For the past 30 years (I am a 53 year old guy) I have combed my hair back and secured it with a rubber band. When the pony tail reached mid-back length, I’d cut half of it off with kitchen shears. This was a combination of laziness and dislike of having my hair cut.
Then, earlier this summer my SO had an early diagnosis of breast cancer. After lumpectomy she was dealing with the thought of chemo. I offered that I would shave my head and we could do the bald thing together. Happily, oncogenetic typing of the cancer has lead to her not needing chemo, but I had psyched myself up for head shaving so I went and did it.
Any hints/tips? I shaved Friday for the first time, again on Sunday and Monday. I have been putting a hot, wet washcloth on my dome for a few minutes, lathering up with shaving gel, then using my Mach III Turbo and it has gone well.
I have been doing the top part toward the back, the sides in an up direction, then the back upwards.
How do you do the back of your head?
Do you apply anything after shaving?
How often? (the smooth feel is great, I was tempted to shave twice on Sunday)
How long before you could glance in a mirror and not chuckle?
“How do you do the back of your head?”
Feel and sound. You can hear hair being shaved when it’s on your head.
“Do you apply anything after shaving?”
No. I use shaving soap with a badger brush, an adjustable double edge razor and Astra blades. That seems to be enough to give a close, comfortable shave.
“How often? (the smooth feel is great, I was tempted to shave twice on Sunday)”
I prefer the peach fuzz thing. I do it once a week.
“How long before you could glance in a mirror and not chuckle?”
I used to cut my hair with a clipper on the 0 setting. It wasn’t all that strange to switch to a razor which I did for the sake of convenience. I had started using a clipper because my hierarchical superior at my job kept telling to get my hair shorter.
How long does it take you all to shave your head from getting out the razor to putting it away?
Hubby uses a product called “Head Slick” on his head. Mentholated shave cream in the shower, and then an after-shave moisturizer after. The moisturizer, iirc, is safflower oil based, with an SPF of 15. He’s tried other products, but goes back to this every time. Also, he swears by the Gillette Fusion razor.
I’ve been doing it regularly for about 15 years. The first time was about 20 years ago. I went from shoulder length to the scalp. My first thought was, “Oh my god, my head feels so SMALL!” That first time palming my head was crazy. My mom HATED it. I only did it the one time, until I moved out and started doing it regularly, though not USUALLY to bare skin, usually just on the razor’s lowest setting, which leaves maybe 1/2 millimeter or more of hair.
I love it, and I encourage you to keep doing it. I am a naturally hot (temperature-wise, that is :p) person, and I always feel SO MUCH BETTER after getting rid of all that insulation.
Very quickly. You’re skin has had no time to build up resistance. I shaved my head once and though I’m pale, my head got burned within 15 minutes of exposure, while the rest of my pale white self didn’t get burned at all.
Wear a hat and expose your head in five minute intervals
I’m not getting the sunburned head thing. It’s never been a problem for me. But I started with shorter and shorter lengths, so maybe I built up resistance slowly.
If I know I’m going to be out for long periods of time, such as at the beach, I’ll put on sunblock and wear a hat. But I’ll routinely take a half hour walk to a store, then walk back, with no protection, and I’ve never burned my scalp.