The shaved head is becoming quite stylish. Heck, even female head shaving has taken off among celebrities like Britney Spears and Natalie Portman.
If you’re looking to shave your own head, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll explain the best way to get a shaved head, and you won’t even need a trip to the barber shop.
I shaved my head
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I’m really into simple living, especially when it comes to personal hygiene. I’ve been sporting a buzz cut for a couple years, and I decided to try out the complete headshave.
Here’s a quick picture of my finished, bald head. Needless to say, I’m letting the hair grow back.
This article details my experience, so you can learn how to shave your head bald. Just be careful, and remember that razors are sharp.
Head shaving tools
Before you get bald, you’re going to need some basic equipment. I happened to have everything already, but it can also be purchased for a reasonable price.
- Hair clippers – Just get a basic at-home hair cutting set. This Wahl 11-piece kit is more than enough.
- Razor – You don’t need a fancy electric razor for this operation. I wouldn’t even seek out the best razor for shaving your head. Use what works for your face. I love this Merkur classic razor.
- Shaving cream – Don’t waste your money on special head shaving cream. But don’t skimp in this area. I’m a fan of old fashioned shaving soap and a nice badger shaving brush.
- Lotion – Your scalp will need a little protection from the elements. Any decent hand lotion should suffice.
How to shave your head
Once you have everything gathered up, it’s time to shave. It’s an intimidating thing to do, but it’s really quite simple. Relax, and have fun!
- Buzz your hair off with the clippers. If you have long hair, you might need to make a couple passes. Get as much hair off as possible, and buzz it right up to your scalp (no guard).
- Warm your scalp with water. You want to open up the pores and soften the bristly hair. Run warm water all over your scalp and rub it in with your hands.
- Lather your head with shaving cream. Don’t miss any area, especially the back. Apply this stuff liberally; you’ll be glad you did.
- Shave one area at a time. Your scalp is a lot of surface area, so just focus on one spot at a time. I start with the sides, then the top, and save the back for last.
- Re-apply shaving cream as you shave. Before you shave each area, apply more shaving cream. This helps further soften your skin and guard against razor burn.
- Rinse your scalp and apply lotion. I put lotion on a few times a day, since it’s the hot summer. Just don’t neglect your scalp.
- Enjoy your new look!
Why would anyone shave his head?
That’s a darn good question. I shaved my head out of curiosity. Plus, I thought it might be a good, low-maintenance hair style. Some people do it for looks, since it can be a cool, sexy non-hair style for guys.
Other people shave their head for public reasons. There are charity head shaves to rally support and awareness of different causes. People even throw head shaving parties. I’ve even heard of people shaving their heads out of shear boredom.
Questions, tips, or comments?
This article just scratches the surface of shaved heads. I’m sure other people have tips and ideas on the subject. You’re all welcome to contribute in the comment form below!
In case you’re curious
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My head is shaped oddly because my anterior fontanelle (“soft spot”) closed too early. I underwent two surgeries as an infant, so my skull could grow. I’ve got a nice battle scar.
From what I’ve read, this happens in 1 out of 2,000-3,000 babies. I’m unique!
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