Whatever your reason for opting for a clean-shaven look, here are our tips on how to achieve a great head shave.
#1 Preparation is key
It helps if you have trimmed your hair down as short as possible before the big shave. It will also give you an idea of what your head shape will look like before you take everything off.
#2 Start with a shower
A nice, warm shower will soften your hair and open up your pores which will help to prevent ingrown hairs. No time? Use a warm, damp towel instead and then massage your head to stimulate the scalp.
#3 Map your hair growth
Work out the direction of your hair growth so you shave with the grain and minimise the chance of irritation or nicks.
#4 Choose your tools carefully
There are many types of razors available, including straight razors, disposable razors, safety razors and electric razors.
Gillette was the first patented safety razor more than 100 years ago and it was the official razor of World War I. For decades, Gilette dominated the razor market and still holds about 54% of the global market. However, that’s actually down from 70% in 2010, as upstart brands such as Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s take on the old guard.
If you’re looking for a tool that’s been designed for the job in hand, the HeadBlade was developed by Todd Greene specifically for head shaving. The HeadBlade razor has an ergonomic handle and is compatible with standard razor cartridges so you can choose your favourite blade.
#5 Slowly does it
Choose a shaving cream that lathers up thick to protect the skin while shaving and look for products that contain shea butter. Use short, light strokes to remove the hair and you should work slowly.
#6 Aftercare is important
After you’ve finished, rinse excess shave cream and hair off your head with cold water. This will also tighten your pores. Pat dry your head, without rubbing it and then moisturise your skin with a healing post-shave product.