How to Get a Smooth Bald Look

by Lisa Green ; Updated September 28, 2017

Some head shapes suit the shaved look better than others.

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Image, convenience and embracing natural hair loss are all reasons the shaved head is as popular as ever. A completely bald look can be a daring choice because imperfections typically disguised by hair are put on display. Achieving a smooth, bald head means avoiding shaving bumps and cuts, razor rash and ingrown hairs by preparing the scalp and using correct shaving techniques and aftercare.

Attach a 1/8-inch length guard to your clippers.

Run the clippers all over your head in the direction opposite the hair growth until the hair is a short, uniform length.

Soak a towel in lukewarm water and squeeze out the excess moisture.

Wrap the towel around your head. Leave the towel on for a few minutes to let the heat and moisture soften the hair and open the pores.

Apply a liberal amount of shaving cream or oil to the scalp. Work the shaving lubricant in well and let it sit and penetrate the scalp for a few minutes.

Place a clean, sharp razor against the scalp and slowly drag it in the direction your hair grows using gentle pressure to minimize cuts and irritation.

Rinse the blade between strokes to remove shaving lubricant and hairs trapped in the blades.

Continue to work in slow, even strokes to avoid cuts and going over the same part of the scalp multiple times until you have shaved your entire head.

Wipe away the shaving lubricant residue and cut hairs using a wet towel or washcloth.

Pat the head dry using a dry towel.

Apply a mild moisturizing lotion with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to the scalp to hydrate, soothe and protect the newly shaved skin.


  • An ideal time to shave your head is after showering when the hair is soft and easier to cut.

    Shave your head in a well-lit room with a large mirror. Use a small hand mirror to check the back of the head for areas you may have missed.

    Shave against the direction of hair growth for a faster shave, but be aware of the higher risk of cuts and skin irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.

    For a shiny finish, add a few drops of vitamin E oil to a towel, then use the towel to gently buff the scalp.

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About the Author

Based in London, Lisa Green has been writing entertainment and women’s lifestyle articles since 2004. She has contributed to the MyVillage and Glam networks and is the former editor of Entertainmentwise. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from De Montfort University and a City & Guilds journalism certificate from the City of Bristol College.