Valentine's Day Prep: What to Shave Where
February 13, 2015 by
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We’ve talked about how we feel about “manscaping”—spoiler alert: we aren’t fans—but that doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons and seasons to trim where the wild things are. Valentine’s Day would be one of those seasons, and below are shaving tips and a few good reasons.
Shaving Your Chest
- Sean Connery
- David Hasselhoff
- Javier Bardem
- Justin Bieber (does shave his chest)
- Jack Nicholson
- Hugh Jackman
Assuming you’re not oiling up your chest hair into a greasy, matted mess, there’s not much reason to shave it. Many a well-groomed man, including those on the list above, keep it au naturel.
Shaving Your Back
Not a bad idea. But if you’re a guy whose front looks like a wooly mammoth’s coat, shaving the back could make for an imbalanced image, so be aware of that possibility. If you decide to go down that road, and again, you probably should, here are some tips:
Check your work. It can be hard to see what you’ve accomplished, so make sure you use a mirror or a set of mirrors to inspect your handiwork. Having random patches of hair is worse than not grooming at all.
Keep it groomed consistently. Back stubble would also fall under the category of things worse than back hair, so make sure to incorporate back shaving into your regular grooming routine.
There are areas where male grooming can become more hazardous. In these sensitive areas, it’s advisable to trim using an electric beard trimmer rather than risk the irritation caused by a blade. If you do wish to use a blade, we’d recommend lathering up with Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather before you get started to reduce the risk of razor burn, irritation, nicks and cuts (it can be applied without using your shaving brush).
So, to sum up: Leave the chest hair, remove the back hair (with the right tool) and trim the rest with care. Of course, you'll want to take care of your facial hair, too. Good luck, groomers!