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, you need to ask yourself a question…

Have you got enough chest muscle mass to show off?

If your pecs are not yet up to scratch in the muscle department, it might be a good idea to leave that chest hair where it is – for now.


There are three things that distinguish a man’s upper body from that of a boy’s:

  • broader shoulders
  • chest muscle mass
  • 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, shaving your chest can make sense.

Depending on the amount of hair you have, your pecs may not look the way you want them to because of 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 –  yet you’d prefer it less hairy. Try trimming it down with a body hair trimmer. Controlling excessive hair growth can avoid any unwanted attention that comes your way because of it, while making you feel more comfortable.

The color of your chest hair, can be another factor when contemplating whether to shave your chest.

It’s common for body hair to be of a different color to that on your head – and it’s not always easy on the eye. 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 have had the horror of seeing a few white hairs sprout from your chest. Yeah – you could use tweezers to pull out a few of those bad boys, but any more than a few and it’s going to get painful and leave bald patches.

In this case, shaving is the best option. A load of long white hairs on your pecs … does not look good.

Tight-Fit T-Shirts

As your chest gets bigger – you’ll fill out your t-shirts better.

From an aesthetic point of view, tighter-fitting t-shirts can look better on you if worn with a ‘clean chest’.

Wearing t-shirts made of synthetic materials like polyester, lycra or elastane, emphasize the contours of your upper body, but any chest hair underneath creates a weird, bumpy look to the material covering your pectorals.


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 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 can 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 magazines.


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.
  • It’s tedious. 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 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 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.