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How To Shave Back Hair

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How to shave your back hair? For the cheapest way, grab a helper. They may know how to work a razor but we have tips for getting a close shave and avoiding razor rash and bumps.

Can't think of anyone you would want to ask or would rather do this grooming project on your own? You're not alone. Check out the d.i.y. products in male body shaving. Otherwise, find someone and keep on reading.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15- 25 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Only use a top-notch shaving cream or gel. Don't even think of using soap. With back hair usually being thick you need something that is going to thoroughly coat skin so hair isn't getting pulled on and cause irritation. Brave Shave (read review) is one to consider, it was originally created for male body shaving.

  2. A new quality razor is a must. No straight cheap disposables you picked up at the dollar store, unless of course, you want razor bumps. Instead use a razor with a pivoting head for a smooth, close shave. A a big men's favorite Gillette Fusion (compare prices).

  3. Trim it down. If you’ve never shaved, or it has been some time, it’s good to get rid of as much length as possible. Ask your helper to place a comb flat on the skin and trim over the comb with scissors. Or the easy and much quicker way is to use clippers with the shortest guard.

  4. Shower off. The warm water will get rid of the excess trimmed hair and soften both your hair and skin. This allows for a better shave.

  5. Call your help again. Either stay in the shower (and wear swim trunks if necessary) or get out and put on some shorts. But stay in the bathroom, you'll need the sink for water.

  6. Exfoliate. By removing dead skin cells you will get closer results and minimize ingrown hair. Have the person gently use a mild body scrub or a wet loofah and rinse completely.

  7. Pre-shaving oil does a world of good. Only enough is needed to lightly coat the skin. Use it underneath your cream or gel to create a barrier on your skin. This helps the razor glide instead of drag and minimizes razor burn. Its moisturizers also fight ingrown hairs- a common problem after shaving thicker hair like on the back (compare prices).

  8. Apply shaving cream or gel. Slather on some of the cream or gel over damp skin. If you have a shaving brush, have them apply it using small circles.

  9. Shave. Ask them to shave using a firm touch in the opposite direction of hair growth. Don't go over the same area too many times or skin can end up irritated. They can hold skin somewhat taut while shaving, but this may also cause shaving rash.

  10. Rinse. In between strokes, be sure they rinse blade thoroughly. A clogged razor won’t cut well.

  11. Dry off. Pat skin dry with a soft towel and apply a light unscented lotion. If you plan on going in the sun, wait some time (about a day) after shaving and be sure to apply sunblock.

  12. Fight bumps and burn. Apply something that will help keep ingrown hair, razor bumps and irritation away. A product like Tend Skin (read review) will work wonders. If you don't use a bump-fighting product, be sure to exfoliate regularly.

Tips:

  1. Have the person check for any moles or skin abrasions before using the razor. We only want hair removed, not moles or skin!
  2. Watch the direction of hair growth. It will grow in every direction, so ask your helper adjust the blade's shaving direction to get the closest results.
  3. Be sure they shave the entire back and up to the shoulders so there's no line.
  4. If you don't want to use a manual razor, try an electric one made for male body shaving like Philips Norelco Bodygroom (read review)
  5. If you would rather not shave it totally off. Just trim it down using the shortest guard on hair clippers or a body groomer so it will be much less noticeable. Since the hair isn't being shaved, you won't have any chance of getting razor burn.

What You Need

  • Comb and scissors or clippers (if hair needs trimming)
  • A new and quality razor blade
  • Gentle body exfoliator or loofah
  • Shaving brush (optional)
  • Pre-shaving oil (optional)
  • Shaving cream or gel
  • Unscented lotion
  • A helper
  • Bump-fighting product (optional)
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