This post is Common Questions About Shaving Your Back. Almost everyone has lingering questions that they are afraid to ask or just don’t know who to ask. I wish to help clear up some misconceptions pertaining to…you guessed it, shaving your back.
I have written a lengthy post highlighting both the top back shavers and questions surrounding back shaving here: 5 Best Back Shavers. It is filled with information and worthy of looking.
What gave it away? The title?
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Does shaving your back cause hair to grow back faster?
Nope, shaving does not impact its growth rate, thickness, or color. So, if you decide to shave your back, it’s a big decision (I know); your hair will not grow back faster, change its thickness, or turn a different color.
The hair you see is dead, and shaving doesn’t affect the living part of the hair, which is deep under your skin.
Another reason hair seems to grow back thicker and darker is that shaving leaves a blunt angle on the hair follicle, giving it the perspective of looking darker and thicker.
So, go forth with no fear of making your problem worse. It’s been a wife’s tale for generations and has been proven wrong many times.
Can I Shave My Back By Myself?
Yes, yes, and yes.
This is liberating. If you’re anything like me, you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person. You just feel comfortable handling it on your own and saving yourself from possible embarrassment and people’s judgment.
Many people have designed and invented ways to very effectively address the problem of shaving one’s own back…and yes, they work great! I love the Bakblade (simply one of the best back shaver manufacturers out there) and recommend it at every chance. It does the best job of shaving your back that I have found yet. You can read my full review of baKblade here,
What Is The Best Back Shaver To Buy?
Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus is the best back shaver on the market, in my opinion. This is after using and reviewing 60+ back shavers. This is the best in terms of ease of use, design, and performance. You can read why here: Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus Back Shaver Review.
If you’re looking for an electric back shaver, I highly recommend you check out my review of the Mangroomer here: ManGroomer Lithium Back Shaver Review. This sucker surprised me with its effectiveness and the well-thought-out design. A great addition to any man’s back hair arsenal.
There are other options, too, and you can find them under the Reviews tab above.
Does Shaving Dry Your Skin Out?
When shaving any part of the body, you are taking off hair as well as a layer of skin cells. This layer of skin is generally a layer of dead cells that are on the outer surface of your skin. Removing this layer of cells does not take moisture away from your skin.
In all likelihood, you are using some kind of lotion or shaving cream to help reduce irritation. These creams and lotions are probably removing essential oils from your skin. These oils are important because they help maintain the natural oil of your skin.
Also, different areas of your body have different levels of oil in your skin; for example, your legs produce a small number of oils, while your face probably produces the most.
Do I Shave My Back Wet Or Dry?
The answer to this question is varied, as it depends on the shaver that is going to be shaving the back. We all should be aware that shaving one’s face is often easier when the hair on the face is properly prepared before shaving. Allowed to soften with warm or hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, shaving becomes much easier. This softens the coarse hair of the face.
Now, back hair, in general, is softer than facial hair in most cases. Sometimes, the back hair doesn’t need softening. It all depends on the individual.
A simple rule is always to follow the manufacturer’s suggestions and instructions to get the closest shave and best shave possible. Typically, they put a lot of research into this, so don’t discredit their information.
Some shavers need a clean, wet, freshly showered back to work the best for that shaver.
My suggestion is to try it after a shower and once with a dry back. See what method provides the closer shave. See If you like one method over the other method. Is your skin more irritated after dry or wet shaving? Pay attention to these little details. Experiment if you’re not getting the results you want; a little tweak here and there can vastly improve the outcome.
Does Having A Shaved Back Increase Performance?
Depends on the sport, though.
That is, in certain sports like swimming, cycling, and bodybuilding. Reducing the amount of hair reduces the amount of friction and drag. When body parts are shaved, it can more than likely improve performance.
In the case of bodybuilding, hair is distracting and blurs the lines that are optimal to look aesthetically pleasing in bodybuilding, which increases the definition of removing hair.
Do Some Women Have Hairy Backs?
Yes, and show some sympathy to the ladies with this problem. Although a lot rarer than a man with hairy backs, some women have hair on their backs due to their ethnicity or genetics. It’s hard enough for a man; now imagine how hard it is for women.
What Is So Wrong With Back Hair?
Truthfully…nothing. It’s just a natural part of who some people are.
But society’s norms make the natural traits of some people unacceptable. To fit in better, people alter their outward appearances to fit in socially. People usually see back hair as funny or disgusting. Neither puts the person sporting the back fur in a good light and is often looked down upon.
I remember growing up watching wrestling, and there was a wrestler named George “The Animal” Steele, with a bald head, a really hairy back, a green tongue, and acting slow mentally. This certainly didn’t portray hairy backs in a good light, but sitting in front of the TV provided a very entertaining Saturday morning.
Removing hair helps with body odor in some cases, as the odor can cling to hair more quickly. So, removing hair helps with body odor issues in some cases.
It comes down to personal taste as well. I feel my back looks nicer when it is shaved compared to hairy. It is unattractive to me, and I am cursed with it. The first time I shaved my back, I found I could see a level of muscle and definition that I had thought I had lost, and I enjoyed the new look.
Some people also like hairy. Hairy backs, hairy chests, and even Harry Caray. It’s up to the individual.
Why Don’t More Men Take Care Of Their Back Hair?
Most men are unaware of the options available to people with beaver pelts on their backs. Just like most men don’t like to ask for directions, most men don’t like to ask for help in dealing with their hairy backs as there are more and more options to handle this nowadays. Women, for the most part, have no problem asking for directions or going to a salon to deal with hair problems.
Men are a different kind of beast and, for the most part, like to deal with it on their own. Once they find out there is an option for them, they are more apt to address it, especially when it can be done by themselves. This is and was the case for me, and it is why I partially created this website: to promote and help other men find a method if they choose to deal with a hairy back.
Final Thoughts On Common Questions About Shaving Your Back
I hope this helps to get the word out to men looking to rid their backs of hair and also to help improve the acceptance of people who want to keep the hair on their backs.
If you have any questions or comments, I always welcome them on my websites. Thanks.