Shaving a Very Hairy Chest

Uncover those abs by shaving off your chest hair.
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While your swirling mass of dark chest hair may make King Kong jealous, it doesn’t really do much for the ladies. Luckily, you can rid your body of the hairy covering with a few swipes of a razor. Don’t just dive in without a plan, though, or you may end up with an itchy, red mess. A little bit of prep work will ensure that your razor doesn’t get lost in that tangled terrain, and your chest emerges the smooth jewel that it wishes to be.

Insert the shortest guide possible onto electric clippers and plug the clippers in or ensure they are charged up. Turn the clippers on and place the blade at the top of your chest. Move the clippers downward slowly until you reach your stomach, or as far down as you want to shave.

Place the clippers back at the top of your chest and shave down another strip of hair. Continue using this process until your chest hair is shortened all over. This makes shaving much easier.

Get in the shower and turn the warm water on. Stay in the shower for at least five to 10 minutes to allow the water to soften the hair follicles.

Step out of the shower and towel dry your chest. Stand in front of a large mirror that allows you to see your full chest. Note the direction of the chest hair growth, which is typically downward, but varies by person.

Squeeze a golf-ball sized amount of shaving cream into one hand and slather it onto your chest, ensuring that you cover all of the hair.

Open a new razor and place it at the top of your chest where the hair line starts. Pull the razor in the direction of the hair growth, exerting very little pressure as you do so. Stop when you have shaved 3 to 4 inches. Be careful not to shave over your nipples!

Rinse the blade off under a running faucet to remove the shaving cream and hair buildup.

Place the razor back in the location where you stopped shaving on your chest and continue shaving. Continue shaving your chest in this manner until there is no remaining hair. Rinse the blade after every 3 to 4 inches.

Wipe your chest using a damp cloth to remove excess shaving cream.

Rub an aftershave containing an antiseptic over your chest to remove any bacteria that may cause infection.

  • To prevent ingrown hairs from causing red bumps, apply an exfoliating scrub once per week to your chest. Massage gently using circular motions for 30 seconds and then rinse off with water.

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.