We’ve all been there, wondering how to stop itching after trimming chest hair. You’ve just stepped out of the shower and your chest as smooth and seamless as the day you were born. You feel clean. You feel pure. You finally feel unfettered by the fur that furiously fettered you in the first place.
A day goes by. Maybe two. You feel good. You feel confident. The girlfriend loves it. Nothing can stop you now. You’re a manscaping machine and you’re never going back. Why did you ever wait so long to do this? And then….
Day three arrives and your immediately begin to regret ever attempting to shave your chest. This isn’t a problem for everyone, but for some it’s an almost unbearable itch that takes over. It’s a far from pleasant experience. The good news is we’re going to help you overcome that itchy experience.
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Warm Showers: You don’t have to trim your chest this way but it should go without saying that shaving in the shower is an excellent option. There’s several reasons you should be shaving in the shower.
It’s cleaner & easier, plus you’re already naked. The cleanup is so much more efficient. Just let it go down the train, but careful not to clog it. The main take away here is the warm water loosens hair follicles and makes it easier to shave.
It’s the very definition of a win-win!
Exfoliation: For the uninitiated, exfoliation involves the removal of the topmost layer of your dead skin cells. While this may sound gross it’s actually quite hygienic and there are a variety of sponges, loofahs, and even creams and lotions that help this process. In fact, there’s benefits to exfoliating regularly both before and after your chest shaving.
When you exfoliate before shaving you not only clean the skin, you also prepare your hairs to be cut. When done after shaving you help wash away the cut hairs and aid in unclogging your pores which reduces your chances of irritation. Yet another addition to the win-win column.
Right Tool for the Job: If you’ve got a thick mane of chest hair remember to trim with a good body groomer first. If you’re someone who’s chest hair is very thick make sure to trim before you trim. Take your bodygroomer on a higher setting and cut down the thickness.
By doing this you’re making it easier for the real trim, or shave if you prefer. There will be less pulling at the hairs and irritation. It’s worth the little extra time it takes to thin out the hairs.
Lotion is Key: There are a variety of pre and post shave lotions designed specifically for men to prevent razor burn, promote skin softness, or soothe post-shave itching. Look for lotions that contain aloe to provide relief or Vitamin E to promote smooth skin.
Once you’ve shaved, regularly applying a quality lotion to the area can help prevent ingrown hairs and keep the skin soft which makes future shaving easier. Better yet try out the DZNuts shaving lotion. Don’t mind the name so much, it’s an incredible product!
Quality is Soothing: If you’ve ever shaved, even your face, with a cheap razor you’ve no doubt experienced the difference a quality blade can make. Shaving your chest is no different. There are a number of high quality razor blades, trimmers, and shapers available that are specifically designed for areas of the body that aren’t your face.
Investing in a quality razor for your body work is definitely advisable. Sometimes choosing the right tool for the right job can make all the difference. We believe this is a crucial step if you’re going to learn how to stop itching after trimming chest hair.
- You may also like reading on how to shave your armpits without irritation.
Going with the Grain
It should go without saying that shaving in the direction of your natural hair growth (down) is the way to go much like when shaving your face. While it’s technically true that you’ll get a closer shave by going the other way we don’t recommend it. Going against the grain causes more irritation which leads to redness and itching.
If you really desire a truly close shave then by all means go ahead but don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Old Wives’ Tales Need Not Apply
First things first. If you’re still under the impression that shaving your chest will cause your chest hair to grow back thicker it’s finally time to drop the notion. Shaving your chest (or anywhere for that matter) does not cause hair to grow back thicker.
In fact, not only does it not grow back thicker but any itching you may experience will go away with time. Remember when you first started shaving your face? Right, it doesn’t itch like crazy every time you shave now, does it?
Ease of Maintaining
After you’ve shaved your chest for the first time you may find yourself saying something like “well, that took a long time! I’ll never do that again!” However, you’ll find that each subsequent shaving session will take less time. Maintenance shaving will also help to reduce irritation and keep razor burn to a minimum.
Shaving your chest might sound like a hassle but once you get the hang of it you’ll find it takes about as much time as shaving your face. If you’re a first timer keep in mind that this is an area of your body that you haven’t previously shaved so some irritation might occur despite your best efforts.
However, by paying close attention to these techniques you can help make that first time as itch-free as possible and ensure the smooth comfort of future sessions. Now you know how to stop itching after trimming chest hair.