How to Shave Your Head

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Thinking about taking the plunge and shaving your head? Before attempting to go bare for the first time, you might want to consult your barber or stylist who can help determine if the style will work well with your face shape and show you the appropriate way to shave your head. You'll also want to determine beforehand whether you want to wet shave your head or merely clip it down to the skin with a good balding clipper.

Once you've done this and are reading to proceed, the three easy steps below will help you get the best result possible. Allow a good half hour for the first shave. After a few days of shaving, you should have the routine down to five minutes or less.

Step 1: Prep

Prior to shaving, it's important to take the necessary steps to prep your hair and skin. A good tip is to shave your head at the end of a warm shower, which will help to soften the hair, clean the skin, and open the pores. During showering, rub a soapy washcloth with slight pressure against the growth pattern of the hair to lift the hair for easier shaving. Next, apply a good shave cream and allow to stand for a few minutes to further soften the hair. Stay away from gels or products which contain menthol, which will close the pores and desensitize the skin. You'll want to be able to feel the razor glide over your scalp. Never skimp on preparation.

This is vital to a good shave.

Note: If this is your first time shaving your head, use a hair clipper with no guard to remove as much hair as possible and exfoliate the scalp with a facial scrub prior to shaving.

Step 2: Shave

To begin shaving, use a clean, sharp razor (a three-blade razor works best) and start by shaving with the grain (the direction the hair grows).

This will help minimize cuts, irritation, and ingrown hairs. Glide the razor gently down the sides and back, then from back to front on top. Avoid applying pressure, rinse the razor often, and take it slow. If this is your first time, do not shave against the grain for a few weeks to give your scalp time to adjust to being shaved.

After completing the shave, apply a small amount of lather to your hands and rub your entire head, checking for rough spots that need to be re-shaved. Pay special attention to the areas behind the ears and the back of the neck. If you cut yourself, apply a moist alum block to stop the bleeding. Follow the shave with a splash of cool water to close the pores.

Note: It is helpful to have a hand mirror available while shaving, so you can check your work from all angles and not miss anything. It's also important to shave in a room with bright lighting.

Step 3: Repair and Protect

After shaving, gently pat the head dry with a soft cloth and apply a good aftershave balm. We recommend the use of products that are free of alcohol, which can cause unnecessary drying of the skin. The right aftershave balm will help promote quicker healing and moisturize the skin. Before going out in the sun, apply sunscreen to prevent burning.