Many people around the globe view chest hair as a sign of a man’s virility. Many other people can’t stand it. Your relationship with your chest hair depends in large part on the feedback you get from others, like love interests, friends, and family. Back in the 70’s disco era, chest hair was all the rage. The more, the better. Men with full on chest hair graced the covers of the main fashion magazines. Hollywood actors strutted their chest hair like badges of honor. Hollywood icons like Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds were deemed the most handsome men in America in large part because of their lush chest hair.

The transition into the eighties brought a shift in thinking. The Summer Olympics showcased men with waxed bodies, no hair on their limbs whatsoever. That started a new wave of clean shaven men through the next couple of decades. Over the last couple of years, the pendulum has swung the other way. Mustaches and beards are no longer a thing of the past. Everyone is trying to grow their hair, anywhere and everywhere they can get it, and that means chest hair has made a comeback. Men have surrendered to their natural instincts and embraced their chest hair. They’ve abandoned painful wax treatments, thrown out their razors, purchased trimmers to keep things in check, and are once again, showing their hairy chests to the world.

So, how what are the pros of having chest hair?

  • Freedom
  • A life without razors
  • No more heavy grooming
  • No more razor stubble on your chest
  • Lessens the likelihood of skin irritation/infection in that area

And the cons?

  • Bald patches. They happen to everyone and can be awkward to explain.
  • Getting your hair caught in your clothing. (Ouch!)
  • You tend to sweat more where there is hair.
  • Potential for odor
  • If you lead an active life like bike riding or swimming, chest hair could create resistance.
  • Clogged pores on your chest.

No matter which look you choose, know that there are people who admire either look. Neither choice will make you stand out in a crowd. Hollywood actors have experienced a renewal too. Stars like Jon Hamm, Idris Elba, and others have made their chest hair part of their overall look. No longer are men one-trick ponies. They have flexibility in their look and style. You can change your look seasonably if you choose.

Make the decision for yourself. If you don’t like it, you can always transition to the other look. Play around with your style and see which is a better fit for you. There are plenty of resources, products, and answers for you online to help you make the decision that’s right for you.

By Marcel Vargas