We’re not here to judge your chest hair. It’s not our business whether you choose to go furry or smooth. Frankly, I’m getting a little ill just talking about it. However, we are indeed in the business of helping men take care of themselves – and should grooming chest hair be part of that – we certainly wanna’ tell you how it’s done. Especially considering it’s the summer and the odds of going sans shirt are infinitely increased.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
• To leave a little hair: If you’re looking to do some de-forestation, but not yet ready to go “totally clean,” a body hair trimmer is the best option. There are many types available, most of which have adjustable length settings.
• For a totally smooth chest: Primarily the forte’ of professional wrestlers and members of the Jersey Shore cast, baby-smooth chest proponents have several tools at their disposal, chief among them being the trusty razor.
• Shaving: The most common method is also the trickiest, as it can often lead to cuts and irritation. Additionally, hair tends to re-sprout within days after shaving.
• Waxing: The best option for smoothness, these treatments can be done by a professional or via an at-home kit. A professional waxing is always recommended as they tend to be relatively painless and usually last more than a month.
• Laser Removal: This permanent, but pricier technique typically requires 3 to 4 professional treatments spaced out over a couple months.
GETTING IT OFF YOUR CHEST – STEP BY STEP
If Using A Body Hair Trimmer
STEP #1: Take a shower, paying special attention to clean and scrub the chest area. Once out of the shower, dry that chest.
STEP #2: On the trimmer, select the proper guard or setting that correlates to the desired hair length and begin removing hair in the direction of growth. If all seems comfortable, the process can be sped up by going against the direction of hair growth. If there is irritation, take a week or so off, making sure to exfoliate and moisturize the chest in the interim.
STEP #3: To soothe and heal any potential irritation post-trim (especially during maiden voyages), generously apply a soothing moisturizer or after shave to the entire area.
STEP #4: Between trimming sessions, make certain to cleanse and exfoliate the chest regularly to avoid razor burn and bumps.
If Using A Razor
STEP #1: If hair being removed is long, the first step might be to use a trimmer as above to chop that forest down to a manageable level. From there, take a warm shower, making certain to cleanse the chest area.
STEP #2: Rub a translucent shaving oil or gel into the targeted area and let said solution absorb in for several minutes. Reactivate shaving product by rubbing in some additional warm water.
STEP #3: Using a quality multi-blade razor, carefully shave in the direction of hair growth (usually downward), using extra caution in sensitive areas (hello nipples) and only going against the grain to get stubborn areas. Make certain to rinse razor out in-between passes.
STEP #4: Rinse chest well with water, gently pat dry and generously apply a soothing moisturizer or post shave balm to entire area. If irritation or breakouts seem likely, cocktail with a targeted irritation-fighting product.
STEP #5: Between shaving sessions, make certain to cleanse and exfoliate chest regularly to avoid razor burn and bumps.
Coming soon… our guide to battling unwanted “Pubic Enemies.”