Guide to Shaving Your Head
Shaving your head may seem like an easy thing to do, but you do have skin, brain and a skull underneath that hair that you’re getting rid of so you better do it right. Shaving your hair the right way, with the right tools and supplies can save you a lot of grief in the long run. Here are some ideas to guide you in the process.
Consider a Barber or Stylist
In the movie, “50/50”, Joseph Gordon Levitt shaves his hair during one scene. His friend nervously watches, sometimes with his hands over his face. He helps for a few seconds, and then tells him, “I don’t wanna do it anymore.” The friend even said he didn’t want to be blamed for a botched job. After Levitt is finished, his friend makes a comment that it might have been a good idea to pay someone to do it. This someone should ideally be a professional, a skilled barber or stylist with a valid license. Such a person is trained in the fine art of hair shaving.
Use Shaving Cream & Take Your Time
If you don’t go to a professional, you really need to make sure you know what you’re doing when you shave – you don’t want to speed through such an important work because you will live with the results. Go slow and steady so you get the results you desire. You also need to moisture. Ideally, your hair should be wet, some people even shave their heads while in the shower. A nicely lathered head with a good quality shaving cream and fairly hot water is a good place to start. Use a shaving brush to spread the shaving cream across your face evenly for the ultimate shave. If you have a long beard or cool mustache style, be sure to check out our beard conditioner. When you are done shaving your head, you should moisturize your bald head once the hair is gone. It’s best to do this while the scalp is still soft and supple. Try our men's facial mask, which includes charcoal for men's skin, as well!
You won’t have a dandruff problem if your head is bald, especially if you use oil or some moisturizer when you are finished.
Get a Consultation
Don’t forget that your head has bumps, lumps and maybe hooks. Because of this, it might be an excellent idea to consult with a stylist or barber to see if they have valuable input. They know heads and hair, and they may be able to spare you some grief. After all shaving your head will certainly alter your appearance.
Use a Mirror
While you can’t see the back of your head, you can use a mirror to guide you in the process. If you do your work in the shower, make sure you aren't shaving your head with an electric shaver of any sort.
Some people go to the barber for the initial cut. They can jump start the process. This gives them the chance to cut down the hair for you. Ask them to cut it to stubble. After that, you can go home and do the rest yourself. By using this strategy, you have more manageability for the remaining steps of the process.
Use the Right Tools
Make sure you know what’s available in terms of supplies, moisturizers, and shaving tools.
- For example, there are hair clippers. Most of them are electric. Some people use them to get rid of the stubble left behind after a cut. They usually have a safety shield to keep you from cutting too close.
- Multi-blades get closer and requires that you pass through the same spots fewer times. This should cut down on the irritation. They are available in disposable and non-disposable versions.
- A double-edged safety razor is one other choice. They have butterfly, adjustable, open comb, closed comb, slant and other varieties. Technically speaking, the only threat to your skin is the razor edge of this razor.
- Straight razors, if they are sharp and well-built, can work marvels. In order to qualify as a straight razor, it should be made of one piece of metal, a solid piece of metal. Brands like Boker and Dovo have been around a long time. Boker started making razors in 1869 and Dovo has been turning out razors since 1906.
- There’s also the shavette. It is a straight razor that uses replaceable blades. Dovo makes one, but there are other manufacturers as well.
Make sure your tools are sharp. You can test them out on a section of your face that needs some hair elimination.