Men’s grooming experts like myself spend so much time writing about how to get a perfectly smooth chin that it’s easy for us to forget that there are lots of men out there shaving their heads too. And having a smooth scalp presents its own set of problems, leaving you with even more skin to moisturise, de-shine and protect against sun damage. Luckily, however, looking after it is no more difficult than taking care of your face. So here’s how to shave, de-shine and protect your scalp in five easy steps.
To begin the shaving process start by wetting your scalp with a little warm water, then apply a finger-sized amount of shaving cream to a shaving brush then lather or, if you like to see where you’re shaving, some transparent shave oil like REN Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil or a shaving gel like Baxter of California Beard Line-Up Shave Gel to the palm of your hand. Then rub between both hands then apply evenly over your scalp.
If you’re in the habit of letting what hair you go have grow between shaves invest in a hair clipper and cut it back to the shortest length possible to make the whole shaving process simpler and faster and to reduce the chance of nicks and cuts.
Take your razor and, starting at the point just below your ear, begin shaving from front to back using long, sweeping strokes, placing each successive stroke next to the last to avoid missing any bits (imagine mowing a large lawn if it helps). You can use the hand you’re most comfortable, though many men prefer to use the left hand to shave the left half of the head and then swap hands once they reach the half way point. Then push the ears back to do behind them (using downwards strokes) and finish off by shaving around the nape and removing any stray neck hairs.
If you have curly hair – and are susceptible to ingrown hairs – always shave with the direction of hair growth and try to avoid too many passes with the razor.
If you want to give your head the once over to check for hair you may have missed apply a little more shave prep, along with a little water, and go over your head with your fingertips – the cream and water combination will make it easier for you to feel for stray stubble. Then rinse your head thoroughly with cool water to remove all traces of your shaving prep.
If you do get any cuts, help them heal quick-time with a dab of Proraso Shave Cut Healing Gel which is mildly astringent and antiseptic and perfect for treating nicks and cuts whether they’re on your chin or head.
As with your face, you can also give your scalp the once over with a post-shave balm like Muhle’s Aloe Vera After Shave Balm, too, to promote the skin’s natural healing process and reduce any irritation cased by the razor.
Protect and de-shine
With the top of the head a prime spot for skin cancers it pays to protect it on a daily basis with a moisturiser containing a built-in sunscreen. If you want to protect and prevent shine at the same time, though, why not treat your scalp to Anthony Day Cream SPF 30, a daily-use moisturiser with added SPF which does both?
If you’re hitting the beach, however, it’s worth upping the ante protection-wise by using a sunscreen specific product like Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50 which offers fantastic protection against sun damage. Better still, grab yourself a hat and protect your head from sun exposure altogether, especially between the hours of 12-3pm when the sun is strongest.
Don’t forget that, as with the skin on the rest of your body, the stuff on the top of your head benefits from regular exfoliation. So to keep your scalp healthy and happy remove dead skin cells once a week with a facial scrub.