Shaving your head with a razor really isn’t as daunting as it sounds. With
the right preparation and technique, you’ll be achieving a
professional-quality shave in no time, whilst minimising the chance of
unsightly razor bumps popping up on your freshly bald head.
Whether you’re looking for something easier to maintain, want to combat
thinning hair or just simply try out a new style, our five easy steps will
show you how to shave your head with a razor.
1 – What you’ll need
A quality razor
– be sure to check that your blades are sharp, clean and not
in need of replacing
A second mirror to see the back of your head – we recommend investing in
one with an adjustable arm
- Electric clippers or a friendly neighbourhood barber!
2 – Trimming down
Razors aren’t effective when cutting through long hair, so you’ll first
need to trim as close to the scalp as possible.
If you have a set of hair clippers at home, that’s great; if not, pop down
to your local barber or hairdresser and ask for a grade 1 all over. A
single grade typically costs less than a normal haircut.
3 – Prepping for best results
A hot shower helps to soften hair and open your pores. Dry your hair with a
towel going back to front, against the direction of growth.
Then, apply your
to your hair and neck. For best results, wait a few minutes for it to soak
4 – Time to shave
Start with the front of your head and other visible areas, leaving the back
until last. Make sure you shave in an orderly pattern to avoid going over
the same areas more than once. Shave with the grain and apply very little
pressure – let the blades do the work.
Don’t stretch your skin across your scalp as this can encourage ingrown
hairs and razor bumps. Be sure to rinse the blades between each stroke.
We recommend getting a friend or partner to help with difficult-to-reach
areas if you are struggling. Ideally, wait a few days before you next shave
your head to give your skin some time to recover.
5 – Aftercare
It is important to give your bald head the same care and attention that you
would your face.
Splash cold water on your head and neck, then gently pat dry with a towel.
Use an alcohol-free shaving aftercare product to gently sooth your scalp.
The newly exposed skin will need some extra care. Aim to moisturise it
daily and apply sun protection when going outdoors.
Using a gentle exfoliant on a day between shaves will help to prevent
ingrown hairs by increasing skin cell turnover. Those containing glycolic
or salicylic acid tend to work best.
There you have it,
five simple steps to a bald head, free from those pesky razor bumps. Good
luck and happy shaving!