Steps for a Great Head Shave

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Wet shaving isn’t just for your face anymore. You might know how well it works to give you a smooth chin, but it works equally well on your head. Don’t fear the blade when shaving your head, embrace it. If you are a world class athlete shaving time off your races by shaving hair off your body or a couch jockey fighting the receding hairline by removing the hair altogether, we have some tips for getting a smooth shave – no matter where you apply the razor.

How to Shave your Head:

Step 1: Use a hot towel

Just like the iconic barbershop hot towel shave, your head too can benefit from the effects of a hot cloth. Wet a towel with hot water, wring, and wrap around your head while you prep for your shave. The heat from the towel opens the pores, exposes more of the hair follicle to the blade, and softens your stubble.

Recommendation:

  • Barber Pro Barbers Shaving Towel - Barber Pro has carefully designed this requisite to meet the needs of wet-shavers. It is thicker than standard towels so it retains moisture and heat better. Just dampen with hot water (or even warm in the microwave). It absorbs steam quickly, while retaining heat and moisture. These 100% cotton, high quality grooming essentials have a loop that feels soft on the skin and is efficient in collecting moisture and product from the skin. This black towel is fully machine washable and treated to prevent color run.

Step 2: Create your lather

Getting adequate lubrication and protection is so important when scrapping a blade over your head. It is essential that you create a rich, thick, creamy lather. It doesn’t just help you see where you’ve been, that froth is providing moisture and slickness to protect you from the steel. Using a bowl/mug (or even palm/head), take a nickel-sized amount of your favorite cream on the head of your favorite brush and whip! The brush doesn’t just whip up the cream, it also exfoliates the skin and raises the hairs for a smoother, closer shave.

Recommendation:

  • Vulfix 2236S Super Badger Shaving Brush – This is the perfect brush for shaving your noggin. The super badger hairs retain ample water to whip up a great froth and feel luxurious and soft on your skin. The large, faux ivory handle is meant to tackle big jobs. It will hold copious amounts of lather – just what you need to cover the additional surface area of your skull.

  • Hand Thrown Lather Bowl – This unique grooming receptacle is just what you need to whip up frothy mounds of lather. Commissioned by WCS, these bowls are hand-thrown, glazed, water-proof and one-of-a-kind. Get one of these to keep your lather warm and ready for a fantastic shave.

Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream – With classic scents like rose, almond, and coconut and unique, complex aromas like sandalwood, Jermyn St, and Eton College, you can’t go wrong with a luxurious cream from TOBS. Loaded with coconut oil and glycerin, it will provide the lubrication and protection you need for your whole head.

Step 3: Shave

Now you are ready to ply the razor. A long-handled safety razor with your favorite blade is an excellent choice for the longer reach. With a soft touch, shaving against the grain will give you a close, smooth shave. This will be rather individual, as everyone’s hair grows differently. You might want to start shaving with the grain until you get the hang of it.

Recommendation:

Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor – You can’t go wrong with this razor - it has been a bestseller at WCS for a long time. The long handle provides comfort and control for those longer strokes on your head. The three-piece, chrome design and knurled handle provide comfort and grip as well as pleasing aesthetics.

  • DE Blade Sampler Pack, Standard – Finding the perfect blade (like finding the perfect mate) means experiencing a lot of duds. With a pack like this, you can weed out the “never agains” so you can focus on “the one”. Check out Merkur, Feather, Crystal, Derby, and Personna.

Step 4: Apply Aftershave

After you have completed your shave, rinse your head (the towel comes in really handy again!). And apply your favorite tonic/splash. Since you’ve just finished running a blade over all the skin on your head, it is highly recommended that you take some care with your finishing products. Don’t just rinse and forget it. An aftershave is imperative for cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your post-shave skin. Unless you have extremely dry skin, a splash is probably best, as a balm could be too greasy.

Recommendation:

  • Imperial Barber Products Bergamot After-Shave – This is a great choice for the head shaver! A classic splash that heals, soothes, and invigorates. It's ideal for people who tend to get inflamed and nicked up a lot when they're using a razor. It has antiseptic properties and it gets your pores closed back up, which keeps them from collecting dirt and oil. It also has a noticeable cooling effect. And the bergamot scent is great but not overpowering -- perfect for the head shaver.

Tips & Tricks:

  • The biggest mistake that people make is to rush. Please, please, please take your time. (No reason to carve yourself like a turkey!) Pay special attention to moles or other raised areas on your skin. Slower is better in this case. You won’t regret it.
  • The longer handled razor is helpful for the longer strokes on your head.
  • You can use these same steps for shaving your face.

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