“I have a problem with a lot of chest hair, what should I do about it?”
Adam via Instagram.
Assuming it’s the former, we wouldn’t necessarily consider chest hair a ‘problem’. After all, polished pecs in the style of Marky Mark have given way to more Selleck-style topiary in recent years.
Regardless, just like eyebrows and beards, chest hair should be groomed. As with most body hair, length will be a matter of personal preference, but the sweet spot is usually somewhere between an early noughties-era porn star and, well, early seventies-era porn star.
The easiest (and most pain-free) way to achieve this is with a decent electronic trimmer, such as Wahl’s Peanut trimmer or the Philips Bodygroom Series 7000. Use these with a guide attached to trim the hair back to the desired length rather than remove the fuzz completely and risking nasty shaving rashes or itchy bumps.
Of course, there is an argument for removing the hair altogether, particularly if you’ve worked hard at the gym. It makes little sense to hide paving slab pecs and a chiselled core under a fur rug.
There are several ways to do this, including waxing and depilatory creams (covered in our full manscaping guide). Shaving, however, is the most common; stick to what you know and all that.
Do this as you would ‘down there’: trim first with clippers then hop into a steamy shower to soften the remaining hair. Apply plenty of shaving cream and start to fell one small section of forest at a time using short, gentle strokes. Finish with a post-shave balm or a nappy rash cream like Sudocrem to minimise irritation and exfoliate the skin a few times a week to keep painful ingrown hairs at bay.
And there you go. A chest like Michelangelo’s David. Or Denise.