Myths and Truths : Male Back Hair Basics

Ah, back hair! Where chest hair might be seen as sexy and manly by some, back hair, on the other hand, is not always such a desirable thing.

A Little Back Hair History

Back hair developed long before humans ruled Earth. Studies published in the Journal of Human Evolution show that one reason that hair developed was to protect the body from extreme temperatures. Most men will grow back hair to some extent, as it is one of the areas where hair grows during puberty.[1]

The Testosterone Effect

Unsurprisingly, testosterone has something to do with it. Testosterone is part of a group of chemicals called androgen that occur naturally in men’s bodies and fuel hair growth.

Individual hair follicles may vary in their sensitivity to androgen. This can explain why hair may grow in patches and appear to be denser on certain parts of the back.[2] It may come as a surprise to hear that testosterone levels actually continue to be at high levels even for older men. This is the reason why older men can often develop a hairy back, even if they didn’t when they were younger. Most male hair will continue to grow as men age, even in areas where there may not have been hair before.[3]

Gain Some, Lose Some

Then why do some older men go bald? Balding happens because an androgen called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicles on the scalp are particularly sensitive to this androgen and a reaction with the enzyme 5-alpha reductase causes the hair follicles to shrink, eventually to the point where they cannot support the growth of a new hair.[4]

What Can Be Done About Unwanted Hair Growth?

There are many hair removal options for men who wish to tame their body hair. For a long-term solution, one option is intensive pulsed light (IPL) technology. Often compared to laser hair removal, IPL removes hair from the follicle by focusing a broad spectrum of light on the pigment of the strands. And the development of personal IPL devices has meant that permanent hair reduction can now be achieved from the comfort of your own home, saving time and money on return trips to the salon. Veet® Infini’Silk® PRO Permanent Hair Reduction is an easy-to-operate device, which can provide permanent hair reduction in as few as 10 treatments.

Thinking Short Term

If you would rather try the smooth look on a short-term basis, hair removal cream can be an effective way of getting the job done. Veet® Gel Cream Hair Remover Pump (Sensitive formula)has been developed to work effectively just three-to-six minutes after being applied to your skin. For a no-mess option, the cream is also easy to wash off in the shower. If you aren’t sure you’re ready to commit to a permanent hair-removal solution, this could be the best option for you!

As trends change and cosmetic technology advances, more and more men are opting to remove unwanted hair. If back hair is becoming an unruly issue for you, we hope this has helped you find the hair-removal option that’s right for you.