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At the end of the day, some men (and their women/men) like hair.
Some of them like beards.
Some of them like a good hairy chest.
Some of them even say the little tufts of fur on their man’s knuckles are “cute” (i.e. tolerable).
But when it comes to back hair, it seems society’s general appreciation for the permanent sweater fades- fast.
In waxing salons, a back hair wax for men is the most common male treatment, but back hair removal at home is tricky (that is, if you’re talking an area any further away than your shoulders).
You either need to have a partner prepared to go through one of the least sexy experiences they ever imagined they go through with you, or you need to have the right equipment to do it yourself.
Needs differ greatly from person to person when it comes to deforesting the back:
While some are after total hair removal, many are just looking to manage the growth and reduce its thickness.
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Below is a rundown of the best ways to get rid of back hair:
4 Best Ways to Get Rid of Back Hair
1. Hair removal cream
This is the most foolproof method of total back hair removal; the only difficulty lies in the application. Obviously it’s best if there’s someone at home who can help you apply it, otherwise you’re looking at a few minutes of contorting and wriggling as you try to apply it all over the hard to reach areas- not impossible, but not exactly easy.
To make it easier for yourself you can invest in a long-armed applicator, such as this Zehui Long Armed Applicator (which also doubles as a massager…because why not).
Since you’re dealing with such a large surface area, you’re going to want to buy a cream that comes in a big bottle (preferably with a pump head for cleanliness); I usually stick with Nair for Men for this reason.
…with a really REALLY long razor…no seriously.
Okay, so it’s not the most elegant of solutions, but a long-armed razor will help you reach the middle of your back without pulling a muscle.
If you’ve been wondering how to shave your back alone, look no further than this specifically designed product from BakBlade:
It’s the best I’ve found for the job. The best part about it is how wide the blade is, meaning you can take care of huge areas in a small amount of time.
Although shaving isn’t the optimal solution here (mainly because it takes quite some time to do and results are fleeting) it’s still worth mentioning for its cheapness and simplicity.
3. Back waxing or epilating
These methods of back hair removal, while long lasting and super effective, are not something that can really be done on your own.
You’re in luck if you’ve got a willing partner; you can even make it into something fun if you get creative.
4. Laser hair removal
Lasering your back is a brilliant way of either totally removing or reducing your hair growth- depending on what your needs are.
The thing is:
You’re not going to be able to do it solo. If you have a partner willing to help you with your at-home laser hair removal, you’ll find it offers a long term solution.
The Bottom Line?
Men’s hair removal methods vary greatly depending on body part and hair growth patterns, so there’s really no best-overall way to get rid of back hair, but you can choose the best method for you out of shaving, hair removal creams, laser and back waxing.
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About the author Dave Levitt
Dave is a Brooklyn-based editor with a specific interest in the recent trend of men adopting beauty and self-care routines. It’s not all about the ultra-masculine-packaged, strongly-scented all-purpose shower gels anymore! Modern men are seeking the quality resources to turn to when it comes to skincare, haircare and fashion. Dave’s hard and passionate work is dedicated to building up more resources like that on the web.