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How To Shave Your Head

Do you want to shave your head?

Many of us have dabbled with the idea that maybe we’d look better bald, whether it’s a fashion choice, out of necessity, or practicality, anyone can pull off a shaved head but not everyone is brave enough to try the look.

But those of you reading are either close to making that decision or have your electric shaver ready while reading this article so we’re going to help you out by telling you how to shave your head for the first time.


Benefits Of Shaving Your Head

Before you take the plunge and remove all of your hair it may be worth reassuring yourself with some pros of shaving your head so you can feel a little more confident before you put those clippers to the top of your head.

New Style – Sometimes a new look is just what you need. Perceptions of baldness change with the times. According to some studies, bald men are perceived as more dominant and masculine than those with hair so if you want to feel a little more manly or just think a shaved head will suit you then it’s worth trying the look.

Less Money – If you shave your head then you won’t have to worry about paying for haircuts, hair products, or other accessories you may already use to spruce up your mop. If you want to save some dollars then shaving your head will surely help long-term.

Low Maintenance – Time is precious and if you shave your head you’re sure to save on some time every day. If you usually style your hair or find yourself checking it as you walk past a mirror or somebody’s car window then shaving your head can help you cut down on this habit.

Hair Loss – Hair loss affects both males and females. Maybe you’re not fond of your receding hairline, thinning hair, or irregular growth pattern. Plus, certain health conditions, such as alopecia areata, can cause patchy hair loss. You can try topical treatments and other remedies to treat this but in some cases, it’s easier and better to just rock the shaved look.


Side Effects

Now, while it’s great to be told the benefits of shaving your head it’s also important to know what risks are involved. It’s a relatively big change and once you’ve committed to it there’s no going back until it’s regrown so knowing what’s in store is pretty key before you shave your head for the first time.

Ingrown Hair – An ingrown hair is when hair grows back into your skin and causes inflammation. It’s more likely to happen if you have tightly curled hair. The best way to avoid this is to use an electric razor and steer clear of any close shave settings.

Maintenance – While low maintenance is a positive of shaving your head, there’s still some degree of upkeep needed. Although that amount depends on how quickly your hair grows. That stubble won’t stay short for very long so you may find yourself shaving your head every day if your hair has the tendency to come back overnight.

Dry Scalp – Frequent shaving can lead to dry, itchy scalp. You’ll have to avoid scratching and use moisturizer frequently.

Exposure – Your shaved head will be more exposed to the elements. You’ll need to take care of your new smooth head by protecting it from the sun when needed as well as keeping it warm in cold weather.

Irritation – This one is a real pain. Even the most careful person can end up with nicks and cuts. Shaving can also result in red, inflamed skin known as razor burn.


What You’ll Need Before You Start

Here’s a quick list of everything you’ll need before you start following the steps on how to shave your head.

  1. A soft towel
  2. A razor (ideally with a fresh blade)
  3. Moisturizer and/or aftershave lotion
  4. Good lighting
  5. Scissors and/or hair clipper
  6. Shaving cream/gel
  7. A hand mirror


How To Shave Your Head: Step By Step

  1. If it’s your first time then what you need to do is remove as much of the hair as possible. Using a hair clipper with no guard, buzz the hair off as close to the scalp as possible so it will be easier to shave with a razor.
  2. Before you start with the razor, hop in the shower and rinse your hair, or what’s left of it, under cool water for around 5-10 minutes. Lightly soap a washcloth against the grain of your hair as this makes your hair easier to shave. You can also brush the scalp which helps to exfoliate the skin underneath and open up any pores. After this, your hair should be soft and ready to shave.
  3. Get that hand mirror handy as you’ll be using this to double-check every angle and ensure you’re catching every last hair with the blades. Also, have a mirror in front of you and it’s suggested you do this all over a sink and of course, with good lighting.
  4. Work some shaving cream into a lather, then slather it onto your head. Shaving cream helps you avoid a razor burn. Plus, it makes it easier to see where you’ve already shaved.
  5. Use a clean, sharp razor. Start by shaving with the grain (the direction the hair grows). This will minimize cuts, irritation, in-grown hairs, and razor burn.
  6. The hair on the top is usually thinner, so it’s easier to shave. Place your razor at the back of your crown, then pull it forward toward your forehead. Continue making even strokes until the top of your head is nicely shaved. Remember, don’t apply too much pressure.
  7. Place your blade just above the side patch of hair. Then, pull your razor down in an even stroke, stopping once you reach the top of your sideburns. Once you finish the first side, switch to the other side and repeat. Again, ease up on the pressure and take things slowly as to avoid any nicks.
  8. Position your blade at the back of your head, then pull it down toward your neck. Make slow, even passes with your blade until you’re done.
  9. When you’re done, apply a small amount of lather to your hands and rub your entire head, checking for rough areas, behind the ears and on the back of the neck are key areas to double-check. Then if you have missed a spot, shave there again.
  10. Clean your blade and hop in the shower for a quick rinse. Not only will this seal off your pores, but it will also rinse off any little hairs that stuck to your skin and scalp as you were shaving.
  11. Apply an aftershave lotion or balm and if you don’t have one then investing in one is going to help you and your head if you plan on shaving regularly.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know if you would look good with a bald head?

Head shape is important here. While there are always examples of bald men with different head shapes, who look pretty good, generally, the rectangle, square and diamond-shaped heads look best bald. Having a strong chin/jawline will guarantee a successful bald look for maximum masculinity and sexuality.

Is it better to shave your head with a razor or electric?

Electric shavers allow better and safer access to tough areas of the head and face, without compromising the quality of the shave. Most of the shavers have flexible heads which better adjust to the contours of the head for better comfort of shaving.

How often should you shave your head?

The most efficient way to ensure the best cut is to start with a barber and keep it up with a barber but if you prefer to do it yourself then this all depends on how fast it grows. You may only need to shave once every 2 weeks or some may find they end up shaving once every few days. It varies from person to person.



So now you know how to shave your head. Remember to consider the drawbacks before you shave as it can take months to grow back.

But, if you’re set on it then going bald can be a great confidence boost and many men look better once they shave their heads.

Take care of your skin though. Use moisturizers and protect your head from the sun. Also, remember to not apply too much pressure when shaving otherwise you’ll end up with razor burn and skin irritation all over which trust us isn’t fun.

Use the tips above and maintain a routine so your head can be nice and smooth. You’re braver than most to rock the shaved look so own it.

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