How to Shave Your Head. In ‘The Game’ (the book that is directly responsible for getting me onto men’s lifestyle), ‘Mystery’ tells Neil Strauss that “Balding is not a choice, but bald is.

He then promptly has Neil’s fading hairline shaved off.
This is the before and after shot.

In fact, this is Neil Strauss now.


First Time Head Shavers

Shaving your head for the first time means a lot of things. You’ve accepted that you your Rajat Sharma combover isn’t going to cut it. That you might actually look good bald. Not balded-by-life bald, but balded-by-choice bald. However, its going to be a bigger shock to most people, so it’s best to do this on a weekend, or on a vacation to let it grow over if bald-you looks like Gollum. Also, first time shavers will find a sun-deprived head much paler than the rest of their skin.

For all these reasons, you need time. If head-shaving grows on you, it’ll be a 5 minute thing, but give yourself about 45 minutes for the fist time.

Head Shaving: Preparation


A warm shower will clean your skin, open your pores and soften your hair – and is thus optimal for a good head shave. And since you’re removing it anyway, rub some soap (or a wash cloth) into your hair, against the general growth pattern to make it more complying to the blade.

Shaving cream

Shaving cream will get your hair to further soften and stand up a bit to the blade. Avoid mentholated creams and gels – it’ll only close your pores.


De-fuzz whatever you can with a standard electric clipper. This makes your job much easier. You can now easily exfoliate the stubble with a facial scrub. Keep your head wet after removing the scrub – you need the water

The Shaving Blade

A new sharp-yet-safe Mach 3 is best. Since you’re going to get a LOT of hair the first time, rinse after every stroke. Begin with the direction of your hair growth, and shave down the sides and back to front. Work on areas with lighter hair growth – this will get you confident of your grip and also give the thicker hair some time to soften. Don’t shave against the grain for your first week of head shaving – you need to get used to head shaving. So does your scalp.

After the Head Shave

No alcohol aftershaves – you aren’t used to a tingly, aftershave-on-nicks scalp. Use an aftershave balm instead to keep your scalp moisturized.

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