Shaving head hair completely off can be a daunting prospect, even when you’ve committed to the idea. How should you prep your head? How do you shave the parts you can’t see? How do you know when you’re finished? Aren’t you at risk of little fuzzy patches? It’s a follicular conundrum. Which is why we asked Tyree Hicks—a man who has shaved his head a grand total of 1,560 times!—for his advice on shaving your head the right way. So for a perfectly shaved noggin, read on…
Step One: Prep Your Scalp for Head-Shaving
For optimal head-shaving, you’ll want to remove the bulk of your hair from your head before attempting a wet shave. Do this by trimming it down with men’s hair clippers: It doesn’t really matter if it looks even, since you’ll soon be shaving it all off anyway, so just do your best to make sure it’s very short all over. Once you’re ready, get into a hot, steamy shower and clean your head with soap and water, giving it a good soak. You want to make sure that you soften the remaining hair as much as possible, as this will allow the razor to slice through it much more easily.
Step Two: Commence Shaving Head
When you’re done with the rest of your shower, and you’ve been standing under the water long enough to soften both your hair and the skin of your head, apply either Shave Lather or Shave Butter (whichever you prefer) to your whole scalp. Then, using a different razor to the one you use for your face, begin shaving with smooth, long strokes. Pay close attention around the ears, passing several times to ensure you get all the hair.
You may be tempted to try using a shower mirror to see what you’re doing, but counterintuitive as this sounds, you’re actually better off going without: Trying to coordinate your movements behind your head, reversed in the mirror, may just confuse you and lead to cuts.
Step Three: Rinse Off Your Scalp
When you’re done with the head-shaving, rinse off any loose hair and excess shaving cream, making sure your newly-sparkling dome is completely free of debris.
Step Four: Check Your Head for Fuzz
The last thing you want is rogue patches of fur, so if you don’t have someone you trust to give you a thorough once over, you’ll have to do it by touch. Run your hands back and forth over your head and fix up any fuzzy spots you find with the razor. Again, pay special attention to the area around the ears, as this is where any sneaky hair is most likely to be hiding.
Step Five: Take Precautions
Ingrown hair is a pain in the… well, wherever it happens to be. This is true even if they’re on the top of your head (not to mention the fact they don’t look so good), so take action now to help stop them forming. This is pretty simple: Just drape a hot, wet towel over your head and leave it there for a few minutes. This softens the tips of the freshly-shaved hairs and helps prevent them from curling back under the skin (which is what gives you razor bumps).
Step Six: Admire Your Gleaming Noggin
Slap on a soothing Post-Shave Cream to moisturize the skin and keep everything smooth and soft, then bask in the glow of the light reflecting off your gloriously shiny head.
See? Shaving head hair off doesn’t have to be an ordeal after all.