It takes some courage to take the next step and shave it all off, so congrats for making it this far. The best way to shave your head is somewhat of a personal choice.
The first thing you need to shave your head is some type of razor, shaver, or clippers and there are a few different options.
- Electric Shaver – If you are just starting to buzz your head then this is the one for you. You can shave your face and buzz your head with this razor. Once you are comfortable with buzzing your head you can upgrade to a safety or cartridge razor and get a smooth shave.
- Safety Razor – This is the type of razor that your father and grandfather used and they are making a comeback now. The razor itself will last much longer than a cartridge razor and the replacement razor blades are very inexpensive. A single blade will cost about 10 cents each and provides just as good of a shave a as a cartridge razor. There is a bit of a learning curve to use them, but once you get the hang of it you will really enjoy shaving with this type of razor
- Cartridge Razor – The most popular are 3 or 5 blade razors. The difference between them is the spacing between the blades and other than that it’s just personal preference. I prefer the mach 3 razors, which are the 3 blade razors. The fusion razors are the 5 blade and they are also very good, but my personal preference are the mach 3’s
The next thing you need is a good shaving cream or shaving oil
- Shaving Soap – If you are using shaving cream in a can still then you need to trash that stuff and get a good shaving soap. The type of stuff that comes in a metal or plastic tin and provides nice thick protective lather and doesn’t have a bunch of nasty ingredients inside it. You will need a shaving brush to go along with this, but the shaves will be amazing and you’ll wonder why you didn’t shave like this until now.
- Shave Oil – Thousands of years ago there was no such thing as shaving cream, so people used oils. The oil provides a thin layer of protection between the razor and your skin and it really does a great job. It will take a bit to get comfortable to shave with oil, but once you do it gives you a great shave and also moisturizes your head.
Head shaving tips:
- If you have sensitive skin and are subject to rashes do not shave against the grain. Shaving against the grain will lead to several problems including ingrown hairs, razor bumps, razor burn, and irritation. Try to shave in the same direction as your hair growth for minimal irritation.
- Aftershave should be used to avoid rashes. There are several aftershave options including after shave lotion, after shave creams, and aftershave balms. Avoid alcohol based aftershave if you have dry skin or sensitive skin.
- I’ve heard of some people waxing their head but they have had mixed results. (One man stated that they didn’t have to shave again for six months. I find that hard to believe. If you have tried this, please let us know about your experience.)
- After you shave your head I recommend using a lotion or gel to moisturize your head and prevent it from flaking.
Alternative hair removal
- Some people use Nair or Magic as an alternative hair removal, but you must be careful not leave it on any longer than recommended, otherwise it burns. The only other alternatives are painful or expensive. I personally do not recommend using chemicals to remove hair. It’s nasty stuff that really shouldn’t be on your skin.
- Electrolyses eventually gets rid of your hair permanently but it is painful
- Laser treatments will permanently remove your hair, but it is expensive.
- Waxing is painful and it only gives you a 1 to 3 weeks of the stubble free look.
- You may want to try Hair Away, which is featured on our site, however, we have had no testimonies as to its effectiveness.
If you have a better way to keep your pate free of unwanted growth, please tell us about it and we will publish it here.