Having an abundance of back hair is not a serious condition. In fact, it is just a hereditary trait that affects some men more than others. If you prefer a clean-shaven look on your back, there are three or four proven methods to groom and remove the unsightly hair. When it comes to getting rid of your back hair, the best approach depends on how ambitious you are, how much time you have and how much money you are willing to spend.
Shave your back with the help of an assistant. Shaving is one of the cheapest ways to remove your hair, yet it is time-consuming. Stand on top of a newspaper with your shirt off. Get a pair of electric hair clippers and have your assistant run the shears over your hair as close to the skin as possible. Have your assistant moisten your back with warm water and lather up the areas of hair. Have the assistant grab a new razor blade and run it up your back against the grain of the hair. Make sure she uses long smooth strokes, and then goes in a criss-cross fashion in multiple directions to make sure that all the hair is shaved. After you are done, jump in the shower to wash off any remnants of hair and shaving cream.
Wipe the hair off your back. Depilatories are solutions that dissolve the protein portion of hair down in the root which causes it to fall out. These are inexpensive and they can be found at grocery stores and drug stores. Have your assistant apply the cream to the areas of hair on your back. Let it set up for a few seconds, then have your assistant wipe off the hair and cream with a damp towel or cloth.
Go to a salon to get waxed. Waxing is a process where you lie down on your stomach and hot wax is put on the areas of your back where there is hair by way of an applicator. The wax sets up and a cloth strip is placed over it and smoothed out. This strip is then pulled off along with the wax and the hair. Waxing sessions can run anywhere from $30 to $60 depending on where you get it done.
Get zapped with electricity. Electrolysis is a procedure where a tiny needle is inserted into hair follicles. An electrical charge is then sent to the tip and it zaps the hair, causing it to fall out. This process can take 50 or more follow-up visits for complete hair removal and it can run $50 to $100 per session.
Go to a laser hair removal center. With laser hair removal, a high powered beam of light is sent into your skin and it attacks the melanin which is what gives your hair its color. When the hair follicles get hit with this beam, they get destroyed and the hair falls out. This procedure generally costs $800 to $1500 per session. According to the Mayo Clinic, in order to achieve good reduction of hair, you can expect to undergo six to eight treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart.
When using depilatories, do not leave the cream on your skin for a long time as it can cause burning. Also be aware of any irritation that might develop on your skin.
If you choose to get waxed, it can be a painful process.
Laser hair removal works better for people who have dark colored hair. If you are light haired, electrolysis would be your better option.