To Shave or Not: The Basics of Chest Hair Removal

Shaving Chest Hair Grow Back

Self Shaving Your Back / July 26, 2021

Human evolution, for whatever reason, removed a lot of hair from men and women compared to our primate ancestors. But, men didn’t lose all of it, and a lot of men are pretty hairy, and we get hairier as we get older. Forty years, ago chest hair was the rage in men, but in 2017, things are a little different.

So, shaving chest hair, yes or no, is a valid question.

We still suggest shaving your chest hair if possible, or at least manicuring it. If you keep chest hair, shave your back, shoulder, and upper arm (biceps/triceps) hair. What follows are some of the reasons why we think you should shave.

First, shaving chest hair seems to be the norm in the popular culture, at least for the hot guys. Look at the men on television, in the movies, and in ads. They almost all, if they’re shirtless, have no chest hair. Even with shirts, there’s often no chest hair (or even upper arm hair) sticking out. The only time you see hairy guys is if they’re overweight, lower type characters being made fun of.

While popular culture shouldn’t be the only factor when thinking of shaving chest hair, you have to consider it. Showing up to the local pool or beach with a hairy chest and back these days is the equivalent of showing up with a mullet as your haircut. It looks out of date. So, ignore popular trends at your own peril, especially if you’re after younger women.

Second, shaving chest hair brings out your muscle tone. Even if you’re a little out of shape, you probably have some muscle tone. Go ahead and show it off instead of hiding it under hair. If you’re in great shape, you definitely need to shave. Body hair makes you look fuller and bigger. Shaving chest hair really helps with a sleek, toned look.

Finally, having a thick hairy chest, especially to the point where people aren’t sure if you’re fully evolved from apes, is just gross. No one wants to find your curly, overgrown arm and chest hair in their food or anywhere else. If you have chest hair to the point where it’s more comparable to ripping carpet than actually shaving, removal must be in your future. Being totally covered with hair will get kisses from a hot girl, but only if you’re a cat or a dog.

If you have a hairy chest, you have a few options. The first is waxing or sugaring. These both involve slathering a gooey substance on fabric strips that are laid on your body hair. Then it’s ripping time. Over a long period, these procedures will damage the follicle area causing slower and less hair growth. This is the upside. The downside is the the mess and the pain (and cost if you pay for waxing). Yes, it’s pretty painful, especially the first time if your chest hair is especially thick. This is a good option if you don’t want to mess with shaving, hope to slow growth over the long haul, and you have a high pain tolerance.

The other option is shaving. This can be done wet or dry. I personally mix and match. I’ll shave my chest and arms in the shower, using a razor and shaving cream. However, I’ll also use a body groomer to handle the back and other parts of the arm I can’t reach. While I’m not very flexible I can generally do most of my back, chest, and arms myself. However, if you want to shave the back, you may need help.

We recommend these two body grooming products. The prices aren’t too high, but it’s worth the investment. You should be doing this once every couple of weeks:

If you have the pain tolerance, I’d recommend you get your chest and back waxed a few times in the beginning. It’ll slow down growth and thin your hair out. This will make shaving much easier and less time consuming later. But, if your hair is especially thick, then make sure to trim it first, or the waxing will hurt like hell! Ask the person doing the waxing for advice.

So, even though chest hair may be making comeback to a degree, if you want to better yourself and get dates, shaving chest hair is a no brainer. Just do it. And, do your back and arms too. Where you stop after the waistline is up to you. But, we don’t want to hear about it!