Maybe it’s because so many guys have a negative association with chest hair. Maybe it’s because, thanks to some Calvin Klein underwear shoots and ‘90s indie rockers, shaved chests are considered the suave and sexy way to go. Whatever the reason, for a lot of guys, keeping their chest hair trimmed or even removing it altogether is just another part of their grooming routine.
Respect your elders and all that. But if you’re one of those guys who can’t stand the feel of fuzz tickling your ribs 24/7, consider this your green light to start sprouting hairs like dandelions on steroids. Whether you’re new to growing out your chest hair or think you could invest in a refresher course on the ins and outs of an often-overlooked aspect of male grooming, we’ve got everything you need to know about styling your mane down south.
Know the Lingo
First things first, let’s get our terminology straight. There are a few different types of man hair on your body, and each has its own grooming requirements:
– Chest Hair: This is the hair that grows on your pecs and surrounding areas. It’s usually dark and coarse.
– Chest Box Hair: This refers to the hair that grows under your armpits and extends down toward your waist. It’s typically lighter in color, thinner and more curly than chest hair.
– Armpit Hair: This is the hair that grows under your arms. It can be curly, straight or wavy.
– Pubic Hair: This is the hair that grows above your waist, on your lower abdomen and in your groin area. It’s finer and lighter in color than other areas.
– Leg Hair: This is the hair that grows on your calves and the tops of your feet. It tends to be coarse and thicker, but it’s also the easiest to control.
Grow Out Steps
If you’re committed to letting your chest hair grow out, there are a few things you can do to make the transition as smooth as possible. Start by using a gentle exfoliating scrub on your chest and armpits. This will remove any dead skin cells, which could clog pores and lead to ingrown hairs. Next, apply a moisturizing body wash or scrub to your chest, armpits and lower abdomen.
This will keep the skin hydrated and prevent it from drying out, which can lead to irritation and ingrown hairs. The next step is to give your hair some time to grow. This can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months, depending on your growth rate and shaving schedule.
Your goal is to let hair grow to about 1/2 inch long before you start trimming and shaping it. This will make it easier to style, as well as remove any excess hair that might lead to ingrowns or redness.
Trim Your Beard and Hair
When your chest hair is long enough to trim, use scissors to cut it down to 1/2 inch long. Make sure to only trim the hair in your chest area and avoid cutting your armpit hair. Once you’ve finished, you can use a beard trimmer on your chest and armpits, following the same length guidelines.
After you’re done cutting the hair on your chest, you can either leave it as is or groom it into a rounded or straight line down your pecs. The same goes for your armpit hair. You can leave it long or trim it shorter. It’s up to you how you want to style it.
Don’t Shave Your Chest Hair Just Yet
Some men choose to grow out their chest hair and keep it completely unshaved, while others shave it completely off. You should avoid shaving your chest hair completely off until it has grown long enough to trim. This is because shaving it off too soon will cause irritation and ingrown hairs in the areas where you’ve shaved. It can take a while for the hair to grow long enough to be trimmed.
If you have very dark hair, it might even be a few months. If you do decide to shave your chest hair completely off, make sure to moisturize the area regularly to prevent irritation. You might also want to consider shaving with a razor designed for sensitive skin like the Gillette Venus Swirl Razor.
When You Might Want to Shave It Off Anyway
If the thought of having to wait for your chest hair to grow long enough to trim makes you cringe, there’s another option: You can use a depilatory cream on the areas where you want to remove hair. This is a chemical-based hair removal product that can remove hair at its root. Make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, and be aware that a depilatory might leave your skin red and irritated.
If you want to shave all of your chest hair off, be sure to use an extra-sensitive shaving gel and a razor designed for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin and prefer a more low-key approach to hair removal, you can use an electric shaver like the Philips Norelco Multi-Groomer. Keep in mind that an electric razor might not give you as close a shave as a manual razor would, and you’ll need to use shaving cream with it.
How long does it take for chest hair to grow to a suitable length for trimming and shaping?
It can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months for chest hair to grow to a suitable length of about 1/2 inch long for trimming and shaping. The growth rate and shaving schedule of an individual can affect how long it takes for chest hair to reach this length.
What is the difference between chest hair and chest box hair?
Chest hair is the hair that grows on the pecs and surrounding areas, while chest box hair refers to the hair that grows under the armpits and extends down toward the waist. Chest hair is usually dark and coarse, while chest box hair is typically lighter in color, thinner, and more curly.
The Bottom Line
Whatever you choose to do with your chest hair, keep in mind that it’s a personal decision. There’s no right way to groom this part of your body—it’s all about what makes you feel comfortable and confident. Whether you choose to keep it long or short, the important thing is to make sure it’s groomed and hygienic.