Shaving my head completely bald was one of the best grooming decisions that I have ever made in my life.
When I was in my early 20s and still in college, I started to lose some hair. In fact I was completely freaked out by the notion that I couldn’t even legally buy a beer, yet my hair was beginning to fall out.
At first I would head to my local Wal-Mart and conspicuously buy a bottle of Rogaine by keeping it at the bottom of my cart buried under the other stuff I was buying.
To be quiet honest…
As a college student without much confidence to begin with, I was simply embarrassed.
After several diligent applications of minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) and coming to the realization that it wasn’t working – I began to slowly concede. First I would simply ask for a shorter hair cut at the barbershop.
Then as the years faded away, I would ask the barber to go shorter and shorter with the clippers.
Then I finally one day I worked up the courage to shave my head completely bald.
I am not going to lie, at first I was terrified. I mean I was about to run a razor across my head and completely get rid of all my hair. Getting nicked was the least of my concerns.
Front and center was this notion that on the top of my head it was just going to be skin…
And guess what?
It was simply the best grooming decision I ever made!!
Oddly enough, it was a straight boost of confidence. After shaving I felt like a new man and kinda like a tough guy (even though I was and always will be a nerdy kid at heart).
And you know what, I am never going back. Well at least not in the foreseeable future.
But this story aside, caring for your head once you take the plunge to completely shave it does in fact bring on its own new set of responsibilities.
After many shaves of the scalp there are a few products you should be aware of in order to have the perfect bald headed regimen in order to make you look your very best.
Still Use a Natural Shampoo To Keep It Moisturized
One of the biggest advantages of being completely bald that many men and others think is that you no longer have to use a shampoo at all any more.
There are plenty of men who skip out on using any sort of cleanser on their head altogether.
However, those who do skip out on the cleansers are missing out on some very critical grooming steps.
So as a bald man, you should still lather up a shampoo on your head once every couple of days, even if you do completely shave your head on a regular basis.
This helps clear out the natural pollutants and dirt that are in the air throughout the day.
The type of shampoo that you use on your head though can have a huge difference.
It’s no secret that many of the most popular yet cheapest shampoos are loaded with harmful ingredients.
In fact many of the cheap shampoos contain the following:
- Parabens – Found in several beauty products, parabens are a synthetic preservative that is widely used and can actually cause skin allergies and general irritation of your skin. In addition, parabens may also be linked to hormone disruption and breast cancer (source).
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – Is a cleaning agent or detergent that actually can penetrate your skin and circulate within your body for up to five days. But not only does SLS circulate into your body, it also will completely strip away any sebum oil that the root of your hair follicles produced. In the long term, SLS can cause dry and flaky skin due to the lack of sebum oil.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) – This ingredient tries to prevent the side effects of petroleum in beauty products. In addition SLES penetrates your skin much like SLS and can be distributed in your body for some time. SLES is a probable carcinogen.
- Fragrance – While it sounds harmless, the term fragrance on the side of a shampoo or conditioner bottle is a nasty sign. The term “fragrance” can actually cover up to 3,100 chemicals that are actually kept hidden from you. Instead your better bet is to pick up a product that uses essential oils as a fragrance therefore you know exactly what is contained within the bottle.
Ingredients like those listed above not only may cause long term effects on your body, but severely dry out your scalp.
Therefore when picking out the right shampoo to use on your head, you want to opt for a product that is all natural and doesn’t contain any of the harmful ingredients found in cheap shampoos.
At Tools of Men we recommend you to try out an all-natural shampoo. An all-natural shampoo contains essential ingredients that will help supplement the natural oil that is at the base of your hair follicles.
This natural oil that you produce, called sebum oil, may be dried out when you repeatedly shave your head. Since the razor blade that is dragged across your scalp acts as a sudo exfoliator, the sebum oil that you naturally produce may not be able to keep up in order to keep your skin well moisturized.
It is very common that some men that shave their head completely bald may actually have dandruff.
The ingredients found in a natural shampoo often contain carrier oils like jojoba or argan closely mimic the sebum oil that you already produce.
Oils like jojoba and argan are derived from plants and are an extremely mild oil that will leave your skin well hydrated and silky smooth.
So be sure when talking a shower to use about about a quarter sized amount of a natural shampoo on your head in order to keep it feeling great and to ward off dandruff.
Make Sure To Use a Pre Shave Oil
Pre shave oils are a saving grace for many men when shaving repeatedly. A pre shave oil is typically a mixture of carrier and essential oils (and sometimes a Vitamin E oil) that helps soften up your hair follicles to provide a much more comfortable shave.
Using pre shave oil is pretty simple:
When you jump out of the shower, you want to apply a pre shave oil right away in order to build a base before applying any sort of shaving cream. Pre shave oil acts as an additional layer of lubricant to your shaving cream.
While we outline what we found to be the best pre shave oil in this post, its important to note that pre shave oils by themselves won’t change the comfort of your shave by night and day.
Typically a bottle of pre shave oil will cost under $15 and well worth the investment.
One of the most important factors to sporting fully shaved head is actually the shaving cream itself:
Shaving Cream: The Most Underrated Product For Men Who Shave Their Heads
Whether you are shaving your head, face, or anywhere else on your body, shaving cream (or shaving soap) has the largest impact to the ultimate comfort to any shave.
It’s unfortunate that so many men by default use the cheapest stuff that comes out of a can (such a missed opportunity for comfort).
You see when you use a nicer shaving cream there are a few things that are going on that make your shave measurably more comfortable. First off, the a proper shaving cream won’t have a ton of chemicals that will leave your skin feeling dry and flaky.
Instead shaving creams coming out of a tube will help act as a compliment to your skin and keep it moisturized.
Just like the pre shave oil, the moisture found in a shaving cream will help further soften your hair follicles making it much easier for the blade to pass through the hair follicle.
Top shelf shaving creams also help to retain the heat and moisture when initially applying the shaving cream with a shave brush. This retention of heat will help open up the pores of your skin and further soften the hair follicle as well.
Shave With The Proper Tools
As it was eluded to briefly in the previous section, a shaving brush should be used when applying shaving cream (especially luxury shaving cream). Shaving brushes help prep the skin prior to the first pass of the blade.
Unlike when you use your hands to apply shaving cream, a shaving brush will help lift your hair follicles (even if they are very small) on edge so the razor can make a very clean pass.
If you were to use your hands to apply a shaving cream, which plenty of men do, some hairs may be patted down against your scalp and will likely not get cut on the first pass with the razor, therefore requiring additional passes of the blade, which ultimately may increase the occurrence of skin irritation or razor bumps.
Speaking of razors, what type of blade should you be using on your head?
Personally we heavily recommend the Gillette Fusion with the Flexball handle the reason for this is that its incredibly hard to knick yourself with one of these and they provide a pretty close shave.
Now there are definitely the frugal men out there that love using their double edge safety razors. Given their extremely low long term price savings, double edge razors can and do provide a close shave. However given that you are shaving your head (where there is basically no flat surfaces like your face), the chances of cutting yourself repeatedly on your scalp are incredibly high.
We only would ever recommend a double edge safety razor for the expert grooming enthusiasts out there. However if thats not you, then stay safe and go with the Gillette razor.
But what about the head specific razors like the HeadBlade (reviewed here)?
Yes these can definitely work to shave your head as well. Their biggest advantage will be the efficiency in how quick you are able to complete your head shave and get on with your day.
However, based on what other bald headed enthusiasts claim, the shave just isn’t as nearly as close when compared to using a standard cartridge based razor like the Gillette razor.
So what you make up for in speed may be lost in the closeness in the shave.
In addition to the closeness of the shave, you will have to keep two razors in your bathroom (if you typically use the same razor on your face and body) when using the HeadBlade razor.
Aftershave Should Never Be Overlooked
While we like to use a bit of pre shave oil post shave due to its tremendous moisturizing abilities, an aftershave will help keep your head free of any dirt or bacteria that may cause any skin irritation.
In addition a aftershave like witch hazel will help balance skin tone to help make you look your best.
Also witch hazel is completely all natural therefore you won’t be applying unnecessary chemicals to your scalp nor does it leave that horrible burning sensation after application. At Tools of Men we recommend to check out this one.
You can typically pick up a bottle of a quality aftershave for about $5 bucks.
Don’t Forget The Sunblock – At Least SPF 45 to Block 98% of UVB Rays
Whether you use a sunblock specifically design for your head or just your typical generic sunblock that you can pick up at your local grocery store, its critical to never miss this step when heading outside.
Long term sun damage of your scalp is absolutely no joke!
Therefore in the dog days of summer its important to make sure that you always apply sunscreen regularly to your head.
As a rule of thumb the following SPF ratings will result in the following:
- SPF 15 blocks 94% of UVB rays
- SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays
- SPF 45 blocks 98% of UVB rays
Any SPF above 45 may block a higher percentage of UVB rays, but you will never be 100% fully blocked from UVB rays (Source).
Headwipes To Keep You Feeling Fresh
If there is one part of being bald that is the absolute worse, its the fact that just a couple drops of sweat will roll down either on to your face or your back.
While some men can easily brush this off, others like to keep their head always looking fresh throughout the day.
This is where products like bald wipes come into play. They are a moist towelette that helps pick up the moisture from your head in order to make you look your best.
Personally we aren’t huge fans of these since they typically are loaded with both natural and man-made ingredients.
The Complete Routine For Using Bald Headed Products Daily
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