A Hairy Question – Should I Shave My Chest?

Unsure about shaving off or trimming your chest hair? Perhaps you need a couple of pointers to help you decide.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of having a hair-free chest, with some suggestions for why should men shave their chest or not.

You Got Pecs?

First, ask yourself whether you have some pectoral muscle mass to show off underneath that layer of hair. If your pecs are not yet up to scratch in the muscle department, then it might be a good idea to leave that chest hair where it is, for now.

What really distinguishes a man’s upper body from that of a boy’s, are broader shoulders, chest muscle mass and chest hair. With no real pecs AND NO chest hair, your upper torso could end up looking more boyish. With chest hair, you can retain some of that manly, upper body look.

However, if you’re a hairy-chested guy with some muscle built on your pecs, you should definitely consider shaving your chest. Depending on the amount of hair you have, your pecs may not look the way you want them to.

There’s one undeniable fact: the less hair covering your pecs, the more defined and chiseled they will appear.

Shaving off all the hair, really helps to emphasize the muscularity and detailed contours of the pectorals. Look at bodybuilders – they always remove chest hair before a competition,
so to enhance the muscle definition of their upper bodies.

Removing all the hair from the chest, really can transform the look of your pectoral muscles.

Embarrassing Chest Hair

Perhaps you’re conscious, embarrassed even, of the sight of your chest hair when you’re at the beach or swimming pool.

Say you have a really thick layer of chest hair -  like forest proportions – yet you’d prefer it less hairy. Try trimming it down with a body hair trimmer. That way, you can feel more comfortable and avoid the attention that comes your way, due to extreme hair growth.

Another good reason to shave your chest, is when the color of your chest hair is not aesthetically pleasing. Body hair can be of a different color to what is on your head. If you don’t like the fact that it looks slightly ginger, or blond, or whatever color – then get rid of it.

If you’re in your thirties, you may start seeing a few white hairs sprouting from your chest. If this sounds familiar – definitely shave your chest! Let’s face it- a bunch of white hairs on your pecs … does not look good.

Tight-Fit T-Shirts

As your chest gets bigger – you fill out your t-shirts better. Some tighter-fitting t-shirts can look better on you without chest hair. How come?

Wearing t-shirts made of synthetic materials like polyester, lycra or elastane, emphasize the contours of your upper body, but a significant amount of chest hair underneath these materials, can sometimes create a weird, bumpy look to your pec region.

Summertime – Time To Get Your Shirt Off

T-shirt off in summer and suntan those pecs

The time of year, when potentially, your pecs will be on show the most – and so it’s the time you want to see them at their best. Enjoying the hot sun, vacations, hitting the beach, and tanning are high on the agenda.

If your skin tans well, then definitely consider shaving your chest at the onset of hot weather. Chest hairs, to some extent, cover up your pecs from the sun’s rays, whereas a clean chest will allow the skin to tan quicker.

During the summer months, a big benefit of a shaved chest, is it allows the easy application of sun tan lotions. The presence of chest hair makes it more difficult for the skin to absorb sun creams and tanning oils.

With no chest hair, you’ll be able to quickly and easily apply even layers of sun tan lotion. It’s less messy, and you don’t end up with ‘matted’ chest hair. Instead, you’ll be on your way to getting that bronzed, ripped look that you often see on the covers of muscle/fitness

More Reasons To Shave Your Chest

  • You just don’t like having a hairy chest.
  • Curiosity. What do your pecs look like underneath that hair? Having worked out for years, maybe you would like to see the resulting muscle definition that is being partially hidden.
  • Personal hygiene. Body hair acts as an insulator, and during hot summer months, a hairy chest will sweat more and retain moisture. You can have the best of both worlds – keep the chest hair during the winter months – but shave it off in summer.
  • You’re going to get a chest plate tattoo. If you don’t shave your chest beforehand, the tattooist will.

Whatever your reasons for shaving your chest, make sure you have the right tools for the job – check out the post on How To Shave Your Chest And Stomach Properly With Minimal Irritation.

Reasons For Not Shaving Your Chest

  • Skin issues. If your chest area is very prone to irritation and spots, then close-shaving your chest may not be a good idea. You could still try trimming it though.
  • You like having a hairy chest. Simple.
  • You can’t be bothered. If shaving your chest every few days sounds like too much effort, then it’s probably not going to be your thing.
  • You don’t yet have a body hair shaver or you don’t intend to get one. Without a body shaver, shaving your chest is just going to be too much of a hassle. Razor-shaving a hairy chest is usually messy and a lot of work. Chances are you will get fed up with the whole thing and not bother.


It’s a personal grooming decision, whether you should shave your chest or not. The most important thing is to feel comfortable – whether that means shaving your chest, trimming off some of the hair, or leaving it as it is.