Remember that a shaved head is not for everyone. If you are extremely thin, have weirdly shaped head or scalp problems, then a bald head is probably not for you. If you decide to do it, remember that it will grow back if you don’t like it, but knowing how to shave your head properly is important to achieve a great result. Shaving your head will drastically change your appearance and can take a little getting used to. Many men look great with shaved heads. But to achieve one, you have to be confident in your appearance. Always shave your head for the first time at the start of the weekend to give yourself time to familiarize yourself with your new look (and color your scalp white) before taking on your friends and colleagues. Give yourself a good half hour to do the writing for the first time. It is a bit more complicated than shaving your face, but the process is similar. If you think it’s ready, there you have it
NOTE: Nothing is more unpleasant than a bald head full of bumps, rashes and ingrown hairs. It is essential to prepare the scalp, to shave it properly and protect it afterwards. Do not skip any of the following steps. The first time you shave, it will take about 30 minutes. With time and practice, you will reduce the routine to less than ten. Good luck.
STEP ONE: PRE-SHAVE (FOR FIRST MINIS)
The first step in shaving your head is to remove as much hair as possible. With a smooth trimmer, brush the hair as close to the scalp as possible.
SECOND STEP: PREPARATION
Always shave your head after or at the end of the shower to soften hair, open pores and cleanse the skin. Your shower should last at least 8-10 minutes. While showering, lightly lather a washcloth and, with light pressure, slide the fabric over the head against the grain. It will lift the hair to make shaving easier. Rinse your head, and the washcloth remains in the shower for a few more minutes. Then apply a good shaving cream like Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream and let sit for a few minutes to soften the hair further. Stay away from gels or products containing menthol, which will close pores and harden hair. The shaving cream is best applied with a badger hair brush (I love The Art of Shaving Pure badger) to smooth and lift the hairs. Never skimp on preparation. It is essential for a good shave of the head!
First-time shavers should exfoliate their scalp with the Baxter of California facial scrub before applying shaving cream (veteran bald people should exfoliate twice a week). Use a loofah or unique facial scrub.
THIRD STEP: SHAVE
Always have a hand mirror on hand so you can check your shave from all angles. You don’t want to miss anything. Shave your head at the sink as well, and make sure you have bright lighting. Good lighting is essential.
Use a clean, sharp razor like the Gillette Fusion Proglide Power razor. Start by shaving with the grain (the direction in which the hair grows). It will minimize cuts, irritation, hair growth, and razor burn. Slide the razor sideways and back, then back to front up. Avoid applying pressure (you don’t want nicks or cuts) and rinse your blade frequently. Take it slow, be careful and be patient. You don’t want to rush or become awkward during this process.
Once you’re done shaving, apply a small amount of lather to your hands and rub your entire head, checking for rough spots (sometimes you can’t see them), especially behind the ears and on the nape of the neck. Shave off all lost spots if you need to shave closer, re-lather and shave lightly against the grain. Remember that shaving an area over and over can cause razor burns, so try to avoid it. If you cut yourself, apply a wet block of alum to the area to stop the bleeding. After shaving, close the pores with a cold water rinse.
If you use a shaving brush, always hang the brush to dry with the bristles facing down.
Since you have shaved head every day. The method will be more straightforward if you do.
STEP FOUR: REPAIR AND PROTECT
You will need to protect and hydrate the skin. Finishing off with a good gel or balm like Baxter of California Aftershave Balm is essential for leaving skin feeling smooth, soft and protected.
Remember, you should always wear suntan lotion on your head. The skin on your head is more sensitive and highly susceptible to skin cancer. First-time shavers will want some colour to their scalp. I recommend using a self-tanning cream during prolonged sun exposure. Over time, your scalp will develop colour, and you won’t have to apply any self-tanning cream. Make sure you buy an excellent self-tanner and test it on a hidden part of your body to make sure the colour looks natural. You don’t want to walk around with a big bald orange head!
STEP 5: KEEP SHAVED HEAD
Shaving your head every day or every other day will ensure better results and keep your head fresh. Always be hydrated and apply a good sunscreen. Shaved head is so common now that several companies make products just for bald men.
Now get out there and proudly show off your bald head!
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