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The Ultimate Back Hair Removal Method for Modern Men

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There are very few people who find back hair appealing, and depending on your genetics, back hair can turn your back into a hairy undergrowth that no one wants to see. Thankfully, living with back hair isn’t something you have to do.

So what is the best hair removal method for back hair? While there are quite a few hair removal methods on the market, the best back hair removal treatment is definitely laser hair removal. This semi-permanent solution allows men to remove their back hair with ease, with little to no pain, and enjoy up to a year of a hair-free back before returning for a touch-up.

What is the Point of Back Hair?

When it comes to hair preferences, we all have our own way of styling and grooming our hair. From the hair on our head to our facial hair to our body hair, the way we groom our hair is up to us, and with a little bit of work, any style can look good.

But it’s different when it comes to back hair. There seems to be a universal agreement that back hair is not great, and we all want to have our back hair removed. But why is it even there to begin with?

Whether or not a man has back hair is a random chance of genetics. If your family line has a history of back hair in men, then you probably have back hair as a man as well. Then there are the lucky few who have sparse back hair or no back hair at all, and have nothing to worry about.

Thankfully, there are plenty of easy ways you can remove your back hair.

Dealing with Back Hair: Common Back Hair Removal Methods

Unlike hair anywhere else, back hair can be more than a bit tricky to deal with. You can’t do it on your own (safely), since you won’t be able to naturally reach parts of your back. The less flexibility you have, the less reach. And even if you could, you would have trouble seeing enough of it to remove your hair thoroughly.

Here are some of the most common back hair removal options you can try (with and without a partner):

Waxing and Sugaring

Waxing and/or sugaring is by far the most painful choice for removing or grooming your back hair, but there are some upsides that come with that: effectiveness and speed. The process involves spreading a special wax across the skin (or an all-natural paste made of sugar, water, and lemon if doing sugaring) and removing the wax or substance quickly.

This yanks the body hair from the root, leaving the skin completely hairless. And since the hair is removed from the root, this prevents hair growth for at least 2-3 weeks, meaning you can live with a hairless back for much longer than you could if you shaved.

There are some cons to worry about – aside from the extreme pain, there is also the possibility of getting infections, ingrown hair, and irritation after the procedure. It is also important to get your waxing done with only good providers with clean areas and handling processes.

Depilatory Creams

Depilatory creams are hair removal lotions like Nair which use specially formulated substances filled with certain chemicals to provoke harsh reactions against the skin and body hair, thus causing the hair to burn and fall out.

The process for using these a hair removal cream is simple: just apply the depilatory cream over the hairy skin, give it a few minutes to settle on the surface, and then simply wipe it off. If your skin works well with it, you should see your hair removed and feel no negative reactions afterwards.

However, some people have skin that is sensitive to the chemicals in cream solutions like Nair, meaning they might feel uncomfortable burns and other irritations during and after the time they apply it. Another downside is that you’re just removing the hair superficially, as the hair removal cream still leaves behind the hair in its root. This will lead to quick hair regrowth in just a few days.


We all know what razor shaving is, but shaving with a razor isn’t a great method for removing back hair. Not only is it hard to reach your back with a razor while back shaving, but even if you had someone else doing it, the hair removal would be temporary, similar to the use of cream solutions, as you are only removing the hair superficially.

This is the last method we would recommend for hair removal, whether with a razor or a specialty shaver. There are special shaver for back devices on the market, both electric and non electric options, but these generally don’t make up for the lost time and failed attempts.


Electrolysis is a hair removal permanent method for removing back hair, which makes it a treatment that you will really have to be sure about before committing to it.

The electrolysis hair removal process involves destroying the growth root center of the body or facial hair with either heat energy or chemical energy. The doctor begins by inserting a fine probe directly into the hair follicle, after which tweezers are used to remove the hair.

Unlike the other hair removal options on this list, electrolysis is a permanent option to remove hair and can be used on all skin tones.

The Ultimate Back Hair Removal Solution: Laser Hair Removal

Dealing with your back hair can be a headache, and trying to figure out the best solution can lead you to mixed results. But there is one ultimate back hair removal solution, based on the permanence of the removal, the ease of the treatment, and the pain involved.

Out of all hair removal treatments available on the market, laser hair removal is the ideal method for removing back hair. Laser hair removal uses laser technology, with the lasers beamed directly at the targeted area – in this case, the patient’s back.

The laser heat is absorbed by the pigment of the hair, allowing it to travel down to the root, thus destroying the root. The destruction of the root ends up stunting hair growth until the root grows back several months later.

Here is why laser hair removal is the ideal solution for back hair removal:

Little Pain

Laser hair removal has a bad rep for being painful, and we understand why – no one likes the idea of going under a laser and burning your skin away. But laser technology hasn’t been very painful for a long time; with recent advancements and special cooling gel, much of the heat is unfelt to the patient, and instead directly absorbed into the hair follicle.

Pain is minimal now with laser hair removal, and can feel at most like a slight pinching against your skin. Compared to electrolysis, waxing, and the irritation after shaving, laser hair removal is easy to deal with.

Long-Term Solution

The best way to think of laser hair removal is as a semi-permanent hair removal solution. While the hair follicles are destroyed during the process, they do eventually grow back after 6-12 months, however it is usually sparser and less dense. A series of easy touchup sessions is all you need to keep your hair off.

The semi-permanent nature of laser hair removal means that you will never have to make a lifelong decision for removing or keeping your hair, and you can enjoy the results long enough to make the sessions worth it.

Absolutely Thorough

With laser hair removal, you never have to worry about any hair remaining on your back. When performed by a trusted professional, the laser hair removal solution eradicates every strand of hair from the treated area, with multiple sessions involved over several weeks to ensure that every hair is treated throughout the hair growth cycle.

If you are looking for a treatment method that won’t leave a single strand of hair on your back, laser hair removal is what you need.

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Back Hair Removal FAQ

How much does it cost to have back hair removed?

The cost of your back hair removal depends on the treatment option used to get rid of the hair. When treating your back hair with laser hair removal, the cost will depend on the size of the area being treated, which is generally larger with backs. You can expect a minimum of $300 for back hair removal.

How common is back hair?

Back hair is determined by a man’s genetics. In one Harvard study, it was found that 26% of men have lower back hair while 25% of men have upper back hair.

How can I stop hair from growing on my back?

The only permanent solutions available for hair removal are electrolysis and laser hair removal. Electrolysis is more painful and much more permanent, however, while laser hair removal is a semi-permanent solution, thus giving patients more flexibility.

Get Your Back Hair Removed with Laser Hair Removal at Ethos Spa

Nobody likes back hair – not you or anyone who has to see it. Thankfully, Ethos Spa is here to help: with our laser hair removal solution, your back can be completely hair free in just a few sessions.

Reclaim your back today and get that sexy back you’ve always wanted. Get rid of your back hair the right way. Contact us and book your first appointment at Ethos Spa today.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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