Take your time while shaving. You can always make a second (or third) pass with your razor, and
spending the extra time being careful is preferable to spending it treating unintentional cuts. Besides, having a head covered with nicks and
cuts is less than attractive and ruins the look you're trying to achieve. Also, rinse your razor thoroughly with warm or hot water between
passes on the scalp to remove shaving cream and hairs that become lodged in the blades. If you experience discomfort during the shaving
process, you can use cold water to rinse the blade and will find that this helps make shaving more comfortable.
Once you've completed the shaving process, use your towel (wet this time with cool water) to wipe off
excess shaving cream and remove the cut hairs that may be left behind. Then apply lotion (with SPF protection of at least 15) to the newly
shaved scalp to moisturize, soothe and protect the newly exposed skin.
After leaving the lotion on for a few moments to be absorbed, you can use a hand towel (with a bit of
vitamin E oil) to gently buff the scalp, if you want a "shiny" look.
A common question regarding having a shaved head is "how often do I have to shave to maintain my
look?" It's a good question, but one that's difficult to answer, as it depends on the individual. How dark is your hair? How quickly does it
grow? Both of these factors will determine how often you must shave to keep your scalp smooth.
The average person's head hair grows around ½ inch per month - that's 1.25 cm or 12.5 mm. If the
average month has 30 days, then the average person's hair will grow a little more than a millimeter every 3 days. If you are blonde and your
hair is fine in texture this may be barely noticeable, but if you have black, coarse hair, you may see and feel the stubble after only one day.
A good rule of thumb can be to follow the schedule you have for shaving your face, since the color of the facial hair and head hair are usually similar in most cases.
Of course, now that you've shaved your head, you'll need to do a few things you've probably never
considered before - namely cleanse and moisturize your scalp. Now that there is no hair to protect your scalp from the everyday dirt and grime
that assaults us every day, you'll want to consider your scalp as an extension of your face. Use your daily facial cleanser on your scalp as
well as on your face to remove dirt and oils and to prevent blemishes.
You also need to remember to apply a sunscreen to the scalp, since the newly exposed skin will be
very sensitive to sun damage. The sunscreen can be included in a moisturizer to help prevent the loss of moisture of the scalp and avoid a dry, scaly appearance.