Chest hair is a men’s grooming topic that divides opinion like no other. Some men desperately want to know how they can grow more chest hair, while some take active steps to get rid of it.
Meanwhile, some women love a hairy chest and think it’s the epitome of manliness, while some women prefer a guy to have a smooth chest that could have been chiseled by Michelangelo.
There are also a lot of chest hair myths that have been passed down from our dads that in turn their dads passed down to them.
While some are just plain untrue and are obviously a joke, some sound plausible enough that we’ve given them a try only to find it hasn’t caused a single hair to sprout.
Well, below we’re going to tell you what actually causes chest hair growth, so you can take some active steps into achieving a hairy chest to make Sean Connery jealous!
We’ll also bust some chest hair myths… and see if there is any truth to them!
Things That Actually Help Chest Hair Growth
Having the right levels of testosterone is essential for chest hair growth. If you don’t have a lot of testosterone it will be very hard for you to grow chest hair naturally.
But on the other hand, excessive amounts of testosterone can put a strain on hair follicles and hinder hair growth.
If you’re worried about your hormone levels, then pay a visit to your doctor. You can also improve your testosterone levels by exercising and eating a healthy diet, as this promotes hormone regulation.
You might be scratching your head at this one, but we can explain. The first myth we want to bust is that shaving makes your hair grow back thicker.
This is not true. However, proper grooming can promote chest hair growth.
You may have heard that cutting your hair will help it grow, and the same applies to chest hair – just to a lesser extent.
What’s important here isn’t cutting or trimming chest hair, but skin health. When your skin is healthy and your pores are clear, you create the right environment for growing chest hair.
You will still need healthy levels of testosterone of course, but proper grooming goes a long way.
Creams And Treatments
Some hair growth products work, and others don’t. It’s just a fact. This means doing some research and going through a process of trial and error to find the most effective product.
However, it’s important not to just be aware of dud products, but dangerous ones too.
Not all hair growth products are legitimate or safe, and you should be aware of products made outside the U.S. where health and safety regulations are not so strict.
Take the time to research what’s in a product before you use it, and if you can’t find any research that supports an ingredient’s alleged hair growth properties then don’t use it.
After all, you don’t want to spend money on a dud project, or worse, a product that damages your skin!
Okay, this doesn’t actually promote chest hair growth but we think it’s important to keep in mind when you’re trying to grow more chest hair.
If your testosterone levels are where you need them to be, practice proper grooming and use effective products, all you need to do is give you and your body time.
It may take a few months to see any results, but eventually you still start to see a noticeable difference.
Chest Hair Growth Myths
Let’s bust the silliest myth first. This one you most likely heard from your dad when you were a kid as a way for you to do your chores or take up a paper route to earn some pocket money.
The saying goes that hard work toughens you up and puts some hair on your chest. As adults, we can understand this is just a metaphor but as kids, we probably believed it!
However, physical activity does affect your hormonal development, so while all those chores you did as a kid didn’t directly make your chest hair grow, it may have helped your hormonal development.
Spicy food stimulates hormonal responses in your body, but your favorite spicy meal isn’t going to exactly give you a chest full of hair.
In fact, over-eating spicy foods is more likely going to lead to more trips to the bathroom rather than a hairy chest!
While we’re on the subject of food and drink, does black coffee promote hair chest growth? Not really.
Coffee can do a lot of things to your body, like make you more alert to get you through a particularly tedious day at the office, but it can’t make your chest hair grow.
Unless you’re lacing your drinks with hormones (which we would advise you definitely don’t do) it’s unlikely any drink will promote chest hair growth.
Waking Up Early
This myth does come with some caveats. While waking up early doesn’t help to grow chest hair, having a good sleeping routine does.
Getting your recommended hours of sleep a night is crucial to hormone production and regulation, and as we know, a healthy level of testosterone is responsible for chest hair growth.
However, if you’re waking up early and not having enough sleep then this can have an adverse effect on chest hair growth.
Of course, the human body is complicated and everyone is different, so this isn’t going to work for every guy, but getting the recommended amount of sleep is proven to be beneficial for your overall health, and if your chest gets a little hairier then that’s a win-win!
So there you go! These are the most effective ways to promote chest hair growth, as well as some of the most common myths for growing chest hair.
Some of these myths (like exercise and getting up early) do have a tiny hint of truth to them, but proper grooming and buying legitimate hair growth products are a more effective way to grow chest hair.
Just remember to do your research and be patient and you’ll eventually get the hairy chest you’ve always wanted!