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The Definitive Guide to Men's Back Waxing

Men's Back Waxing

Men's back hair removal is nothing new and only gaining in popularity. If you don’t have a service menu catering to males, you could be missing out on a loyal customer base and super-satisfying wax results. If you’re new to back hair removal on men or could use a refresher course, this definitive guide to men's back waxing will show you everything you need to know.

We leave no stone unturned from the benefits and maintenance to the optimal methods and the best hair removal wax for men's back waxing. We even share two different men’s back waxing videos with Starpil Pink Film Hard Wax and a Calendula Roll-On back waxing kit. 


Should a man wax his back?

man and woman couple


Waxing back hair on a man can be a significant asset to his skin game and aesthetic. Men's back waxing and shoulder hair removal are extremely popular with Gen Z, while millennials are more into chest and stomach waxing.

Now, we don’t condone anyone getting hair removal just to please others, but in a recent survey of 100 women taken for an April 17, 2021 article by Shawn Burns and ToolsofMen.com, 77% of the women found back hair unattractive. To be fair, many men prefer a smooth finish on their back and shoulders and find waxing it considerably better than trying to shave it every other day.


How long does men's back waxing last?

Hairy man's back

Back hair removal regrowth can vary from person to person, but generally, back waxing can last a solid two to three smooth weeks. Waxing, over time, can dull the follicles and inhibit growth, offering longer stretches of smoothness and hair that grows back thinner.


How often should a man wax his back?

Man with smooth back

Even though hair starts to grow back above the skin’s surface in about two to three weeks, hair strands need to be at least ¼ an inch long before back waxing again. Men's back waxing is generally a once a month to every three weeks type of service.


How much does it cost to wax a man's back?

If you’re offering the best hair removal for men's back waxing, a back wax price could run from $60 - $120. A monthly back waxing cost in trade for a radiant, smooth back, is totally worth it in our book.


How painful is back waxing?

Men’s back waxing pain can range from mildly annoying to somewhat uncomfortable. The back is a sensitive area with plenty of nerve endings along the spine. Irritation and redness can dissipate quickly when using the proper techniques and the best male back hair removal products. Regular visits to the waxing salon, clients can get used to the inconveniences of waxing can make hair growth less prominent, more manageable, and less painful to remove.


How do you wax a man's back?


What to know about the intake for men’s back waxing.

Esthetician filling out client intake form for male

The salon intake forms you offer your female clients will be the same as with your men. And though many men are well-versed in skincare, you may want to emphasize the different variations of Retinol products they can be using or any harsh exfoliation treatments they adhere to with salicylic or glycolic acids.


What should be in your back waxing kit?

The best way to remove back hair on a man starts with using the right male back hair removal products in your back waxing kit. Your wax formulas and skincare should be tailored according to your client’s skin and hair type. 

Use the following as a men's back hair wax guide for some prevalent skin and hair types.

Normal Skin and Hair Types

Starpil Original Pre and Post Wax Care Products

Hard Wax 

  • Blue Film Hard Wax
  • Black Film Hard Wax

Soft Wax 

  • Blue or Natural Soft Strip Wax
  • In Roll-On, it could be either Blue, Chocolate, Seaweed or Natural

Sensitive Skin and Normal to Thick Hair Types

Starsoft or Calendula Pre and Post-Wax Care products.

Hard Wax

  • Pink Film Hard Wax Cream
  • Calendula Film Hard Wax
  • Starsoft Film Hard Wax

Soft Wax 

  • Pink or Starsoft Soft Strip Wax
  • In Roll-On, it could be either Pink, Aloe, Calendula or Starsoft


One of the biggest fan favorites out of all of our back hair removal products is….

Calendula Roll-On is a fantastic hair removal wax for men's back waxing! We tried this specialty formula at the studio to film its use. You can see the difference in how minimal and quickly the redness and irritation dissipated in this video compared to the lovely video posted by our Esthie Bestie Cara Edwards, who was using Starpil Pink Film Hard Wax. True, both men’s skin types may differ, but Starpil Calendula Waxes are scientifically generated to calm redness and irritation.

The best way to remove back hair overall, in our opinion, is with Roll-On Waxing. It’s one of the fastest and cleanest of our hair removal methods. It cuts service times by 50%. One 3.8oz Roll-On Wax Cartridge can cover a whole back with no waxing sticks. The wax stays pliable until you apply your non-woven strips and are on your way. 


Back wax with Calendula roll-on wax

How to remove male back hair?

The best way to learn how to remove back hair is to ensure that your table is aligned between your belly button and hip bone so that you don’t have to bend at the waist. Apply wax in the direction of each growth pattern. If you’re using Roll-On or Soft Wax, cover and remove half or the entire back with wax. For hard wax, pull the wax off in sections and make sure that you hold the skin taut. After removing the wax, press firmly onto the skin to minimize pain. 

Men's back wax aftercare.

Starpil Post-Wax Lotion

Of course, we like to immediately follow up with post-wax care oil to soothe and protect skin and remove wax residue, but you should educate your clients on how to care for their backs within the first 48-hours following their service. They should adhere to the following men’s back wax aftercare tips to reduce ingrown hairs or acne after waxing. These tips can also help keep smooth results lasting even longer.

  1. Save “sweaty” activities of all kinds until at least two days after your appointment. 
  2. Apply Ingrown Hair Serum all over your back with a back lotion applicator.
  3. Keep the gentle care/exfoliation going every day or every other day with Calendula Post Wax Mousse or Starsoft Post-Wax Lotion in-between appointments.
  4. Wear loose-fitting, cotton-based clothing.
  5. Eat as clean as possible: High fiber diet that avoids processed sugar, flour, processed meats, and foods.
  6. Drink a lot of water

Final Thoughts

Adding or investing more into your men’s back waxing services can be extremely rewarding. Whether men are coming to you because they’re insecure about their back hair, or they just love a smooth finish, they can leave feeling refreshed and confident with their gleaming skin, hopefully, to return in a few weeks for more of the same!

What are your back waxing techniques? Which ones will you take from this article? Let us know in the comments. If you have any questions or would like more information on setting up your services to accommodate men's back hair removal, use any of the links below to connect with us!


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