How to Shave Your Head (2)

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Using the razor of your choice, place the blade end against the scalp and glide it in the direction of hair growth. Make sure to apply very gentle pressure when shaving the scalp, especially if you have scars or uneven surfaces on your head.
Unlike the skin on your face, your scalp has been protected by hair and is not accustomed to being shaved. As a result, it will be more sensitive and prone to nicks and cuts during shaving.
Note: You should be aware that the scalp has numerous blood vessels that provide nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles. If you accidentally cut yourself, you may experience more bleeding compared to other areas of the body, and it may take longer for it to clot. Disinfect the cut with cotton or tissue soaked in alcohol to prevent infection and help stop the bleeding.
Take your time while shaving. You can always make a second (or third) pass with your razor, and it's better to be cautious and avoid unintentional cuts. Besides, having a head covered in nicks and cuts is unattractive and undermines the desired look you're trying to achieve.
Additionally, rinse your razor thoroughly with warm or hot water between passes on the scalp to remove shaving cream and hair that gets stuck in the blades. If you experience discomfort during the shaving process, rinsing the blade with cold water can provide relief and make shaving more comfortable.
Once you've completed the shaving process, use a towel (dampened with cool water) to wipe off excess shaving cream and remove any remaining cut hairs. Then, apply lotion with at least SPF 15 to moisturize, soothe, and protect the newly exposed skin on your shaved scalp.
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After allowing the lotion to absorb for a few moments, you can use a hand towel with a small amount of vitamin E oil to gently polish the scalp if you desire a "shiny" look.
Maintenance Shaving:
A common question when it comes to having a shaved head is, "How often do I need to shave to maintain my look?" It's a valid question, but one that's hard to answer definitively as it varies from person to person. The frequency of shaving depends on individual factors such as the darkness of your hair and how quickly it grows, as these factors determine how often you'll need to shave to keep your scalp smooth.
On average, a person's head hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, which is approximately 1.25 cm or 12.5 mm. If we consider a month with 30 days, then the average person's hair will grow a little over a millimeter every 3 days.
If you have fine, blonde hair, this growth may be barely noticeable, but if you have coarse, black hair, you may start to see and feel stubble after just one day. As a general rule, you can follow the same shaving schedule you have for your face, as the color and texture of facial hair and head hair tend to be similar in most cases.
Bonus Treatments:
Now that you've shaved your head, there are a few additional things you'll need to consider that you may not have thought about before, such as cleansing and moisturizing your scalp. Without hair to protect your scalp from daily dirt and grime, it's important to treat your scalp as an extension of your face. Use your daily facial cleanser on your scalp to remove dirt, oils, and prevent blemishes.
Remember to apply sunscreen to your scalp, since the newly exposed skin will be highly sensitive to sun damage. You can use a moisturizer that includes sunscreen to help retain moisture on the scalp and prevent a dry, scaly appearance.