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Men with shaved heads are seen as more dominant, stronger, and taller, some studies show. That's good news if you're thinking of shaving your head. But before you dive in head-first, here are some things to consider.

When to Shave Your Head

You may be considering shaving your head because it makes balding less obvious. If you've still got some hair to work with, you may not want to rush into it. "Talk to your barber or stylist and get an honest opinion of what you'll look like, because you'll look like a completely different person," says Anthony Susino, a stylist at Louis Licari Salon in New York. He's worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Al Pacino. Your barber can help you decide if the shape of your head and scalp are right for a shaved head.

 

On the other hand, if half or more of your hair is already gone and you want to shave off the rest, go for it, Susino says. "You already know what you're going to look like."

How to Shave Your Head

“If you’ve never done it yourself, go to your local barber and get it done there,” says Carolyn Goh, MD. She's an assistant clinical professor in dermatology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “It’s much easier to maintain after it’s already been shaved.”

 

If you want to do it yourself, Goh says, buy a set of hair clippers and cut your hair really short first. Then bring in a razor to remove the last bit of stubble.

 

Be sure to do that razor work in the shower, says Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “You want to shave toward the end of your shower, when your scalp is at its softest and most pliable,” Day says.  

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