How to trim chest and stomach hair

How to trim chest and stomach hair

Chest and stomach hair are the most common types of male body hair that men remove. Mostly this is done for aesthetic reasons and, lets be honest, usually to make them more sexually appealing.

Fortunately, trimming chest and stomach hair are, without doubt, the easiest areas of the body for a man to trim himself. They are the areas that are easy to reach, easy to see and where there is very little to get in the way when trimming so less chance of an injury.

How to trim chest and stomach hair

Once you have decided to do something about your chest and stomach hair then you have a few more decisions to make.

You will have to choose between shaving, trimming (using scissors or an electric trimmer), waxing or using a hair removal cream.

And not only that but you also have to decide whether to remove your stomach and chest hair completely or to leave some of it where it is.

Decisions, decisions!

Personally I always trim rather than shaving or using a hair removal cream in these areas. I never even consider waxing – far too cowardly for that!

I usually use my Manscaped Lawn Mower 2 on both my stomach and my chest which trims so closely that it is almost like shaving anyway. Alternatively I use my Philips Norelco Bodygroom 3100 which is just as good to be honest.

I always trim my stomach hair completely and, depending on my mood at the time, I either remove my chest hair completely or trim it to just remain in my upper chest area.

The right tools for the job

How to trim chest and stomach hair

Just like many jobs you might do, be it fixing things around the house or on your car, or doing a personal care job such as dealing with your stomach and chest hair, using the right tools will make things easier and the results better.

The most popular ways are:

Electric Body Groomer

Unless you really want to shave completely, in my opinion, these are the best tools to use. You can either use them without any attachments and get a really close trim (almost as good as a shave) or use the comb attachments. These normally come in different lengths so that you can adjust how close the trim is.

As already mentioned above, my two favorites for this kind of job are the Manscaped Lawn Mower 2 and the Philips Norelco Bodygroom 3100. You can read my full reviews of the top 5 body groomers under $50 to find out more.

Scissors

How to trim chest and stomach hair

Although I find it hard to believe that men would use scissors in this day and age but apparently they do.

Using scissors would take me hours to trim my chest and stomach hair and there is no way I would get such a good result as I do with my bodygroomers.

Perhaps some people are just very tight when it comes to spending money on something that will do the job properly.

Electric hair clippers

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These are what you, or your barber, might use to trim the hair on your head. I have used these in the past and they do pretty good job if you don’t want to close a trim.

They are perhaps better if you just want to tidy your body hair up.

Electric shaver

Although some people use these I find they are generally not very good at dealing with hair as long as you might find on your chest or stomach.

They might be fine to use at the end after most of the hair is removed if you want a very smooth finish.

Wet razor

How to shave your chest and stomach

I find these do not work very well at all on most body hair.

They just tend to get clogged up with the long hairs very quickly so you need to constantly be running them under running water to rinse them. It can therefore take a long time to get anywhere.

Chest hairs tend to be quite tough too so the blades may well blunt quite quickly.

Hair removal cream

If you don’t mind the smell and the mess then using a good hair removal cream may be an option for you. You should always check that you won’t have an adverse reaction to the cream before doing the whole chest and stomach by doing a small test. If after half an hour or so you have no reaction then you can do the rest.

The Veet gel hair remover cream is one of the better ones I have tried as the smell isn’t too bad and I can’t say the same for some of the others I have tried.

Waxing

waxing chest and stomach hair
waxing stomach hair

Rather you than me if you want to try this method but if you are the hardy kind then you may wish to consider it. I would suggest that you might need someone to help you and perhaps also warn the neighbors that if they hear you screaming then not to call the police!

Incredibly there is a plus side. Yes, really! Waxing may only need to be done once every 4 weeks.

Having never used it myself I can’t actually recommend a wax. This is the best selling home waxing kit on Amazon should you wish to take a look.

My method

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There are no hard and fast rules for doing this. My particular method is …

Using a body groomer, I normally start on my stomach. I begin just above my pubic area and try to not leave a completely straight line which doesn’t look natural. I then work my way up my body in fairly long strokes.

I try to trim against the grain of the way the hair is growing as that way I get the best results. This often means cutting from side to side if that is the way the hairs are growing.

The only area I have to take the most care of is around my nipples as that would hurt if I nicked them. I generally put a finger tip over each in turn and trim around my finger. When I get up towards my chest I normally have to look in a mirror to see what I am doing.

Once I have finished with my chest I always make sure everything else is at least in proportion, for example, I have quite hairy arms so it would look odd if I had a smooth chest yet had hairy upper arms and shoulders. Generally I will take the opportunity to at least trim my forearms with a comb attachment too as well as my armpit hair.

Funnily enough, once I get the body groomer in my hand I find it hard to stop. Just like when I go out into my garden with my pruning shears to “just cut off that one low branch” and then, an hour later, I have half a truck of prunings to dispose of!

I hope you find the best way to trim chest and stomach hair for you. Good luck!

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Should Guys Shave Their Armpits?

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Should Guys Shave Their Armpits?

Should Guys Shave Their Armpits?

Should Guys Shave Their Armpits? Well if women can shave their armpits then so can men can’t they? Why not?

If you want to shave your armpit hair then go for it. There are actually some good reasons to do it too, apart from the way it looks.

It is odd really, when most women shave their armpits, and if they don’t it is often considered as nasty, yet men are normally expected to to keep theirs.

Personally, I don’t shave under my arms, but I do trim my armpit hair and keep it quite short which I think looks fine.

Should Guys Shave Their Armpits? Benefits of shaving armpits.

What are the benefits of shaving armpits?

So let’s take a look at some of the reasons you should perhaps consider it and then a few reasons to reconsider.

Although hair on some other parts of the body generally at least had some function during evolution, it is not really know why armpit hair exists. Even if there was a reason in the days of old, that reason has long gone.

Does shaving your armpits reduce sweating?

There is no clear concrete evidence to show that shaving your underarm hair actually reduces sweating. But there is anecdotal evidence from some who do it that it is reduced.

Whatever the answer, one thing is clear though, you certainly do not sweat more after shaving armpit hair so at worst it makes no difference.

Does shaving armpits reduce body odor?

There is at least more evidence that suggests shaving your armpit hair does reduce body odor.

Odor is generally caused by bacteria and bacteria love warm damp areas in which to multiply. Armpits fit the bill very well as a home for bacteria.

By removing armpit hair you reduce the places for bacteria to cling to and breed. I am not saying you eliminate bacteria and odor but you do reduce it’s likelihood of occurring.

I think most people would agree that if at any time you notice you have body odor it is most often coming from your armpits. After all, why do so many people use deodorant and antiperspirant under their arms but nowhere else on their body?

Another benefit of shaving armpit hair

Stop that sticky feeling!

I am sure that many people who use deodorant and antiperspirant will, at times, have experienced the build up of the product on underarm hair making the hairs thicker and sticky. Showering alone doesn’t always remove this.

By removing underarm hair completely this problem is eliminated.

Shaving armpits – the cons

The most obvious one is the same as shaving anywhere – the risk of cutting yourself while shaving your armpits. Using the right equipment and products, such as a good shaving cream etc will obviously minimize the risk.

What is the best way to shave armpit hair?

Well most females seem to use the good old fashioned razor and shaving cream or soap and often seem to do it in the bath.

I would just use my Manscaped Lawn Mower 2.0 and perhaps finish off with The Plow that comes with the Manscaped kit.

Not convinced? Then read Manscaped’s thoughts on the whole business of shaving your armpits.

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What to do if you cut yourself shaving down there

There are many ways people will tell you work if you have a small cut that wont stop bleeding after you have nicked yourself while shaving. There are many old wives tales, many of which don’t work but I did try one which did. I will tell you about that at the end, but it’s not something some with phobias might want to try.

On certain delicate parts of the anatomy just a small nick can seem to take forever to stop bleeding. That is because those areas tend to have lots of blood vessels.

If it won’t stop after a few minutes then there are a number of things you can try if you want to know how to stop bleeding after shaving pubic area, or anywhere else for that matter.

How to stop bleeding from shaving

What to do if you cut yourself shaving down there
1. Apply Pressure

The first thing to do is to apply some pressure to the cut using a towel or some tissue.

Maintain the pressure for three or four minutes before releasing to give the blood a chance to clot. If it hasn’t stopped try again for a bit longer.

If that still doesn’t work then try some, or all, of the following:

2. Stypic Pencil/Shaving Stick

Use a stypic pencil (shaving stick) that contains aluminum sulfate such as this one on Amazon.  The aluminum acts as a hemostasis so makes the blood coagulate and stops the bleeding.

3. Lip Chapstick

If you have one to hand you can use a lip chapstick as it will act like a seal over the wound. Ideally you should wash the tip first if it has been used to remove any bacteria which may be on it.

4. Lip Balm

This also works by sealing the wound so assisting it to clot. Try this popular lip balm on Amazon.

5. Witch Hazel

You can use products such as eyes drops that contain witch hazel such as Dickinson’s Original. Witch hazel restricts the blood vessels so helps with clotting.

6. Aftershave

You can dab some aftershave, that includes alcohol, on the wound. Alcohol acts as an astringent  which restricts blood vessels so can be very effective in stopping blood flow. It will make you smell nice too.

Just a word of warning though, if you are using it on your scrotum, it can sting like hell!

7. Deodorant/Antiperspirant

Most deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride. Aluminum chloride causes sweat glands to shrink, which is how it reduces sweating, and it can constrict blood vessels as well.

What to do if you cut yourself shaving down there
8. Tea bag

Many people use cool wet tea bags on their eyes to reduce redness and any puffiness. This works by reducing swelling due to the acidity in the tea (tannic acid).

A used tea bag can can be used in the same way to stop bleeding.

9. Ice Cube

Try holding an ice cube on the cut to constrict the blood vessels and so aid coagulation. It may get a little cold but that is a small price to pay.

10. Listerine Mouthwash

This also contains alcohol, much the same as aftershave, so it can be also used on a shaving cut to constrict the blood vessels and allow coagulation to take place.

11. Toilet paper

Putting small pieces of toilet paper on shaving cuts on the face has long been a method used by men over the decades or even centuries. It is perhaps not so easy to do on whichever part of genitalia you may have nicked but you could try it.

Personally it has never worked well for me as whenever I pull the paper off I seem to reopen the cut and bleeding starts again.

My secret weapon

Now we come to the “Old Wive’s Tale” that I tried once when everything else failed. I had nicked my septum (the wall between the nostrils) and it just kept bleeding for well over 30 minutes. I then remembered reading somewhere about how spider’s webs were used in past times to stop bleeding.

What to do if you cut yourself shaving down there

There was never a shortage of spiders web‘s around the outside of my house so I collected some on my fingertip (ensuring I didn’t collect a spider too) and rubbed it on my cut. To my surprise,

Spiders inject their victims with a coagulant and some of that, along with Vitamin K, exist in a spider’s cobweb, which is why it works.

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