How Do I Shave the Back of My Neck?

It’s not easy, but it’s a hell of a lot easier than shaving your back, at least.


Most men like to keep the back of their hairline looking neat, whether it’s straight as an arrow, tapered, or gently rounded. Unfortunately, your neck does not respect these boundaries, and is constantly cluttering them up with random hair. But you can keep the ramparts of your hair clear of invaders with some mirrors, decent lighting, and your finger.

“Start with the mirrors,” instructs Melanie Mari, owner and trained manscaper at Bare Skin Studio. “You’re going to need your bathroom mirror behind you and a hand mirror in front of you. The best way to [shave] is with as much bright light as you can get. Most bathrooms have their lights fixed to the wall versus the ceiling, so you should be okay.”

Apply your Shave Butter or Shave Gel and place your finger over where your hairline is (or rather, where you want it to be), so it blocks your razor from accidentally meandering into your hairline. “Normally, neck hair tapers inward,” says Mari. “I personally think that you should shave against the grain here, because the hair should be relatively short and you shouldn’t need to go over the area excessively.”

Sure, it’s a pain in the neck, but sometimes you have to put your neck on the line to look your best.