When shaving down, sometimes it’s hard to know what to shave and what not to shave. At swim meets, you’ve probably seen just about everything: Especially shaved heads and chests on men. You should be aware that with advancing technical swim gear, common practices are changing.
Because of advancing swim cap technology, head-shaving is starting to become a thing of the past. Sure, some swimmers still do it. But it’s certainly not as common as it used to be.
Today, cap material minimizes drag in the water just as much as — or more than — shaving your head. For many, using a swim cap is a better option than shaving your head. Then again, there’s nothing like the sensation of a smooth head gliding through the water!
If you decide you’d like your head shaved, have someone help you. Shaving your own head is really challenging — especially if you’re trying to achieve a close shave. Start by having a friend buzz your hair off with an electric razor. Next, apply plenty of shaving cream. With a razorblade, start to shave from the base of the hairline on your neck to the crown of your head. Shave in vertical stripes around your head.
To get the top of your head, shave from the hairline on your forehead to the crown of your head. Once again, shave in stripes until the hair is gone.
Once again, shaving body hair reduces drag. If you have a lot of chest hair, you might want to consider shaving. Even if you’re wearing a suit that covers your chest, technical suits are incredibly thin. Hairs can easily poke through the fabric.
In order to shave the chest thoroughly, you’ll need to stand or lie in a position that allows your skin to stretch. This will make it easier, and the process will run a lot smoother. Cover your chest in shaving cream. Then shave in horizontal stripes, starting low and working your way up.
When going over your pectoral muscles, watch out for your areolas. You don’t want to shave over them! This can be extremely painful and cause a lot of bleeding. Instead, carefully shave around them as closely as you can.