While some ladies might be partial to a hairy chest, few – if any – will say the same about back hair, arguably the most offensive of all body fuzz. While waxing will certainly take care of back hair for four to six weeks, it really ought to be removed permanently on the basis that it will never become socially acceptable. While several options exist for permanent hair removal, laser and IPL (Intense Pulse Light) are by far the most advanced and effective methods. Each treatment can dramatically reduce hair growth and most guys don’t find it painful at all. Lasers seek out melanin (natural colour) in the hair and kill the blood supply to the follicle, which eventually stops hair growth altogether.
The catch with laser or IPL is that hair grows in three stages (anagen - when they’re visible and catagen / telegen - dormant), so not all your fur will be above the skin at any one time. In fact, different areas have different amounts of sleeping hairs (as much as 80 percent on the arms, for example), so you’ll have to keep shelling out for more treatments whenever the little blighters decide to sprout. And at around £250 per session for the back, this is a costly and lengthy process. But if you can afford it, it’s well worth the cash.