Shave your Head
Okay folks, you know you want
to do it... so come on do it. I will help you with your decision and the process:
- It keeps your head clean:
- Don't waste your time
- Don't have to worry about
dryer, roller and/or salon visits
- Keeps your head cool
- If you go bald, no one
(who need not know) will not know
- Permits travelling light
- no hair supplies to pack or worry to get at the other end
- If you so desire, you
get to wear various hats, caps and other head gears
- You can do it alone...
you do not need to go to the barber after the first time.
- In winter, you would
be loosing a body head through the exposed skull
- Caps, hats can be nuisance
- Okay, you save time with
shampoo, dryer, and salon visits, but you have to take time to shave your
- Razors, shaving cream
and after shaves can be expensive
that you have made your decision, and hopefully, it was to get that new look,
let me give you some tips.
First thing that
you need to know is that having head is very different from shaving your face
(or any other bodily hair). It is not hard, just a matter of getting used to.
Before you venture into the act, you may need to go to the local drug store
to get the following items:
- Good lubricant
shaving gel - I have discovered that gel works better than the foam or cream.
- Good sharp
razor - Mach3 works real well
- Shaving morror,
or any small mirror that you can hold
- If you do not
own a towel, get a towel big enough to wrap around your head
- After Shave
lotion of choice
Okay, as I mentioned under
the advantaged section, it is best that the first time you get your head shaved
by a barber. Before showing up to your regular barber, call ahead and ask if they
shave heads... not all barbers do, for legal and sanitary reasons. The following
will work thereafter.
A final note: If you intent
to shave your own head, never let it grow over 1/4 inch in length. If you neglect
this precaution, you will discover that it is hard to accomplish the objective
(clean close smooth shave) and the technique described above does not work very
- First and foremost, wet
your hair with warm water. This is very important if you intend to get a smooth
close shave without afterburn and irritation.
- Wet the towel that you
have and wrap it around your head... this will help the base of hair to be
throughly wet and soften the base of your hair.
- Apply generous amounts
of shaving gel and work it deeply - so that you can feel the lubricant next
to your scalp.
- Use sharp wet blade and
shave. Now here comes the personal preference: Some people prefer to go With
the grain... in that case, you want to start from the top (centre) of the
head. I, on the other hand, prefer to shave against the grain of the hair
(to get a closer and smoother shave) and in the latter case, start at the
forehead and go backward... till the top of the head.
- Clean the razor after
every time you lift off the surface.
- Repeat the last two steps
until the front side of the head is all shaved off. If there are isolated
spots left, do not worry, they will be taken care off as in later steps.
- Now hold the shaving
mirror in your left hand (if you are right handed) at an angle bind your back
so that you can clearly see the reflection in the mirror in front of you.
This will avoid knicks and cuts and make for a cleaner job.
- Very carefully, using
the hand with razor in it, using slow deliberate movement, shave either with
or against the grain. (I prefer against the grain, so I start at the base
of the neck and go upward toward the top of the head).
- As always, clean the
razor after every stroke.
- Repeat last two steps
until the back is done
- At this point you are
almost done - but not quite
- Throughly wash off your
head - in this process you will discover the spots that you missed and/or
presence of course hair that are not quite visible but still there
- Apply the shaving gel
again, with specific emphasis to the spots that you discovered in the last
step and using the shaving technique described above, clean up the spots.
- Voila! You are Done!
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