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What Do Women Think About Men's Chest Hair—Trimmed or Not?

Updated on May 6, 2017

Do Women Like Chest Hair?

This is a question that really doesn't have one straightforward answer. Whether or not your girlfriend will like chest hair boils down to her individual preference. Despite the fact that there is no rule of thumb, there are a few things you should know before you start ripping out those follicles from their roots. Let's find out whether you should shave, wax, trim, or do nothing.

Hugh Jackman is living proof that chest hair on men, in the right amount, looks sexy as hell.
Hugh Jackman is living proof that chest hair on men, in the right amount, looks sexy as hell.

What Women Prefer

1. Don't Shave. It's Painful to Touch.

Shaved chest hair is not only a turn-off, but may also hurt and annoy your woman. Surprised? Don't be. Have you noticed how your girl gets annoyed when the stubble on your cheeks rub against her face? That's because it hurts. If you shave your chest, the stubble will hurt her a lot.

Aesthetically, a man's bare chest looks unnatural to most women. It looks hot in movies and in photographs, but it's hard for guys in real life to get that look that's a perfect balance of flawless skin and disheveled.

2. Try Waxing or Using Depilatory Cream

We've talked about how a clean-shaven chest may feel unnatural to your girlfriend, but if you decide to remove the hair anyway, you should wax because it won't yield stubble that can hurt your girlfriend. While waxing may seem intimidating because it can be painful, you will get used to it. The biggest advantage of waxing over other hair removal methods is that you can stay hair-free for weeks.

On the other hand, using depilatory cream is painless, but the re-growth is much faster because the hair follicles are not plucked out from the root.

In either case, waxing or using depilatory cream is much better than shaving. But do you really want to remove all of your chest hair?

3. Women Don't Like Men With a Lot of Chest Hair

When we say "a lot of chest hair," we are talking about the kind of hair growth that makes you look like a rug or a carpet. Guys, unless you are dating a woman teleported from the Stone Age, you may want to consider trimming your chest hair. It really does not matter whether you are skinny, tall, short, or bulky, excessive hair is a turn-off, regardless of your body type.

4. Women Like Men Who Trim Their Chest Hair

Gentlemen, we have a winner! Men who either trim their chest hair or have just the right amount of it definitely emerge as the winners. To get the most appealing look, trim your chest hair to form the perfect tiger line. Tiger line? Yes, as utterly ridiculous as it sounds, a tiger line is the line of hair that runs from the top of your chest to the middle of your body and down to your package. The best and the most "play-safe" option when it comes to impressing your lady with your grooming techniques is to have just the right amount of body hair.

Even decades back, The Hoff knew what it took to carry the perfect look when it came to chest hair.
Even decades back, The Hoff knew what it took to carry the perfect look when it came to chest hair.

Chest Hair Dos and Don'ts for Men

  • If you want to shave your chest, and you are going to get it on with your girl in bed, make sure to shave just before the action. Shaving a few days before will result in hard stubble that will hurt her.
  • Not all women find excess chest hair appealing, but if you like to carry a rug or a carpet on your chest, that's fine. Just make sure you don't let your entire fuzz spill out from the top button of your shirt.
  • If you like to trim your chest hair, good for you. Just make sure you leave enough hair so that your girl can run her fingers through the thinned area. Don't forget the tiger line!
  • You may opt to wax or use a depilatory cream, but make sure that your woman digs the no-chest-hair look before you take it all off.
  • Think twice, think thrice, and think many times over and over again before you even think about getting laser hair removal or any other form of permanent treatment. Remember Roger Moore and his chest hair? For all you know, that look may come back in vogue many years down the line.
  • Last but not least, remember that your girl will feel weak in her knees based on your charming personality and chivalry, not on how the hair on your chest looks. Of course, chest hair will be a major factor once the both of you start ripping each others' clothes off. But before you can even get inside the bedroom, you must impress your lady love with your manly charm.

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      Vincent 4 months ago

      Great post. Shaving really is the worst option in this case. Having said that, sometimes, it's the most convenient option. Especially when I'm in a hurry.

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      AnTony 4 years ago

      I'm part Native American so I don't have much chest or facial hair, though the few areas where it does grow thick I shave at least once a week. I know plenty of women appreciate smooth underarms, but what about other places like legs?

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      I don't know, but for some reason or another most men over the age of 40 which includes me do not shave or wax their chest hair. I live in the UK and practically all the men I know or have seen do have hairy chests, some of course hairier than others. Very very few have NO hair at all, they might be the ones that shave the hair off. Personally I have had a hairy chest since my teenage years, I think it was 15 that I noticed black dots all over my chest and within weeks those had become small hairs, by 18 my chest was 'hairy' and I was getting some comments about it, some compared it to a werewolf, that might have been when I was in my 20's. But I am now 60+ and really quite proud to say that I have never shaved, waxed, or trimmed any hair off of my chest, the hair is long, some must be about 6", but no matter how long I will never even trim any off a bit.It's a bit funny but in a windy day my hair blows about on my chest and shoulders like long grass in a field, very amusing but just shows how long it is. I don't mind having had a hairy chest and shoulders since my teenage years, I wonder if I had been born 40 years later if I would have taken the same attitude to myself being so hairy!!

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      Gill Harris 5 years ago from South Africa

      It is interesting how fashion changes. I wonder what the driving force is behind the recent 'smooth chest' trend? Really enjoyed your open-minded perspective. Personally I like a bit of hair on my man but then I am in my 40's. I wonder how I would feel about it if I were in my 20'? Fun reading your hub. Thx

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      Hound Cat 5 years ago from Los Angeles area of Southern California USA

      This article makes me wonder if the no hair look is healthy. The only reason I say that is that most of my body hair is thinned except for my moustache. My body hair reduced when I developed circulatory problems and congestive heart failure. At least I have the hair on my head. Great hub that was a little funny but very interesting. Voted up.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Ha! SO true. This article was engaging and fun to read. And I agree with everything you mentioned. Voting up and funny.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Stubble is painful. At the same time, that one picture is too bizarre for words. Fun article.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Shear enjoyed this funny and interesting hub princess. That moderation is key for appealing chest hair comes as no surprise. Matter of fact I've even heard ladies say a man has to have that Tiger stripe for an optimal look. Hmmm, on reflection what would be the least desirable for a woman: smooth as a hairless Chihuahua or hairy as a Yeti?

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      That was one hairy dude in the photo! I'll take Hugh Jackman. Nice photo and of course your hub is awesome!:)

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Interesting topic. Very tastefully written. Gotta love Huge Jackman.

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      LoriSoard 5 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      Loved this. The picture of the really hair guy was classic.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a useful and interesting hub voted up too.

      Let's face it us men need all the help they can get lol thanks for the inside scoop!

      SHARING to all the other guys out there.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      I don't like chest hair but I'm Native American and the men in my family aren't hairy. My husband doesn't have much hair on his body at all not even underarms. It's probably what a woman gets used to, some had fathers with more hair and some of us had male family members with none.

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      Silver Fish 5 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      I just love men with chest hair- thanks for the hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting hub. I like men to have hair on their chests. I like facial hair too.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is an awesome hub. I am a big fan of chest hair (on a man) and it is so disappointing if a guy doesn't have any. It is worse if he shaves off what he does have. I don't want a guy that looks like a gorilla, but chest hair is nice. Thanks for including in this hub the issue with stubble and always asking a woman FIRST before shaving. Voted up!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A useful perspective, although since I don't naturally have chest hair, the point is moot. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Brandon Spaulding 5 years ago from Yahoo, Contributor

      Thanks for the article. I shaved all the hair off my body twice in my lifetime. It is true that the chest hair stubble starts to come back right away and it is painful to touch. I was into bodybuilding but decided that wasn't the lifestyle I wanted to live. Anyway, I have three chest hairs growing out of each hair root. I have often thought about using an electric trimmer to trim my chest hair a little bit. Informative article and voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      THEHuG5 5 years ago

      Good advice. I think it's kind of weird when a man shaves his chest hair but trimming it is definitely a good idea. Now if only more men would trim under their arms I would be a truly happy camper. Yeck. Voting up lol.