I can honestly tell you that the first time shaving my head with a razor was daunting. It’s not that I had a problem with the shave; truth is, everything went really well. My issues were with my nerves! I was a little on edge because I was so nervous. But that’s normal. As time moved and I began to build some experience shaving, I relaxed. Now that shaving my head has become more routine, let me share my process with you.
I prefer to shave every other day. It’s best to give your head time in between cuts to relax, so every two days is fine for me. My routine is to shave in the morning right after I wake up. So what I do is take a hot shower the night before so (among other things) my head is clean and ready to go when I rise.
The next morning, I give my head a thorough wash with a soapy cloth. I take my time to make sure that my head is clean and the hair follicles are free of any oils. Then I towel off just to get the excess water off of my head and face. I keep my head damp though, so I don’t completely dry my head. Then I’m ready.
Now I apply the shaving cream. My recommendation is to use the Nivea Men’s Shaving Cream for sensitive skin. My cousin put me on to that one and it works great, so I stick with that. At the moment, I’m not using a badger or any special applicator. So I apply a little to my hands and lather it up. I’ve learned that you don’t need a lot of shaving cream. A small amount gets the job done. Then I apply it to my head and rub it in good, using circular motions. This is to make sure that it gets into my scalp so that the cut will be cleaner. After that, I’m ready to cut.
I start with my upper lip because I forgot it a time or two before. I like to use slow careful strokes. Once I do my mustache, I then work on my beard area. Again, I use long slow strokes. For me this ensures that I’m getting the cut I want on the first pass. So I go from one end of my face to another. After that, I do my head.
When working on my head, I start on one side with those same long strokes. I go as far back as I can see in the mirror, then shave the top. Next I switch to the opposite side of my head, leaving the back for last. Like before, I cut the area that I can see in the mirror until I reach the hidden back part of my head.
For the back of my head, I turn my back to the mirror and use a separate handheld mirror to see the back of my head. Then I proceed to shave carefully. The back can be tricky. So after shaving this portion, I go over the trouble spots twice by shaving diagonally. I make sure to wet those spots with water before I shave them to be safe.
To clean up, I use my washcloth soaked in hot water to wash off the shaving cream left on my head. After I do that, I use a second washcloth drenched in cold water to wipe off my head and face. I don’t rub too hard, but I take care to clean the shaved areas with the cold water washcloth to soothe them. When I’m done with the washcloth, I douse my head and face with plenty of cold water as a final cool down.
And that’s my method. My head gets cleanly shaven with no razor bumps and no irritation. Is my way the best way for Black Men to shave? You be the judge.