The appeal of smooth skin has changed how masculinity is defined. More men are performing regular back hair removal to improve personal hygiene and to look and to feel better.
Choosing the most suitable male body hair removal method depends upon:
The skin on the back is more sensitive than other areas of the body - that's why back massages feel so good. Even though shaving the face is one of the most basic skills of male hygiene, using a razor on the back is almost impossible to master. However, there are specialty razors like the MANGROOMER Ultimate Pro Back Shaver that make it easier. Many other back shavers are also available.
The muscular ridges of the shoulders and the deep cleft down the center prevents the blade from moving over a smooth, level skin surface. It's easy to cut and nick yourself when doing it at home by yourself. Luckily, there are products like the baKblades Big Mouth Do-It-Yourself Back Hair Shaver so that your friends won't have to (force themselves to) cross that line and help you.
Epilating, or pulling the hair out by the root, will leave skin smoother for longer. But it's going to be painful.
Epilators from Braun (and other manufacturers) remove multiple hairs at the same time. The cost of these devices is reasonable but you'll need some assistance from someone to get to the hard to reach spots.
Laser hair removal is perhaps the most expensive hair removal method and even more so for guys with darker complexions. The results are long-lasting, for up to 1 year. For some lucky guys, the hair removal may even be permanent.
This method works best on light skin and thick, dark hair. It can take up to a few months to finish the complete course of treatments. After each visit, more and more hair follicles will be burned by the laser light and hair production will stop or be severely reduced. Only periodic treatments will be required to maintain it.
The pain has been compared to 'snapping a rubber band' on the skin. The good news is that as more hair is removed, the less pain is experienced. If you can tolerate the pain in the first round, the subsequent ones should be less painful.
There are laser hair removal devices for at-home use, but obviously you'll need to ask someone to help you if it's your back hair that you're treating.
Special lasers will work on dark skin but this equipment is not readily available at all clinics and salons. If you do find one, the treatment may be even pricier than ones that have a conventional laser for hair removal.
However, hair removal creams only remove the hair at skin level so repeat treatments are frequent.
If you have sensitive skin, then the harsh chemicals can irritate the epidermis and can cause swelling and itching. Open sores from scratches and pimples on the back may allow the lotion below the skin where an allergic reaction may occur.
Removing the unwanted hair by the root leaves smoother skin, but waxing can be pure torture.
A salon technician applies warm wax to the back and then presses a cloth on top. In one swift motion, the hair is ripped out by the root. After the pain subsides, the skin is left tender and red.
Again, you can get hair removal waxes for home use, but you'd have to get someone you trust to help you. Imagine them removing the wax (and your back hair with it!)!
Choosing the most suitable method for back hair removal depends on your pain threshold, the amount of time you have and the size of you budget. And guys, don't be self-conscience in front of salon workers. They are professionals and have seen the hairiest of beasts before.