Look, we all know the stereotypical male model, posing on a giant billboard on the side of the highway or in a magazine as part of a cologne advertisement, or on those stupid bowflex commercials, you know the one with ripped pecs and biceps, a heavyset jaw, piercing eyes and, of course, no chest hair. He is put up on a pedestal as the ideal Man, the one every girl secretly (or not so secretly) desires and the man every other man wishes he could be (if he isn’t one of the lucky few who already is.)
We should all, as men, therefore strive to look like him by working out a lot, dressing well, and of course, getting rid of all our chest hair. Right? Wrong. Besides being a mildly to severely painful experience, waxing chest hair is also not very helpful when it comes to attracting women – which is the only real reason to get it done. While it might seem like waxing chest hair will make you more like that model of models you see around you and think women desire, it will really make you seem more like an insecure man who is trying a bit too hard to be someone that he isn’t. Furthermore, there is very little evidence to suggest that the majority of women even prefer chests with no hair over those that have it.
Just as men are attracted to women that are much too short, or not skinny enough, or not “perfect” enough to be models, women too are very attracted to men that would never grace the cover of a fashion magazine or appear in a T.V. advertisement. That guy up on the billboards is not real; just like the actors and actresses at the Oscars he has been made up and airbrushed, caught at the perfect angle, to look the way he does for a brief moment. Striving to that will only be futile and stupid.
When it comes to waxing chest hair specifically, therefore, there is really no point. Many women love hairy chests, happy trails, etc. They see it as a sign of manliness, and a part of the sort of rugged look that makes so many men age well. If you want to trim excessive neck hair that is generally a good idea, and definitely if you have back hair get rid of it, but if you have chest hair you should wear it with pride and not try and wax it off. Unless you’re in L.A. or Las Vegas, girls will never be surprised and never care at all if they see you have chest hair.
There is one notable exception to the claim that waxing chest hair is rather stupid: if a specific girl you are with or want to be with has made it become known that it is unattractive to her. In this case it makes perfect sense to get it waxed, as long you don’t mind doing it. Go to a nice salon and they will be perfectly professional and relaxed about it, and you’ll have to simply tolerate the pain.