How to Shave Your Head Using a Razor or Electric Shaver

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There are many reasons why people choose to shave their heads, whether it's due to hair loss, personal preference, or cultural or religious reasons. While some may be hesitant to take the plunge and go completely bald, there are numerous benefits to having a shaved head.

The Benefits of a Shaved Head

First and foremost, having a shaved head is incredibly low maintenance. Unlike long or even short hair, there's no need to worry about styling, cutting, or using products. With a shaved head, you can wake up and go without any fuss, which can be a lifesaver for those who are always on the go or have a busy schedule.

Additionally, shaving your head can be a practical choice for those who live in warmer climates. Without a thick head of hair to trap in heat, you'll feel cooler and more comfortable during hot weather. This can be particularly beneficial for those who enjoy outdoor activities or sports, as it can help you stay cool and sweat less.

Another advantage of having a shaved head is that it can be a confidence booster. For those who are experiencing hair loss, shaving your head can be a liberating and empowering experience. Instead of feeling self-conscious about your thinning hair or bald spots, you can embrace your baldness and rock your new look. Shaving your head can also be a way to challenge traditional beauty standards and embrace your individuality.

Finally, having a shaved head can be a great way to save money. With no need for regular haircuts or expensive hair products, you'll save a significant amount of money in the long run. This can be particularly beneficial for those on a tight budget or those who are trying to minimize their environmental impact.

man with shaved head saving a suitcase of money

In conclusion, there are many benefits to having a shaved head, including low maintenance, practicality, confidence, and cost-effectiveness. If you're considering shaving your head, it's important to keep in mind that it's a personal choice and may not be for everyone. However, for those who choose to embrace their baldness, there are numerous advantages to be gained.

Shaving your head can be a daunting task, especially if it's your first time. However, with the right tools and techniques, it can be a straightforward and satisfying process. In this guide, we will explain how to do a full head shave using either shave oil or shave gel, step by step.

How to Shave Your Head: A Step by Step Guide

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Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you start, you'll need to gather the necessary tools. These include:

  1. Clippers or a razor: Clippers are recommended for longer hair, while a razor will give you a closer shave.
  2. Shave oil or shave gel: Both products provide lubrication and protection for your skin while shaving.
  3. Towel: To protect your clothing and catch any loose hair.
  4. Mirror: To see what you're doing and ensure you're getting an even shave.
  5. Comb: To help guide the clippers or razor.
  6. Brush: To help distribute the shave oil or gel evenly across your scalp.

Step 2: Prep Your Head

Before you start shaving, you'll want to prepare your scalp. First, take a shower to soften the hair and open up your pores. Alternatively, you can apply a warm towel to your head for a few minutes. The purpose of this is to get the hair follicles to swell up with water which will reduce the force needed to cut them later on - which means less chance of nicks and irritation. If your starting point is longer hair, use hair clippers and give yourself a zero cut to bring the follicles right down to stubble.

Step 3: Apply Shave Oil or Shave Gel

Once your head is prepped, it's time to apply the shave oil or shave gel. Both products work similarly and provide a lubricating layer between your scalp and the razor or clippers. Both the shave oil and shave gel formulations by Milkman are crystal clear, so you can see exactly where you're shaving. This is particularly important for head shaves because there are lots of lumps, bumps, nooks and crannies that you'll need to negotiate when you're shaving. A traditional foaming shave soap or shave gel are a lot more difficult to shave with because you can't see what you're doing. They also have a tendency to dry the skin out.

In our experience, shave oil tends to be preferred by those using electric shavers and shave gel, for blade shavers. Although this isn't a hard and fast rule and it's mostly a matter of personal preference. 

Start by placing a small amount of shave lubricant in your palm and rub your hands together to create a thin layer. Next, use your fingers to apply the product to your scalp, massaging it in with circular motions. Make sure to cover your entire scalp and use a brush to help distribute the product evenly.

Step 4: Begin Shaving

Now that your scalp is prepped and lubricated, it's time to start shaving. If you're using an electric shaver, be sure you've only applied a small amount of lube. Begin at the front of your head and work your way backward. Be sure to go over each section of your head multiple times, making sure to get an even shave.

If you're using a razor, then you should be more liberal with the lube to make sure you have a nice cushion against the blade. Start at the back of your head and work your way forward. Use slow, even strokes, and be sure to rinse the razor often to prevent clogging. Shave with the grain of your hair for a smoother shave and avoid pressing too hard, as this can cause irritation and razor burn. As best you can, you should also try to stretch the skin in front of the blade's path so that the blade will glide over it and not dig down, causing nicks.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

Once you've finished shaving, rinse your head with cold water to close your pores and remove any remaining shave oil or gel. If you missed any spots, repeat the shaving process until you're satisfied with the results. After you're done, dry your scalp with a clean towel. We recommend a bamboo microfiber towel because of it's superior softness & lower capacity to harbour odours and bacteria compared with cotton towels. 

Step 6: Moisturize

Shaving can be rough on your skin, so it's important to moisturize your scalp after shaving. To avoid a shiny scalp we recommend you use a non-greasy, after shave serum to keep your skin soft and hydrated.

In conclusion, shaving your head can be a satisfying and confidence-boosting experience. Whether you're using shave oil or shave gel, the key to a successful head shave is preparation and technique. Follow these six steps, and you'll have a smooth and even shave in no time.

Health Disclaimer

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary.

This information does not constitute medical advice and it should not be relied upon as such. Consult with your doctor before modifying your regular medical regime.

author dr ben de campo  

Dr Benjamin De Campo

Ben studied Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Western Australia where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (with 1st Class Honours) & a PhD. He went on to complete a law degree & spent almost 10 years advising in the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics & nutrition before starting his own cosmetics company Milkman Grooming Co & white labelling for other personal care brands. 


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