One of the main hurdles to getting chest hair waxed is the initial reluctance to get it done professionally. Perhaps it’s embarrassment. Or maybe, it’s the cost. Fortunately, the vast number of at-home waxing kits available today have crushed these hurdles in one fell swoop.
Yes. Today, it is very possible to wax your chest hair at home. But the danger of winging it is subpar results and pain that’s hard to forget.
To get the best outcome, you’ll need the right tools, the right method, and the right mindset. That’s what this article was built to do.
I want to first give you a rundown of what you’ll need, followed by a simple, step-by-step routine you can use to do the deed like a pro. Then, I’ll discuss some of the benefits of waxing your chest hair at home.
Don’t get me wrong; it isn’t easy. But trust me, it isn’t anywhere near as hard as you think.
What You’ll Need
It’s worth having a basic understanding of the different types you could use. There are two different types that would both be reasonable options:
- Soft wax – also known as “strip wax”. Its main feature is the fact that it requires strips in order to remove it.
- Heated soft wax requires warming using a microwave or wax warmer before applying a film over the hair. Here’s an example on Amazon that comes with strips as well.
- Pre-made strips. These are very DIY friendly because the wax is already attached to the strips. There’s no danger of applying too much. Here’s an example on Amazon.
- Hard wax – doesn’t require strips to remove it. It’s always warmed up and can’t ever be used at room temperature. Once it’s applied onto the hair, it “wraps” the hair and transforms into a “strip” in itself. It can then be pulled off – pretty neat. Here’s an example of hard wax on Amazon
The choice is yours. Any of them would be suitable for waxing that chest hair at home. Pre-made strips would be the easiest, quickest, and most DIY-friendly. The other options would just take a little more practice.
Other things you’ll need:
- Wax warmer – if you’re using a form of wax that requires heating up. A microwave is usually good enough, but specific “wax warmers” are more effective.
- Exfoliating scrub
- Baby powder
- Large strips – that’s if you’re using soft wax that doesn’t already come with strips. Here are some on Amazon.
- Applicator – most kits should come with one. Of course, pre-made strips won’t require this. Popsicle sticks would also do.
- Wax removal oil – not essential, but is great for removing any residue at the end. You can find loads of them on Amazon.
How To Wax Your Chest Hair At Home
1. Trim the chest hair to 1/4-inch long
If the chest hair is too long, there’s a good chance it will simply break midshaft. If it’s too short, the wax won’t be able to grip onto it properly.
1/4-inch seems to be the perfect length for waxing. I’ve written a whole article on trimming chest hair before waxing if you want a full tutorial on how to do it.
Once you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
2. Exfoliate the chest
Exfoliating is an important part of the process. It removes the layer of dirt, oil, and dead cells from the top layer of the skin.
This allows the wax to get a better grip on the hair and for the strips to release from the skin more efficiently.
All it takes is a 30-second rub down of the chest using an exfoliating scrub. It’s a simple measure that can have a very significant effect on the results. Do it in the shower, then towel-dry yourself off.
3. Apply dry powder over the chest
Dabbing some plain old baby powder on the chest will help to absorb any excess moisture. This will allow the strips to stick to the skin more effectively.
The less greasy the skin is, the more effective the wax will be.
4. Apply the wax
We’re getting to the main event now. Of course, what this step actually consists of does depend on the type of wax used.
If you’re using hard wax or heated soft wax, you’ll need to warm it up first. The exact instructions should come with the product itself. A microwave does usually suffice, but be careful not to warm it up too much.
You want it to look like wax, not oil. If it does look like oil, let it simmer and reform its consistency.
Apply the wax onto the chest, doing one strip-sized section at a time. You’ll be working your way across the chest from one side to the other.
Be sure to apply it in the direction of hair growth. Use an applicator to do it – the product should have come with one. If not, use a popsicle stick.
If you’re using pre-made strips (with wax attached), the only thing you’ll need to do to warm them up is rub them in between your hands. You also apply these strips onto the chest in the direction of hair growth.
5. Pull the wax off
If you’re using hard wax, there won’t be any strips necessary. The wax will form a strip in itself and enable you to pull it off.
If you’re using heated soft wax you’ll have to apply the strips over it once you’ve spread the wax. Press down on the strips a few times to allow the wax to properly grip the hair.
Finally, if you’re using pre-made strips, it couldn’t be any simpler. The strips are designed for an easy pull-off.
So, regardless of what form of wax you’re using, the technique of pulling off the strip is always the same. Pull it off against the direction of hair growth.
If you notice some little hairs being left behind, simply press the strip back down and pull it off once again.
Tip: Never re-apply new wax onto the same area. It’s a recipe for irritation. If you want to go at an area again, pressing the same strip down two or three times is acceptable and usually does the trick.
Keep the skin taut as you’re pulling the strip off, and try it pull each strip off in one, swift turn.
It can be tempting to remove them a little bit at a time to minimize pain. But don’t to it – resist the urge. Not only will it be more uncomfortable to do, it’ll also be much less effective.
6. Repeat this in sections going across the chest
Apply the wax, apply the strip over it (if necessary), and pull it off against the direction of hair growth. It seems simple enough, but it requires practice.
Try to be organized about it. Start in one corner of your chest and work your way to the opposite corner.
7. Remove any stray hair
You will most likely notice a few strands that escape the grip of the wax. Once you’re done with waxing, work on neatening these up.
Tweezers are the most effective way of removing a few strands here and there. It does add a little bit more time to your routine, but if you’re aiming for perfection this step is important.
8. Apply wax removal oil
You could finish it there and hop into the shower. But you’ll most likely find that the little bits of wax residue can be pretty uncomfortable and hard to wash off.
There are specific “wax removal oils” you can buy – have a look at this one on Amazon. But just note that you can also use natural oil or olive oil for this purpose.
Dip a cotton pad in some oil until it’s soaked, and rub it slowly over areas of your chest that feel sticky. Let the oil sit for around two to three minutes, before rubbing it off with a wet washcloth.
9. Shower and moisturize
Hop into the shower and wash with lukewarm water. Avoid soaps for now because your skin is likely to be irritated.
Gently towel-dry your chest and apply some moisturizer. Moisturizer is the best remedy for irritated, angry skin.
Remember to do it after each and every waxing session. Lather it on, and remember to do it regularly for the next few days.
You’re all done.
Benefits Of Waxing Your Chest Hair At Home
There are several reasons why you may want to consider DIY waxing as opposed to heading into a salon.
1. It’s cheaper
Don’t get me wrong. Overall, getting it done professionally will always be a better experience. You get what you pay for. Professionals do this every day and their results will be superior because of it.
However, if you were short on cash but still craved that ultra-smooth look, DIY waxing is certainly an option.
A chest wax could cost you around $40 or more if you were to get it done professionally.
But a $10-15 DIY kit could even last you more than one session.
Although your results aren’t going to be perfect initially, over time, you’ll get pretty good at it.
2. You have more privacy
Getting anything other than head hair groomed professionally is often an awkward experience for men.
Unfortunately, although it’s less than it used to be, a small amount of stigma still lingers.
Men often feel uncomfortable at the thought of other people seeing them walking into a salon and knowing what deed is about to unfold.
It’s like they don’t want others to know how much they care about their looks. It isn’t considered typically “masculine”, I guess.
The fact of the matter is, all men care about their looks. Some are just more open and willing to accept this.
But if you were looking to go unnoticed, waxing your chest hair at home is an ideal way of achieving it. What better place than the comfort of your own bathroom?
3. It nurtures independence
You remain in control. Sometimes, I wish I knew how to cut my own hair. It actually doesn’t have anything to do with the cost.
Knowing you’re able to groom your chest whenever and wherever is very liberating indeed.
It could be Christmas day with not a single salon open in the country, and you’d still be able to groom your chest in preparation for wearing that V-neck t-shirt.
Having control over your own grooming is essential. It gives you a much better understanding of what works for you and what doesn’t. Take steps towards this goal whenever you can.
When You Might Want To See A Professional
When you’re starting out, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the prospect of pulling those first few wax strips off. That’s entirely normal.
I do often recommend getting your chest waxed professionally on at least one occasion so you can get a feel for how the experts do it.
Sure, you’ll get to grips with the technique. But you’ll also hand over the responsibility for those first few wax strips over to someone else. Many men find this a more comforting prospect.
Of course, if your finances don’t allow for it, tutorials such as this one should be more than enough for you to do it yourself.
But if you could spare the extra cash, heading to a salon on at least one occasion could enhance your future DIY efforts more than you might think.
There you have it. You’ve learned what you’ll need, how to do it, and why DIY might be the perfect option for you.
You’ve actually probably learned quite a bit about wax as well – more than you ever thought you would.
The thought of doing this for the first time can be daunting. If you wanted to do a simple trial run, a small strip on the back of the calf is a good way to get a feel for it.
But the more you do it, the easier it will get and the better the end result will be.