How to Care for a Shaved Head

Keeping a Bald Head Healthy

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Maintaining a great looking bald head and caring for a shaved head takes a bit of work. Preventing razor burn and ingrown hairs and keeping the sun from wreaking havoc on your scalp are essential. Follow these three tips for keeping that dome looking smooth:

  1. Shampoo. Huh? Shampoo a bald head? Yes! A good shampoo is just as much for the scalp as it is for the hair. Shampooing, even a bald head, can remove trapped dirt and oils and promote a healthier scalp. The massaging action of performing the shampoo increases circulation and blood flow to the scalp, so a good shampoo is still important. Shampoo your bald head before shaving to make the shaving experience easier.
  1. Shave. The first step in maintaining your bald head is to use proper shaving technique. Follow my professional advice for shaving your head. You'll want to shave your head, if possible, at the end of a shower when the hair is softened and easier to shave. Always use a high-quality shaving cream (when I had a shaved head, I loved going "old school" by using a traditional English shave later and badger hair brush). Having a shower mirror is handy so you can see what you are doing. Shave with the grain first (normally down on the sides and back and from back to front on top. If the shave looks and feels good after the first pass stop! Shaving against the grain can often cause ingrown hairs and razor burn.
  2. Massage. As I mentioned above, massaging the scalp can promote circulation and healthy blood flow. Plus, a scalp massage, especially on a bald head, feels amazing! If you have a willing partner, trade massages or you can perform a scalp massage on yourself. Some professional massage therapists will also offer this service as well.
  1. Moisturize. Daily shaving and exposure to the sun can leave your scalp dry and flaky. Remember to use a good moisturizer on your scalp every morning. Moisturizing is the one step most men forget after shaving, but it is an important step in keeping your skin looking young and healthy.
  2. Protect. The scalp is even more susceptible to damage from the sun than other parts of the body. Always use a good sunscreen on your scalp before prolonged sun exposure. Many companies make high-quality moisturizers with built-in sunscreen, so check the skin care aisle of your drug store. If you do spend a great deal of time in the sun, I recommend purchasing a great hat and putting it to good use.

    These are but a few tips for keeping your bald head in great shape. For more scalp care advice, read my article on keeping your scalp healthy. Head shaving is such a common practice these days, there are even grooming products for shaved heads readily available.