Shaving your head can be a liberating experience, but it can also be intimidating if you've never done it before. However, with the right tools and techniques, you can achieve a smooth, close shave that will make you feel like a million bucks.
In this guide, we'll walk you through the art of shaving your head, including the different types of razors you can use, as well as pre-shave and post-shave techniques to ensure your scalp stays healthy and happy.
Types of Razors
When it comes to shaving your head, there are a few different types of razors to choose from. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it's important to choose the one that works best for you.
- Electric Shaver
Electric shavers are a popular choice for head shavers because they're easy to use and don't require any additional products like shaving cream or gel. They're also less likely to cause nicks or cuts, making them a good option for those new to head shaving. However, electric shavers may not provide as close a shave as other types of razors, so you may need to go over the same area multiple times to achieve the desired result. You can also expect to feel a small amount of stubble when running your hand across the skull. The BOLD 4.0 Head Shaver is specially designed for head shaving, the blade cups the head and flexes over the contours of the head. The rotary blades cut the closest out of any electric shavers.
- Cartridge Razor
Cartridge razors are another popular choice for head shavers. They typically have multiple blades, which can provide a closer shave than an electric razor but it is possible to get nicks and ingrown hairs. They can be more expensive than other types of razors because you need to replace the cartridges frequently. Additionally, they require shaving cream or gel to use, which can add to the overall cost. The BOLD SkullGlider is an affordable cartridge designed for head shaving, it features a pivoting head which helps reduce nicks and cuts. If you like a baby smooth result then this is perfect to combine with the 4.0.
- Safety Razor
A safety razor is a single-blade razor that uses a disposable or reusable blade. They're less expensive than cartridge razors over the long-term, and many people find that they provide a closer shave. However, they do require a bit of practice to use correctly, as the blade is exposed and can cause nicks and cuts if not used carefully. Check out Barbarossa Brothers, if you're in market for a traditional safety razor.
Before you start shaving your head, it's important to prepare your scalp for the razor. Here are some pre-shave techniques to keep in mind:
Wash your head: Use a gentle shampoo to cleanse your scalp and remove any dirt or oil buildup. This will help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs.
Exfoliate: Use a scrub or exfoliating tool to remove dead skin cells and help prevent ingrown hairs.
Soften your hair: If you have longer hair, consider trimming it down with clippers before you shave. The BOLD 4.0 features a barber clipper with different length guards. This will make it easier to shave and reduce the risk of tugging or pulling on the hair.
Apply pre-shave oil: A pre-shave oil can help lubricate your skin and reduce friction from the razor. Simply apply a small amount to your scalp and massage it in. The BOLD SkullGlider Shave Balm is specially formulated to protect & lubricate the skin without clogging up your shaving heads.
Once you've finished shaving your head, it's important to take care of your scalp to prevent irritation and ingrown hairs. Here are some post-shave techniques to keep in mind:
Rinse your scalp: Use cool water to rinse off any remaining shaving cream or oil. Avoid using hot water, as this can dry out your skin and cause irritation.
Apply aftershave: An alcohol-free aftershave can help soothe your scalp and prevent razor burn. Look for products that contain ingredients like aloe vera or witch hazel, which can help reduce inflammation. Made with 97% natural ingredients, the Bold SkullGlider Shave Balm is vegan friendly and enriched with Blackcurrant Seed Oil, Willow Bark Extract and Oat Silk to reduce irritation and promote cell recovery.
Moisturise: Use a gentle moisturiser to hydrate your scalp and prevent dryness. Avoid using products that contain fragrances or other potential irritants.
We hope this guide has helped you on your quest for a superior head shave. If you're starting out with your head shaving transformation, then check out our BOLD transformation page here. Or if you'd like to earn free shaving heads and even a machine, join the BOLD family.
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