How Common is Back Hair on Men & Women?

Every human being is equipped with the natural tendency to grow hair on certain parts of the body except challenged by abnormalities like “Alopecia universalis” (AU). Alopecia universalis is a medical condition involving the loss of all hair including eyebrows and eyelashes (source: wikepedia). However, except in cases involving people with such conditions as this, every human being is expected to naturally grow hairs.

The natural phenomenon of hair growth in both men and women are results of a hormone present in the human body, called “Androgen”. These Androgens increase in boys and girls during puberty and consequently give rise to the development of specific human features that either makes one look more masculine or feminine, depending on the gender. Androgen, although having a number of other functions in the body system, is known to be responsible for hair growth in places where it is most sensitive such as in faces, armpits, pubic areas, etc.


The mechanics behind how Androgens function lie in the androgen hormones which happen to affect the hair follicles in the human body. These hair follicles consequently respond to these hormones by bringing forth hair. Now, the more the hormones circulate in the human body, the more hair grows. This accounts for why a good number of people have hair at their backs.

Another relevant reason for the susceptibility of many people to growing back hairs have more to do with their hereditary traits. Most of those who have back hairs owe the functioning of their follicles to the genes they inherited from their parents. One either takes after his or her father or mother in how one grows hair. In fact, one of the most foremost causes of baldness in young men and women owes to their inherited genes. Similarly, having back hairs could be clear signals of one taking after either or both of his parents.

A study carried out by Harvard University into how rampant back hair is, found that 25% of people had upper back hair while 26% had lower back hair while a large chuck of the percent interjects. Now, considering that a good number of people are constantly displeased with their back hair and are intermittently getting rid of any traces of it proves to us that the figures could be a little much larger than projected by the research.

Hence, we could estimate that close to forty percent of adult human populace have, at one point in time, had hair grown at their backs. To also consider the assertion that was put out in some quarters that back hair do not start growing on people’s backs until they are in their thirties, we can tell that some people, under the age of thirty, still tend to develop back hairs when they grow into their thirties.

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A survey carried out in Nigeria, the most populous African country and the biggest black nation in the world, on men who are or aren’t comfortable without shirt in public and the reasons, shows that about 52% aren’t comfortable shirtless in public, out of which 20% owe their discouragement to their shame for having back hair.

Considering the possibility that a small percent of those who are comfortable may also have back hair, it follows that there are possibly around 30% who have hairs on their backs. Yet again, if we are to follow the same observation of the possibility of a number of those without back hairs to have maintained their bare backs by constantly getting rid of it, we would be having a little over that percent. Hence, back hair is quite common after all, and is just part of the normal functioning of the body system.

Whether or not one has black hairs should therefore not be a source of headache. One should rather be happy for having back hair since this serves a sign of the normal activity of his or her androgen hormones.

It is no novel information that most people are always after means of getting rid of their back hairs. In fact, research has proven that four out of five people with back hairs are after means of getting rid of it. This could be due to a number of reasons. However, foremost amongst these reasons is the society’s response to the sight of people with back hairs.

Unlike facial hairs, chest hairs (for men) and to some extent, pubic hairs, which are in several cases tolerated and sometimes desired, back hairs are, on the other hand, frowned at. In fact, people with back hairs are somewhat viewed to be weird. A number of published articles have expressed a case study of ladies’ general response and perception to the sight of men with back hairs, hence remarks such as: “it is not sexy”, “yuck! Get rid of your back hairs”, etc. Besides the society’s perception, it may be aesthetically unappealing to carry hairs on one’s back as it may be on one’s head or face.

These reasons account for why majority of people with back hairs tend to always hide it and the others are constantly getting rid of it. It is due to this reality that some products such as ‘hair removal creams’, ‘Electric back hair shaver’ have recently gained prominence.

How to Get Rid of Back Hairs

Given the fact that most people are not happy with hairs on their backs and are constantly seeking means of getting rid of them, some means have become conventional as they are constantly highly patronized. In the area of technology, for instance, the ‘Back Hair Shaver’ were invented so as to help people shave off their back hairs by themselves without going to salons. Some other highly patronized means of getting rid of back hairs include professional waxing, electrolysis, hair removal creams, the use of trimmers, etc.

Amongst these methods, it is usually highly advised that one engages the services of a professional. Particularly, one could visit a waxing, laser hair removal salons or other professional hair removing salons. Another option is to get the help of someone else who could help to manually shave off the hairs with the help of manual shavers.

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