How to Shave Your Head with a Razor Step-by-Step

By Jean Alfonso / April 21, 2019
How to Shave Your Head with a Razor

A lot of men suffer from an inferiority complex when it comes to hair loss. Truth be told, it’s not that big of a deal. Instead of holding on to the clearly fading past, why not try and take a glimpse into the future you sooner?

The multiple benefits of shaving your head are important to acknowledge. Not only is it healthier in the long run but a clean scalp is also cheaper to care for.

Here are all the steps you need to take for a clean head shave from start to finish.

Step 1 – Wash Your Hair

In order to get a clean cut with a razor blade, you need to prep your scalp for the abuse. You’ll also want your hair to be as clean and smooth as possible. Hair type doesn’t really matter here because there’s a high chance for irritation to appear when you use a razor.

That’s why starting with a clean scalp and hair is important. You should use just half the amount of shampoo you normally use. Unless of course, your hair is really messy and it’s been a while since you washed it.

In terms of prepping your scalp in the best possible way, try to use very hot water. As hot as you can handle without pain of course. You wouldn’t want to burn your scalp just before you take a razor to it.

After you’ve washed your hair, rinse well with water. Comb your hair if needed, at least to untangle it. The next stage involves using some conditioner. Massage it well into your scalp and into the roots of your hair.

After a couple of minutes you can rinse the conditioner off but not entirely. If your hair is still a bit oily at this point, the next step will be easier.

Step 2 – More combing and trimming (Optional)

The reason step 2 is optional is because not everyone has hair long enough to be combed. Or at least not long enough that combing would make a difference. If you usually set the safety comb on your razor to anywhere between 2 and 5, you shouldn’t need to comb it so you can skip step 2.

To properly trim your hair you should try and do it with a comb and a pair of scissors. You want to run the comb through your hair and use the scissors to trim as close to the comb as you can. Do this from front to back.

It may take a while if you have no training. You could also rinse your hair and dry it again after this step. It may not be required if you have very short hair, to begin with.

Step 3 - #1 Guard

Once your hair is trimmed short enough to use the #1 guard on your electric razor, start mowing. Do it from front to back and don’t worry too much about keeping things even. Remember, you’ll eventually shave it all off.

If you’ve properly washed and rinsed your hair, you shouldn’t have to work too slowly in step 3. If the hair is cooperative the clippers won’t bite.

Your goal when using an electric razor should be to get to 1/8th of an inch, or even shorter if the device allows it. In a way, you’re doing the same prep work you would for a clean facial shave. You can’t use the razor when you’re sporting a thick long beard.

It also wouldn’t hurt if you rinse your hair once again just to clean your scalp a bit. You don’t have to use shampoo again and you probably don’t need a blow dryer anymore either.

Step 4 – The Actual Shave

This is the last step and quite frankly the easiest one. After you’ve trimmed your hair short enough, it’s time to put the razor to work. So pay attention if you want to know how to shave your head smooth.

It’s recommended that you use a quality razor for this. One with three blades should be just fine but a two-blade model will also work.

Since this is probably your first time, pick your shaving cream carefully. Your scalp is in for a new experience and you won’t feel good if you pick a menthol-based shaving cream.

Coat your hair with shaving cream and be generous. Coat the front, the top, the sides, and the back. You want to be careful not to massage it in though. If you do that you’ll just be wasting all that puffy texture that protects you from cuts and irritation.

Unlike when you use an electric razor, using a traditional razor calls for shaving against the grain at all times. Also, the length of the shave should be smaller too. Don’t run the razor through your hair more than two inches at a time to avoid clogging it.

Getting the back done is the tricky bit. You’ll need either a helping hand or a styling mirror. Any freestanding mirror would do actually, just as long as it gives you an unobstructed view of the back of your head.

Keep using the same short motion of 1- to 2-inch strokes and follow the contour of your skull. Tilt forward a bit when you do the neck. You’ll want it to be as straight as possible to avoid cuts.

Step 5 – Post Shave Conditioning

Just because you now know how to shave your head with a razor step-by-step doesn’t mean you’re all done. You’ll want to rinse your head in warm or even lukewarm water. Use a soft towel to dry and try patting your head instead of rubbing it.

Try to let your scalp dry naturally for a couple of minutes before you start inspecting. As a first-timer, you may find some unshaven patches here and there. Use shaving cream if you find any and get rid of them.

Find a lotion that works for you and use it. Your scalp will have no barrier to weather or sunlight, so you want to keep it hydrated and protected.

Do this after each shave and also the following days after the shave.


Having a completely shaved head saves you a lot of money on shampoo, conditioner, and a lot of time on actually washing it. Therefore, the benefits of shaving your head should be more important than looks. You’ll get used to it eventually.

It’s a radical change for some but for those with a severely receding hairline, it’s probably a good idea. Better to get used to it now than later.

And, for the best possible shave, you’ll always need a manual cartridge razor. The more blades the better.

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    Jean Alfonso