How common is back hair?

Well back hair is perhaps more common than you might think

A Harvard University study looked into the question of how common is back hair and found that 25% of men had upper back hair and 26% had lower back hair. Of course, many of those questioned that fell into one of these categories also had both upper and lower back hair.

It is not clear if the study questioned a whole range of ages or whether they were all young students. Back hair tends to start growing in the 30s and beyond so if these were students the number with back hair across the entire population is no doubt higher. All those surveyed were white males too so the incident of back hair in others may well be different.

How common is back hair?
Back hair never looks sexy

Why do men get back hair?

One of the most important factors that may mean you have back hair is genetics. If your father had a hairy back then there is a high probability that you will too. There isn’t much you can do about that.

Mind you, although it is probably unlikely that your mother had a hairy back, but not impossible, then you still may get the back hair gene through her. Her father and brothers may have hairy backs after all. Your mother is unlikely to actually grow back hair, even if she has that gene. It won’t grow on her as she will not be exposed to high levels of testosterone that triggers the hairy back genes to grow hair.

So if your father doesn’t have a hairy back then it doesn’t necessarily let you off the hook but it does reduce the likelihood.

Back Hair Stigma

Back hair on men is easily the body hair that is the least liked by both the men themselves and women. As one men’s magazine found out when they surveyed women “Back hair is never sexy!

How common is back hair?

Back hair is the one big politically unacceptable type of body hair. Perhaps this is because it actually isn’t a problem for the man that has it as he can’t see it but everyone else can if he is shirtless.

Having said that, I know from personal experience that it is very embarrassing to have it. While I am happy to take off my shirt when I have chest hair, if I haven’t shaved my back then I always keep my shirt on in public these days. Perhaps there shouldn’t be so much stigma attached to it but there certainly is.

What can you do about it?

Well you have two options.

  • You can either just accept it and let it grow. Many don’t seem to mind it, some are very proud of it and good for them if they are.
  • You can remove it, either yourself or by getting someone else to remove it.

Removing back hair yourself

Removing back hair by yourself is not easy since it is the hardest part of your body to reach yourself. But all is not lost as there are products available which make it easier.

Some are purpose built such as the Mangroomer Back Hair Shaver (my review here) or have clip-on back hair handles such as the Philips Norelco Bodygroomer (my review here) which mean you can reach all areas of your back. It takes a bit of practice but after a while it becomes easier.

There is also a large bladed razor called the BakBlade which works well. Read my review.

With a suitable long handled applicator you can also use a hair removal cream such as Veet Gel Hair Removal Cream which is quite easy to use and doesn’t have that awful smell that some do.

Removing back hair with help at home

How common is back hair?

If you have help then the whole process of removing your back hair is much simpler. Your helper can use a specialist body grooming trimmer such as my current favorite, the Lawn Mower 2 (my review). Alternatively the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 7030 (my review) which is one of the most popular on Amazon.

The only way to potentially reduce your back hair growth, is with the use of a home laser/IPL system. The best on the market at the moment is the Braun Gillette Venus Silk IPL. Read my review here.

You could also have your helper remove the hair using wax. While that may give good results it is the most painful way of removing back hair so it is not for the faint-hearted.

Removing back hair professionally

You can opt to visit a beauty salon to have a professional remove your back hair. This was once the sole province for females but these days it is much more acceptable for men to use them too.

The possibilities are waxing, laser hair removal or, to remove it permanently, electrolysis. The latter takes a long time, with many visits and is very expensive as a result.

Further reading: Please read my dedicated removing back hair by yourself article with lots more information.

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Graeme P

Being a hairy man (thanks ancestors) I have been finding ways to remove much of my body hair for decades. Hopefully my experiences will help you.

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