Grooming Guide: How to Shave Your Head Like a Pro

Dec. 262023

Today, hair loss isn’t the only reason some people are bald. Many have embraced having a shaved head as a fashionable, yet practical choice. Regardless of whether it was by choice or through hair loss, shaving your head requires a skillful approach to get the job done right. 

Let’s find out how to shave your head like a professional, covering everything from the tools you’ll need, to how to take care of your head after your shave, and everything in between. 

The Benefits of Shaving Your Head

The choice to have a shaved head has gained massive popularity in recent years. From famous NBA players to pop icons, shaved heads are no longer a symbol of hair loss, they’re the new look.

How to Shave Your Head Like a Pro

But shaving your head isn’t always a fashion statement, it can be a practical move toward a more minimalist lifestyle. Having a bald head is relatively low maintenance, requiring minimal upkeep compared to certain hairstyles

For those grappling with hair loss, choosing to shave one’s head can help boost self-esteem by finding a sense of control over their situation. In any case, those with bald heads also tend to stay cooler during the hot summer months.  

The Preparation

The Tools

To get the best head shave, you’ll need the best tools for the job. Each tool will vary depending on the type of hair you have, and the type of shave you want to achieve. The following is a list of essential tools you’ll need for a professional head shave

  • Razor blade: If you’re looking for a closer shave, a razor is the way to go.
  • Hair clippers: This is the best option to use first for those with long hair. 
  • Comb: Used to guide the clippers or razor if needed. 
  • Mirror: Helps you see where you’re shaving! 
  • Pre-shave oil or gel: We’ll cover these in the next section.

Prep Your Scalp

If you’re starting the process of shaving your head with long hair, you’ll need to cut your hair with clippers. Then, give yourself a buzz cut to reduce the amount of hair needed to shave with the razor. 

Once your hair is ready for shaving, you’ll want to prepare your scalp. One of the best ways to prep your scalp for a clean head shave is to apply heat. You can either take a hot shower or apply a hot towel (but not too hot!). The heat will soften your remaining hair and scalp, making it easier to shave and reducing the risk of skin irritation or unintentional nicks. 

Apply Pre-Shave Oils and Gels

The next step is to apply a pre-shave oil or gel. These products help to protect your skin by creating a thin layer between the blade and your scalp, resulting in a smooth shave with minimal friction while keeping your head soft and hydrated. 

Unlike certain foaming shaving creams you might use when shaving your face, a transparent shaving gel or oil is often best when shaving your head yourself. This way, you can see what you’re doing at all times and prevent mistakes. 

How to Shave Your Head

Start Shaving

After you apply shaving oil or gel, you’re ready to get started. Start with the larger parts of your head that are easiest to reach. Then, gradually move to the more challenging areas around the ears and the back of the neck. 

Shaving with the grain (in the direction your hair grows naturally) reduces the chance of nicks and razor burn. Wash your razor frequently to keep your hair and shaving oils from clogging up the blade. 


It’s important to incorporate some simple aftercare steps into your shaving routine for the best results. After you’ve finished shaving, rinse your head with cool water to close your pores and remove any lingering hair product. Gently pat yourself down and dry off with a clean towel. 

After shaving, apply a small amount of after-shave moisturizer or an alcohol-free balm that contains SFP to hydrate the skin, prevent irritation, and protect you from sun exposure.

Final Thoughts

Getting a smooth, clean head shave is a satisfying experience. Learning how to shave your head gives you the freedom to take control of your hairstyle. Knowing the process can also help you enjoy the experience, whether you do it yourself or you have it done by a professional.

Now, you know how important it is to have the right gear and preparation to get the best head shave possible. Knowing these steps, you’re well on your way to a silky smooth scalp. If you’re interested in getting a premium head shave, come on down to Rudy’s Grooming Club in Darien, CT.