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Tips + Tools For Grooming Your Body Hair

HOW TO MANAGE OR ELIMINATE CHEST HAIR

We’re not here to judge your chest hair. It’s not our business whether you choose to go furry or smooth. Frankly, we’re 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.

 







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:
  • 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.
  • Laser Removal: This permanent, but pricier technique typically requires 3 to 4 professional treatments spaced out over a couple months.

 

PRODUCT

BEST FOR....

TIP

Guys who prefer a manual, at-home and pain-free back shaving experience. Just a few razor passes and the back will be super smooth. Replace the blades once you start to feel the razor getting a bit dull. The first few swipes will be awkward, from there you’ll love it.
Trimming those missed hairs on the privates, back and chest. Also great for trimming sensitive areas with minimal risk of collateral damage due to rounded tips. As with a haircut, it's better to start by clipping just a little—you can always take off more, but you can't get hair back.
Exactly what it sounds like. Gets private areas smoothed out safely and comfortably. Always use a guard around the crown jewels. Just trust us on this one.
Getting smoother, closer results than an electric trimmer. As with the face, it's important to shave with the grain. Then, keep the area you shaved clean and exfoliated to avoid ingrown hairs. Trim it down first.

Shave Oil

Clear, transparent formula make it easy to know exactly what/ where you're shaving.  Splash a bit of water on the area a few moments after applying to activate the oil and get a smoother shave. 

 

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. Adding a little powder will keep things comfortable as well.

STEP #5: Between shaving sessions, make certain to cleanse and exfoliate chest regularly to avoid razor burn and bumps.

 

HOW TO SHAVE YOUR PRIVATES

It's the thorniest of all grooming issues - how a man can keep his 'junk' looking tip-top. And since we couldn't handle the people we see everyday reading our first-person account of such manly maintenance, we reached across the pond to have our British Grooming Guru, Lee Kynaston, offer some solutions for downstairs' dilemmas.

PUBIC ENEMIES

A little hair is fantastic, but when it starts to appear as if Don King's 'do is residing in the Calvins, it's time for some pubic pruning. Not only do surveys show women prefer men neat and tidy -- it's also a hygienic advantage since body hair is the ultimate home for odor-causing bacteria.

The other big advantage of a tidy trunk line is the addition of an "optical inch." To cut those oversized "pubic enemies" down to size, the simplest thing to do is invest in a body hair trimmer. Easy as mowing the lawn, simply start on the trimmer's longest setting and work on down as the look and feel dictates (no pun intended).



BATTLING A STINKY SACK AND "BAT WINGS"

It's widely known that the male groin has a distinctive (if not universally appreciated) aroma. This musky smell is largely a result of the concentration of apocrine sweat glands in the region, some of which produce a modified form of sweat that some people find sexually attractive (hmmmmmm?????). Unfortunately, after a hard day's work, these odors can become more toxic than intoxicating.

The solution? A quick dust with a refreshing talc powder designed just for 'the boys'. Not only will such powders keep the fellas clean and fresh, they're also a great solution for "batwings" -- the unfortunate affliction where a sweaty sack temporarily bonds to the thighs. Application is simple – just sprinkle or spray a moderate amount of these miracle powders in the ole' boxer briefs and then hit the road. If you find powders too messy and you're looking for an easier application with the same comfort, check out Fresh Balls - it's applied as a cream and turns into a powder as it absorbs sweat and moisture. 

 

SAYING SAYONARA TO MAN-CHAFING

Chafing in those most-intimate of areas is a rarely discussed, but surprisingly common (and painful) issue for men. The area between a man's legs is especially prone to chafing due to the combination of friction and sweat, especially for an athletic gent.

Staying chafe-free is easy though with the aid of an anti-chafing powders that keep skin dry and friction free. As mentioned above, just sprinkle one of these miracle powders in the drawers before suiting up. Should man-chafing still rear its ugly head, a little skin-soothing balm can calm, repair and protect. Additionally, if all else fails, an underwear switch might be in order.

 

TAKING IT ALL OFF

The ball-shaving movement originally started in adult films -- and not just for aesthetic reasons. Removing that hair is a trick of the trade that makes "the boys" look more impressive. As everybody knows, optically, anything that's light tends to look larger.

If you fancy the XXX-look, begin by cropping longer hairs with a body hair tool, trimmer or scissors. Before applying blade to balls, a steamy shower is recommended to soften up those hairs. Once out of the shower, pat that unit dry and generously apply a sensitive shaving cream or shave oil to the base and the boys. From there, carefully (like you need telling) shave with a fresh razor and blade that you feel comfortable with (no straight-edge surprises needed here), making sure to rinse the blade often. When finished, apply a gentle after-shave balm to calm everyone down.

 

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