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Not ready to go full Bruce Willis just yet? Well, whether you like it or not, we're going to tell you how. C'mon, don't look so sad! Look at Dwayne Johnson, he's as bald as a Q-ball and living his BEST life! I suppose the change can be hard for some of you guys to accept—I get that. So, before we teach you how to shave your head for the first time, we'll offer some suitable alternatives in disguising hair loss.
Technically speaking, we're not going to tell you directly, but the good news is we caught up with celebrity hairdresser, Jamie Stevens, about what you can do to reduce the appearance of hair loss—without heading into combover territory.
Product Is Important, But Don’t Go Overboard With Gel
“If you have a thin or receding hair line, it’s best not to use gel at all. It can cause separation, making hair appear thinner than it is."
Though, If You Do Want To Use Wax, Apply It Properly
“Warm the product up in your hands before applying it, start at the back and work your way forward, to allow even distribution."
Salt Spray Is your New Best Friend
"It provides a thicker, fuller result with a matte finish that will draw attention away from any thinning issues."
A Good Haircut Will Help Dramatically
“Having someone tailor the look to your head and face shape can change everything and many men are unsure of how to tame or style hair to lessen the effects of thinning. Shorter hair typically looks thicker than longer hair. A decent stylist will know what will work for you.
Your Color Makes A Difference, Too
“Avoid making your hair too light in color. It gives the impression its transparent. Dark colors add more depth."
Finally, Don’t Underestimate The Importance Of The Basics
"Own a hairdryer, use a good shampoo, drink lots of water and maintain a healthy diet . It can have dramatic results on your hair.”
Alright, are all those hesitant to shave their head satisfied with the advice given? Yes? Good! For those of you still willing to take the plunge, it's important that you know what you're doing—especially the first time around. Men have the fortune of not being societally pressured to shave too many other places, therefore you may not be as accustom to shaving culture as the fairer sex.
To shave your head, you'll need the following items:
A hand mirror so you can see the back of your head: Goody Hand Mirror #27847—$6.60
Electric clippers to shorten your hair: YOHOOLYO Hair Clippers For Men—$24.99
A good quality razor with at least three blades: Schick Hydro 5 Sensitive Skin Razor—$11.30
A shaving lubricant: Cremo Original Shave Cream—$7.99
Moisturizer: Pacific Shaving Company Everyday Moisturizer—$7.99
Jayne Lancer, a beauty consultant and former hairdresser, who now writes for Bellatory (a primarily beauty oriented website for women (so you KNOW they KNOW what they're talking about), says the following steps are the best and really, ONLY protocol for shaving your head for the first time.
Step 1 - Reduce Hair Length with Clippers
Using electric clippers without the guard, cut your hair down to stubble, working against the grain (i.e. against the direction of growth).
Your stubble should be no longer than 1/4 inch.
Step 2 - Shower to Open Pores and Soften Stubble
- To open pores and soften stubble, take a warm shower. Or, if a shower or steamy bath isn't possible, place a hot washcloth on your head for a few minutes.
Step 3 - Lubricate Your Scalp
Cover your scalp with a shaving lubricant.
It doesn't matter whether you use shaving cream, foam, gel, or oil. However, oil offers the most advantages.
Because oil is transparent, you'll be able to see exactly what you're doing. Apart from that, its outstanding lubricating qualities make accidental cutting near impossible, and it prevents razor bumps and burn.
You don't have to buy a product labeled "shaving oil." The olive or sunflower oil in your kitchen cupboard will do the same job. If you're worried about blocked pores, use jojoba oil, which is non-comedogenic (will not aggravate acne).
Step 4 - Shave
Shave with the grain, starting where your hair is at its softest. That means the front first, then the sides, then the back, working away from the crown. The reason you shave the back last is because the hair is coarser there and takes longer to soften.
Shaving with the grain prevents ingrown hairs, which can be a problem if your hair is very strong or wavy. After you’ve shaved once with the grain, you can go over your head a second time against the grain if you think you need a closer shave.
Keep your head and the razor wet throughout the shave, and add more lubricant as required. You might also have to change your razor blade before finishing, depending on how strong your hair is.
Take your time, and use a hand mirror so you can see what you’re doing at the back.
If you cut yourself, stop the bleeding with a styptic pencil or a piece of tissue placed on the wound. Shaving with a cheap or disposable razor will increase the risk of cutting. For best results, use a quality product with at least three blades.
Step 5 - Check for Stubble
- When you think you’re finished, run a hand over your head to check for missed stubble. Hair in dents and ridges is particularly stubborn, as are cowlicks.
Step 6 - Clean Up
- When you’re completely stubble free, rinse your head under a cool shower.
Step 7 - Moisturize
Pat your head dry with a towel and apply a light moisturizer. Facial moisturizers designed for men are quickly absorbed and leave a matte finish, which makes them ideal for the scalp, too.
Avoid alcohol based aftershave products, which will do little more than irritate your sensitive, freshly shaved scalp.
If your scalp is very white, a few hours in the open during daylight hours will give it a bit of color. Or you can apply a self tanning product—just make sure it blends well with your face and neck.