When you take your shirt off, do you like what you see? Perhaps you just want a change of scenery. Or perhaps still, you just may be a little curious.
Yes? Good, because you have come to the right place.
In this post, we will cover:
- The Do's and Don'ts of How to Manscape Your Chest
- A General Guide to Shaving or Trimming Your Pecs (or Man-Boobs) and Abs (or Beer Belly)
- Some General Advice for Prep and Clean Up
The Do's and Don'ts of How to Manscape Your Chest
Since they are a little more intuitive (to most of us, that is), let's start with the do's.
- If you are sporting a Chewbacca-esque carpet of hair on your chest, forget about the razor and shaving cream. Just as you shouldn't bring a knife to a gun fight, you also shouldn't start lathering up your chest and going to town with a single-bladed razor right off the bat. If you are like most men who have never shaved their chest before, you probably have quite a bit of man-hair that has accumulated. Bare-bones, you need a body trimmer. It doesn't need to be expensive, but you do need one. Trim first, shave second.
- After trimming, if you are still down for getting extra smooth, take a shower first. Then you can shave. Lathering up your chest and then shaving will make your chest more prone to getting razor burn and rashes, especially if you have never shaved before.
Sounds simple, right? Trim, then shower, then shave. What could go wrong? Well, a lot of things. Here's three.
- Don't use scissors to trim your chest hair. If you value your time at all (which we know you do), a decent pair of clippers should do. With a trimmer or a pair of clippers you can achieve in minutes what scissors can do in hours.
- Don't trim and/or shave part of your chest and forget the rest. It will look uneven. If you shave your chest, you probably should shave your abdominals as well, even if you have little hair there. You will notice it, as will your significant other.
- Don't use store-bought wax kits. Leave this up to the professionals. Even if you think you can do it, just don't. You're going to screw up, and it's going to be painful. Trust us.
General Guide to Shaving or Trimming Your Pecs (or Man-Boobs) and Abs (or Beer Belly)
Ready to get down and dirty? Good, so are we.
The first step when it comes to getting ready to manscape your chest is to simply make sure you have all the tools necessary to get the job done.
At the very least, you will need a pair of clippers, a razor and some shaving cream. Got those? Good, let's start.
Grab a pair of clippers and head to the bathroom.
You do this anywhere else and you are going to be cleaning up hair for the next six months.
Start with the longest length your trimmer or clipper has, and trim your chest and abdominals. Too long? Go to the next setting. Still too long? Go even lower.
You want to start high and go lower, simply because you can't do it any other way.Take a nice, ten minute or so hot shower.
You want your pores to open up to get ready for any razor action you may want. Lather up your chest, grab your best razor and start at the nipples.
Please God do not shave them! Just go around them.
From there it's simply a matter of shaving, mostly in horizontal strokes, across your chest.
One word to note, often times chest hair will grow in wildly different directions, so you can't always shave against the grain here. You will probably need to change up the angle. Repeat the process with your abs and obliques.
Rinse off either in the shower or in the sink, but don't forget this pivotal step. Your chest will probably feel a little 'sticky', so consider using a little body lotion.
Congratulations, you are officially 'manscaped!' See? Isn't it easy to learn how to manscape your chest?
Some General Advice for Maintenance
As we stated earlier, it's always a good idea to perform your 'manscaping' in the bathroom. Your significant other and/or family will thank you for it.
When it comes to maintenance, it's pretty straight-forward.
Depending on how fast your chest hair will grow, you may need to trim and/or shave every few weeks or so. If you are hyper sensitive about always looking like a model, once a week should be more than sufficient.
Furthermore, pick up a good razor or two.
Using those cheap single or double-bladed razors that you find at the drug-store won't make your job any easier. They become easily clogged with hair and lather and the blade loses its sharpness very quick. You don't have to go all out, but a decent three or four-bladed razor should do the trick.
Last but not least, think about using an exfoliator a few times a week. Not only will it help your skin to stay more vibrant and clean, but your skin will be much less prone to getting razor burn as well.