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How to Shave Your Head

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Shaving your head is a bold act of confidence. The look is easy to maintain, it’s timeless, and in addition to saving you money on hair products, it also means spending less on haircuts since it’s something you can do yourself.

For these reasons, 5-Minute Crafts has come up with a quick and easy guide on how to shave your head.

You’ll need:

Step 1: Remove the bulk.

  • Start by using scissors first if your hair is too long.
  • After that, use warm water in your hair to soften it and help prevent the buzzer from catching onto the hair.
  • Check your head for bumps or moles and be careful around those areas.
  • Move on to the clipper guard and buzz down the back and sides. Stop here if all you want is to trim down your sides.
  • Then buzz the rest of the hair off the top of your head.

Step 2: Use the clipper with no guard.

  • Remove the clipper guard.
  • Take your hair down to stubble — it will minimize resistance when using a razor.

Note: You can also use the smallest clipper guard so there’s still some visible hair, as it will be easier to notice a spot you might have missed when shaving your hair later.

Step 3: Wash your head with warm water.

  • Wash your hair with warm water to relax your skin, soften your hair, and open the pores.

Note: This will minimize resistance even more as well as clean hair clippings that might clog up the razor.

Step 4: Apply oil to your lather.

  • Apply a pre-shaving oil to allow your blade to glide more easily on the skin.
  • Take a shaving cream or gel and lather it up with your hands.
  • Warm it up with your hands.
  • Afterward, apply the lather with force to your scalp.

Note: The pre-shaving oil also creates a protective barrier between the blade and the skin.

Step 5: Start shaving with the razor.

  • Use the help of a mirror.
  • First, start with the sides and back of your head, and make short, slow strokes downward in the direction of your hair growth.
  • Then move on to the top. Start at the cowlick spot (the whorl) at the back of your head and shave toward your forehead.
  • Repeat step 4 (apply oil and lather it to your head).
  • Do the same thing you did to the back and sides as well as the top of your head, but against the grain this time.

Step 6: Apply post-shave.

  • Apply a post-shave to your head.
  • Then cover your head with an ice-cold towel.

Note: The ice-cold towel closes pores and prevents razor burn.

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