Should Guys Shave Their Armpits, Arm Hair, Chest Hair, Back Hair? (2024)


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    Male grooming from the neck down has become popular.

    It is important though you perform the right level of maintenance in the right areas or you’ll be doing yourself more harm than good.

    How a male should maintain his body hair varies from body part to body part and from person to person.

    Below is the ultimate guide on some of those areas.

    Important Note: No matter what parts of your body you end up grooming it is always important you keep your body clean and moisturized so if you don’t already have them, be sure to pick up one of the best body washes or bars of soap for your skin type as well as one of the top body lotions for men.

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      Should guys shave their armpits

      The armpits are one of many body parts a man considers shaving.

      As you will see later within this article, there are multiple body parts that a man should consider shaving but the armpits are not one of them.

      It is unanimous among women that a clean shaven armpit is not attractive on a man.

      So should guys shave their armpits?

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      I would say no.

      We should simply leave this form of maintenance to the women.

      Please do not get this advice on shaving one’s armpit confused with advice on trimming one’s armpit hair.

      It is completely okay and actually encouraged to trim one’s armpit hair and this should be a part of regular men’s grooming.

      It is actually a necessity for somebody with excessive armpit hair.

      You know if you have excessive armpit hair if you can see your hair without even having to raise your arm.

      You can trim your underarm hair with either traditional hand clippers or an electric trimmer.

      If you’re going to use an electric trimmer, I would not use a comb attachment shorter then 3/4” as this will keep the hair at bay but also keep it looking reasonably natural.

      You do not want to have your armpits looking purposefully manicured.

      Check out our article on the best body hair trimmers so you don’t waste your money on a faulty product. Or you can even use a beard trimmer, if you have one.

      Still, many men shave their armpits, so this can be a personal choice as well.

      Beware, shaving armpits can cause skin irritation! Especially if you’re shaving them for the first time.

      Additional Note: An additional pro of trimmed armpits is it will actually cause you to sweat less and reduce body odor over the course of the day/night. And don’t forget to use a deodorant or antiperspirant.

      Conclusion: Never shave but trim may be necessary

      Arm Hair

      How to shave your arms

      On the same lines as armpit hair, it is unanimous amongst women that a shaved arm, especially a forearm, is not attractive and can even be considered weird.

      Additionally, if you shave your arm hair, you have to maintain it to keep it clean and smooth as no one wants to grab a man’s arm and be pricked by little stubby hairs.

      But again, just as with armpit hair, if you have excessive dark thick hair, you should take action.

      Besides a few women with some obscure primate fetish, most women do not like gorilla arms.

      In terms of maintenance, I would suggest trimming the hair with an electric trimmer as this is far more efficient and effective than using hand clippers.

      Determining the correct length is a personal preference and you’ll have to find what works best for you through experimentation but the key is to thin out the hair to a reasonable appearance but have it long enough to keep it looking natural and softer to the touch ( i.e. not stubby and prickly).

      Personally I have found a half-inch length was sufficient for my purposes.

      Let me know what works for you.

      Conclusion: Never shave but trim may be necessary

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      Chest/Belly Hair

      Chest Hair Removal (Shaving Chest)

      The topic of chest/belly hair maintenance is one of the most dubious areas in which the answer is not so black and white.

      There is a lot of gray area in terms of how to go about maintaining your chest hair.

      Based on our nationwide survey, women have a wide spectrum in terms of what they prefer.

      Some women definitely like a little bit of chest hair and for most women, a little bit of chest hair is definitely no serious deal breaker.

      So if you are in this category and you don’t want to commit to the maintenance required to keep a clean shaven chest, I’d recommend you keep it all natural.

      A small population of women like the grizzly bear look with a thick forest of chest hair but unless you have a significant other who has explicitly expressed her liking of such copious amounts of chest hair I would recommend you considering shaving or at least trimming your hair.

      A good body groomer is always more preferable than a man who let’s himself go.

      I found that most women do not mind a clean shaven chest and actually many prefer such so if you want to play it safe or you you’ve ever become self-conscious about your chest/belly hair, I would recommend going with the clean-shaven look.

      A pro of the clean-shaven look is that it exemplifies one’s muscular definition so if you hit the gym and got muscles, having a shaved chest will assure every gain is recognized.

      If you’ve got those washboard abs you worked so hard for, you should definitely shave your belly to show them off.

      I have used a lot of methods, but I am definitely a big fan of depilatories. Check out my article on the best hair removal for men showcasing Nair alternatives for men as well for all the best options available.

      The con of the shaved look is the maintenance required to maintain such. The amount of time between shavings vary from person to person but it is essential to keep it clean and smooth as a chest like a cactus is not something any woman will want to hold close.

      Another possible con is ingrown hairs.

      If you are considering getting rid of that chest hair be sure to first check out The Basics of Chest Hair Removal for a complete guide on the best methods and more. 

      Conclusion: Preferably Shave but at Least Trim

      Back/Shoulder Hair

      How to Shave Your Back

      Now the question of whether to shave one’s back/shoulders is much more straightforward than chest hair.

      It is unanimous among women that a clean hairless back and shoulders is highly preferred.

      For some women, excessive hair on these parts of a man’s body can be a dealbreaker.

      For every body part that I have discussed above in which it is recommended you take some form of action if you have excessive dark thick hair whether that be trimming or shaving, maintenance of these body parts pale in comparison to the importance of maintenance of back and shoulder hair.

      Unfortunately, the removal of back hair is not an easy feat but it is well worth it, especially during the summer months when your back may be exposed at the beach or pool.

      Like with chest hair, there are many viable options to remove the hair including a razor blade ( by yourself or a helping hand, and don’t forget to use shaving gel or a shaving cream if you don’t want to get razor burns), waxing, hair removal cream, dipilatory ( e.g. Nair or Bikini Bare), or laser treatment.

      If you’re considering removing your back or shoulder hair I recommend you check out my article on how to shave your back for detailed instructions as well as the pros and cons of each of the hair removal methods.

      The only gray area on this topic is if you have very minimal back and shoulder hair.

      This is a tough judgment call in terms of whether it is worth it to spend the time and/or money to maintain a completely hairless appearance.

      If you are self-conscious at all about your back hair there is no question that you should take action, but if it doesn’t bug you and you have had no complaints in the past,

      I wouldn’t go through the trouble as such minimal back hair is no dealbreaker.

      Conclusion: Definitely shave

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      In Conclusion

      As you can see, the decision on how to groom one’s hair greatly varies from body part to body part and person-to-person, but a consistent message throughout all the body parts is that if you have excessive hair, you need to maintain it by either trimming or shaving.

      Be sure to check out my series of manscaping articles as well as Should guys shave their legs and best body hair trimmers for more below the neck male grooming advice.

      If your doing a full inventory of body hair maintenance, be sure not to forget you nose and ear hairs!

      I have tested many products and determined which are the 3 best nose hair trimmers on the market today.

      We are also experts in face shaving as well, so be sure to check out our How To articles and reviews of the necessary products including the top safety razorsbest shaving soaps, and more.

      As always I truly appreciate any comments and insights you may have as well happy to answer any follow up questions, so please submit such in the comment box below.

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      17 thoughts on “Should Guys Shave Their Armpits, Arm Hair, Chest Hair, Back Hair? (2024)”

        1. That’s cool, I only shave my shoulders, feet -toes and top, nipples, that’s because I don’t have much other chest hair around that, which would be different.

        2. I do pretty much what was recommended by the article. I trim my leg and arm hair on the lowest level of my body groomer. The hair is short but clearly visible. My back is shaved. I trim my chest to a very low level also. I shave my stomach and pubes leaving a small strip. Under arms short but visible. It is much cooler in the summer and perfect for me.

      1. The shaved arm of the pic doesn’t look bad to me. The point is it doesn’t need hair to look masculine.
        It’s just like a short haircut for a woman.

        1. I’m a cancer patient on chemo but I haven’t lost any hair on my head; however, body hair has really thinned out. In order to watch my skin for bruises, rashes and enlarged lymph nodes, I have begun totally shaving my armpits, upper legs, chest, back and my pubic area and butt. My wife helps with my back. I actually now like the feel because it is so clean.

          1. Hey RK,

            Thanks so much for sharing your story. I am so glad you have embraced the new look and are enjoying the feel. I know what you mean :). When I shaved my legs and chest, it really felt purifying and clean. I wish you all the best on a quick and full recovery!

          2. I enjoy manscaping. I trim my arms, legs and chest to the shortest level. I also trim my arm pits. Everything else is shaved. The feeling is great and my wife loves it. I’ve be doing it for over 15 years.

      2. How about us guys just maintain and shave the areas of our body the way we want to? If a woman doesn’t like it, then that is her problem and she can find another man. I have no desire to be defined by social norms, or feel it necessary to conform in every way in terms of manscaping in order to avoid being considered “weird.”

        1. I agree 100 percent. The author of these articles, however, seems to be very concerned with societal norms and what women think of men’s own personal preferences regarding hair and hygiene. Heaven forbid we make choices based on how we feel…”weird” or otherwise. Conversely, this article is excellent for men that are insecure in their bodily appearances.

          1. Thanks for your insight Miguel. The angle I took on this topic was based on my assumption that men searching for answers to these questions were interested about whether women would prefer it or not. For those who don’t care what anyone thinks, which I totally respect, would have no reason to search and read such articles, so I tailored the article to the former population.


            1. I would like to make a remark as a woman. My husband is in his 50’s and has gotten into weight lifting. He’s a very heavy smoker and drinks too much so he can’t get really big but he’s dedicated to trying. Yesterday he broke out a trimmer and shaved ALL the hair off his upper body. I assume this is so he can see his muscles when he lifts but it is a complete turn off for me. It looks so feminine and unnatural. I don’t say anything because it’s what he wants but I just can’t wait till it grows back. It’s hard because big muscles are something that I’ve never been into but I encourage him because he feels good and has more confidence but the body shaving is too much. I love him so I’ll support, but I don’t like it at all.

        1. Hi Jake,

          Yeah, many men shave their pubic hair or at least trim it. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. We recently had a survey asking women what they find most attractive. The majority prefer the pubic hair to just be trimmed versus clean-shaven. But everyone should really do what they feel is best for them.

      3. It would be more helpful if there were survey data or analysis from historical texts to support the recommendations. Without it, the impression is that this article is one guy’s personal view of the entire female population’s preference on male body hair. On something so broad and wildly variable, unless you personally know the author, there’s not much to learn here.

      4. I think the question is what do YOU personally prefer. Who gives a shit what women want? It’s not their bodies. My body my choice remember?

      5. Nishant Srivastava

        Hey Ben, Can you tell me how to blend hair lines after waxing my back hair and blend it with with my arm hair?

      6. Hey, Ben!
        I have a question regarding trimming arms. You said “Personally I have found a half-inch length was sufficient for my purposes.”, but I can’t find any body trimmer supporting such length. Most of trimmers has 3-5 or 3-7mm body combs, e.g. Philips Series 7000, which looks like a really nice trimmer (based on reviews). Is it possible to use beard or hair combs to trim arms or legs? I can’t ask Philips (or any other manufacturer) directly, because they will definitely answer something like “it’s not recommended, as these combs are not designed for body” 🙂

      7. I would love to get my body trimmed up and I need som help as I am single. Reach out if you know anyone who does this kind of work shaving and trimming all over) or if you are willing to help a brother out. Location: San Jose, California. Please reach me at: [email protected]

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