Of course, if you have help, removing back hair by yourself isn’t an issue but not everyone is fortunate enough to be in that situation.
For some men removing their own back hair might be easy, a professional contortionist perhaps, but for most people, it simply isn’t. For one thing, you can’t really see what you are doing properly and that not only makes it difficult but potentially dangerous. Another thing is that it is difficult to get your arms to reach the spot you need to, particularly near the middle of the upper back.
Here are a few tips to make it possible if you have no-one to help you.
Choose the right spot
You don’t want to remove your body hair while standing on a carpet, unless you have no other option, as this will make clean-up harder after you have finished. Ideally, you should do this standing on a tiled, vinyl or another form of hard flooring that you can just sweep afterwards.
Make it easier to see what you are doing
You must have access to a good, large mirror. Ideally, one that is mounted on the wall that you can stand in front of. You can then look over your shoulder to see what you are doing or hold a handheld mirror in the other hand and look into that.
Some years ago I owned a house where to get from the master bedroom to its bathroom you passed between two built-in closets. These closets had mirrored sliding doors, facing each other. That is by far the best set-up I have ever had for shaving my back hair on my own as I had a perfect view – in fact with images going on and on into infinity!
There is no point in trying to do this in poor lighting. Ideally, you need light falling directly on your back, perhaps being reflected onto your back by the mirror you are using. You need to be able to spot any moles or skin tags you may have to either avoid them or be careful when shaving them.
Using the right tools
Trying to do this using the same razor you use to shave your face simply isn’t going to work. You won’t be able to reach or hold it in the correct way to shave without cutting yourself.
You really need a specialist do-it-yourself back hair tool to manage this by yourself. These are the options, all of which are painless and generally completely safe:
1. A long-handled standard razor. These operate in exactly the same way as a regular razor but just allow you to reach everywhere. One of the drawbacks is that it can be a very slow process.
2. A long-handled, large blade razor. These are also work in the same way as a regular razor but have an extra-wide blade, up to 4 inches across. These allow quicker hair removal and claim to make the possibility of cutting yourself less likely. The most popular is the BakBlade 2.0 back hair shaver.
3. An electric trimmer with a back attachment. These have been my preferred option for a number of years. They come in two forms. Standard trimmers with a clip-on attachment and purpose-built trimmer with a long handle.
Some of these can be used in the shower too as they are waterproof. However, you may have issues with actually seeing what you are doing so I wouldn’t recommend it.
4. Hair removal cream. You can use this to remove your back hair but reaching all areas is not that easy, although perhaps easier than trying to shave. You can buy a long-handled cream applicator to make it easier though. I used a small paint roller once which actually worked reasonably well.
To find out more about these tools to make removing back hair by yourself easier, with reviews and recommendations, check out – Best way to remove back hair by yoursef and with help
Whatever method you use you must exercise care when removing hair, particularly on and around moles or skin tags. Just like when you nick yourself shaving your face, nicking your skin when removing back hair is very annoying. Not only does it seem to bleed forever but it can lead to infection.
So do not rush – take your time and do it safely. If using hair removal cream, try a small test on your back first, to make sure you don’t react adversely.
It is a good idea when you have finished to take a nice long, hot shower. This will help to remove any hair stuck to your skin. After that, dry yourself thoroughly and then apply a good moisturizer or skin cream.
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