Back waxing for men is extremely common. Not only are more guys getting hair removal services in general, but the back tops high on the list. Often it's to please themselves, and sometimes it's pressure from others. In any case, men from all different types of backgrounds and walks of life are choosing to get rid from the sometimes Sasquatch like body hair.
Waxing Vs Shaving
Waxing is far superior to shaving for several reasons. Waxing removes hair from the root, so it can last for up to six weeks or more depending on how many times in a row you have been waxed and how often. Of course, genetics, age and other factors will depend on how long it personally lasts for you. For more see: How Often Should I Wax?
The exact opposite would be shaving. Consider the aggravation and frequency. Some people have to shave every day. But who will help you? Unless you are a Cirque De Soliel Act, you probably won't be able to reach the middle of your back with just a razor, so people may start calling you Patchy the Clown. The angle to which you would have to move your arms might cause you to end up with nicks and cuts. If you are bent on shaving without any outside human help try one of the d.i.y back shavers.
The Waxing Cost
You might be thinking a back waxing would cost way too much. It can range anywhere between $35 -$100 plus gratuity (and tax in some states). This greatly varies on how much hair you need removed, where you live and the type of facility you choose. For example, a small amount of hair only sprouting on your upper back is going to be a lot less than an entire back. Spas tend to be alot more expensive than a neighborhood salon.
Also, your first waxing will probably cost a bit more because there will be more preparation and product. 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 go down because hair may grow slower and sparser, therefore less wax and strips are used.
Why You Should See a Professional
Now you could have a friend wax your back and you think that it might cost you less by just buying the supplies, but I recommend seeking a professional for a couple of reasons.
First, an experienced aesthetician knows how to remove the hair with the least amount of trauma to your skin. We are able to remove hair from the root and not just break it off, which makes the hair stay away for as long as possible.
There probably will be less redness and ingrown hair with professional service. And we sometimes give a little bit of a massage with the after wax calming lotion. Unless of course, you'd rather have your friend do it. I can just see your buddy now… ripping the hair off then giving you a nice hard slap on the back!
What to Expect
You can expect some pain. It will hurt a bit and this does depend on your pain threshold. Remember, it does get easier and easier as you continue to use waxing as the hair removal method for the back. Read more: Does Waxing Hurt?
Tips and Precautions
Just remember, as with any waxing service, make sure to tell the Aesthetician if you're taking an acne medication, using any skin prescription 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. Show off those exposed muscles and make your follow up appointment to stay hair free!