If you’ve been shaving your chest hair for years, or this is the first time, you may learn some tricks for great results. We’ll help you get a close shave, while avoiding common problems like nicks, irritation and annoying razor bumps.
Time Required: 10-15 minutes for shaving chest hair
- Choose your shaving cream or gel wisely. What you use has as much on the outcome of your shave the razor you use. I would recommend Brave Shave (read review), originally created for male body shaving.
- A new quality razor is important. Stay clear of the straight, cheap disposables or you'll be asking for cuts and nicks. Instead use a razor with a pivoting head and multiple blades to give you a smooth, close shave. A a big favorite with the guys is Gillette Fusion (compare prices).
- Trim, trim, trim . If you’ve never shaved, or haven’t in a while, it’s good to trim hair down as short as possible. You can do that by placing a comb flat on the skin and trim over comb with scissors. Or to make it quick and easy, use clippers with the shortest guard.
- Jump in the shower and relax for five. Take a minute to breathe. Wash your body and your hair. The warm water will soften your hair and skin, allowing for a closer shave.
- Exfoliate. By lightly sloughing away dead skin cells you will get closer results and minimize ingrown hair. Gently using a wet loofah will work great.
- Use a bit of shaving oil. A couple drops under your cream or gel works as a barrier on your skin, so the razor will glide easier instead of dragging. It not only moisturizes,the oil also helps prevent razor burn, general irritation and ingrown hairs- all big offenders when shaving thicker hair like in the chest (compare prices).
- Apply shaving cream or gel. Slather on a bit of cream or gel over damp skin. Skin that is too wet will make the cream run right down the drain. If you have a shaving brush, apply product using small circles.
- Shave. Using a firm touch, shave in the opposite direction of hair growth while holding skin taut. Don't go over the same area too many times or skin can end up irritated.
- Rinse. In between strokes, be sure to rinse blade. A clogged razor won’t work well.
- Dry off. Pat skin dry and apply a light unscented lotion.
- Keep the bumps away. Apply a product that will help keep ingrown hair, razor bumps and irritation at bay. A product such as Tend Skin (read review) will work wonders. If you don't use a bump-fighting product, be sure to exfoliate often.
- Watch the direction of hair growth. Your hair has a mind of its own. It will grow in every direction, so adjust the blade's shaving direction to get the closest results.
- Be extra careful around the nipple area and collar bone or other curves in your chest. Take extra time in these areas and use short strokes.
- If you're not going to shave your stomach or lower abdomen, at least trim hair down so there isn’t such a distinct difference.
- If you don't want to use a manual razor, try an electric one made for male body shaving like Philips Norelco Bodygroom (read review)
What You Need
- Comb and scissors or clippers (if hair needs trimming)
- A new razor with multiple blades
- Gentle body exfoliator or loofah
- Shaving oil (optional)
- Shaving brush (optional)
- Shaving cream or gel
- Unscented lotion