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These days, edgy hairstyles are totally on-trend. And one of the edgiest things you can do if you’re a woman? Shave your head! Whether you’re doing so just to make life easier (hey, we can understand if you’re sick of blow-drying all the time) or you’re a risk-taker, there’s never been a better time to try something new. If you’re tempted to ditch your long hair in favor of a fully or partially shaved head, keep reading for everything you need to know.
It’s easy to assume that every shaved style is the same, but you do have options when it comes to how to shave your head. Besides the obvious choice of shaving your head in its entirety, you can also consider getting an undercut. With this hairstyle, hair is removed from either the sides or back of the head but left long on top. This look was first sported by men in the 1920s but regained popularity recently amongst both men and women. Shaving just a portion of your head is a solid option if you’re not ready to fully commit to parting with your tresses. When hair is removed only from the underside of your head, you can even hide the cut completely whenever you want to by wearing the top layer of your hair down.
Although you might think super-short, barely-there hair is pretty low maintenance, there are a couple of factors to consider.
Factor #1. The first time. Shaving your head for the first time is a big step, and it's one you may want to consider letting a professional handle. A hairstylist will trim your hair down first, then carefully buzz off the remainder of your mane for a perfectly shorn style.
Factor #2. The upkeep. While a shaved head may seem totally no-fuss, they do necessitate upkeep. You will have to handle regrowth. How often you have to shave will depend on the color and texture of your hair, as well as how fast your hair grows.
So, you went for a bold shaved haircut—the work doesn’t stop there. Now it’s time to show your head some love!
Rule #1. Don’t skip out on shampoo and conditioner. Yep, you’re still going to want to shampoo and condition, even if you have super-short strands! This can help keep your head feeling soft. Look for a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair type. For example, the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner gently cleanse and condition dry, brittle hair, replenishing vital nourishment and deep moisture for silky-soft texture and shine.
Gently massage the shampoo into a thick lather, rinse, then follow up with the conditioner. Of course, the upside of having a shaved head is that you don’t have to fuss over styling your hair—you’re basically good to go after showering! More time to sleep in? Sign us up!
Rule #2. Keep your head moisturized. Feeling a little dry? Your nearly bare head will need some extra love. Use your facial moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated.
Rule #3. Protect your scalp from the sun. Spending extended periods of time in the sun without wearing protection can lead to damage—and you could get burned. Since a whole lot of your scalp is now exposed, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before heading out for the day. Consider throwing on a hat while you’re outdoors, too!
Match your new look to bolder jewelry and headpieces. Try wearing large earrings and colorful scarves to put a playful spin on the style.
And there you have it. To recap, if you’re thinking of shaving your head, there are quite a few things you should consider first. For starters, you can dip your toes into the trend by opting for an undercut before fully shaving your head. What’s more, it’s still important to shampoo and condition—and you’re going to want to pay attention to sun protection as well. With these tips in mind, we have a feeling you’ll rock this look with total confidence!
Next up: Take your edgy haircut up a notch with one of the 15 Edgy Hair Colors You Need to Try.
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