How to Get Rid of Butt Hair

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In a society that strives to be more body-positive, we still shy away from the topic of butt hair. Butt hair is normal and everyone deals with it, but if you’re wondering how to get rid of butt hair, we will explain how to do it safely.

There are two roads you can take to remove butt hair: temporarily or permanently. Some temporary hair removal solutions include shaving, waxing, trimmer, epilating, and hair removal creams. But if you’re looking for a more permanent solution with long-lasting results, try laser hair removal or electrolysis.

Each hair removal method has its own set of pros and cons. Which one you choose would depend on your needs and preferences after weighing all the good and the bad each method has to offer.

In this article, we’ll go over all these hair removal methods in detail to help you decide which one is best for you. Additionally, we’ll also cover a rundown on butt hair and what exactly its purpose is.

Does Everyone Have Butt Hair?

Everyone, no matter how hairy (or non-hairy) they seem to be, has butt hair.

Even with a society that’s more body-positive than ever, hair growth in private areas, including pubic and butt hair, remains to be a taboo and sensitive subject.

While we, as a society, openly talk about facial, armpit, arm, and leg hair, we remain reserved and quiet when the topic of hair growth in our more private areas comes to light.

But the thing is, everyone has butt hair, including on their butt cheeks, in between, and around the anus. It’s just how our bodies develop once we hit puberty.

It may seem like an inappropriate topic of conversation but we can’t be fully body-positive if we can’t openly talk about this very real part of everyone’s bodies.

While everyone has butt hair, their thickness, length, and color would vary greatly for each individual. Some people might also have more hair than others or vice versa.

What causes thick butt hair?

As mentioned above, some people may have longer, thicker, or darker hair than others. While some others have shorter, thinner, or lighter butt hair.

There are a few factors that could affect this:

Genetics: Like many parts of you, genetics could play a huge role in how much hair you have in your body and how long and thick they go. Thick hair down in your private parts is most likely a trait passed down to you thanks to good ‘ol DNA.

Ovarian diseases: For many, their ovaries, and hormones, as a result, could play a huge role in how their body grows hair. The condition Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS), for example, can cause an increase in body hair.

Adrenal diseases: Androgens can trigger hair growth and affect how long or short and how thick or thin they grow.

Does Butt Hair Have a Purpose?

There is debate about whether or not butt hair has a purpose.  Here are some theories we’ve heard: 

  • Like other forms of hair in our bodies, it can help keep humans warm. This is especially helpful when humans were more hairy creatures millions of years ago. But over time, body hair for keeping optimal body temperatures became less and less important so human bodies evolved.
  • Butt hair is an extra layer of protection to prevent too much friction and protect butt cheeks from chafing when you walk or run.
  • It can trap a human’s “unique scent” which our human ancestors used to attract mates.

With the way human bodies have evolved for millions of years now,  it seems like it lost most of its original purpose. That being said, removing them shouldn’t cause any issues, should you choose to go bare back there.

Getting Rid of Butt Hair? Is It Necessary?

Deciding to remove butt hair is entirely a personal preference.

Many don’t mind their presence and don’t bother themselves in making efforts to remove them. While others can be irritated, annoyed, or bothered by it and would choose to remove them.

How to Get Rid of Butt Hair: Temporary Solutions

There are various solutions to remove butt hair, so consider some of these temporary removal methods:


Shaving is one of the easiest, fastest, and most basic methods to remove hair in any part of the body.

Because you’re working with a smaller area, a smaller razor like a bikini shaver would do you wonders. You could, of course, still use a regular shaving razor.

And because the area is sensitive, use shaving cream or gel. Shave carefully, with small strokes. Prep the area by washing it with water and mild soap first.


Unlike shaving which removes hair only from the skin’s surface, waxing actually removes hair from the roots and follicles.

Waxing is more difficult and more painful than shaving. While waxing can be done at home, it can be tricky, especially if you’re a newbie. You can recruit a friend or partner to help you or better yet, turn to a professional in a waxing salon.


Trimming with scissors or an electric shaver is a fast and simple way to keep hair growth in check. Trimming removes possible complications and risks from both shaving and waxing so this is definitely a safer method.


An epilator is a hair-removal device that holds onto and removes several strands of hair at once. It’s like an upgrader tweezer – it’s the same tweezing sensation but many at the same time.

Epilators can be bulky devices so it may not be your best choice if you want to get into the nooks and crannies of your behind.

Creams for hair removal

Hair removal creams (also called depilatories) break down hair’s proteins to dissolve them.

While they may be effective in removing body hair, they have been known to irritate such a sensitive area. Choosing a gentle and sensitive skin-friendly formula should be a safe bet. But still, you should be extra careful and keep a close eye on adverse reactions and sensitivities.

How to Get Rid of Butt Hair: Permanent Solutions

If you want a more permanent solution to remove butt hair, check these out:

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal uses beams of laser to destroy hair right at the hair follicle and root. The procedure can be uncomfortable and painful for some but it’s mostly described as a rubber band flicking at your skin.

Results are not totally permanent but can be cumulative with the more sessions you do. At least six sessions may start giving you significantly decreased hair growth. Maintenance sessions to target new har growths may also be necessary to keep the results. Learn about the average cost of laser hair removal.


Electrolysis uses a small electric current through a small needle to target hair follicles and damage them. This prevents future hair growth.

Like laser removal, electrolysis would require multiple sessions to achieve full results and follow-ups to prolong the results.

It can also cause some levels of discomfort in the treatment area.

The Risks of Removing Butt Hair

Like many aesthetic treatments and procedures, there are risks and complications that may occur when removing butt hair. These include:

  • Razor burn
  • Bleeding
  • Cuts and wounds
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Folliculitis
  • Infections

Most of these mild side effects should go away on their own without intervention. Side effects and complications could also vary depending on what method you used to remove hair.


No matter what hair removal method you choose to go with, temporary or permanent, the most important thing to remember as part of the process is to keep the area and skin moisturized.

This will lessen your risk of side effects after removing hair from a sensitive area.

Aftershave creams and lotions are widely available and you should consider adding one to your hair removal regimen. 


Butt hair is normal – everybody has it. And towards society’s journey of normalizing it, the conversation of butt hair removal also comes into play.

There are two ways to remove butt hair: either temporarily or permanently. Shaving, waxing, trimming, epilating, and hair removal creams are all great temporary hair removal solutions. But if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, look into either laser hair removal or electrolysis.

Check out more information on caring for intimate areas, including intimate bleaching. We hope talking about these sensitive subjects a little more openly will help others find the information they need.

Michelle Jackson
Michelle Jackson