The self proclaimed "craziest sports competition ever developed" The Titan Games is a mash-up of American Ninja Warrior American Gladiators . and Global GUTS with a small Biggest Loser feels thrown in. The focus of the action is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Wait, this is not a spotlight, that's the reflection of his extremely shiny, clean-shaven head. Johnson has known many lives (injured footballer, WWE wrestler and today one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood) and each of these lives is embodied by a certain hairstyle (mop top for football, flat top for wrestling and now, shaved for Actor ). The transition between the two was so seamless that it is hard to imagine Johnson with any hair (we will not highlight the wig from The Scorpion King ).
Most men assume a clean-shaven look when they notice a degree of hair loss. It is generally acknowledged, even here at Men's Health that for many men the point is that shaving is the best option. Johnson, to take his word for it decided not to shave because he was bald, but because he did not like the texture of his natural hair. The election solidified him as the reigning patron saint of baldies everywhere (or PSBDE, a title once held by Mr. Clean and Lex Luthor). To find out what exactly belongs to a hairless hairstyle like The Rocks, we talked to Paul Wilson, a barber from Chicago and artistic director of the American Crew. A shaved head "works for more people than you think," he says, meaning that each one of us can look like a titan.
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As with any hairstyle, consider your face shape, but do not stop. "The head shape is the most important factor," says Wilson. "When you're so close, you can not use hair to create a silhouette. They must have the head shape to support them. "Since most men who opt for shaving already have very short hair, the head shape should already be quite clear. "A barber is a great place to start," he says, but a home rating is also possible. "Put your fingers on the scalp and assess the pits and peculiarities of your head," Wilson recommends, as if you're getting a head massage. Knowing the roadmap of your own head will help you understand how it will look without your hair, and you can shave it more effectively.
Prep Your Melon
"It's shocking the first time [you shave your head]," says Wilson. If you ask a barber to do so, you can take away the fear and shock and they can show you how to do it at home. The process is simple. Depending on how your hair is already cut off, it will be cut by a barber as short as a hair clipper may possibly make. From there, it's just like a classic razor shave. "We first use a toner to bring the bloodstream to the surface and close the pores," he says. "Then we use a hot towel before you apply foam or oil." Wilson suggests, as the scalp hairs are not as coarse as whiskers, this is usually less sensitive. Once you've done it in the hair salon, it's easy to understand the process and do it yourself.
Shave With Confidence
The shave of the head is just like shaving your face, says Wilson, regardless of whether you're doing it in a barber shop or in your own bathroom. Shaving foams are ideal for fine to medium hair and oils are best for coarser hair. Wilson also recommends a razor with multiple blades, the same type you would use for your face. If you are preparing the skin with a toner, apply the foam or oil and start on the head. "Work in vertical cuts that fit the grain," advises Wilson. "The shaving of the back of the head is only cumbersome the first time. If you can feel your bone structure, you do not really have to see it. Things get difficult when you try to use mirrors to see the back of your mind.
"The biggest factor in cutting all your hair is that you have to make the skin look really good. "Wilson says. "Often the sun has not seen this skin very well. You need to [safely] get the sun on your head and start using products to give your skin a nice, even look. "Eliminating the need for styling products does not mean that this style is low maintenance. It is important to moisturize and protect the exposed skin on the head. "You can use whatever you use to moisturize your face," he says. "There are products that are tailored to the head, but the skin on your face and the skin in your head need to be thought and treated with the same care." Wilson recommends a moisturizer with SPF for daily protection from the sun A freshly shaven head who needs time to adapt to the elements. Protection against ingrown hair is also crucial, and using an aftershave with antibacterial ingredients helps reduce irritation.
And for our bearded readers: Pay special attention to the beard / scalp transition
Your head, if you opt for the shave look ("You can not get close enough"), but says that it does an essential tool if you want to keep your facial hair. "If you do not have hair on your head, your beard can become very important," he says, but finding the transition between beard and head can be difficult. Here is a trimmer used. "It's a reverse fade," says Wilson. "Get an adjustable trimmer and use it upside down. Work from the skin into the beard and bend the blade away when you get into the facial hair. "That sounds complicated, but a barber can show you how to do it at home.