My assignment (self prescribed) was to shave my own head. I was preparing for cancer treatment and had decided I’d rather shave off my hair than watch it fall out.
Bald is beautiful. Look at people like Grace Jones, who blazed the way for women who dare to be different. How about the breathtaking Sudanese beauty, Alek Wek? Erykah shaved her head too â€“ her whole persona stated â€œIâ€™m one of a kind.â€
Here was my process:
Purchase or make sure to use a good quality razor.Â Â I used a Mach3 Turbo.
Designate a room for the event. Choose a room that can take water, soap and hair on the floor because all of those will hit the floor no matter how careful you are.Â My area was a downstairs bathroom.
Take all of your materials to the designated hair cutting/head shaving room:
- Scissors, if you need to cut long hair short
- 3 dry towels, one for shoulders, one under feet, and one to dry the head
- 1 heated, moist towel, depending on hair texture and how much water skin retains
- 1 mirror with folding side arms, if needed
- Clippers, well oiled and cleaned
- Foaming gel or shaving cream/soap/oil of your choice
- Lavender oil diluted in your specialty oil.
Assemble all products where they are easy to reach.Â Park the vacuum outside the door.Â Cut any long hair short enough to avoid jamming the hair clippers. Then use the clippers to take the hair down closer to your scalp.Â Set them to the lowest level.
Run your fingers all over your scalp to feel your hair as it grows in many different directions. If so, make sure to shave your head in multiple directions when you reach that step.Â But first, soak your hair with the hot towel. Be careful. Too much water makes the hair become water-logged and you wonâ€™t be able to get a decent shave.
Apply a thin coat of foaming gel/shave cream/soap/oil on top of the stubble. It’s important not to use too much as it clogs the razor.
Begin shaving. Use gentle but firm strokes. Rinse the razor after the each pass or every few passes. If you have skin that is not too sensitive, you can probably handle a few repeat passes; this will give you a really smooth look and feel. Remember to shave in all directions, if needed.
When finished, pat your head dry with a small, cool towel.
Massage your favorite oil, mixed with lavender oil into your scalp. This is my favorite part. Consider asking a friend to do this step for you. This helps soothe any irritation and feels amazing. If ingrown hairs are a problem, this step is especially helpful.
Now it’s time to clean up. I take the used towels directly to the wash machine, wipe any surfaces clean, and then vacuum any hair that has fallen.
When that’s done, head for the shower, rinse off, and enjoy the new you.
One side note: if you’re worried being bald wonâ€™t suit you, that people will judge you, or that you have something â€œwrongâ€ with the shape of your head, resist the urge to chicken out. Just do it. For me, shaving my head was about facing the next chapter in my life: dealing with cancer treatment. This simple act of shaving my head allowed me to feel confident, empowered, and strong.