A bald head is just about good grooming, it’s a timeless classic that has given men an authoritative look over the ages. Men go bald for different reasons – to cover up a naturally balding crown, simplify their lives, or as part of their fashion statement.
Luckily, you don’t need to go to the barbershop to achieve the bald look. You can learn how to shave your head at home. In the next section, we’ll guide you through the process and share care tips to keep your bald shiny and protected.
Step by step guide to shaving your head
1. Start by Keeping Everything Handy
Keep everything you need within reach. It saves time and you won’t have to walk around the house with a lathered head looking for the shaver or a towel. Here is what you’ll need:
• A handheld mirror.
• A top-quality razor preferably one with three blades.
• Electric clippers.
• Shaving cream or lubricant.
• Pre-shave oil (for sensitive skin)
• A towel.
If your hair is longer than 6mm, start by trimming it using the electric clippers. Long hair can get tangled in the blades and render your razor ineffective. This will make your shaving experience unpleasant.
Clippers are designed to leave a bit of stubble on your head. If the smooth bald look is not for you, you can use clippers to shave your hair and leave it that. At this point, it is good to bear in mind that there are clippers on the market specially made to remove hair down to your scalp.
Electric clippers are also preferable since they cause less irritation and for men with curly hair, they reduce the likelihood of suffering from ingrown hairs.
Take a warm shower, steam bath or simply place a warm washcloth on your scalp for a couple of minutes. This will open the pores and soften your stubble.
4. Lubricate Your Scalp
We recommend using pre-shaving oil as it will create a protective shield between your scalp and the blade. The best thing about using oil is that it’s transparent, allowing you to see what you are doing which further reduces the risk of cutting yourself, and getting a razor burn.
You don’t need to buy a specific pre-shave oil product or any fancy oil products for this. The olive or sunflower oil that you use in your kitchen will work.
A person who is susceptible to razor burns should lather a generous amount of shaving cream or gel and apply it over the oil. It will give you extra protection and comfort.
Hair at the front of your head is softer, so start shaving from the top using long sweeping strokes. To avoid missing any bit, place sequential strokes right next to the last one.
Tackle the sides and finish up with the back of your head. Hair at the back is coarse and by starting at the front you’ll be giving it time to soften. Be sure to use a hand mirror when shaving the back to monitor your progress.
While shaving against the grain will give you a closer shave, it is advisable to shave with the grain as you do facial hair. This is particularly important if you have sensitive skin or curly hair, to prevent painful ingrown hairs and reduce drags.
Remember to rinse the blades severally as you shave to remove built-up shaving cream, dead skin, and hair.
If you’re satisfied with the job, rinse your head with cold water to close the pores and pat dry with a towel.
Finish off by applying a moisturising after-shave that will rehydrate, soothe, condition and repair the skin.
What You Need to Know Before You Shave Your Head
The same quality care should be given to the hair on your head as you do facial hair. Here are some things you should know before shaving your head:
• Give yourself adequate time to do the job right. For a first-time shaver, it may be a good idea to do this on Friday night and stay in all weekend.
• Trim your hair a few days before shaving to allow the sun to give some colour to your pale scalp and skin. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a scalp that looks sun-deprived and a prominent tan line.
• Choose your razor carefully. A cartridge razor with three or more blades is preferable. It cuts closer and reduces the need to go over one area several times which can lead to irritation.
• A shaved head is susceptible to drying and burning and will need to be moisturized day and night. Additionally, regularly exfoliate your face and head with a facial scrub to remove dead skin.
• A fresh blade may be too sharp for sensitive skin, and you can easily cut yourself. Be careful while using a new blade and treat nicks and cuts with healing gel.
Pros and cons of shaving your head
Hair is very personal and the decision to shave it off is not one that is taken lightly – not by most people anyway. Before you put the razor to your head, here are some pros and cons to think about:
• Male pattern baldness makes men look older than they are. Shaving your head masks this prematurely aged look and takes the years off your face.
• You won’t have to worry about maintaining your hair or dealing with bad hair cuts.
• Boosts confidence levels and body image.
• Men with shaved heads appear more masculine.
• Grooming takes less time.
• It’s an accepted trend world over. Many successful businessmen, sportsmen, and actors sport this look.
• It’s a drastic change particularly if you had a head full of hair, which may invite a ton of questions from family and friends.
• Hair conceals imperfections so when you shave your head, you risk revealing an oddly shaped head or other irregularities like bumps and moles.
• Chances of getting sunburnt are higher and you’ll need to use sunblock or take a hat when going out on a sunny day.
• A person with a shaved head is more like to feel cold and catch a cold, than someone with a head full of hair.
How do I shave my head for the first time?
The prospect of shaving your head for the first time can feel a little intimidating. We have shared a step by step guide on how to shave your head and other tips to help you get it right.
Is it healthy to shave your head?
It is. While lice mostly afflict women and children, men pick them up as well. Without any hair for lice to attach to and lay their eggs in, you have fewer worries.
It’s also one of the best ways to cure dandruff and other hair loss issues. With a shaved head, you’ll be able to wash your scalp thoroughly and nourish it directly without losing any valuable nutrients to the hair.
Can you shave your head with a razor?
There are different types of razors that you can use from standard razors to safety razors, straight razors, and multi-blade disposable razors. First-time shavers use the standard razor with multiple blades.
Once you become pro, you can use a straight or safety razor. Disposable razors are great but if you are shaving too often, the cost of refills will pile up.
How do bald heads get shiny?
Naturally bald men have shiner heads than those who shave because their hair follicles have shrunk and turned into skin cells. A shaved head leaves behind limited stubble which gives it a dull appearance.
Moreover, the sebaceous glands found on the scalp secrete natural oil (sebum) which coats the skin and gives it a shiny appearance.
To make your bald head shiny, use mild soaps or skin cleaners while bathing. Harsh soaps and other perfumed products tend to dry out the scalp giving you a dull look. Apply moisturising pure aloe vera lotion or gel after shaving and remember to put on sunscreen when you go out.