Saturday, 4 Feb 2017 : When your dad taught you how to shave, he focused his lesson on the cheeks and chin. That was practical for the first decade or two of your shaving years, but what about the suddenly balding crown that you also inherited? (Or maybe you’ve got a bunch of hair but would prefer to channel The Rock’s bad-assery)
Since you’re a big boy now, dad isn’t on hand to show you the ropes. Luckily, barber Eric Holmes is. Holmes gives stellar shaves at Blind Barber in Los Angeles, and he knows the ins and outs of shearing one’s own dome. In many ways, you’ll employ the same logic as with your facial hair, but not always. Pay close attention, and Go slow.
First, a note on razors
Holmes has seen guys shave their heads with just about every type of razor. If you want the best shave with a standard razor (as opposed to a straight razor or safety razor, for the real pros), then pick one with three to five blades, so that you can avoid having to go over any area more than once. Holmes doesn’t shy away from disposable blades here, since a one-and-done policy is good for the crown. In that case, you can stick with Schick’s Xtreme3 Sensitive Blades, which have a flexible head that slides with the contours of your head. Alternatively, sign up for a replenishment program (like Harry’s) to have clean blades—also with flexible heads—sent to you each month. Regardless of how frequently you shave, it’s important to avoid using a dull blade; it’ll drag along the skin and leave painful burn (and unshaved hair) in its wake.
How Shave your Head:
1. Buzz it down
First things first: You’ll want to buzz all of your hair to a workable length. Get a no-frills electronic clipper set; we like Wahl’s Home Pro. Most guy will remove the guard and buzz all the way down, to minimize the amount of hair they will later drag with the razor, as well as to lessen any resistance to the blade. However, some guys will attach the smallest guard, so that the hair is short enough to shave, but still at a visible length—this way, if you’ve missed a spot after shaving, it’s easier to notice.
2. Rinse off in a hot shower
Just as when you shave your face, it’s best to soften the skin with warm or hot water. This will open your pores, relax your hair, and minimize friction and burn. In this case, it’ll also wash away any hair clippings that you just trimmed.
While you shower, grab some gritty scrub—Raw Materials’ Skin Grit is liquid gold—and slather it onto your head. This will lift any dead skin, which will later prevent clogged pores and ingrown hairs. The shave itself is an exfoliating procedure, but you don’t need excess dead skin causing additional problems during the main event.
4. Apply a pre-shave oil
Holmes recommends using a pre-shave oil to help your razor glide more easily over the skin. This also creates a small protective barrier between the blade and the skin. It’s kind of like a janitor for your skin: If it does its job, you’ll never notice the difference. If you forego it…you may feel the burn later. (Our rec: The Art of Shaving’s Unscented Pre-Shave Oil)
5. Lather up
Holmes isn’t particular about the kind of cream or gel you use to shave your head—it’s up to your personal preference. As a beginner, though, you may want to stick with something transparent, so that you can visualize the scalp as you shave it, noticing any contours or moles. Gillette’s Fusion ProGlide Gel is a surefire, see-through bet.
The number-one thing to remember: Take your time. “Make sure you finish one area before moving on to the next,” says Holmes. “By going slow and not jumping all over the place, you should be able to get a good shave without any special mirror setup.”
Even then, you may want to invest in a handheld mirror, to more easily visualize the back of your head—whether you hold it up during the shave is a personal preference. You can also shave more easily with a tri-paneled bathroom mirror, positioning them to reflect off one another.
It’s very important to shave with the grain of your hair, as you would on your face, which prevents painful ingrown hairs. Gently pull the skin taut to avoid unnecessary grooves and obstructions.
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