The hair on our behinds is something that every human has, even if we may not want to admit it. Similar to pubic hair, this region is rarely talked about. Our bodies naturally grow hair there, so it’s not something to worry about, but it can be annoying. It’s not that uncommon for people to want to remove the hair that grows down there.
So, what is the best way to remove that hair, and how can you do it as painlessly as possible? Stay tuned, because we’ve got some options for you.
Why Is It There?
Evolutionarily speaking, we are not the only ones with hair on our butts. It was put there for a purpose, and that was to keep us warm. It can also serve as protection for sensitive areas like the pubic region, and yes, your behind.
Although there is no need to remove the hair you have down there, it is perfectly fine if you would like to. It is no longer evolutionarily necessary for survival, so it doesn’t serve as much of a purpose anymore. Depending on your genetics, the hair that you have in your pubic and butt region could be dark and coarse or light and thin.
The Laser Method
There are a few different ways to remove the hair from your butt, but one of the best ways is with laser hair removal. This method involves a beam of light penetrating your hair follicles and destroying it, which prevents it from growing any more.
If you are looking into this option, it will probably take anywhere from four to six treatments to fully work. Laser hair removal can feel different for everyone, depending on their pain threshold. Just like with tattoos, some people feel it more than others.
Laser hair removal only targets the hair follicle, which spares the irritation of your skin. It offers long-term results, which sets it apart from shaving or waxing.
Before you go in for laser removal on your butt hair, you should stop shaving or waxing it for a few weeks. After your treatment, you should apply cortisone ointment to the area to help with any inflammation.
The treatment will take a few sessions because of the hair growth cycle. Hair grows in three main stages, anagen, catagen, and telogen. Only one of these is the “growing phase,” and laser hair removal only works properly during this stage of the cycle. The other stages involve transitioning, resting, and shedding.
The anagen stage can last up to 7 years before the follicles become dormant. The stages can vary in length depending on age, health, and genetics. It is difficult to know how long the growing stage will last, which is why multiple laser sessions are required to get all the hair and stop it from growing back.
Make sure you research the place that you get the laser hair removal from. Some offices are more reputable than others, and you don’t want to get stuck with scars in that area. Make sure the person doing it is certified and trained properly.
IPL, which stands for intense pulsed light, targets the melanin of the hair follicles, causing them to fall out. This also makes the hair unable to grow back. The procedure dispurses waves of light across the desired area and is a painless and safe alternative to other hair removal options.
The desired results can be achieved after about 12 weeks of usage. The KENZZI IPL Hair Removal Handset can be used on any part of your body, including your butt hair. It may take some maneuvering and a mirror, but you could theoretically use an IPL device for your hair down there.
This is an affordable option for people who are tired of waxing or shaving constantly. If you want longer-lasting results, you should look into IPL devices.
Waxing Or Shaving
If we’re talking about all the ways to remove butt hair, then we should also discuss more traditional methods like waxing and shaving. These options can be riskier, especially in such a sensitive area, but if you prefer this method, here are some tips.
- Use a razor with one or two blades and only use single strokes.
- Wash with a mild soap beforehand.
- Go slowly and don’t rush through.
- Shave in the direction of the hair growth and use shaving cream.
- Exfoliate the area gently beforehand to remove any dead skin cells.
- After you are done, you can use a cortisone cream to calm any irritation that you have.
Something to think about if you want to shave your butt hair: it only lasts a few days. It’s another thing you have to remember to do almost every day, along with a million other things on your calendar. Shaving does not remove your hair at the root. This can only be achieved through methods like IPL and lasering.
Waxing is another method that usually lasts slightly longer than shaving does. But this method does usually hurt the most due to its harsh and sudden nature. Usually, waxing allows you to be hair-free for about two weeks.
There are a few different ways to wax your body. You can use sugaring, hard wax, or wax strips. All of these use the same general idea but have different materials.
- Sugaring is good for sensitive skin. However, it is not very effective for short hair removal.
- Wax strips are easy to use but can be messy to clean up.
- Hard wax is usually less painful than the other methods.
Before waxing, you should take a warm shower and make sure your hair is at least a quarter-inch long. Carefully apply the wax to the area and then apply the strip to the wax. Wait for the wax to harden and then hold the skin taut before pulling it off.
You can also get your hair waxed by a professional. Your hair grows in different directions, and it can be hard to wax the area the right way yourself. A professional has a better angle (the whole view) for removing all the hair in one motion. This can also help prevent ingrown hairs.
You should probably avoid hair removal creams for this area of hair. The chemicals can cause burns or allergic reactions, and you do not want to have to explain that to an ER nurse.
Tips for Butt Care
There are risks associated with removing butt hair. The hair down there can help prevent infections from getting inside your body, so if you remove it, you are leaving your body more vulnerable.
If you are shaving or waxing the area, you should always make sure that it is clean first. You can follow up on the process with aloe vera gel to help prevent ingrown hairs.
If you are considering getting laser hair removal or using IPL devices on your butt hair and you are worried about possible results, talk to a dermatologist beforehand. They will know all about the different procedures available and which one is best for your skin type.
If you don’t want to totally remove the hair from your butt, you could opt for trimming it instead. This can keep it at a manageable length, without it feeling like it is too much. You can use bikini trimmers to easily shorten the hair there and avoid irritation.
It is also extremely important to remember to keep that area moisturized. This might not be something that you have thought about before. Moisturizing your face? Yes. But your butt? Well, your skin is your skin, no matter where it is located on your body. There are many aftershave creams available to buy for keeping the area properly cared for.
Before you apply anything, check the ingredients for potentially harmful retinoids or acids.
One of the benefits of shaving or otherwise removing your butt hair is hygiene. It will be easier to wipe down there, and it will be less sweaty after a workout.
Butt hair is a very normal thing. We know that it isn’t very normal to talk about it in everyday conversation at work, but everyone deals with it. Don’t ever feel embarrassed about your body hair or the places that it grows in. If you want to leave it there, that is your decision.
If you want to get rid of it forever, you can choose to do that too. There is no judgment here. Just know that if you do decide to remove the hair, KENZZI has the solution for you.
Everyone is beautiful in their own way, even with hairy butts.