Although many of our customers come to us with their usual shaving habits and do not need to change it at all after the scalp micropigmentation treatment, one of the questions that we often hear in our surgery is how to shave their hair to ensure the treatment looks good, as we should remember that shaving regularly every 2 or 3 days is essential for the treatment to look natural and go unnoticed.
There is no single response for everyone, as the way in which one person shaves varies in each particular case, and although many might think that the difference between a close shave with a razor and a full head shave is practically unnoticeable, there is really a considerable difference.
The Aldemar Campos scalp micropigmentation team has come up with the idea of dedicating an area to this topic in our blog and recommending some shaver models that we consider appropriate, based on our experience.
We’ll explain why in this article. The main factor that determines how we shave is the extent of the hair loss. The more advanced the hair loss and the less hair the person has, the shorter they must cut their hair.
If they have hardly any hair, as in stages 6 and 7 of the Nordwood scale and the remaining hair is very fine, shaving with a razor is a good option. If the customer agrees on the use of this shaving method with the technician, then it will be necessary to use a lighter shade of pigment during the treatment to create an adequate contrast.
In cases of advanced hair loss with darker or thicker hair, the best option is the famous Remington R95. We say “famous” because this dual-track rotary shaver (with two dual-track heads) is the substitute for the Remington R91.
In 2010, it first started to become popular among scalp migropigmentation specialists in the UK partly thanks to Aldemar Campos, who at that time had just started his career at the His Hair Clinic. It’s a lightweight machine that cuts the hair to a length of 0.2 mm.
Although it is marketed as a travel shaver, it gives an outstanding performance. Its greatest weakness is the short life of its battery (30 minutes) in relation to the charge time (8 hours), but it can be plugged into the mains with no problem and due to its affordable price (around €18), many users decide to purchase two units. Another option for achieving a finish somewhere between that of a shave and the Remington R95 is a foil shaver.
The professional shavers Wahl Finale and Andis Profoil are designed for intensive use and cut the hair to a length of 0.1mm.
The latest versions (with a lithium battery) cost around €100 and they provide a run time of 80 minutes, with a charge time of just two hours.
On the other hand, for those who still have some hair (NW 3– NW 5) and decide to use a darker shade of treatment, the best option would be a trimmer or clipper which are factory-adjusted to cut to 0.4mm, creating a perfect contrast with the scalp micropigmentation in these cases.
The Wahl Detailer and Andis T-Outliner trimmers are the ones most often used by professional barbers. They cost between €80 and €100.
Many user find cord shavers problematic, as they prefer the comfort and freedom of cordless appliances. The good news for them is that Andis has recently brought out the Slimline Pro Li cordless trimmer. What makes it so special is its lithium battery, which allows it to operate at the same power as a cord shaver at no extra cost (its price is also around €100).
We hope this article will help our readers decide on the best way to shave their hair. All the best from the
Aldemar Campos Micropigmentation team. *Aldemar Campos Micropigmentation is not related in any way to the abovementioned commercial brands. All our recommendations are based solely on our experience in the scalp micropigmentation field.