If you spend more time worrying about losing your hair than styling what’s left, it’s time for a shearing.
1. First, get right with it
Shaving your head isn’t giving in — it’s taking back control. And perhaps even exuding an aura of power. A University of Pennsylvania study found that guys with shaved heads are perceived as more dominant than hirsute peers. That said, a new shaver is a nervous shaver. Have a professional barber do the first honors, then follow these tips from Russell Cordeiro, master barber at Brooklyn’s Persons of Interest.
2. Use a separate razor
Dome-specific razors, such as the HeadBlade Sport, have better grips, are easier to control than facial razors, and have flexible blades built to handle your head’s curvature. Still, shave slowly your first couple of times. “It’s going to be a learning curve,” says Cordeiro, who advises shaving daily in the shower. “Have a mirror in there, and really pay attention to the back.” Cordeiro recommends using a shaving cream, but in a pinch, he says, “a bit of soap lather is great. You just want something to lubricate the skin.” Nick yourself? Use a styptic pencil to help stop the bleeding.
3. Above all, sunscreen
“I’ve seen way too many newly bald men spend a day in the sun, and suddenly their head is peeling,” says Cordeiro. “That’s more unflattering than just thinning.”
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