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Offline rico

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Shaving the back of my head
« on: June 18, 2021, 12:05:11 AM »
While I've been shaving my head for more than 5 years, my skills have stalled. The sides and top of my head are easy, even though I have lots of side and back hair growth.  When I get to the back of my head, where I have to use two mirrors to see what I'm doing, I'm often left with a lot of stubble -- especially compared to the sides which are billiard-ball smooth.  What are the secrets for getting good results in the back?

I use a range of razors -- Omnishaver, the Defender, the Gillette Guard  --which is cool and came from India because it's not sold in the US. And I use both slick hair conditioner and canned shave foam. (I know;I know. I have enjoyed using a shave brush and puck, but my shave process is already quite involved and going old-school makes it take more time.)

Sometimes I go two weeks without a headshave, which I'm sure makes the whole project more challenging.



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Re: Shaving the back of my head
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2021, 05:22:23 AM »
We all have our own routine. I shave in the shower, by memory and feel. Recently, I shaved in front of the mirror with my double edge safely razor and couldn't get a few spots smooth and had to close my eyes and go by feel. Helps me concentrate and hear the sound of the razor hitting the missed spots.
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Re: Shaving the back of my head
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2021, 05:37:14 AM »
The back of the head is the densest.  I first wet shave with my electric to bring everything down to a mere stubble, then I tilt my head foreword and run the razor upward against the grain repeatedly but I keep it lubed up so I'm never shaving dry.  I go by feel and never needed a mirror but that's personal preference I guess.  I just use olive oil and shave gel but the hairs seem to just soften up.  Another reason the back of the head is hard to shave is because I used to shave the rest of my head first, then my blade was dull which made shaving the back of my head hard to shave.  I would suggest shaving the back of your head first before the blade dulled out.  I hope that helped in some way.
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Re: Shaving the back of my head
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2021, 08:38:09 AM »
I shave my head against the grain to get it as smooth as possible.   I start out on the neck with downward strokes to get the lower part, then switch to upward strokes, working my way to the top.  I have a lot of growth in different directions on the crown, and it takes some time to get this shaved smooth. 

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Re: Shaving the back of my head
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2021, 01:21:58 PM »
I donít need to see the back of my head to shave it.  I just do by touch, using my left hand to guide me over spots that were missed on the first go around.

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Re: Shaving the back of my head
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2021, 02:21:29 AM »
it's not that the mirrors are a problem. It's then I see all the dark stubble.  I''m sure I have to learn to shave against the grain and not be impatient: let the hair get really soft first.  Starting with an electric shaver sounds like a great improvement plan for me. Thanks.

 



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