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How To Groom and Remove Male Chest Hair

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Grooming male chest hair is part of many guy’s weekly regimen. Here’s why: Women love it. Men love it. Why not show off all the hard work you have been putting in at the gym? Keep your hair from getting caught up in your buttons or zippers. No one is saying you have to get rid of it all (unless you want to), just keep it tamed.

Trimming

Man shaving chest hair
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You don't have to remove of all your hair. But cutting off some length does a world of good.
  • Pros: This will keep it from getting stuck in your clothes and will look overall less hairy.
  • Cons: Unfortunately, you have to continue to do this every couple of days to once a week, depending on how attached you are to a certain length.
Men's body groomers like Philips Norelco Bodygroom (read review) are made especially for this purpose.

Shaving

For those who want it smooth, go bare. If you have the pecks to flaunt, why not?
  • Pros: Quick and easy.
  • Cons: Well, the stubble can be bothersome and you will have to shave religiously to keep it smooth and bare.

Hair Removal Cream

If you don't want it pulled out and you swore off shaving, a hair removal cream breaks down the hair so you can wipe it off.
  • Pros: Fairly quick, easy and no razor needed.
  • Cons: Be careful. Depilatories are very strong can give you a chemical burn or irritation, especially if you have an allergic reaction or sensitive skin.
They make products especially for the guys. Check out the review of Nair for Men Speed Cream.

Waxing

It's not as bad as Steve Carrel made it seem in The 40 Year Old Virgin.
  • Pros: After the waxing, you can be hair and worry free for three to six weeks.
  • Cons: There is always the possibility of burns and ingrown hair.
Guys are making appointments and getting many body areas waxed, including their chests. An educator and salon owner, Loretta Wilson answers commonly asked questions about male body waxing.

Sugaring

An all natural paste or gel removes the hair from the root, also lasting three to six weeks.
  • Pros: This is one of the oldest methods of hair removal and tends to hurt less than waxing.
  • Cons: Depending on where you live, you might have some trouble finding someone that does the real sugaring technique. Skin irritation and ingrown hair can also play a part in this method.

Laser Hair Removal

While you're not 100% guaranteed that you'll never see your hair again, only seek this option if you're fine with having a bare chest for good.
  • Pros: FDA approved for permanent hair reduction, and large areas can be treated at once.
  • Cons: With most lasers, you need to have dark hair and lighter skin for safety reasons and to achieve results. Laser hair removal can be expensive because multiple sessions are needed. Risks include scarring, blisters, burns, pigmentation and pain. The reduction may not leave you hairless all over and you could end up with patches left.
You have the options of going to the professionals or using an at home device like Tria laser.

Electrolysis

The best track record of any hair removal method, so it's for those really serious about permanently having a smooth chest.
  • Pros: The only method FDA approved method of permanent hair removal. You don't need a certain hair or skin color to get results.
  • Cons: It takes multiple sessions and can be painful.
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