Trimmers, clippers, groomers, etc. It’s all just too much – why not keep things simple? A beard trimmer is a very versatile device. But can you trim your chest hair with a beard trimmer?
Yes, you can. A beard trimmer is a very versatile device, perfectly capable of sculpting chest hair to your desire. Chest hair is very similar in texture and distribution to beard hair, which is helpful. The wide range of length settings and detachable heads they often come with are also ideal for producing a sophisticated, nuanced look. Ultimately, it’s a great way to avoid having to buy a separate “body groomer”, although this may eventually become advisable for reasons I’ll explain later.
That’s the answer in a nutshell. It’s probably quite reassuring in itself. But I wanted to explain it all in more detail.
Chest hair is prominent and often very visible. It’s important to groom it effectively, even more so than other areas of the body.
In this article, I’m going to go into more detail as to why trimming chest hair with a beard trimmer can be very effective. Then, I’ll go through exactly how to do it for the most impressive results.
Let’s get to it.
3 Reasons Why You Can Trim Your Chest Hair With A Beard Trimmer
Here are three reasons why a beard trimmer may be an ideal tool for mowing down that chest sweater.
1. Chest hair is similar to beard hair
If you’ve got a beard, even a short one, run your fingers through it. Now, run your fingers through your chest hair.
You’ll probably notice how they’re pretty similar in terms of texture, and thickness.
They’re both quite coarse; thick, and rough. This is in contrast to scalp hair, which is thinner and softer.
Because of this, a beard trimmer should be able to glide through that chest hair quite easily, cutting it down with relative ease. If you’ve got a trimmer that’s even half-decent, there shouldn’t be much tugging or pulling.
Beard trimmers are usually designed with facial skin in mind. The blades are often hypoallergenic (although not always) and take the sensitivity of facial skin into account.
Chest skin can also be sensitive and prone to irritation. A beard trimmer should be able to account for this and not cause too much trouble.
Of course, a lot of this is trimmer-dependent. If you have a poor quality trimmer, with poor quality blades, it’s going to be ineffective. But even a mid-range trimmer between 30 and 50 bucks should be fine.
2. It gives you plenty of length options
Beard trimmers usually give you a very wide variety of length options when compared to a pair of clippers, for instance.
You’ll usually have an adjustable comb length or a wide range of attachable guide combs.
This is great for chest hair because it gives you plenty of lengths to choose from. There’s so much scope for experimenting and finding one which really suits you in terms of looks and comfort.
It’s also great if you want to vary the length in different parts of your chest.
For example, trimming the thicker parts of your chest hair just a couple of millimeters shorter can actually produce a more evenly distributed look overall.
It can produce a very nuanced and sophisticated appearance. But this is something you can try once you’re a little more experienced with the trimmer.
Ultimately, you don’t need a whole lot of options to trim your chest hair once you’ve found the perfect length for yourself. But having those options can definitely be beneficial when you’re in test mode.
3. They’re usually very versatile
A lot of beard trimmers come with detachable heads and different blade edges. Fine detailing, edging, and outlining are a few of the extra tasks they’re designed for. A detachable foil shaving head is also not unusual.
This can be useful with chest hair. Not essential, but still useful. There are certain areas that can be difficult to trim.
For instance, the areas immediately under the collarbone, or around the nipples.
Some fine-tuning in these areas is often required. The narrower blades of a trimmer come in very handy indeed.
Plus, there may be areas you just want to shave, such as stray hairs above the collarbone. The detachable shaving head will be able to achieve this with ease.
Why You May Eventually Want To Use A Body Groomer
Don’t get too excited by the term “body groomer”. The term is thrown around quite a lot.
It’s essentially just a trimmer that’s marketed as being for use on body hair only. But they share many of the same characteristics as a beard trimmer.
So I’d never say that it could do anything special or anything that an average beard trimmer couldn’t do.
But there’s one reason why you may eventually want to buy one.
Using the same trimmer for everything is definitely going to shorten its lifespan. The more you use something, the quicker it will wear out.
Having a separate trimmer for use on your body will allow both trimmers to last longer, and probably do their job more effectively.
Another reason may be hygiene. Some men may not want to use the same trimmer on their body and their face. However, if it’s cleaned properly, this shouldn’t be a major issue.
This is just something to think about.
How To Trim Your Chest Hair With A Beard Trimmer
Here’s a brief, step-by-step tutorial on how to do it. No fluff, just the essential basics. It really isn’t hard to get a good result with a beard trimmer.
Step 1. Always exfoliate first
There’s one main benefit of rubbing your chest down with an exfoliating scrub before you trim. It’s that you remove the layer of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the top layer of skin.
This layer tends to mattify the hairs and obstruct the path of the blade. Obstructed blades are unhappy. It leads to tugging, pulling, irritation, and uneven cuts.
Trimming chest hair without causing itching is an art in itself. Exfoliating is one of the key solutions.
It doesn’t take long – perhaps an extra thirty seconds to your routine. But trust me, it’s worth it.
2. Trim it all down
It’s time for the main event. Your chest is thoroughly exfoliated and ready for a glorious cull.
It may take a while before you decide on a length you want to trim down to. It’s always a good idea to start long, and trim shorter if it’s not short enough.
If you do happen to trim down shorter than you’d like, it isn’t the end of the world. After all, it’ll always grow back.
I’d call any chest hair that feels prickly, or itchy, or sticks through your shirt as being “chest stubble”.
A safe bet would be to not trim shorter than 5 or 6mm. You may need it to be longer than this to feel comfortable. Again, test it out and find a length you like.
Once you’ve decided, set the length – this could be by adjusting an adjustable comb or attaching a separate guide comb.
Start trimming. Trim it all. Once you’re more experienced, you can vary the length by a couple of millimeters in different areas if you’d like to.
But we’re keeping it simple in this tutorial.
So, trim it all down to the same length. Keep the skin gently taut to catch the more difficult hairs and avoid any excessive tugging and pulling.
Vary the angle of the beard trimmer when you’re trimming your chest hair. Unfortunately, chest hair tends to grow in all sorts of different directions (just like beard hair).
Go up, down, right, and left with your trimmer. This gives you the best chance of an even trim.
As I mentioned earlier, the areas above and under the collarbone and around the nipples can be tricky.
See what extra attachments you’ve got available to you. You may want to use the naked blade of your trimmer, or even the shaving head to tackle these areas.
Again, it’s all about testing.
Once you’re comfortable you’ve done what you need to, turn off the trimmer and admire your work.
Hop into the shower and gently rinse your chest with lukewarm water. It’s quite likely to be a little irritated after the exfoliating and trimming, so avoid using soaps if possible.
Gently dry it with a towel and get ready for the final step.
One of the keys to trimming without itching and causing as little skin irritation as possible is to moisturize.
Moisturize the chest thoroughly and without fail. Proper skin care is essential when it comes to chest hair trimming.
Can You Shave Your Chest Hair With A Beard Trimmer?
That depends on whether your beard trimmer comes with a detachable shaving head. It’s quite common to find ones that do come with a nifty foil attachment. This is ideal.
But if you don’t, then no. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible.
It’s worth clarifying what “shaving” actually is. Shaving refers to the process of cutting the hair at the level of the skin.
It’s as close as you could possibly go. It can only be done with a proper shaving device – an electric shaver or manual razor.
The naked blade of a regular trimmer would usually only be able to trim as short as 0.4mm. Although this in itself is barely visible, it would still give you that 5 o’clock shadow appearance.
If you wanted it shaved down to ultra-smooth, you would need to go over it with a shaving device afterward.
But the question of whether you should actually ever shave your chest in the first place is a more important one.
In my opinion, you shouldn’t. A shaved chest is itchy, prickly, and irritated. I go through this in my detail in my article on trimming vs shaving chest hair.
Trimming and waxing are more effective, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing than shaving your chest hair.
Extra Tips For Trimming Chest Hair With A Beard Trimmer
- Keep the blades well oiled. Most trimmers and clippers come with a little bottle of oil. This keeps it clean and well-lubricated. If your trimmer didn’t come with one, it’s pretty cheap to buy online. When you’re using the same trimmer for multiple different purposes, making it last is so much more important.
- Keep it well-charged. This is really only relevant to cordless beard trimmers. But you’ll definitely notice more tugging and pulling at that chest hair when the beard trimmer isn’t properly charged.
A beard trimmer is a glorious tool. Sure, it can transform a wild face bush into a Viking-esque masterpiece.
But it can also trim just about any part of the body with relative ease. It’s such a versatile device.
But it’s important to use it appropriately. Hopefully, this article has taught you exactly how to use it to tame your chest hair. Have fun with it.