How to Shave your Head | Tips from a professional head shaver

July 31, 2018

How To Shave Your Head

Is there such a thing as a head shaving professional?  You betcha, I proudly give my self the esteemed title of a professional head shaver.  Barbers cut hair everyday, but I shave my head almost everyday and have been doing it for many years.  

What does that have to do with you?  Well, I'll give you some tips, considerations, and how to stuff that will help you go from a hairy beast to a smooth shaven head.

Everything I say can be adjusted and I recommend you do that with experience.  These are the steps to get you the best head shave with the shortest learning curve

Let's start with the first question you need to ask.

Should I shave my head?  


  • Balding - The #1 most common reason men shave their heads is due to genetics and hair loss.  
  • Style - Women and Men alike are shaving their heads fully and sometimes just the side or back of their heads because of the popular style.
  • Chemo - I honestly don't have any direct experience with this and do not want to speak about a serious topic where I can't.  If any readers would like to share their stories I'll add it.

I'll cover the first bullet because that's how my path to a shaved head went down.  My hair was thinning and I wasn't interested in any miracle drugs, so I decided to shave it.  It's that simple.  It did take a long time to build up the confidence to do it, but I knew that was the route I was going to take.

Shaving your head for the first time


Don't start by using a razor, you can't shave a full head of hair with any type of razor.  Not a safety razor or straight razor and surely not a cartridge razor.  You'll want to start with some clippers, shavers, or just go to your local barber and ask them to buzz your hair with no guard.  They will know exactly what to do and might even give you some more helpful hints along the way.

Now you have a starting point to get that smooth Bald Vin Diesel Hair or lack thereof

How To Shave your Head


If you already shave your face or another part of your body with a razor and some cream, gel, oil, or shaving soap that's great.  We are going to use the same exact product to shave your head.  Later you can upgrade your head shaving routine.  For now we are keeping things simple and less is more.

I shave my head in the shower and also in front of the mirror.  For beginners you'll want to start in front of the mirror to see what the heck you are doing to your head.

Moisturize


Take a shower first before shaving your head.  It will soften the hair, make your skin more pliable, and just provide an overall good foundation to start your head shave.

Cream, Gel, Oil, Shaving Soap


Use what you use for your face or other body parts the first time.  You are already familiar with the process, how it feels, and that will provide the best chance for success.  

Once you get more experience I suggest changing this up a bit.  The worst thing is a really dry and flaky head or a oily and shiny head. Find the right products for shaving your head that will moisturize your skin enough, but not too much.  Hint:  Oil doesn't necessarily make your skin oily

With the grain or against


Against the grain provides a closer shave albeit more aggressive and more prone to razor bumps, irritation, and ingrown hairs.  With the grain provides a less aggressive, less irritating shave.  

For beginners start with the grain and as you get more experience try against the grain paying close attention to how your skin reacts.  It can be a very annoying and unsightly look with red bumps all over your head.

Post shave care


At minimum splash some cool water on your head.  It will close the pores and sooth your head.  A better choice would be splurging on some aftershave or balm that will also close pores, act as an antiseptic, sooth, and moisturize.

Some aftershave will dry your skin, especially alcohol based.  After shave balms are usually a better choice for your dome.

How often 


Most men will shave every few days.  Some are daily head shavers and others wait much longer, but I would estimate the average time between head shaves is anywhere from 1 to 3 days.

Daily will keep that 5'oclock shadow away and also can introduce more irritation.  Every 2-3 days is sufficient for most guys to keep a clean look while not irritating your skin.

Sides of your head

The hair on the side of your head for the most part grows down.  For the sides, I usually shave from the back of my head to the front of my head.  It's more of an across the grain shave than with the grain.

Back of your head

This is by far the trickiest part of the shave.  The best advice I can give is to go slow and use your free hand as a guide to feel what hasn't been shaved.  I have missed patches on the back of my head before.  Nobody will tell you except your close friends and then they are full of jokes.

Best Way to shave head


After years of shaving my head, I've settled on my routine.  I would recommend this routine and gear only after you are completely comfortable shaving your head and are past the beginner stage.

My routine consists of using a combination of head shaving oil, shaving soap, and a safety razor.  I haven't braved the straight razor yet, but I will give it a shot sometime in the near future.  I use an aftershave balm when I'm done and that's it.

I hope this gives the beginner head shaver some clear direction and confidence.  For the more experienced, I hope you learned something new.  Please share with others that might find it useful and feel free to share your comments.



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