Chest hair can be a good thing. Those without gym-toned pecs or abs should depilate with caution as the sight of a physique without forgiving tufts of body hair can come as a bit of a shock. If you regularly bench-press your own body weight, however, then the best way to show off your hard work would be with a thorough waxing.
Many salons now specialise in men’s waxing and, contrary to the urban myths spread by women, the process isn’t that painful. If you can withstand regular self-inflicted pain at the gym, you can handle a wax.
As with shaving, a successful wax isn’t just about the speed or technique employed by the therapist, it’s about what you do after the treatment too. For a rash-free finish, avoid hot showers, irritating chemicals (chlorinated pools) or exercise for at least 24 hours following treatment. This is because waxing leaves the pores open and makes them more prone to irritation. Work up a sweat or let your body temperature rise in any way and your waxed chest won’t be suitable for public display.
For guys with dense chest rugs, shaving simply isn’t a practical alternative to waxing as it leaves a blunt edge to the hair. You’ll also get some itchy – really itchy – re-growth within days. Not only will the skin be more prone to irritation from chafing or sun exposure but, much like shaving your face, there’s also the risk of ingrown hairs, cutting yourself and spreading the bacteria that’s hidden between the blades.
For the rest of us, trimming one’s chest hair to a more aesthetically pleasing length is often the best option. Electric clippers now come with adjustable comb attachments to take the bulk out of the thickest of chest sweaters. Rather than begin sheering at Grade 1, we recommend starting with a longer setting before decreasing the grade until you reach the desired length.