Body Grooming Tips

How to Shave Your Head

How to Shave Your Head

Shaving your head is a bold step, but it’s one that works for plenty of guys. A clean-shaven head is a classic look that can sharpen your overall appearance – but if you’ve still got some of your own hair, it can require some upkeep to make sure you’re looking your best.

Deciding when to shave your head is entirely up to you. But if your hairline’s receding, or if going grey is affecting your confidence, it may well be time for you to take the step. If this sounds like you, then follow our top tips for shaving your head and maintaining the look.

How to Shave Your Head

Step 1: Soften and Trim Your Hairs

Wet your hair before shaving your head. It’s best to shave in the shower or straight after you get out. The heat from the water will make bristly hairs easier to cut through, giving you a quicker, easier, and more comfortable haircut.

Before you start shaving, be sure to check your scalp for any bumps or moles that you’ll need to be careful to avoid with your razor.

It’s also a good idea to trim your hair first using the Gillette All Purpose Styler – longer hairs are likely to get tangled in your razor (ouch!), so make sure you don’t skip this step.

Step 2: Apply Shaving Gel

Applying shaving gel helps to soften your hair even further. Using a gel that’s specially designed for sensitive skin can also help to protect your skin against irritation. The skin on your scalp can easily become irritated, and you don’t want to be left with unsightly razor burn.

Using shave gel can also help to improve razor glide – Gillette shaving gels and foams are designed to bring you a smooth shave from start to finish.

Step 3: Avoid Dull Blades

Before you start shaving your head, check sharpness and lubrication of your razor blades. If they look faded or dull, it’s probably time to change them.

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Step 4: Shave with Light, Gentle Strokes

For a smooth, clean-shaven finish on your head, make sure you’re working in a pattern that’s comfortable, and which feels good on your skin.

Make light strokes with your razor and apply even pressure when shaving your head. Remember that going against the grain can help you to get an even closer shave. Being too rough or shaving in the same direction that your hair grows could leave you with razor bumps – the last thing you want on your head.

Step 5: Shave Along Contours

Your head has natural contours that you’ll need to navigate for a totally smooth finish, and the FlexBall technology of our Fusion5 ProGlide Razor lets you do just that.

You could use an electric razor to shave your head too. The Gillette All Purpose Styler can be used as a trimmer, shaver and edger, and it’s great for shaving hard-to-reach areas, so you’ve got plenty of options.

Step 6: Rinse Blades Often

Run the front and back of your blades under the tap after every few strokes, making sure you gently shake off excess water before starting to shave again. This helps to remove any build-up of shaving gel, hair and dead skin, so you can carry on achieving a smooth, clean shave for your head.

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Remember: never tap your razor on the side of the sink or wipe it with a towel. This can significantly shorten the life of your razor blade by messing up the intricate design that makes it so effective in the first place.

Step 7: Reapply Shaving Gel

Apply extra shaving gel at regular intervals to keep any remaining hairs soft and easy to work with. This can also help to prevent shaving rash and irritation – your scalp is one of the most sensitive parts of your body to shave, so reapplying gel is especially important when shaving your head.

Step 8: Towel Off

When you’ve achieved a look you’re happy with, rinse your head with cool water to remove any excess shaving gel, as well as any shaven hairs that are still stuck to your scalp.

Then, gently pat your head dry with a towel – being too rough could irritate your skin, stopping you achieving the smooth finish you’ve worked so hard on.

Step 9: Moisturise

Moisturise with an aftershave lotion straight after shaving your head to soothe the skin on your scalp.

Make sure you moisturise every single time you shave to keep your scalp soft, hydrated and smooth, so you can rock this bold, classic look and make it your own.


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