As head shaving is seen more and more throughout the nation, in movies as well as on the street, on females as well as males, there are alot of people out there who are contemplating shaving their own heads. But as with any such, “radical” step, it’s important to do some research, get some background information to make sure it’s the right thing for you.
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When it comes to head shaving, it’s not enough just to learn how to shave your head. One has to be ready, able and willing to accept all that head shaving brings with it. Because while it’s true that more and more people are shaving their heads, it’s still a small percentage of the general population and a shaved head is still considered somewhat unusual so you’ll need to be able to handle other people’s reactions to your shaved head.
First you need to understand that anything that isn’t yet considered, “mainstream”, in our society tends to throw most people off. And the usual response people have to something new and/or different that they don’t understand, is to get away from it.
In addition, we have the media to thank for perpetrating and propagating the unsavory associations many people have about head shaving and so their response upon seeing someone with a shaved head. These associations include being a skinhead, biker, convict or just an all around freak. Some people have become hung up on these stereotypes and still have a not so positive reaction to head shaving.
Lastly, believe it or not, on some deep seated subconscious level, rooted in our prehistoric past, the lack of head hair, especially if a male has a beard, emphasizes the natural weapons of one’s jaws and teeth. Which intimidates some people. It’s doubtful that even they understand why they have such a negative reaction.
Regardless why others may not be comfortable with your head shaving – The best and easiest way to handle them is to quite simply, SMILE. This will disarm them and cause one or another thing to happen. Either they’ll blow you off and walk away, as opposed to giving you a piece of their mind, or – They’ll smile back.
Okay – Now that we’ve squared that away – On to the how to of head shaving secrets. While there are those who are convinced that a straight razor or a double edged razor are the only tools for head shaving proper, most people are familiar with and use a regular wet razor for head shaving. It has been suggested that one of the newer razors with 3 blades works best, but, especially when you’re first starting out, stick with a single or double blade until you can learn how to avoid scrapes and cuts with one of them.
If it is your first time head shaving, you’ll need to take your hair down to as short a stubble as possible using scissors or a hair trimmer. Don’t use your razor for this as it will put a great deal of wear and tear on the blade and you’ll just have to throw it out. Because the number one rule of head shaving, and shaving any other part of your body really, is that you ALWAYS use a clean, fresh and new blade.
Now, as with any type of shaving, head shaving shouldn’t be done right after you wake up from sleeping. The reason is that while you’re sleeping body fluids settle under your skin, which makes it somewhat swollen. Think about how your face looks when you first get up, especially around your eyes.
Thing is, when your skin is swollen like this, it hides most of the hair shaft. Which means you won’t be able to get all of the hair shaft if you shave when your skin’s in this state. Assuming your goal is to obtain a clean, close and smooth shave, you’d do well to allow your skin about a half an hour to wake up before head shaving. After this time, your skin will have tightened back up, the hair shafts will be fully exposed and available for shaving.
Taking this time to allow your skin to wake up also allows you a chance to wake up as well. Anytime you shave any part of your body, you want to make sure you’re fully awake, alert and – Totally straight. Wielding a sharp blade against your body demands that you have a clear head and steady hands. The idea here is to make head shaving a positive experience and that won’t be achieved if for any of the above reasons you get sloppy and end up with a scalp that looks more like a pin cushion instead of a smooth cue ball.
If you speak with other people into head shaving, you’re bound to learn that one of the cardinal rules is that your head be as wet as possible for shaving. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this.
If you’re not able to take a shower, take a towel and soak it in hot-as-you-can-stand-it water. Wring it out and then wrap it around your head until it completely cools. This should allow enough time for your scalp to become moisturized for smooth head shaving.
Most people prefer to take a hot shower. In fact, with one of those special steam free mirrors, they even do their head shaving while in the shower. Which makes it pretty convenient, because the hair bits just slip on down the drain eliminating the need for cleaning up the floor after head shaving.
The main point is that you’re after making your scalp skin soft and pliable, for smooth shaving, and your hair stubble soft for easy slicing by your blade.
If you’ve had any problems with a dry scalp, it’s recommended that you exfoliate, which can be done easily enough with a washcloth, netted sponge or loofah. Dry skin means there is a collection of dead skin cells on the skin surface. By exfoliating, you remove these dead cells that would otherwise interfere with your blade being able to smoothly skim the skin surface and that might even be scraped into the hair follicles, (the skin depressions from which the hairs emerge), which would set up the likelihood of irritation. Definitely not what you want from your head shaving.
You should allow your scalp to be moist for about 10-15 minutes before starting your head shaving. Any longer and you will run into the same problem with your skin as when you first wake up. It will become swollen and hide most of the hair shaft.
Next you need to apply lots of a good lubricant to further soften your hair stubble, lock in moisture, help keep the hair erect, reduce friction and condition your skin. All of which will improve the results of your shave.
Check the label of the lubricant you’re thinking of using. If there are ingredients you can’t pronounce, don’t use it. You might not think so, but your scalp skin is quite sensitive, especially since it’s been up under all that hair for so long. And it will not take kindly to having some harsh chemicals applied to it.
You’re better off with an all natural product. Many people have relied on Tea Tree oil for head shaving. Not only does it deeply condition the skin, it’s also an antibacterial agent, while it provides a slippery smooth surface ideal for head shaving. Straight mineral oil will work too, it just won’t have the antibacterial properties.
When you apply whatever lubricant you choose, work it into your scalp in small circles. This will purposefully make the hairs stand up straight, which will make them easier to cut in one pass when head shaving. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to get the full benefits before you start shaving. And always make sure you have plenty of it as you’re shaving.
The last preparatory step to head shaving goes back to something that was mentioned earlier – If you truly want the cleanest, closest and smoothest shave, you must ALWAYS use a clean, fresh blade EVERY TIME you shave.
There are no ifs, ands or buts about this. Do it or pay the price. Because a dull blade is the number one cause of skin irritations.
Now you’re ready to start head shaving
You hear alot about shaving with or against the way hair grows: Shaving with the way hair grows lessens irritations to the skin. Shaving against the way hair grows gets you the closest shave. With head shaving, hair grows in different directions so it’s really not possible to do one or the other. And that’s okay.
Because what really determines the outcome of head shaving is how much pressure is applied when shaving and how many times the same area is shaved.
If you’ve followed all the preparatory steps, and made sure you have a new, fresh blade, there shouldn’t be any need to press down or go over any one area repeatedly while you’re head shaving. These two actions are what cause razor burns, bumps and rashes – The last things you want. After all, you’re not head shaving so you’ll have to wear a hat or scarf, right? Right.
And that’s all there is to head shaving.
By now you’ve realized that the real secret to successful results when head shaving is in the preparation. Believe it. Practice all the steps outlined and you’ll achieve the cleanest, closest and smoothest head shave you could ever want.
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