Losing your hair is one of the hardest things to accept, especially for us men. We hold on to it inch-by-inch and refuse to let it go, but I'm here to tell you, it's okay—let it go! Growing up, I had a head full of hair, and in my late teenage years and early 20's, I had a head full of long curly hair (hard to believe, I know), but between braiding it and family genes, my hair started to thin. I refused to let it go, but once I finally accepted it and shaved it off, I began to notice how much harder it is to maintain a bald head.
Bald heads are more prone to razor bumps, sunburn, and skin irritation, and takes a lot of work to maintain. To help you manage your bald head, here are six proven steps that will help avoid bumps and irritation.
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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. If you want 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 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 over a year and found it's the only shaver that works to reduce razor bumps and razor irritation.
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.
To help you prevent ingrown hairs and help you get the best shave, I've created a quick guided worksheet outlining the causes of ingrown hairs and a treatment for each cause. Included in the worksheet, you'll get a step-by-step on how to achieve the proper shave—download it below!
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 scalp with a matte finish and avoid any additional shine.
III. Dead skin
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.
IV. Pro Shave
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.