Shaving Your Chest Hair
Step 1: Prep Your Skin
Before you do any manscaping, have a bath or shower to soften your body hair and prepare your skin for the razor blade. Chest hair tends to be quite wiry, but hot water and soap will help to soften it, meaning it’ll be much easier to shave and there’ll be less risk of shaving cuts and nicks.
You might want to exfoliate before shaving, as this can help you to remove any dirt, oil and dead skin cells that could block your razor’s path. This will help to reduce the chance of ingrown hairs for a smoother and more comfortable finish. Find out more about how to prevent ingrown hairs when shaving.
Step 2: How to Trim Your Chest Hair
Never go straight in with a close shave, unless you’ve got a high pain threshold and the time to be dealing with an almighty tangle of clogged hairs! Thanks to its three different fixed comb length options, and built-in precision trimmer, our Gillette All Purpose Styler should be your go-to trimmer for making slightly longer hairs more manageable.
Using a fixed comb length when shaving your chest hair will give you a neater, more even finish. You could skip steps 3 and 4 if you’re happy with just a trim – it certainly means less upkeep!
Step 3: Lather Up with Shaving Gel
Use a shaving cream to work up a lather all over your remaining chest hair to add extra moisture and make it easier to glide a razor through. Using gel means you’re less likely to get razor bumps and more likely to achieve a perfectly smooth finish, allowing you to look and feel 100% confident.
Step 4: Shaving Your Chest Hair
Attach a Fusion5 Razor Blade to your Gillette All Purpose Styler and start at one of the outer edges of your chest. Pull the skin taut and shave against the grain in to avoid irritation and ingrown hairs.
Work your way in to the centre of your chest, taking extra care around your nipples. After every few razor strokes, gently run the back and front sides of your blades under the tap. Shake excess water off each time, but make sure you don’t tap your razor on the side of your sink or wipe it on a towel – this risks damaging the intricate design of the blade. Discover more about how to care for your razor.
Rinsing blades regularly is important to stop a build-up of shaving gel, hair and dead skin, which could affect the performance of your blades.
Remember to keep reapplying shaving gel if you need to along the way. Choose a shaving gel that will protect your skin while you shave as well – our Fusion5 Men’s Ultra Sensitive Shaving Gel is a good option, as it’s designed to soothe and protect, and is suitable for using on sensitive skin.
Step 5: A Final Pamper
When you’re happy with your new chest hair style, rinse your chest to clean away any lingering hairs or shaving gel, then gently towel yourself dry. Let your skin recover for a few minutes, then apply moisturiser.
Trim your chest hair regularly to keep on top of it – if you’ve gone for a totally smooth finish, you’ll have to do this a lot more often, but always leave at least one day in between your manscaping sessions.