How To Shave Your Head Cut-Free
Shaving your head is becoming more and more popular everyday; books, articles, and advertisements on how to shave your head can be seen everywhere! People may choose to do it for a large variety of reasons from hiding baldness, to a fashion statement, and even as far as swimming faster. Whatever the reason is that you shave your head, it is inevitable that if you do it improperly, and do not know how to shave your head, you will end up with more red marks than skin color on your head. When I first began shaving my head I was doing it because my hair was starting to thin; I figured that if I shaved my head nobody would really notice the difference in thickness between the hair on the top of my head and the sides. After about a week of shaving it I began to receive compliments from almost everybody that I knew ranging from them telling me that I had a nicely shaped head, to telling me that the shaved look was my optimal look. Could you ever picture guys like Vin Diesel or Michael Jordan with hair? Probably not because by time they had a celebrity status and were known to the public they had already began to shave their heads. Furthermore, could you ever picture them with shaved heads and small cuts surrounding their scalp? Once again probably not, but that doesn't mean that they had never encountered this problem; they too may have read an article on how to shave your head at one point in time.
It is one of the most common problems when men shave their heads; some people encounter this problem for the first while and then find ways to overcome it by learning how to shave your head, and others have been shaving their heads for years and still see cuts. This article is designed to give you some tips on how to shave your head from a guy who has been there and done that so that you can avoid cutting your head when you shave it, and allow you to have a head that glistens in the sun CUT-FREE.
Moisten the follicles:
The first mistake that people make when shaving their head is simply applying shaving cream and using the razor. The first step in learning how to shave your head is to first moisten the hair follicles on your head by simply rubbing water into and around them; I usually use warm water because it is the most effective. It is best to take a small towel and soak it in warm water; then rub that towel around your scalp for about 30 seconds.
Always, always, always use shaving cream:
The first time I shaved my head was in the shower with nothing more than water and a razor...I guess you can imagine how that ended up! Some people swear by soap, but the simple fact is that shaving creams are formulated with shaving in mind; whereas, soap is formulated with cleaning in mind. When learning how to shave your head it is important to note that shaving creams have ingredients in them that allow the razor to go over the skin easier, which translates to less cuts. I know there are people saying I shave my head with soap all of the time and never get cut; simply put, those people may not get cut because they are experienced, but they still have a greater chance of getting cut than if they were to us shaving cream.
Clean your razor frequently:
Another thing to do when learning how to shave your head is clean your razor as frequently as possible. I would recommend placing your razor under running water to remove the hairs at least 30 times while shaving your head. Small hairs caught in razors can easily cause cuts because they are interfering with the blades touching your head at the correct angle. This is especially true with the hairs that are found on your head because they are one of the thickest hairs on your body...even if you are balding! I usually place my razor under running water once every 3 inches that it travels on my scalp.
Shave with the grain, then against the grain:
The technique that you use is direly important when you learn how to shave your head; if you immediately begin to shave against the grain you will end up with one bloody head! It is best to first shave with the grain to get rid of any small hairs that would cause cuts, and then against the grain to get the smoothest shave. This will ensure that your follicles do not become irritated.
Never shave 2 days in a row:
Many men want that smooth look everyday so they think that shaving on a daily basis will allow them to keep their head bald constantly; they are basically trying to shave the hairs before they have had a chance to grow back in. This is a common misconception when learning how to shave your head, and once again causes many cuts because only a portion of your follicles have allowed hair to sprout by the following day. You should leave at least 1 day in between shaving your head so that all of the follicles that you have on your head will get a chance to let the slightest bit of hair grow in. To summarize this I simply tell people What is the point of having your head smooth everyday if you are always going to have cuts all over your scalp.
Use cream after shaving:
This is a method that most people, including myself, don't believe in when learning how to shave your head until it is too late. I didn't start using cream until I had noticed dead skin and irritation throughout my scalp; furthermore, I have yet to see these things on my head since I began using cream. Pick your favourite skin cream and rub a little bit all around your scalp for about 30 seconds. This will sooth your skin and avoid any future irritation that your head may encounter for the next few hours.
Shaving your head can be a relatively easy thing to do, even without any previous knowledge or experience of learning how to shave your head; however, learning how to shave your head without getting cut be a slightly more difficult task. Think of your head as an art easel, and your razor as your paintbrush for use on that easel. If you are careful and thoughtful enough, you will produce a great piece of artwork (a cut-free head) that will be adored and respected by artists everywhere; however, if you try to rush through it, you will end up with a butchered picture (a head full of cuts) that people will look at in a negative way. Shaving your head can be a simple hygienic task, or one that is meant to enhance your looks; whichever it is, use these tips to ensure that you do it without getting cut.