Back hair has never been a good look. Even if our friend in the photo is professing his love to a lady, we doubt she was enthralled by his misguided courtship attempt. Your back hair is an unwanted visitor. Here is how to best kick him to the curb.
If you are planning to shave your back you may want to soften the hair first. To do so, take a long, warm bath beforehand. Use a shaving gel or shaving cream to moisturize your skin and to make the hairs easier to shave. Applying shaving cream a few minutes before shaving softens the hairs but if you are shaving in the shower it will rinse away before then. You can apply the shaving cream to your back using a bath brush or a washcloth. If you can't reach with a washcloth you can use a hand towel in its place.
There is a new invention that will help you shave your own back. Previously, you had to enlist the help of a friend to get the job done. While you could generally get your wife to do this, the experience was rarely, if ever, romantic. The invention is called the Razorba. It is available here. The Razorba back shaving tool. Another idea is to use this extendable back hair trimmer by Remington: The Remington Back and Body Groomer. This body groomer is easy to use and trims the hair down to nothing.
When shaving, stroke an area no more than twice to reduce skin irritation. Your back is fairly durable so ingrown hairs will be hard to come by. You can probably get away with shaving in any direction you want, but be sure to rinse the blade often.
Be sure to clean the area afterwards with soap and water to reduce the risk of infection. Then follow up with some moisturizer.
Go as long as possible between shavings
to reduce skin irritation.
One alternative to shaving is to have your back waxed. This will require that you enlist the help of a friend. It hurts but it will last 3-4 weeks.
Another alternative is to use a product like Nair for Men on your back. It works fairly well and lasts a couple of weeks but in some cases it can give you a nasty chemical burn. Fortunately, your back is one of the last places you are likely to get a chemical burn.