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The Art of Shaving the Chest

Double_FacesDouble_Faces Registered User regular
edited April 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
While this may blow up into a more overall "personal grooming thread", I thought I'd ask this anyway.

So I'm an actor, and I've worked years on making my body presentable and "pleasing" on camera and stage. I have one big hurdle left, and that is body hair. Most men I know in the business have shaved, and I recently started this too. What has now happened is that I get little irritation bumps on my chest. Now it's nothing major, but it's been about four days and it just kinda stays there, even though I moisturize.

Any suggestions?

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    SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I have found that moisturizing consistantly between shaves helps quite a bit, as do exfoliating scrubs. If you're actully trimming off the tops of some of your hair follicles, those will stay around for a bit.

    Its just like shaving your face: get a nice senstive skin gel, lather up, use a fresh razor, watch the grain (I'm a side shaver myself, neither for or against the grain) apply a nice after shave lotion (I'm really liking the Hugo BOSS after shave lotion right now. Expensive, but damn.) and if you're worried about cam aesthetics, apply a tiny touch of polysporin to each little bloodspot (if any). Prevents scabbing, speeds healing.

    If you're not built like a goat, give waxing a shot. I dont have enough chest hair to make this practical for me (which is why I shave in the first place, I look effing ridiculous if I dont), but the results tend to be pretty damn good, and regrowth is finer for razor touchups.

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    supabeastsupabeast Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    The irritation will calm down if you keep shaving. Exfoliating before you shave will help, too.

    You might want to try limiting yourself to only shaving it when you really need to, so that things can get back to normal the rest of the time. Waxing is good, but don’t do it unless you have a lot of time to heal in case it goes wrong. Some people have some crazy reactions to waxing, ranging from ripping off bits of skin and leaving patches of clots to horrible ingrown hairs that turn into whiteheads.

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    Omnicron9999Omnicron9999 Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Depending on your hair type, an electric razor/trimmer can work really well. I don't shave my chest, but its what I use on my man bits, (I am WAY to scared to take a blade down there) and it gets to the same point as if I used a blade. I use a Braun 8585, and just use the trimmer part. It also works really well on my face too.

    As a side note, I have tons of thick hair. So I think it should work for most people.

    Oh, it doesn't usually irritate your skin, but it works MUCH better if your skin is clean and dry. It also tends to cut better after time, as your hair "gets used to it".

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    SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Word up on the electric trimmer for all your manscaping needs. I find razors actually get too close and regrowth is itchy; with a trimmer, its all very smooth sailing.

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    FirstComradeStalinFirstComradeStalin Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Sarcastro wrote: »
    Word up on the electric trimmer for all your manscaping needs. I find razors actually get too close and regrowth is itchy; with a trimmer, its all very smooth sailing.

    I did exactly that just after reading this post, and you're right. After shaving off a substantial amount of thick chest hair, there was pretty much no irritation. Though there is a good bit of stubble, but whatever, I'll probably grow it back.

    I wish I could say the same for armpit hair. Is there a reason it gets so irritated even if I just trim it a bit with scissors?

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