What You Should Know About Back Waxing for Men

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Back waxing for men is extremely common. Not only are more guys getting hair removal services in general, but the back is high on the list or commonly treated areas.

Men often remove their back hair to please themselves, and sometimes it's due to pressure from others. In any case, men from all different types of backgrounds and walks of life are choosing to get rid of their body hair.

Waxing vs. Shaving

Many people prefer waxing over shaving for several reasons.

Waxing removes hair from the root, so it can last for up to six weeks or more depending on how frequently you wax. Of course, genetics, age, and other factors will depend on how long it personally lasts for you. 

The effects of shaving, on the other hand, don't last nearly as long, and the process itself can be quite challenging because your back is an extremely difficult place to shave without help. If you're set on shaving but don't have assistance, consider trying one of the DIY back shavers on the market. 

Cost

You might be thinking back waxing costs too much to do regularly, and, for some budgets, this might be true. The service tends to range from $35 to $100 plus gratuity (and tax in some states). Price greatly varies depending on how much hair needs to be removed, where you live, and the type of facility you choose. For example, waxing a small amount of hair only sprouting on your upper back is going cost less than an entire back.

Spas tend to be more expensive than neighborhood salons.

Your first waxing will probably cost a bit more because there will be more preparation and product necessary. For example, a professional will have to trim the hair to the appropriate length before the service and may have to use a lot of products, from the wax to the strips.

After your first couple of times, the price may decrease because you'll be in maintenance most, which requires less wax and strips are used.

Why You Should See a Professional

You could save money by having a friend wax your back, but there are good reasons to seek out a professional.

First, an experienced aesthetician knows how to remove the hair with the least amount of trauma to your skin. There probably will be less redness and ingrown hair with professional service. Also, by removing hair from the root and not just breaking it off, the results are likely to last longer. You may even receive a bit of a massage with after-wax calming lotion. 

What to Expect

The reality is you're likely to feel some pain, but how much it hurts will depend on your personal pain threshold. Remember, it does get easier and easier as you continue to use waxing as your go-to hair removal method.

Tips and Precautions

With any waxing service, make sure to tell your aesthetician if you're taking an oral acne medication, using topical treatments on your back (like Retin-A), or scrub your back with strong exfoliating products that contain salicylic acid, white willow bark, or glycolic acid.

It's best to avoid direct sun and tanning booths a couple of days before and after your service.

Keep a bump-fighter on hand in case ingrown hairs start to sprout. Then show off those exposed muscles and make your follow-up appointment to stay hair-free!