Back Hair :

Electrolysis Back Hair

Faq / February 25, 2022

At 35, Mike said goodbye to his marriage, his home and the hair on his back. The first two vanished quickly enough via divorce. The hair took a little more time. Three years have passed since the Davie, Fla., man started having his hair permanently removed by electrolysis. Now his once bushy back is closer to baby-butt smooth, and he`s one happy, hairless guy.

``The back hair really bothered me to begin with, `` Mike says. ``Then on top of that, people would say stuff about it. Like, at the beach once, some guy says to me, `Hey, what`s that growing on your back?` And at Crazy Horse one night, I heard some girls talking about hair on a guy`s back and how it really turned `em off.``

Mike is part of a clean-cut crew who would give the shirts off their backs to get the hair off their backs. And off other places, too. The ears, nose and between the eyebrows, for instance. And on overblown beards and overgrown chests.

This despair over hair is talked about quietly, say local electrologists who are responsible for the disappearing act.

Take Mike, for example, who works in the world of warehouse workers. He`s a real person, but that`s not his real name.

``This isn`t something you talk about, `` he says, enjoying the anonymity of a telephone interview. ``It`s kinda personal, ya know?``

But why in this prime time of male primping, as men get their faces lifted, tummies tucked and hair dyed, is this such a big hairy deal?

``Men are so sensitive about having it done, especially the back, `` says Laurel Bisogno, of Electrolysis by Laurel in Hollywood, Fla., ``because they know women hate seeing hair there. It`s hard for men to deal with, like it is for women who have hair on their face.``

In truth, this hairy-back backlash is just another male reaction to unwanted hair, which isn`t a new story. For years, swimmers have removed hair, either by shaving or hair removal creams, to cut down resistance in water. Cyclists and triathletes do the same. So do bodybuilders, all the better to see their pumped-up pecs. And don`t forget models, too.

So now the latest twist in the hair today, gone tomorrow story is that just-your-basic guys are doing it: boyfriends and husbands, truck drivers and cops, doctors and lawyers, fathers and grandfathers. And they`re doing it with electrolysis.

The reason?

``I`m a vain person, `` says a 71-year-old retiree who had hair removed between his eyebrows and on the tip of his nose. ``I care about how I look.`` And so do the women in these men`s lives.

``He looked like a werewolf when the hair took over, but once he got it done, he looked like Kojak, `` says Vera Larocco of Hallandale, whose husband, Peter, a retiree in his late 60s, had hair removed from his earlobes.

So full is the bandwagon of the newly hairless that men make up as much as 40 percent of their clientele, say some electrologists, who notice a difference in attitude between the sexes.

``I`m like a psychiatrist for the men, `` says Ann Tosti, an electrologist who also teaches at the Institute of Electrolysis in Hollywood. ``They`re more open than women and end up telling me their personal problems.``

Though waxing, shaving and depilatories can remove hair temporarily, some choose electrolysis because it`s permanent.

The procedure is done by inserting a sterile, hairlike needle into the hair follicle and transmitting a current, which destroys the hair`s regenerative cells. When done correctly, scarring doesn`t occur. Take note, though, that the darker the skin, the more scarring is likely.

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