I am boy and I have always had short hair, but sometimes let it grow out until the fringe be too long. I am now 29 years old and haven't been at the hairdresser since the end of 2022. I have tried to let the hair grow until it's easier to find a female wig that look like my hair, so that I don't suddenly go out with longer hair than I used to have.

My main problem with wearing a wig is that I excrise a lot and cycle a lot. I sweat so much that I can't wear a sweater when I work out, but I'm fine with a t-shirt. I guess a wig will make my head way too hot. And when I cycle I wear helmet witch will make a wig impractical if I don't take of the wig before I cycle.

Now my hair is long, but the bangs are very thin and at the same time so long that I'm considering to going to the hairdresser to get shorter bangs and otherwise thin out my hair a bit, but there's not much more hair left. The hair covers the spots, but is not long enough to make a ponytail after saving for about a year after a normal men's haircut at the hairdresser.

I am now considering shaving my head completely smoth, but I am afraid of reactions from others. I have shaved my head few times in the past with machine and I got many reactions, but mostly just positive. Kind of got really fussy when I didn't care but was always told I was bald. Maybe I just shave it all off and shave it regularly so that I always have a shiny head.

Does it hurt to shave the head with a razor? Do I have to hold a mirror behind me to see where I've shaved? I'm mostly afraid of people's reactions and that I'll regret shaving off all the hair that was left.

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The choice on whether you should shave your head or not should basically be made by how you want to live your life with alopecia. The challenge lies in facing others' opinions once you've made that choice. Regardless of your decision, there will likely be comments from people. You can't control everyone's reactions. The key is to find a way to be comfortable with others' responses, whether positive or negative, and not allowing the negativity to influence your path. Honestly, overcoming this hurdle is both the toughest and most crucial aspect of dealing with alopecia.

I have decided to shave my head... Back it looks good, but now I've lost most of my hairline and I don't want to struggle anymore with the fear of that my hair is falling off. Parts of my hair regrow, but it is slow and shaving tempts more then a last visit at the hairdresser. I can rather just shave it and be done with the hair.

I think I will feel happier after I've shaved my head, as I don't need to worry about how much hair is going to fall out, even though it will be emotionally painful to loose my hair.

Hello TySindre,

I have been shaving my head since 2011. I received support from this site when I made that decision. I even had one member stay online while I went through the process. I use a Gillette 5-blade razor to shave my head. Traveling, I may use a 3-blade disposable. The 4-blade and 6-blade razors tend to leave a minor cut or two. It will depend on the shape of your head. No, I never used a mirror for the back of my head. The razor should glide and stay on your scalp. The type of shaving cream does not matter to me as far as shaving goes. Some may leave your scalp feeling a little dry. I use an aftershave only to avoid ingrown hairs. Shaving every 2-3 days does not allow the hair to grow enough to have any ingrown hair.

When I shaved my head for the first time, I did not care what others thought. I shaved it for me and not for others. I was tired of stressing over it and trying different products to cover my scalp where it was bald. For me, it was the best decision I ever made. The more you shave your head, the easier it will become until it becomes second nature. I would not try shaving with a straight razor. That seems like an accident waiting to happen. Your thoughts would be on the act of shaving and not as much as being careful. There are also many YouTube videos about shaving that may be beneficial to watch.

There will always be some who have reactions. Rise above them, hold your head high, and walk with confidence. Decide for yourself. I wish you the best in your decision. 

I'm now looking at a Gilette Fusion with 5-blade razor for a perfect and close shave. May it hurt when I shave my head the first time?

No, it should not hurt. I assume you are not having any pain prior to shaving. Shaving is not painful.

Thank you very much for the support so far!

I have now bough Gilette Fusion 5, a box of 8 barberblades, Aloe Vera Scented Shave Gel (designet for sensitive skin) and Nivea Men After Shave Balm Instant Relief. Later I'm going to buy an electronic hairclipper.

I have sensitive skin. Is it another products I should buy before I'm shaving my head smooth with razor?

You are welcome. That should be all you need. What is the length of your hair now? 

Without straightening the bangs or anything, it looks like this. The post itself in the thread has been updated for a while with pictures of the folds that show when I straighten my hair. I haven't measured how long my hair is. I always put the bangs slightly over towards my right side. (New image is linked to down in this comment).

Now it's winter and cold in Norway, so I choose to wait until the weather gets milder, if I keep my bangs out for that long. It can be troublesome when it is windy. But apart from the electronic hairclipper, I'm ready to shave.

Losing all my hair will be emotionally painful, but if I like being bald, I think my life will be so much easier when I don't have to worry about how much more hair I'm going to lose overnight. And avoid seeing more hair in the bath and on the computer desk what I am so tired of...

You are welcome to send me a pm if you want to chat. I knew I was very nervous when I was going to buy the razor and the other things, but at the same time it was a good feeling to finally be done with that part of the process.

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