Should You Shave Your Head?

Surgeries, grafts, topicals, dangerous pharmaceuticals, suspect supplements, cheesy “rugs,” bizarre lasers, hats, complete dietary shifts… all in an effort to combat one of nature’s cruelest of jokes. Balding isn’t fun for guys. In fact, few things are quite so humbling. Not only does a bald spot and/or receding hairline typically age a gentleman by significant leaps, but it also wreaks havoc on his overall self-esteem, both in terms of perceived attractiveness and overall power.

But wait.

A new segment of our population has emerged, and these guys have seemingly thrown the rule book right out the window. These fellas not only don’t fight to keep their hair, but they take it to the opposite extreme. They beat nature to the punch. They shave their heads.

And while the perceptions of a “balding” man may not be the most encouraging in the world, the perceptions of a “totally” bald “dude” are just plain inspiring. Studies have been done, you know! And guys with completely smooth domes are outclassing even their fully-mained counterparts… big time!

Bald men are generally perceived as being more powerful. This isn’t just true in terms of intimidation, mind you. We’re talking about business, politics, and other positions of leadership, including educators. In fact, a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania shed a lot of light on the subject…

Bald men were looked upon as being better leaders, displaying the attributes of masculinity, power, and dominance. This was based on photographs being shown to a group of sixty participants, all of whom were asked to rank different men in order of their perceived power and influence. The bald men won convincingly. Overwhelmingly, even!

These studies also revealed that guys who shaved their heads were often viewed as being taller, stronger, and more attractive. Who knew? And you wanted to grow your hair back! For shame.

When shaving your head, there are a number of strategies you can employ. One of the first things you may want to invest in, if you don’t already own a set yourself, is clippers. This is a fast and easy way to take your hair all the way down to tiny stubble, in preparation for a more efficient shave. Obviously, you don’t want any guard as you’re using your clippers.

It’s also important to use the best quality razor you can get your hands on. It should be fresh and sharp. Multi-blade shavers tend to work better than those with fewer blades.

Soap makes a great shaving lubricant. Gels and foams are fine, too. Use whatever you fancy. Mix it with nice, warm water. Warm water will open up your pores, allowing you to get to the roots of your hair and get a closer, more comfortable shave.

Some men prefer shaving with the grain. That said, going against the grain tends to yield smoother, more pronounced results. If you can shave against the grain without irritation, then by all means do so. Otherwise, shaving with the grain works just fine, too.

A great post-shave routine is to take a nice, hot shower. Re-wash your freshly shaved scalp with soap and hot water. You may wish to use a washcloth when doing so, for exfoliation and blemish-fighting benefits. Once washed and dried, apply a dab of your favorite moisturizer to your scalp and massage it in thoroughly.