

What Causes a Hairy Back?

For the majority of men a hairy back is largely down to genetics. So you have your father and grandfather to thank. But for some, there may be other reasons, such as hypertrichosis, a rare disorder that causes excessive hair growth. While you can, and should, talk to your doctor if you think have hypertrichosis, a hairy back isn't a medical concern and there's not much a doctor can do.

How to Remove Back Hair

So, how exactly do you free yourself of fuzz?

Shave

Shaving your back is the simplest and least expensive option, but it's also one of the trickiest. You will need a helping pair of hands and the results, much like an X-Factor winner’s career, are rather short lived. What’s more, you’re likely to be plagued by itchy regrowth.

If you opt for the razor, ask your partner, or a friend (a close one), to do it in the shower (the steam will soften the hairs) and, as with the hair on your face, make sure they only ever shave in the direction of hair growth or you’ll end up with irritation and risk painful ingrown hairs.

Even if you have a willing spouse, a back hair removal depilatory cream is a better option. These work by dissolving the hair at skin level and deliver results lasting around twice as long as shaving. They can be tricky to apply by yourself though, so ask for help.

Back wax

By far the easiest solution is to have a professional back wax. This, says O’Looney, will keep you smooth for up to two months at a time and should also improve the overall look of your body, especially if you also have the top of your arms and shoulders done at the same time. “Even if you haven’t much definition on your shoulders you’ll be amazed at how different your outline looks,” she says. Incentive indeed.

Professional back hair removal waxes vary in price depending on where you live, the salon doing them and whether you want shoulders or any other body parts done at the same time, but expect to pay between £30-40 a go. The process can be eye-watering and your skin will smart afterwards but the results are impressive.

Back waxing at home

A cheaper option to getting it professionally done, and if done well, the results are the same. However, waxing at home is very difficult and, like shaving, you will need help. If it's not done correctly, you also run the risk of skin rashes and developing ingrowing hairs.

Best Back Hair Removal Products to Buy

Veet For Men Hair removal Gel Cream

Getting the job done in under five minutes, this depilatory cream is the perfect choice if you want a quick solution to back hair removal. You’ll still need help applying it, though you’ll find most women are experts in the art.

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Mangroomer Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver

By far the most ingenious grooming gadget you’ll come across, this clever tool actually allows you to remove your own back hair. Thanks to an extendable handle you can even get to the trickiest bits without needing to recruit a reluctant helper.

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Manscaped Lawn Mower

With replaceable ceramic blades and adjustable guard sizes, this full-body grooming kit is a handy little tool to get rid of body hair.

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Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S Spray

With anti-bacterial tea tree oil, this spray is the perfect way to prevent the spots and blemishes that can occur after waxing, depilation or shaving. Since it’s a spray you can apply it yourself too.

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