Let us prefix this article by confirming a very important universal truth. Bald men do love better, we are sexy, attractive, and successful. Now that that has been set in stone, let us dive deep into the process of self-care and explore some tips to ensure that you have the cleanest, most shinny shave. As a proud bald man, I previously sought my shaving services from the local barber until I decided to buy a couple of razors and do the shaving myself from home. I found that shaving myself works so much better for me, I am more flexible to shave whenever I want and most importantly, I am self-sufficient in that regard. If you can spare 30-45min, I would recommend self-shaving.
I have been using a 5- blade razor for a couple of months now and it has been working well for me. You have the option of getting three razors, but I would recommend the five razor, by virtue of it having more razors, you can achieve a cleaner shave in less time. It is sold for around 530 shillings, and it comes with two pieces i.e., two razors. Use what works for you.
Ignorance had led me to believe that I didn’t need shaving foam and could shave the basic way by lathering my bathing soap, but I found it really inconvenient because the soap tends to dry up making it complicated to run the razor smoothly through my scalp. I also discovered that I have been getting far lesser rashes since I switched to Nivea foam which is beautifully scented and designed to protect my scalp and prevent any kind of irritation.
The most satisfying feeling after a clean shave is the smooth feeling you get after applying aftershave. Lots of people tend to disregard the importance of aftershave failure. Aftershave leaves me smelling nice and fresh, smoothening my scalp, and giving me a wonderful feeling that confirms that the job has been done successfully. You can also choose to get a moisturizer to add to that glow because no one likes a dry scalp.
- Trim your hair down and steam with a warm cloth.
Razors work best when the hair isn’t too long so if your hair has overgrown, it is best to first trim it down with either scissors or a shaving machine. Shorter hair will ensure less irritation on your skin and the process will be significantly shorter. If you have tough African hair like mine, you might want to place a warm cloth over your head for a few minutes just to soften your hair a little bit and also open up your pores. Softening your hair will ensure the razor runs through your scalp super smoothly.
- Start from the front, using gentle strokes.
I found it very helpful to start from the front of my head, gentle gliding to the back. It is important that you don’t use a blunt razor because it might increase the chances of skin irritation as you will be forced to use more effort to attain your clean shave. Replace your razor after five shaves at most. Be confident about shaving yourself, especially at the back of your head and use your sense of touch to feel for spots you might have missed.
- Rinse razor often.
I would advise you to shave next to a mirror and sink to make the process easier for you. Have some cool water in the sink as you are shaving so that you can frequently rinse the blade to get rid of the foam and hairs collected between the blades. Failure to do this might lead to excess hairs collecting, therefore, reducing the efficiency of the blade. After 2 or 3 strokes, dip the razor in the water and whisk it a little to make sure it’s clean. Repeat this until you are finished.
- Clean your razor and apply the finishing touches.
Once you are done shaving, moisturizing, and applying aftershave, clean your working station and razor. Dip your shaver in some spirit (or spray it) to get rid of any bacteria or unseen dirt. Put the razor back in its plastic cap for safekeeping after making sure the blades are dry so that they don’t get rust and store it safely for the next shave.
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