Cuts and razor bumps are enough to kill you vibe for days on end. When they end up on your head, they’re arguably even less enjoyable. The Bevel technique for shaving facial hair is tried, tested, and true, but does it translate well when jumping into the realm of headshaving? For the most part, yes, but let’s pump the brakes and run through a quick refresher on how to how to get it done without running into some of the common hiccups, like bumps and minor cuts.
First Things First: You Need the Right Tools
Head-shaving is like many things in life – 90 percent of its success is all about the preparation. This means having the right tools for the job. Here’s what you need:
- Priming Oil: A blend of oils can soften the hair while simultaneously protecting skin from the razor (reducing irritation). It’ll be the one-two punch that primes the shaving process for perfection.
- Shaving Cream: A shaving cream with aloe vera-based moisturization like Bevel Shave Cream lathers up thick and protects the skin while shaving.
- Bevel Brush: A good shave brush helps you to get a proper lather while gently exfoliating and prepping your hairs for a close shave. It’s often an overlooked tool, but super necessary for the cleanest shave process.
- Safety Razor: The star of the show is the double-edged safety razor. It’s cost-effective, cuts through different types of hair with ease and helps cut down on bumps, cuts and irritation.
- Restoring Balm: You’ll need this to cool down after that hot shave. Restoring Balm doesn’t contain alcohol (like most aftershaves out there) and includes ingredients to calm the skin while moisturizing and reducing blemishing.
Next, Get to Work
With your tools in hand, it’s time to get to work on shaving your head. The following is the step-by-step process you should follow.
Prepare Your Hair (Part 1)
If you’re going to be shaving your head, it helps if you’ve already got it trimmed down to as close to stubble length as possible. If you have one handy, grab a trimmer and cut it down before you start shaving.
Start With a Shower
To get the hair as soft and ready for shaving as possible, we highly recommend taking a hot shower. In addition to making your hairs easier to cut, the shower will help to reset your hair back to its natural state and open up the pores to help prevent frayed cutting and ingrown hairs from arising.
Prepare Your Hair (Part 2)
The final stage of preparation for your hair and scalp before applying anything to your head is determining the direction in which the grains of your hairs are growing. (More on this in the next step.) From there, apply a nickel-sized amount of Bevel Priming Oil to your scalp and rub it in thoroughly, then use your Bevel Brush and work some shaving cream onto your head, using strong, circular motions to ensure proper coverage and lather.
Start the Shave
It’s time to break out the razor. Use short, light strokes to remove hair gently. Go ‘with the grain’ and save the thicker patches of hair for last. This will give the priming oil and shaving cream more time to work their magic. You should work slowly, especially if you have coarse curly hair, as the likelihood of razor bumps is increased.
Be extra careful about the back of the neck, as it’s one of the tougher areas to check for hair grain direction and is the most common spot for bumps while head shaving. If possible, have somebody assist you with eyeing out of the back of your head for the grain directions you need to shave in. You could also take some detailed pictures and use multiple mirrors to make sure you’re getting the right motions.
Finish With Your Post-Shave Ritual
Since you did all your prep work with precision, there won’t be too much to take care of once you’ve shaved your head. Simply rinse with cold water, pat your head down with a clean towel, apply that Bevel Restoring Balm and marvel at your perfectly-shaved head.
Consistency is Key
Shaving your head becomes easier the more you do it, but being prepared by doing the little things like taking a hot shower, mapping your hair’s grain direction, and using the proper tools all combine to formulate an unbeatable technique that bumps and cuts just won’t stand a chance against. Especially when head-shaving, it’s alright to fumble and get a few nicks while you get used to it, but keep at it and you’ll be breezing through self head-shaves in your morning ritual in no time.