So you’ve just had your first scalp micropigmentation treatment and your SMP artist has recommended that you shave your hair regularly to maintain its look. For beginners, there are plenty of thoughts on how to approach this. Should you use hair clippers? A razor? Or perhaps an electric razor? In this article, we’ll be taking a look at several different shaving methods to determine which option is right for you.
- Using hair clippers with zero guard
Most people start out by using hair clippers to shave their head. It’s the easiest way to do so and it allows you to get as close to your scalp as possible while leaving a bit of hair on top. If it’s your first time shaving your scalp, we recommend using hair clippers as you’ll find it more comfortable and less daunting compared to using a razor or an electric shaver.
There are plenty of advantages to using hair clippers. It leaves a slight texture of hair that makes the scalp micropigmentation treatment look more authentic as opposed to a clean shave. Furthermore, using hair clippers reduces the risk of scalp irritation since you’re not cutting your hair off cleanly. That said, you need to shave your head on a daily basis to maintain the illusion. Since the zero guard doesn’t slice off the hair to skin level, it will grow quickly and it can be a pain to shave your head every single day.
- Using an electric shaver
Electric shavers work just like regular hair clippers, but with the added convenience and portability. It’s mess-free, it offers greater control when shaving, and it allows you to shave your head almost anywhere as long as you have a charging cable with you. But aside from that, you won’t really enjoy any other benefits as electric shavers can take an awful lot of time to get the job done.
Due to its smaller blades, you’ll need to pass over an area of your scalp several times before all of the hair has been cut. Scalp irritation isn’t uncommon when using an electric shaver, especially those who have sensitive skin. Ideally, you should only use an electric shaver when you’re out and about and you want to maintain that clean look when needed.
Electric shavers come in two different types; foil shavers and rotary shavers. Foil shavers cut hair more closely to the scalp while smoothening the skin, thus reducing the likelihood of scalp irritation when shaving. Meanwhile, rotary shavers offer better value since the blades last longer and are less likely to grab onto your hair. For a smooth, clean cut, we recommend using a foil shaver when shaving your scalp.
- Wet shaving with a razor
While clippers and electric shavers may sound convenient, it’s the humble razor that makes the cleanest cut when shaving your head. Plenty of experts recommend wet shaving your scalp with a razor because it makes the scalp micropigmentation treatment look more realistic by resembling actual hair stubble. And since you’re shaving as close to the scalp as possible, you don’t have to worry about shaving your head on a daily basis.
Any razor will work fine as long as they’re brand new. We recommend wet shaving early in the morning when you turn the hot shower on. The warm water helps soften your scalp and allows the razor to pass cleanly. You can even get away with just a wet scalp when shaving, but if you want a smoother shave, you can use any shower gel of your preferred choice.
Keep in mind that you’ll be blunting a lot of razors much faster than normal because your scalp has larger surface area compared to your beard. Also, avoid buying cheap, dollar-store razors to minimize the risk of skin irritation as much as possible.
When to shave your head
At the beginning, your SMP artist will recommend shaving your head four days to a week after undergoing scalp micropigmentation treatment. Depending on how fast your hair grows, you may need to shave your hair almost every day, except for when you shave with a razor. It also depends on what kind of look you’re trying to achieve as most experts suggest to keep your hair as short as possible to achieve that clean, buzz-cut look. But if you’re comfortable with growing your hair by at least a centimeter, then you can get away with shaving your hair at least three times a week.
Don’t be afraid to try out these three shaving methods when establishing a shaving routine for your scalp. Use whichever shaving tool you feel most comfortable with and go with the one that allows you to achieve the exact look you’re looking for.