To shave or not to shave chest hair is a personal choice. It is an opinion that varies from one individual to another. Shaving chest hair may be rather tasking. If not done carefully, it may present poor results on the skin. You may not want to show off your chest on the beach with a roughly shaven chest. Further, skin bumps and irritation can keep you away from shaving your chest hair months on end.
There is a downside to keeping your chest hair too long. First on the list is increased body odor and also the body produces more heat. This would certainly make one very sweaty, smelly and uncomfortable. Moreover, if you are in the habit of working out your arms, chest and abs; chest hair can hide the muscle mass by displaying a less defined physique. So what is the best way to shave chest hair? Let us delve into the lesson that will get you a clean shave with no skin irritation.
The Best Way to Shave Your Chest
What you require
I assume that most of you reading this article have shaved before and know what is needed for the job. For the benefit of first-timers or if you want to confirm whether you have all you need for the exercise, then keep reading on. If my way is different from your way, and you want to try a way that is better than yours, this writes up is for you.
Running half-naked between the bathroom and your kitchen looking for ice cubes is awkward and frustrating to say the least. Getting the items together and having your act in one go makes it easy and time-saving.
Here is a list of items you will need.
- Safety Razor
- Body hair trimmer or scissors
- Moisturizing shaving gel
- Skin moisturizer
- Toner or ice cubes
- Shaving oil (optional)
Preparing to shave
Procedurally speaking, it should take about 10 to 15 minutes to shave your chest. This may vary depending on speed, or whether you choose to skip specific processes. Mastery of the entire process will save you time as well. First, you must trim the chest hair using the body hair trimmer or scissors. Trimming should be done to ensure that the razor does not clog up with mire of long hair. Should this happen, it will significantly reduce the efficiency of every single stroke of the razor. Strictly trim dry skin and dry hair, wet hair sticks to the chest and the trimmer too.
Body shavers have attachment combs that can help you determine the extent to which you can trim the hair. Various combs can achieve varying lengths of cut. If you decide to shave while standing, I suggest you step on a sheet of paper. This will help later when you are done, to effortlessly collect together the hair being cut. The paper does not have to be so big. About one square meter is good enough. Alternatively, you can do it in a dry bathtub basin.
Trimming can be done to a neat smooth shave; the advantage is you cannot suffer post-shaving irritation. If you have a small clump of chest hairs, skip to the next stage: take a warm shower. Warm shower aids in softening of the chest hair, opening skin pores, making it easier to shave the hair. Ensure the water is not scalding hot since it can irritate the skin, use warm and steamy water.
Apply a moisturizing shaving gel. Get a clear type of gel as opposed to one that is rich-lathering. Chest contours covered in the foam can hinder you visually to see what you are doing. Applying the gel also helps the razor to glide on the lubricated skin with ease. You can use shaving oil together with the shaving gel if your gel does not have a moisturizer.
Shaving the chest hair
Expose the razor to water and make it wet to avoid cuts and burn marks. Without applying a lot of pressure, shave the chest hair using short, gentle strokes. Keep off shaving over sensitive areas like a nipple; it is soft and can get cuts and nicks. Engage the other hand to help you cover the nipple while shaving around it. You can equally use the other side on fleshy areas to stretch your skin to achieve a plane surface that is easy to shave.
Rinse the razor often using high pressure, running water to dislodge hair build-up on the blade. You want to avoid having to do many strokes. They can cause razor burn and formation of some little, irritating rash on the skin. Make no more than two, long and smooth strokes in the general growth direction of your hair. Shaving against the grain has its pros and cons; you will get a smoother shave but with razor burn.
You can always reapply the shaving gel as deemed appropriate. If you really must do more than two strokes over an area, you can also reapply the gel. Ensure you have new razor blade to make fewer strokes and get a smooth, closer shave with less skin irritation. Once you are done, rinse off your chest with warm water and then rinse again with cold water to help the skin pores to close.
Using a clean, dry towel pat the skin dry. Rubbing your chest using the towel instead of patting will cause skin irritation. Use a facial toner or if you don’t have one, ice cubes will do. Toner will help fight post-shaving pimples and will also cleanse the skin pores. Apply a moisturizer to keep the skin from drying out. Avoid any further irritation and also reduce the chances of having bumps due to ingrown hairs.
- Apply extra care and attention when shaving areas around the nipple, collar bone and other curvy, fleshy areas. Use short strokes and take your time in such areas.
- Electric razor blades designed for male body shaving are available, you can invest in one.
- Ensure to purchase skincare products that are designed for use on men’s skin. Also buy what is compatible with your skin type to avoid skin irritation or any forms of allergic reactions.
- Some men have their chest hairs grow in multi-directional patterns. Adjusting the shaving blade to the most appropriate and relevant directions ensures you get a fresh, clean shave.
- Men who don’t use any bump control product should often exfoliate to help keep hair in an upward position for appropriate growth trajectory.
Bradley Martyn is a lead Product tester at Trimmereo. Previously he has been in consumer products industry for 8+ years. His passion for helping people flows through in the expert reviews he provides.