So, you’re bald and probably think that because you purposefully shaved or have balded happily that you don’t have to worry about grooming or spending money on hair products. We’re sorry to tell you this, but this doesn’t mean that being hairless will require no maintenance. You still need to take care of your bare pate. To ensure your bald head stays smooth, shine-free, and well-protected from the sun, here are some tips on how to easily do it.
1. Make sure you have the right equipment in your arsenal
It’s easy to hit your barber every couple of weeks if you don’t want to attempt the razor on your own, but know that if you get it professionally shaved at least once a month, it will give you the closest shave you can get, and over time, and it will be easier for you to maintain. In the same way you shave your face, shaving your head isn’t all that different: All you need is some good equipment, i.e. razors or clippers, the right technique, practice, and just a little bit of patience.
First off, if you’re new to rocking a bald dome and still have some hair left, take a pair of clippers and cut it to the the shortest length possible before you pick up a razor. Trimming your hair helps your razor to do it’s job and get the closest shave possible. Next, it’s time to get down to the shave. When we say the ‘right’ equipment, we mean the same type of stuff you use on your face like your shaving cream, aftershave balm, and even your razor. The only time you may want to consider using a different razor is if your scalp is especially bumpy or you feel more comfortable using a razor that can glide easily or you can easily maneuver over an uneven scalp, like Gillette’s Fusion Proshield with Flex Ball technology. Combine that with a steady hand and you’ll be able to get the job well done.
To finish off as you would when shaving your face, use an aftershave balm to calm your pate and kick-start the healing process. Try Clinique For Men’s Post-Shave Soother, which is a great fragrance-free option that absorbs quickly without leaving behind any shiny residue.
Keep this in mind when you’re shaving gents: Some nicks and cuts, especially if you’re new to this are bound to happen, and not to mention that they’re more visible on a bald pate. Make sure you keep a styptic pencil on hand to instantly stop any accidental cuts and quickly seal any wounds. If you don’t want to dry shave, try multi-tasking by shaving in the shower.
2. Don’t forget about the skin atop your head
No sir, the job is not done after you shave your head. This is when the real fun starts. Make sure you keep up with the following three skincare routines and treat the top of your pate as you would your face.
As with your face, your scalp needs ridding of dead skin cells. Your scalp too can have a build up of sebum — the skin’s natural oil — and dead skin cells that can lead to blocked follicles. All this can simply be avoided by cleansing and exfoliating. Try applying a face or body scrub to your dome several times a week and exfoliate using a gentle circular motion, making sure to hit all the areas around your scalp, neck, and behind your ears. A great option in absence of an exfoliator is to try a product like Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, which is designed to cleanse the skin and exfoliate your scalp at the same time. Talk about a multi-tasking, time-saving product.
You shouldn’t have light reflecting off your scalp. As with exfoliating, your face absolutely needs moisturizer to keep it supple and hydrated. Your scalp needs the same kind of love you give the skin on your face. While any facial moisturizer should do, make sure there’s a matte finish to it so your head is not the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. Try Kiehl’s Men’s Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer to keep shine at bay.
Common sense dictates certain things, one of which is if you have more skin that’s unprotected and exposed to the sun, then you need to put in the effort to protect it. Hair is nature’s shield against sun damage, so once you lose it (or shave it in this case) you need to find another form of protection, and that’s in the form of sunscreen. Scalp protection is especially important considering that fact that skin cancers on the scalp tend to be much more deadly than anywhere else on the body, and it’s partly because it’s much harder to see. So as we move into the warmer months of the year, protect your scalp with a matte sunscreen like Dermalogica Oil-Free Matte SPF 30. If you’re spending the entire day outside, don’t take any chances: Cover your dome with a cap or hat.
3. Consider growing a beard
If you’re still in the beginning stages of living with your hairless pate and are still not sure how you feel about it, growing out a beard, even if it’s a little stubble, will balance out the severity of the shaved head look. The blog Effortless Gent encourages those with a bald pate to experiment with different beard styles. If you find something that looks good with your new look, why not stick to it.
4. Pay attention to the details
Know this: Any rogue ear hair peeping out of your canal and even any nose hair (if you’re not sporting a beard) should be neatly trimmed away because any hair, when there’s none on your head, can be very noticeable. You’ve been warned, so make sure you keep your orifices neat and hair free with an ear and nose trimmer.