A bit of hair on the back may be considered appealing for men, but certainly not for women, but even men often find too much hair on their back unattractive. Although there are many hair removal options, using some of them on the back may be tricky. This article will give you a breakdown of how to get rid of back hair depending on your specific circumstances.
How to Get Rid Of Back Hair When You Have a Helper
The ways to get rid of back hair range from cheap to expensive, painless to painful (but worth it), and temporary to permanent. Choose the best way to get rid of back hair at home or at a professional service among the following methods:
Shave the Back Hair
Shaving the back is one of the easiest and cost effective ways to remove back hair but you will need to have someone to help you do it. It is advisable to shave your hair in the shower or immediately after a hot bath or shower. This helps to open up the pores and soften the skin while stiffening them away from the skin. It also helps the shaving razor to glide more easily and give a cleaner cut.
Another way to achieve this is to soak a towel in hot water and then wring out the excess water before wrapping it around your back for a few minutes. Below is how to get rid of back hair by shaving:
1. Prep Your Back Hair for Shaving
- Take a hot shower or wrap a hot towel around your back for a few minutes.
- In the event of very long back hair, consider trimming it with an electric trimmer or a pair of scissors first before shaving it with the razor.
- As an optional step, apply pre-shave oil to create a layer of protection between your skin and your razor. By coating every single hair, the oil will allow the razor to glide easily.
- Lather up the shaving cream with the help of a shaving brush. Ask your assistant to move the brush in small circles moving from the shoulders downwards.
2. Shave the back hair
- Your helper should move the shaving blade lightly from the top down.
- This should be done in the direction towards which hair grows, not against the grains, to avoid ingrown hairs.
- Also, consider shaving near a sink to make it easier for your helper to clean the razor as necessary during shaving. For a cleaner shave, a multiple blade razor is recommended.
3. Rinse your back and then part it dry with a towel.
4. If you want, finish off by applying a good-quality moisturizing lotion or cream
Voila! You are done shaving the back hair and can say thanks to your helper now.
The downside to shaving back hair is that it doesn’t give long lasting results. It is thus not the ideal option for women or men looking to get rid of back hair permanently. There is also the risk of ingrown hairs but these can be minimized by shaving correctly – along the grains.
Use Back Waxing to Remove the Unwanted Hair
Speaking of how to remove back hair, waxing is another method that cannot be overlooked. Although painful, especially the first time, waxing gives more long-lasting results compared to shaving. You will be hair-less for up to one month after waxing your back hair.
Unfortunately, waxing still carries the risk of ingrown hairs, just like shaving. Although waxing was previously seen as a women thing, men are increasingly warming up to it. Another downside to waxing is that it is not exactly cheap not to mention that it only keeps back hair at bay for just a few weeks. The next time you have to get rid of back hair, what about back waxing at your local spa or at home (if you have someone to help you do it)?
Use Hair Removal Cream or Spray
Also referred to as depilatory creams, hair removal creams work by dissolving unwanted hair all the way down. As a result they give more long-lasting results than shaving. They are also painless but on the downside they are not as cheap a way to remove back hair not to mention that they can cause irritation in some people. Should irritation occur, discontinue using the product and instead use one of the other hair removal methods discussed in this article.
Hair removal creams also offer temporary solution and are thus not ideal if looking to remove back hair permanently. You may or may not be able to apply depilatory cream all by yourself; it is up to you to try and determine if you need a helper.
How to get rid of back hair with a depilatory cream? Well, every product comes with its own instructions but generally, the process involves the following steps:
- Squeeze a small amount of the back hair removal cream of your choice into the palm of your hands.
- Spread the cream gently all over your back, ensuring that every strand of hair is covered with the cream.
- Wash the cream off your hands and allow it to work into the back hair for the stipulated time, usually minutes.
- Remove the “treated hair” with the help of a damp cloth.
- Finally, rinse the back with warm water and antibacterial soap and enjoy the hair-free-back for as long as it lasts.
Other than hair removal creams, there are as well numerous spray-on solutions available today such as Veet Spray On Hair Remover Cream and bliss Fuzz Off Foam.
Remove the Back Hair with an Epilator
An epilator is an electric device that works in a similar way to waxing – puling the back hair out instead of shaving it- which means that the epilation process is painful.
Epilating the hair is best suited for long hair on the back, at least one inch. Although the principle behind an epilator is simple, it is still not easy to use it alone; you will need the assistance of your partner or family member. An epilator also doesn’t give permanent results; the hair will grow back in a few weeks. It also naturally carries the risk of ingrown hair.
Epilating is a great option for those looking to get rid of back hair without shaving or waxing.
How to get rid of back hair with an epilator
- Take a warm bath or shower.
- Pat the skin dry.
- Drag the epilator gently across the skin to pull the hair strands out. If the pain becomes unbearable at any time, give yourself a break. Moving the epilator faster across the skin can also help to somewhat reduce the intensity of pain.
- Finish off by washing your back with warm water and soap, then pat dry with a clean towel.
How to Remove Back Hair by Yourself with a Back Hair Shaver
Getting rid of back hair all by yourself was for a long time a mammoth, and almost impossible, task until several innovative products were developed to address the problem. These DIY back hair shavers are simply shavers to which a long extendable arm has been fitted to allow you to easily reach and shave the entire back, all by yourself.
Among the most popular back hair shavers are MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro Back Shaver and baKblade’s “BIGMOUTH.
Below is a general guideline on how to shave your back hair alone with a hair shaver:
- Prep your back: As with normal shaving it is important to prep your back before shaving to not only ensure a smooth, clean shave but also reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. Start by taking a hot shower or placing a warm towel on the back for a few minutes to open the pores, then apply a shaving cream. If you need to use an electric trimmer to shorten the hair, wipe your skin dry fast, then wet it a bit later when applying the shaving cream.
- Shave the back hair: For great results, consider shaving while looking at your back in a mirror. Holding a small mirror at an angle while standing with a huge bathroom mirror behind you will help you view your back without turning your head and thus twisting your back. Work from mid back to shoulders and then lower back to the mid back, adjusting the back hair shaver’s arm accordingly.
- Take a shower to remove the hair from your back and voila! You have just removed the pesky hairs all by yourself.
How to Get Rid Of Back Hair Permanently
Women don’t view back hair favorably and often want to remove them permanently. Some men also find the back hair pesky, wishing it to go away for good. If you are one such person, then the following are the best permanent back hair removal options that you may consider:
Laser Hair Removal for Back
Laser is perhaps the best way to remove back hair permanently albeit a bit costly. The procedure involves zapping the hair roots (follicles) with a beam of carefully controlled laser light. For permanent results, numerous laser treatment sessions are usually needed.
Electrolysis is a permanent but slow back hair removal method, requiring up to a yearlong weekly treatment lasting 20 minutes. This is because every single hair follicle has to be treated individually. As the name suggests, electrolysis involves the use of electrodes to destroy the hair follicle and thus permanently stop unwanted hair growth. Each treatment session costs about $40 and doing the math you will see that electrolysis is not a cheap back hair removal technique, but once it is done you will have permanent results to show as a reward.
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