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How to get rid of chest hair

Updated on October 29, 2012

So, you want to know how to get rid of chest hair?

If you want to know how to get rid of chest hair you have come to the right place. These days it is not only women who like to get rid of excess body hair, and many men are starting to join in. Body hair grows all over and there are specific areas where many men want to get rid of the excess hair. One of the most popular of these areas is the chest.

If you are one of the many men with a lot of body hair and want to know how to get rid of chest hair please carry on reading this article where you will get some tips and advice.

How to get rid of chest hair - Use a hair trimmer first

The first thing to do in the quest of how to get rid of chest hair is to shave the hair that is currently there, however simply grabbing a razor and attacking the hair is not the best way forward. The chest hair is likely to be too long for razors to deal with and shaving hair that is too long is going to lead to cuts, nicks, razor bumps and pain.

Before reaching for the razor the chest hair needs to be trimmed down, and the best way of doing this is to use a male grooming trimmer. Simply set the trimmer to a low setting, in order to leave hair you can tackle with a razor, and trim the chest hair. Some trimmers have a setting that is so low it is almost like shaving, but this setting is best avoided. At this setting the foil will be too close to the skin and it is likely to dry it out and create red, itchy patches. Rather than use the lowest setting use one that is one or two stops higher and proceed with that. When using a trimmer you need to make sure the chest hair is totally dry, otherwise it won't trim the chest hair efficiently.

Wahl Trimmer

If you are looking for a great quality trimmer for your chest hair I can highly recommend the Wahl trimmer. Wahl are well known for creating top quality products that are durable, robust and tough enough to trim the thickest of hair. Wahl trimmers are very popular and get rave reviews from owners all over the world, so if you buy a Wahl trimmer you can be sure you are getting a top quality trimmer.

How to get rid of chest hair - Lube up with oil

Once the chest hair is nice and trim the next step is to prepare the chest for razor shaving. Some people use a shaving gel or shaving foam for this, and whilst these products will do the job the best product to use is shave oil. Shave oil not only softens the hair, it also lubricates the skin so the razor blade slides along it, as well as creating a protective layer that prevents nicks and cuts.

There are many different of shave oils available so the choice is vast. The best shave oils are non-perfumed, hypo allergenic and don't contain any alcohol, so make sure any shave oil you select has these qualities. Other than that, the choice is down to personal preference so get out there and select one. When using shaving oil less is more. There is no need to cover your chest in shave oil, so use it sparingly and you will get better results.

Art of Shaving pre shave oil

Whist there are many different types of shaving oil, many of which are very good and worth buying, my favourite is the Art of Shaving pre shave oil. This non-perfumed hypo allergenic shave oil is simply awesome and, in my opinion, the best money can buy. This shave oil is easy to apply, soaks in quickly, provides a protective barrier and does everything it says on the can. I can honestly say I have never suffered from shaving bumps or razor burn using the Art of Shaving oil. This shaving oil is also ideal for sensitive skin.

How to get rid of chest hair - Use a straight razor

Personally, I think the best razor to get rid of chest hair is the straight razor. Since a straight razor only has a single blade it is impossible for excess shaving gel/foam or oil and small bits of stubble to get trapped on the blade and fester and grow. When you use multi blade razors the stubble and excess shaving gel/foam/oil gets trapped between the blades creating a nice haven for bacteria, which are likely to get in your pores the next time you use the blade. As you can see, straight razors are the cleanest approach and when you use a clean razor the chance of razor burn, shaving bumps and ingrown hairs is greatly reduced.

Straight razors also work out cheaper than multi blade razors. Whilst there is the initial cost of buying the straight razor, although they aren't that expensive, the single razor blades are very cheap and you can pick up a 100 blades for a few dollars. 100 blades will last many months and you can use a new razor blade each and every shave should you wish, although there is no need as a single straight razor blade will last several shaves. There is a learning curve in using a straight razor however the time spent is definitely worth it in the long run.

Parker Straight Razor

If you want an affordable, yet good quality, straight razor then look no further than the Parker straight razor. Whilst it may not be a robust as other straight razors, it is more than up to the job and well up to the task. The Parker straight razor is lightweight and comfortable to use. So, for the closest and smoothest shave buy a Parker straight razor, you won't be disappointed.

Looking for a straight razor?

The Parker straight razor is an excellent razor and it is my straight razor of choice, however there are other ones out there. For a selection of straight razors check out the products below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search facility and you will find plenty more.

How to get rid of chest hair with a safety razor

Whilst the straight razor is superior to multi blade razors, some people never get the hang of using a straight razor and have no option but to use a multi blade safety razor. If you are one of these and have to use a multi blade razor, make sure you thoroughly clean the blade after every use. The blade should be soaked in sterilising fluid and then rinsed under a warm tap and this should be done after every shave. If you keep the blade as clean as possible, and sterilize it each time, the chances of razor burn and shaving bumps should reduce.

Gilette Fusion razor

Out of all the multi blade razors the best one available is the Gillette Fusion, which consists of a top quality handle, that is ergonomic and comfortable to use, coupled with 5 separate razor blades all housed in a single cartridge. When you take one swipe the Fusion takes five, so you will end up with a smooth and close shave.

How to get rid of chest hair - After shave protection

Shaving takes its toll on the skin therefore you need some after shave skin care to ensure your chest remains smooth, hydrated and pimple free. Once you have shaved off all your chest hair you need to use a good quality moisturizer. A good moisturizer is alcohol free, perfume free, hypo allergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. There are plenty of good after shave moisturizers out there so choosing the right one for your skin type shouldn't create too many problems. I suggest buying a sample size pack of several moisturizers, using them and seeing which brand is best for your skin type.

Art of Shaving after shave moisturizer

My after shave moisturizer of choice is the Art of Shaving after shave balm. This top quality moisturizer is no-perfumed, hypo allergenic and perfect for sensitive skin. It is also easy to apply and absorbs in to the skin easily to keep it well hydrated for several hours after the shave. If you want the best moisturizer that money can buy get some of this Art of Shaving after shave balm, you won't be disappointed.

How to get rid of chest hair - The conclusion

So there we have it. That is how to get rid of chest hair in a few easy steps. If you follow this how to get rid of chest hair regime you will find that getting rid of chest hair is fast, simple and doesn't hurt. All you need is the right shaving tools and products and everything will be ok.

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