12 August 2003

How can I get rid of chest hair?

Chest hair can be really manly, but when it starts to peek out of your shirt and takes over your torso, it might be time to take action.


So after hours of sweating it out in the gym, you understandably want to show off a smooth, well-defined and tanned chest on the beach. If it’s a very small, scraggly bit of hair, the best thing to do is to go for laser hair removal. But if you have more hair on your chest than on your head and you can French plait it, then you might consider waxing, bleaching or shaving. Do not use hair removal cream on your chest.

How to shave your chest:
If you start shaving your chest the hair will only grow back faster and coarser right? Wrong. This is a popular myth, it actually only feels that way as within twelve hours stubble starts appearing. But if you let the hair grow out, it will become as smooth as your original chest hair.

  • Take a long, warm bath or shower.
  • While your chest is still warm, apply shaving cream and leave it on for a few minutes before shaving so that the hair softens.
  • Make sure that you use a very sharp blade. You might have to use two blades to shave such a large area.
  • Do not shave over the same area more than twice to reduce skin irritation. On the first stroke shave with the grain and on the second stroke, go against the grain for a smoother shave.
  • When you have finished shaving clean the area with clean warm water and soap to get rid of all shaving debris that could cause infection.
  • Do NOT use an aftershave containing alcohol, rather opt for a special moisturising aftershave or moisturiser.
  • Don’t shave your chest too often. By giving your skin a break you will reduce your chance of skin irritations.
  • Do not shave your nipples. The skin here is very sensitive and you should rather tweeze these hairs. It’s very sore, but after doing it a few times the pain will become easier to endure.

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