Unwanted body hair can be frustrating and embarrassing. While there are a variety of hair removal methods available, such as shaving and waxing, most only offer temporary relief. If you have unwanted back hair, the only way to permanently stop hair from growing there is via electrolysis. You can reduce hair growth on your back via laser hair therapy or various treatments that slow body hair growth.
Apply hair growth inhibitor lotion to your back. These lotions are available over the counter in most drugstores. They generally contain soy extracts, which reduce hair growth. Soy contains phytoestrogens, nature's equivalent of estrogen, which discourages hair growth. While you won't stop hair from growing on your back altogether, these lotions can reduce hair growth.
Use Kalo, a natural supplement that discourages hair growth. It is available in cream, lotion and serum form. Apply a quarter-sized amount to your back daily, and you'll see results over time. Kalo will stop some hair follicles from producing hair. It generally does not work on all hair follicles, though it is not known why this is the case.
Eat soy products. Since soy contains phytoestrogens, it reduces hair growth when consumed. You can find soy in a range of food items, such as tofu, soy nut butter and soy milk. You can also apply certain soy products topically for similar results.
Talk to your doctor about prescription-strength hair growth inhibitors. These topical treatments are similar to over-the-counter hair growth inhibitor lotions; they are just stronger. You must use the product regularly to reduce hair growth on your back.
Use laser hair therapy on your back. The laser's light will target the darker pigmentation of your hair follicles, effectively killing them. While laser hair removal is not a permanent hair removal method, it is approved by the FDA as a permanent hair reduction method. It is not effective on blond or light-colored hair, since the laser targets pigmentation. Generally, repeated sessions are needed to effectively treat back hair.
Get electrolysis. Electrolysis is the only permanent method of hair removal available. A technician will insert a needle into each hair follicle. A zap of electricity is emitted, which kills the follicle, preventing future hair growth. Since each hair follicle must be treated individually, electrolysis is a time-consuming process when you treat your entire back. Talk to the technician about how many sessions are needed to treat your particular case of back hair.
Your skin will be sensitive to the sun following laser hair removal and electrolysis sessions. Wear adequate sun protection.