For those without gym-toned pecs or abs, chest hair can be a good thing. A less-than-toned physique is forgiven by a protective layer of body hair. But if you regularly bench-press your own body weight, then the best way to show off your hard work is with a thorough waxing.
Did the word “waxing” make you wince? Don’t worry, it's not as painful as you probably think. Definitely not as painful as what it takes to accomplish those near-Olympian feats at the gym every single day. It won’t be painful to your ego either since many salons now specialize in men’s waxing. As with shaving, what you do after a wax treatment is just as important as the waxing itself. For a rash-free finish, avoid hot showers, irritating chemicals (chlorinated pools) and exercise for at least 24 hours following treatment. Waxing leaves the pores open and more prone to irritation; don’t let a rash ruin your newly manscaped pectorals.
If you’re considering shaving your chest instead of waxing, think again. Not only will your 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 bacteria that’s hidden between the blades. And if your chest hair is as thick as a sweater, you’ll have itchy re-growth just days after shaving. Instead, use electric clippers that will cut through impenetrable walls of chest hair and give you more aesthetically pleasing length and density. Start with a longer setting, then continue decreasing the grade until you reach the desired length.