Manscaping. If you don’t know what you’re doing, this term can send shivers down your spine. All men have body hair, while some have much more than others. Every time you see the trailer for the latest action movie or an ad for the latest cologne, you’re bombarded with images of men who have perfectly smooth backs. Sure, these men have personal help that keep them looking neat and tidy. But what many don’t know is that manscaping isn’t something reserved for professional models, it’s something that many men do by themselves in the comfort of their own home.
We’ve all learned how to trim or shave our own beards. Remember when you first started? Chances are, you got a nick on two. The hair on your face is very easy to access, and today shaving is second nature. But at first, there were all of these nooks and crannies that weren’t exactly easy to reach.
Given how you can hardly reach most areas of your own back, you might think that shaving it by yourself is impossible. The truth is, when armed with a little knowledge and the right tools, the process is downright simple.
In this guide, we’ll be teaching you how to shave your own back without any help from anyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just got a little hair back there, or if you’re starting to look more like a sasquatch every day. By following these 4 simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to living a hair-free life.
Grooming Your Own Back
1. Check Yourself
Everyone has different body hair. You’re going to have to know what kind of shave you want. Do you have thick, bushy hair? If so, you’re going to need a close shave. The secret with this type of body hair is to do it in a few steps. This first trim will take a little extra work, but there is no need to fret. Future shaves will be done before the hair has grown in fully, and will be much easier the second time around.
Others have thinner back hair. In these cases, you’ll be able to clear it right up in a single pass. You won’t need a razor that is quite as aggressive, and will be able to instead opt for something that takes care of everything in a single pass.
2. The Back Shavers
Unfortunately, the razor you use for your face isn’t going to do the trick. If you are determined, you might be able to clear everything up with a long stick and a roll of duct tape. But this is no time for lifehacks. If you want to be as smooth as a GQ model, you’re going to need professional tools.
We’d recommend one of two options.
For men with thicker hair, go electric. The Mangroomer Ultimate Pro features a long, easy to hold handle with a specially designed electric blade.
It comes with two different shaving heads. The 1.8 inch attachment covers a wide area with a single stroke. For dark hairs, this can leave tiny little stubs at the follicle. This is where the foil body groomer come in. It’s designed for the second pass, giving you the close shave you want.
BakBlade Big Mouth Razor
If you’ve got thinner hair, you can skip the electric head and go for a manual razor, but bigger than normal and with a protective safety comb. The Bakblade “Big Mouth” is the best option in this department.
There are a few differences between this and your standard razor. Since you’re not going to be contouring as tightly as when you shave your face, you’ll need a large safety bracket that prevents you from cutting your skin. The handle is also much larger, allowing you to get a firm and secure grip.
3. Trim the Outer Areas First
One you’ve got some experience shaving your back, you’ll be able to do it with ease. But for the first few strokes, you’re going to want to get a feel for how these grooming tools work.
Start with an area on the upper part of your back. Bring the razor to your skin, and hold it firmly but lightly against your back while you drag it upwards. It’s important to go against the grain of the hair, which allows you to get a close shave.
Start with short strokes, only a few inches in length. As you move down your back, you can use increasingly long lengths.
It’s important that you don’t pull too hard. Draw the cutting surface across your back slowly, letting the blade do the work. You don’t need excess force, which could lead to pulling the hairs on your back.
4. Then Tackle the Tough Spots
Once you’ve got a feel for how the razor works, you can start working on those tight spaces. To avoid missing a spot, make sure you overlap a little with the areas you’ve already shaved.
If you’re using the electric shaver and get to a thick part of your back, slow down the razor a little and use the button to increase the power a little. Take your time in this area, and don’t try to force the razor. Make your movements smooth and natural, and you’ll quickly realize that this process isn’t very hard.
Doing It Yourself is Easy
If you were feeling intimidated at first, we hope that this guide has helped you understand how shaving your own back can be simple and easy.
Yes, it will be a learning process, and your first time might take a little while. But it’s important to remember that shaving your own back isn’t dangerous, and you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive grooming tools. With just a little effort, you’ll be able to have the smooth, attractive back you’ve always dreamed of!