Smooth Chests Are In
Getting your chest waxed is one of the biggest grooming trends for men in the 21st century. No longer is chest hair popping out of your shirt considered to be sexy. Sure a bit of chest hair doesn't hurt, and often times it can even look good. However, when chest hair gets out of hand and starts to curl up, and cover most of your skin... something needs to be done. At that point, it's no longer manly, it is simply beastly.
Getting your chest waxed will give you self-confidence, you'll feel better at the beach when you can show off all your hard work at the gym. Even if you don't go to the gym, it'll motivate you to go, since now your 6-pack can actually be visible if you work out.
Just have a look at these:
The guy with the chest hair (and beard) can actually be pretty handsome if he cleans up a bit. He's fairly toned as well. Most people have a few major concerns when it comes to getting their chest waxed, these include:
- It's gay
- It hurts
- It's expensive
- Why not just shave
- It's bad for you
No it's not. It may have at one time been considered gay if anything, but in this day and age guys like to take care of themselves, and girls like us better because of it (and we like ourselves better too of course). It's about as gay as wearing the color pink or getting your ear pierced; It's normal and many guys do it. This argument is pretty illogical to begin. Getting your chest waxed in no way implies you like having sexual relationships with men. Whether you do or not is a different story (and is also pretty accepted in today's society as well). A lot of guys even shave their legs, get their eye-brows done, and (gasp) use body lotion! Us guys can look good if we want to, and we should look good.
Okay this one I will not deny. It hurts. Quite a bit actually, depending on how much hair you have and your pain tolerance. But honestly, the pain is so short lasting it barely matters. I've gotten waxed a few times and it still hurts, I'm not going to lie. But the pain lasts for less than a second, and then it's just more of a burn from the remnants of the hot wax. The hot wax is probably the worst part of getting waxed (for me anyway) because it feels really uncomfortable when they lather it on in preparation for applying the wax strip. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give the level of pain around a 7. It isn't a killer pain, around the same as if you got slapped really hard on your chest. The only difference is getting slapped stings afterwards, whereas waxing doesn't. Once the procedure is over, there's no pain afterwards at all. The only thing is that it feels weird for a day or two wearing a shirt on top since your senses aren't used to the skin contact. I have a really bad pain tolerance, and I can put up with waxing just fine, so you should be able to as well.
Well, sort of. The first time I got it done, I really didn't look around much and just went with a friend; it was his first time too. I ended up paying $40 for getting my chest and abdominal area waxed, whereas he paid $80 for chest/abs and back. That's pretty damn expensive, and while it felt really nice and was worth the experience I wasn't ready to spend that kind of money 2 or 3 times a summer, especially since I was fresh out of high school and broke. Afterwards I didn't get waxed until 2 summers later where I found this place that did my chest and abs for $16! Now that is a hell of a good deal. I try to go every 6 weeks now, it takes less than 10 minutes to do and it's cheap so I don't even care. What you have to do is scope out your area, or try and find a deal where you get a discount for being a recurring customer. You should definitely be able to find something for less than $25, anything over is a scam. If you do find a cheap place, make sure they're still experienced/licensed professionals and use the proper sanitation and techniques.
Why Not Just Shave
Shaving is really tedious. When you shave, your hairs grow back thicker since you cut off the fine tip of the hair, therefore making the hair look darker and more dense on your skin. You also have to shave more often, usually at least twice a week if you want the clean look, and even then it'll never get the same smooth result as waxing. With waxing you can hold it off for a month. The hairs will start growing back in about a week or two, but won't grow back to their full length for 2 months or longer.
If you start waxing regularly, your hair follicles eventually die! This means that every time fewer and fewer hairs will grow back, and the ones that do will be thinner and weaker. It's sort of a long-term permanent solution, over-time your hair will eventually stop growing back, so you'll never have to wax or shave again! Another very nice effect of waxing is that it exfoliates. This means that it pulls off all of the dead skin cells and reveals fresh new ones underneath. Your skin will look fresh and healthy and glow radiantly in the sun. Seriously, I can't explain the difference between dead skin and fresh skin until you see it for yourself, its so much brighter and more saturated in color.
It's Bad For You
Again, no it's not. Waxing is an every growing hair removal technique and among the safest to do; if done right. I honestly would never suggest waxing yourself. You just can't get the same effect and you're at a bad angle to pull. Go to a professional that knows how to do it, and you'll be fine. You won't get infected or anything if you apply after shave afterwards. Your skin is slightly sensitive so avoid the sun for a day after getting it done, or wear sun block. I've never had any negative side effects of getting waxed. It does not burn your skin, or cause cancer, or any of the other ridiculous myths out there. Just make your you get it done at a safe and legitimate place, and you'll be fine. In fact, shaving is probably more dangerous since you can cut yourself and there's a chance of ingrown hairs. Waxing your chest is perfectly safe.
Hopefully this article has cleared any fears or doubts that you may have had if you were planning on getting your chest waxed. If you weren't, perhaps you'll consider it now. Smooth chests are sexy, so hop on it folks!
amnestylina on February 13, 2012:
YES WAX AND YES MOISTURIZE AND NO IT ISN'T GAY ITS GORGEOUS! TAKE IT FROM A HETERO WOMAN
Aphrodite Venus from Orlando on August 22, 2011:
vote up awesome and well-written. I think men should definitely wax their chest instead of looking like apes. no pain no gain.