The History Behind Head Shaving
From very early records, it is possible to see evidence of head shaving amongst ancient Mediterranean settlers from Greece, Egypt and Rome. Religious aspects of head shaving can also be seen in many movements with, perhaps, Buddhism being the most widespread, especially visible with the Hare Krishna movement. Devotees have their heads shaved in preparation for entry in priesthood, although it is not restricted to the Hare Krishna movement. Indeed, Hindu monks also shave their heads and Muslim men are advised to shave their heads after the pilgrimage of Hajjas it is said to be three times more rewarding than clipping their hair short.
More modern examples of head shaving include the military, where shaving is seen as a rite of passage into their commissioned posts. As of 2006, a shaved head is the standard haircut within the United States Army, the United States Marine Corp and also the United States Coast Guard. Sportsmen in some disciplines also shave their head, swimmers to reduce drag, and boxers and cage fighters as an attempt to intimidate their opponents. HeadBlade, one of the leading manufacturers of head shaving hardware, have long been sponsors of fighters within the Mixed Martial Arts series, including top athletes such as Shane Carwin. Perhaps the most widespread reason for someone to shave their head is that, quite simply, it is a very liberating experience and very fashionable.
There are also celebrities all over the world are sporting the “bald is best” look with stars such as Bruce Willis, Andre Agassi, and Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins to name but a few who have ventured down this path. So what is the easiest way to shave your head? Follow these simple steps and a smooth head can be yours.
Step 1 Choose your Shaving Hardware
Many people shave their head using a standard razor and blade combination. Just like shaving your face, the more “tech” the blades for example, Gillette Fusion or the new Hydro range from Wilkinson Sword, the smoother the shave seems to be. There are specialist manufacturers such as HeadBlade which receives great reviews. The big advantage of HeadBlade is that there is more than one point in contact with your scalp at all times so it is easier to avoid “nicks”.
Step 2 First time Headshavers
You need to trim as much of your hair as possible. To do this, a standard set of electric “hair clippers” can be used with the guard taken off. Many high street shops have these and they are easy to use. With your hair dry, buzz the fuzz but please take care! It is often easier to get a friend or partner to do your first trim.
Step 3 Almost ready
You need to really “wet” down your hair. Hair usually takes about 3 to 4 minutes to properly “wet down” so taking a shower is an ideal way of making your shave as comfortable as possible. If you can’t take a shower, trying using a flannel that has been wet with nice warm water. It seems to do the trick but make sure the water isn’t too hot; you don’t want to place a boiling hot flannel on your already sensitive scalp!!
Step 4 Lather up
Use a good quality shaving gel or oil (foams tend to dry your skin out). A particular favourite of many head shavers is King of Shaves AlphaGel, or HeadBlade HeadSlick. Massage it well into your scalp and then prepare to shave!
Step 5 Shave
If you are using a HeadBlade, use your preferred hand, place your index finger through the loop and adjust it for comfort. With the blade leading, gently smooth the HeadBlade over your scalp, using your fingers and base of your hand as a guide. Do not press down on the HeadBlade, just let it glide. Shaving “with the grain” is advisable until your skin becomes accustomed to being shaved. It doesn’t shave as close as against the grain but is most definitely kinder on your skin. Flip the HeadBlade around when you come to do the back of your head so that you will again be shaving with the blade leading.
Step 6 Wash and Protect
Once your scalp feels nice and smooth, wash off any excess gel with warm water and gently pat down your scalp. To finish off, use a good quality moisturiser to maintain your scalp in tip top condition. If you live in a sunny climate, don’t forget to slap some sun protection onto your scalp, sunburn can be very unpleasant.