How to get rid of that troublesome hair on your backside
Hair grows all over the body and if you look close enough, you’ll see tiny, downy hairs cover it. If you’re wondering why in some places body hair grows thicker, denser and darker, it’s because on those parts of the body androgen receptors are more active.
Androgens are a group of hormones that are responsible for hair growth, they are produced at a higher rate in men which is why males tend to have more body hair. Hair also grows thicker on our apocrine glands which are located underneath our arms and pubic area which is why we sometimes grow hair on our bottom and even between the butt crack.
Removing butt hair can be difficult because it is an awkward, hard to reach area. Visibility is key when shaving or waxing any body hair, but as pubic hair and bottom hair are more hidden, it can often result in nicks, cuts or razor burns. How to remove bum hair properly becomes a delicate and skilful business.
Bum hair removal methods
The main ways to removing hair can vary depending on your preference, severity and goals. There are temporary and permanent hair removal methods worth exploring.
The temporary ones are:
- Shaving: a popular, convenient option. Always wet shave with either a cooling gel/shave cream. This can result in ingrown hairs.
- Waxing: longer results than shaving. Using waxing strips can be painful and incorrect practice can result in redness and, in some cases, bleeding.
- To trim the hair: does not leave you completely hair free. A good way to manage hair growth on the butt crack.
- Hair removal cream: Hair regrowth will not be as stubbly but can cause irritation, especially on sensitive skin.
For permanent hair removal, there are the following professional treatments:
- Laser Hair Removal: suitable for most skin types and tones. Permanent, if not significant, results. Effective on dark, coarse hair.
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light): similar to Laser treatments with the outcome of permanent hair removal. Not suitable for light hair or darker skin types.
- Electrolysis: Suitable for removing fine, light hair. Targets each individual hair follicle.
How to remove bum hair in males
Many men are comfortable shaving or trimming the hair on their bottom, yet this is not a permanent means to remain hair free and often results in ingrown hair and unevenness.
Professional treatment paths are becoming more popular among men, where Laser Hair Removal and IPL are the most explored options for permeant hair removal.
Both these treatments can be used as a way to remain completely hair free whilst also preventing chafing and reoccurring ingrown hair.
- Laser Hair Removal for bum is the most popular avenue as this is suitable for all skin types and tones. It combines both technology and expertise of hair growth patterns to assess when your hair will be most responsive to the treatment.
- IPL is less versatile than LHR as it’s not suitable on darker skin tones, yet it can be used as a way to not only remove dark, coarse hair, but also to lighten the darker skin between the butt crack. IPL employs a similar approach to LHR – innovative technology merged with best practice – but it is administered with light energy rather than heat energy.
If you have excessive light hair on your pubic area, Electrolysis is the most suitable treatment path for you.
How to remove female bum hair
Women are sometimes prone to excess hair growth around their pubic area because of a hypersensitivity to androgens, which makes a long-term solution for bum hair removal sought for. Laser Hair Removal and Electrolysis are the two main types of permanent hair removal and both are safe to treat any unwanted body hair.
- Laser Hair Removal: achieves up to 90% reduction of hair growth and any hair returning is lighter and softer than before. Although shaving or waxing are tempting options, the effect is temporary. Laser treatment provides long-term, significant results where our practitioners merge both hair growth expertise and innovative practices to maximise living with hair free skin.
- Electrolysis: for treating light, fine hair which a laser cannot detect. The treatment works by passing an ultra-fine probe to the individual hair follicles. A small electrical current is emitted through the probe which helps to destroy the hair and lastingly discourage future growth.
Key things to remember
- Professional hair removal methods gives you long-term hair free skin
- Laser Hair Removal is the best option as it is effective across skin tones, hair types and modified for any skin sensitivities
- Bottom hair is most prominent in men and excess growth can be hormone related in women
- Shaving or waxing, trimming and using hair removal creams can result in irritation, sensitive stubble, rashes with hair growing back faster and thicker than before
For more information, read our Q&A guide on laser hair removal.