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When it comes to manscaping questions about shaving, hairy chest issues are often at the top of the list.
If you lived in a certain era (we’re talking the 1970s here!), having an ultra-hairy chest was viewed as a seriously manly asset, and in certain modern cultures, maybe it still is. But if current trends are anything to go by, the look most guys are after is a smooth, athletic finish that tells people you take care of yourself below the neckline, too. More Olympic diver, less Russian weightlifter, if you get our drift.
When it comes to a hairy chest, you either want one, or you don’t. There isn’t really a comfortable ‘half hairy’ midpoint – it isn’t quite the same as having stubble on your chin. In fact, our quick office survey shows that being hugged by someone with weird chest stubble is about as appealing as falling into a cactus.
So, what’s the best way to get rid of that fur? Luckily, you have options!
We generally recommend going the route of using trimming and shaving products, rather than waxing or using depilatory creams. Why? Simply because it’s less painful and is less likely to cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction. (Disclaimer: if you’re already waxing or using hair removal cream, and it works for you, carry right on, we have no objection.
Chest hair removal isn’t a complicated science, but there are a few things you should know. Here’s a quick checklist for you:· Regular maintenance is key – remember, chest stubble is no fun for loved ones.
· Always wet or dampen your hair before trimming – it’s easier and smoother on your trimmer.
· Always use a heavier-gauge body hair trimmer first to remove the bulk of the hair, and then progress to an electric razor for a close-to-the-skin finish.
· You may also want to use an old-fashioned manual razor for an ultra-smooth finale.
· Use a good quality skin balm after shaving, to prevent skin irritation and to moisturize and protect the pores and follicles you’ve just gone over.
· And, wherever possible, use a mirror. It’s easier and you’re less likely to miss any hidden bits.
So if you’re considering all-over shaving, hairy chest and hairy back, followed by hairy legs, are the high-maintenance areas you want to focus on first. But with a little consistency, it’s easier than you think!