For some, when they start noticing hair loss or thinning, they will take matters into their own hands and pick up a razor. However, just like shaving your face, there are right and wrong ways to do this. Plus, much of this will be dependent on touch since your mirror might not show you the odd angles of your scalp. Add to that the issues of nicks, burns, and razor bumps, and shaving your scalp suddenly feels like a daunting task. But by following the steps below, you’ll be on your way to a smooth scalp.
1. Grab the clippers
Before you even think of putting a razor to your scalp, you need to shave off all the hair you can with clippers. We recommend putting them on their lowest clipper setting and doing a thorough rove over your whole scalp.
2. Lather up with warm water
Next, hop in the shower and wash your scalp with warm water and shampoo. Just as warm water helps when shaving your face, it opens the pores on your scalp and rinses away leftover debris that could get in the razor’s way later.
3. Apply oil and shaving cream
Apply oil first and shaving cream second. The oil hydrates the hair follicles and adds a slick layer of protection against the razor. This will reduce the risk of seeing razor bumps and ingrown hairs when you finish. Jojoba, castor, and coconut oils are all good picks, but a trip to the grocery store will also give you ready-made options on the hair care aisle. You can use the same shaving cream you use to shave your face or other parts of your body. Grab a handheld mirror and apply a thin layer of cream over your entire scalp.
4. Shave downward, with the grain
Start at the top of your head and shave downward with the grain of the hair in short strokes. Don’t apply too much pressure. Rinse and look for any spots you missed before applying more shaving cream and touching up those spots.
5. Prevent irritation
Rinse your scalp with cold water to help close up the pores and apply a post-shave balm to soothe the skin. An antibacterial recipe including witch hazel or tea tree oil will help eliminate invading bacteria in your pores, too.