How To Shave Your Back Yourself

Shaving Your Back Is Easy!

If you are brand new to the idea of back shaving rest assured…it is easy! Maybe the first couple of times that you shave your back you should take it slow to avoid cutting yourself but the skill is easy to master. Trust me, it’s easy. In this post, I will answer the question of how to shave your back yourself. As there can be many questions first-time users can have and I will hope to answer all of them.

man posing with back

The First Couple Of Times Is The Scariest

My first couple of back shaving experiences with a back shaver was a little scary. I mean a little scary, I mean I have used a straight razor before so nothing is scarier than shaving your neckline with a straight razor. Mainly, I was worried I was going to cut myself.

Did I?

Yes, yes I did, as I am shamefully lowering my head.

Back shavers were new to the market and I have never used anything this big with that many razors on it. It can be quite intimidating at first, but I proceeded anyway. It was probably the lack of technique that caused the cuts but the cuts were minor and quickly healed up. Nowadays after becoming very familiar with using any back shaver I never ever cut myself.

Problem Areas To Avoid When Back Shaving

There are areas you should avoid on your back.

Anything that protrudes from your skin normally should be avoided shaving, like moles, scars, and pimples. Shaving these areas can cause you to shave off moles or pimples and cause bleeding. Most manufacturers of back shavers recommend staying away from shaving these areas. You can get right next to but don’t actually shave them.

Dry Shave or Wet Shave For My Back???

Dry shaving is simply shaving your back when your back is completely dry.

Wet Shaving is simply shaving your back in the shower or when your back is wet with water or using lubricating shaving cream or gel.

shower head

Which Method Will You Use?

My answer for you is to try both methods and gain your own experiences and opinions. This way you really know and not just taking someone’s word on it. I’ve done both methods and prefer dry shaving.

I’m not one to tell people what to do but I am really leaning to tell you to just dry shave your back. This is the method I use and I have been using it for almost 5 years now. For me personally, I find no advantage in shaving in the shower or wet shaving my back. I do find when I shave my face wet shaving is the only way to go. I am 80% barbarian though and maybe that factors into my genetics and disregard for wet shaving, I don’t know. But I do know I don’t like shaving in the shower.

Now some particular extremely hairy savages might find benefits in softening the hair prior to back shaving with a warm or hot shower. I can see this as a real possibility.

Just remember to use what works the best for you personally.

Why I Don’t Like Shaving In The Shower?

The main problem I have with shaving in the shower is it seems the hair clumps together making it take longer to shave your back. While opposed to dry shaving your back it just takes swaths of hair off with each pass and I am done in no time. The hair can quickly build upon the razor leaving you having to tap the razor against something or running it under the showerhead, while dry shaving it just simply falls to the floor.

Do You Need A Mirror To Shave Your Back?

Another common concern is, do I need a mirror to shave my back?

The answer is no, but it can help especially in the beginning. As you can see spots that you missed at least on some areas of the back. Often times the sides of the lats and the middle of the back will have areas that you miss.

How To Avoid Missing Areas & Doing A Thourough Job

What I do is simply divide my back up in my mind in four different quadrants. My upper right back, my upper left back, my lower right back, and my lower left-back. Use your spine as the vertical line separating the different quadrants. Start with whatever section is easiest for you, I recommend somewhere on the upper back. Start on the shoulders working methodically downward until your mid-back. I usually go over the area a second time to make sure I am completely hair-free in this section.

Then I usually attack the same side as I just shave but lower. Then switch to the other top side and work lower. You can sometimes use your hand and feel for any areas you might have missed. Being methodical seems to work well for me personally.

Most people have mirrors in their bathrooms and you can often see enough with a little neck cranking while looking into the mirror.

Use whatever method works for you is my best advice.

man staring at himself in mirror

Which Is The Right Back Shaver For Me?

I have written a specific web post on this specific question, you can read the full answer to this question here, Which Back Shaver Is Right For Me? Different Back Shavers Explained. This explains a lot about the different back shavers available and their pluses and minuses. This lets you decide for yourself.

Which back shaver do I reach for?

I prefer a manual back shaver with razors for having a dolphin smooth back. My favorite and highest recommend back shaver is the Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus. This is the newest and best back shaver made by Bakblade. You can read my full review of this amazing back shaver here, Bakblade 2.0 Elite Plus Back Shaver Review.

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This isn’t the only game in town either there are other great back hair shavers that work wonderfully as well and I write about them here, 5 Best Back Shavers In 2021. It highlights all the different back shavers and ranks them accordingly.

How To Shave Your Back Hair Yourself?

Using a proper technique is paramount to doing a good job without getting cut. The big thing to remember is always read the directions of whatever back shaver you have purchased. The next thing to remember is always pulling the razor in straight lines. Never alter your path just pull straight. turning the handle could lead to cuts. The strokes vary, some are over the shoulder vertically and diagonally and across the back horizontally. Horizontally is the only way to shave the lower back. Try reaching across your other side when shaving your lower back and also using the same side as the arm you are using. This allows you to get everything.

The Final Shave

I hope I have answered the many questions you might have about shaving your back. Feel free to explore my website as I have many pages dealing with many other questions and reviews. Thankfully there are many options available for people with back hair and I hope I made your transition an easy one.

Got any questions about shaving your back? Would love the opportunity to answer them.

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