6 Grooming Tips for Bald Men
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As a man, losing your hair is one of the hardest things to accept. Many of us hold on to the last inch of hair because we refuse to let it go. As a teen and young adult, I had long big hair that I braided up from time-to-time (I know, hard to believe), but my hair started to thin at the early age of 20; I refused to let it go and held onto it for as long as I could. Once I finally accepted it and shaved it off, I began to notice how hard it is to maintain a bald head. From the razor bumps to sunburn, and minor nicks maintaining your bald head takes work and here are six tips to help you maintain yours.
Shaving your head is much like shaving your face; you want to ensure you have the right tools; pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and a good shaver. To get the perfect shave without any chance of razor bumps or nicks, use an electric razor before giving your head a full shave; this creates a smoother shave and removes any longer hairs that can cause irritation. Since your scalp and head shape can be uneven, you want a razor that will glide against your scalp and get the cleanest shave with fewer strokes. I recommend using Bevel; this shaving system has proven to prevent ingrown hairs and skin irritation. I've been using it for a few months now and found it's the only shaver that has worked.
After shaving, you should be following up with a shave balm as you would with your face. If you are using the Bevel system, this is proved. Also, for any minor nicks and irritation, follow up with a styptic pencil and skin soother.
As above, you should be applying a moisturizing just like you would with your face. You can use the same products, but there are others out there that are formulated for bald scalps. Choose an oil-free moisturizer to leave you with a matte finish and to avoid any additional shine.
Like any other part of your body, you should be exfoliating to remove dead skin. Our bodies create sebum, which is the bodies natural oil, and with men, we create more sebum than women. Exfoliating removes dead skin, but also the excess oil that can clog your hair follicles and cause skin irritation and razor bumps.
Having a barber shave your head is recommended for beginners to do at least once or twice a month. Barbers tend to use a straight single-blade razor; this provides the closest shave possible, and over time the growth of your hair will reduce making it easier to shave. If you decide to use the Bevel shave system, it is a single-blade razor, so you will receive the same benefits.
If you want a more dramatic longer-lasting option, go for laser hair removal. These treatments will kill the hair follicles over time and stop the hair growth. A treatment like this is not only a permanent solution; it's costly and painful. Average treatments are $300 per season with a minimum of six sessions needed.
Hair is on our heads for protection and when it's lost; your head and scalp are exposed to the natural elements of the sun. Protecting your scalp from the sun with proper sunscreen is so important and vital to fighting against skin cancer. Sunscreen is not only needed in the warmer months but year round. To protect your scalp wear SPF 30 daily or if you're planning to be out in the sun all day cover your scalp and face with a hat.