Shaving your own head can be a liberating and empowering experience, whether you're embracing a new style or dealing with hair loss. Taking matters into your own hands not only saves time and money but also gives you complete control over your look.
In this article, we will explore various methods of head shaving, including single blade razors, cartridge razors, electric clippers, and rotary shavers. We'll share the pros and cons of each whilst also sharing how to prepare for the best shave.
Single Blade Razors: When it comes to precision and control, single blade razors, also known as safety razors, can be excellent choice for shaving your head but requires skill and patience.
- Pros: Stubble free shave, less ingrown hairs, cheap blades
- Cons: Harder to self shave as they don't flex around the head, can cause nicks and cuts
Here's how to use a single blade razor effectively:
Start by moistening your scalp with warm water to soften the hair follicles and reduce irritation. Apply a generous amount of shaving cream or gel to create a smooth surface for the razor to glide across. Hold the razor at a 30-degree angle and use short, gentle strokes. Rinse the razor frequently to avoid clogging and maintain optimal performance. After shaving, rinse your head thoroughly with cold water to close the pores, and apply a moisturising shaving balm to soothe and hydrate your scalp.
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Cartridge Razors: Cartridge razors offer a super close shave with convenience due to their multiple blades.
- Pros: Stubble free shave, easy to use, some razors flex to the contours of the head
- Cons: Multiple blades can cause ingrown hairs & shaving rash. Blades can be expensive
Follow these steps for a successful head shave with a cartridge razor:
Begin by washing your head with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oils. Pat your scalp dry before moving forward. Coat your scalp with a layer of shaving gel or foam to provide lubrication and protect against razor burns. Hold the razor at a slight angle and apply light pressure as you shave. Use short strokes and rinse the blades regularly to maintain their effectiveness. After shaving, rinse your scalp with cool water, gently pat dry, and apply a shaving balm to nourish and replenish moisture to your scalp.
Electric Clippers: Electric clippers provide a quick and efficient way to shave your head.
- Pros: Easy to use, can use wet or dry, long lasting blades, reduced risk of nicks and cuts
- Cons: Will leave stubble, require multiple passes for a close shave, can be difficult to reach all areas
Here's how to achieve a close cut using an electric clipper.
Start by using a longer guard attachment to trim down the hair. Move the clippers against the direction of hair growth for an even cut. Remove the guard attachment and carefully go over your head with the clippers, moving in all directions to ensure a close shave. After shaving, use a brush or towel to remove any loose hairs. Rinse your scalp and apply a shaving balm to soothe and moisturise.
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Our number one recommendation for self head shaving - Rotary Shavers: Designed with multiple rotating heads, rotary shavers contour to the shape of your head.
- Pros: Easy to use, can use wet or dry, long lasting blades, can reach all areas, no risk of nicks or cuts
- Cons: Will leave a small amount of stubble (approx 0.2-0.5mm)
Follow these steps to achieve a smooth, clean shave:
Make sure your scalp is clean and dry before using a rotary shaver. Avoid using heavy lotions or oils that may interfere with the shaving process. Check out our shaving balm which has been specially designed for head shaving. Gently move the shaver in small circular motions across your scalp, allowing the rotating heads to adjust to the contours of your head for optimal results. Rinse your head with cool water to remove any remaining debris, and finish off with a moisturising shaving balm to soothe your scalp. If you're looking for a completely smooth shave, then zap off the remaining with our SkullGlider cartridge razor.
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Importance of Using a Shaving Balm: Regardless of the shaving method you choose, using a shaving balm is essential. A quality balm helps to moisturise and protect your scalp from irritation, razor burn, and dryness. Look for a balm that contains natural ingredients such as aloe vera or shea butter, as these provide nourishment and soothing properties for your scalp.
Our 3in1 SkullGlider Balm can be used as a pre shave, shaving gel and post shave. It lubricates, shaves, cleanses and moisturises. It's made in the UK using 97% Natural ingredients and is both cruelty free & vegan whilst being suitable for all skin types.
We hope this guide has helped you on your quest for a superior head shave. Remember you can get free products, including our latest head shaver, by documenting your head shaving journey. More info here.
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