Try these tips for a better shave:
- Use a new, multi-blade razor. It will give a closer shave and require fewer passes over sensitive scalp skin. (Make sure your barber uses a new blade, too, if you have it done professionally.)
- You can use the same kind of shaving cream or gel that you use to shave your face. To avoid irritation, though, it should be one made for sensitive skin. “You want something gentle, without a lot of additives or fragrance,” Goh says.
- Work with a mirror, especially if you're a novice. “Start in an area you can see and that you have better control over, like the front or sides, as you get the feel of the razor,” Day says. “Your scalp will have curves and bumps that may not conform exactly to the razor, and you’re doing it blind in some areas, so you really have to get comfortable."
- Don't rush.
Some men never seem to get the hang of head shaving. If you don't, don't sweat it. “If you’re always getting nicks and cuts, head shaving with a razor may not be for you,” Day says. “That’s one situation where an electric razor would really be good."
Now that your hair is gone, you may be tempted to get rid of your hair care products. Don't. Shampoo your scalp daily to get rid of oils and keep it clean.
These tips will also keep your scalp healthy:
- Moisturize right after shaving and as needed between shaves. It will help soothe any irritation you might have.
- If you break out right after shaving your head, relieve the redness and any discomfort with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser. (Breaking out is normal, especially if you have thick, curly hair.) Day recommends using it once a day, either right before you shave or in the evenings between shaves.
- Protect your bare scalp from the sun. Smooth on a sun block with at least a 30 SPF every day, or wear a hat in the sun.
Keeping the Look
How often should you shave your head? See how quickly it grows. “It depends on how much of a 5 o’clock shadow you’re willing to deal with,” Goh says, “but I know some men who do it every day to keep it smooth.”