Stock up on products that can improve the look of your scalp, whether you’re bald by choice or nature.
Bold, Bald and Plenty of Work
Many guys think they will just shave their head because it is easier to maintain and requires less upkeep – and they would be severely mistaken. While it is true, you now no longer have any HAIR to worry about taking care of; you know have an abundance of exposed SKIN that requires your attention. If you think your face required a lot of devotion, now you have just doubled (or tripled depending on the size of your dome) your dermal real estate… so to speak.
Not to worry! All great looks require a decent amount of effort and time to be invested in their stylish success. And like always we are there for you – we have put together a guide for all of our bald brothers, to ensure your skin and scalp are well taken care of.
What to Use? What to Use?
There are some scalp care basics that every shaven head needs in their arsenal to establish healthy and good looking skin.
- Shampoo and Conditioner: yes, even though you don’t actually have any hair!
- Skin Nourishing Shaving Cream: now that you have more ground to cover
- Moisturizer: to condition your skin
- Sunscreen: to protect from harmful UV rays
- Skin Wipes: for care on-the-go and throughout the day
This may seem like a lot to manage but after you know which products to use and establish your routine caring for that bald pate of yours will be no sweat.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Yes, yes, we know you don’t have any hair (that’s sort of the idea of this ENTIRE article) but that is no excuse to treat your scalp like any other bit of skin. Your scalp is quite different from the skin anywhere else on your body – there are sebaceous glands, atypical sweat glands and an abundance of hair follicles just to name a few variances. So, naturally, we can’t cleanse our scalp with body soap like we would with the rest of our dirty dermis.
Choosing a quality shampoo and conditioner combo is important as this is the foundation of your bald-headed skin care regiment. Our favorite and overwhelming preference is the System 2 Cleanser and Scalp Therapy Conditioner by Nioxin. The cleanser is specially formulated to remove fatty acids, environmental impurities and pore clogging sebum from your scalp leaving it clear and healthily well-balanced. The conditioner is lightweight enough to use every day (multiple times a day even) and is formulated to moisturize your stubble all the way down through the root to your follicle providing a well-adjusted conditioning that leaves your scalp feeling invigorated (and tingling thanks to the healthy addition of peppermint oils).
Use the shampoo and conditioner just as you would if you had hair! Pour a little into your palms and gently message into your scalp rinsing off with warm water. Try and leave the conditioner on your scalp for at least a couple minutes in the shower, allowing it to penetrate deep into your skin and pores.
If You want to keep those few hairs you still have
If you’re thinning and balding, consider using shampoo for balding men because it will clean hair and treat your scalp in one go. If ease isn’t what you’re after and you want to maximize what you’ve got on top, go for shampoo of the thickening variety. Plenty of shampoos are available that use texturizing polymers and other “densifiers” to increase the overall appearance of your hair.
Thick or creamy conditioners may leave your hair lank and greasy. Look for conditioners that treat skin for ingrown hairs and breakouts, and are also formulated to rinse clean so they don’t leave anything behind.
We suggest if you are balding to just go ahead and take the plunge into full blown shaven-ness, and if you are bald by choice, well… you are obviously shaving your head already. Either way, having a quality shaving cream is extremely important for the bald man as shaving can be extremely damaging to skin if done improperly or with an inadequate shaving cream.
Our top recommendation in your quest for shaving cream supremacy does not come in a can, it is not a gel or an aerosol and you will never see a sporting stadium or arena named after the manufacturer. Pacific Shaving Company Natural Shaving Cream, 3.4 Ounce is nothing fancy – what it is however, is the best shaving cream for men we have encountered. Organic, all-natural ingredients and an uber-slick consistency make this cream healthy for your scalp and great at preventing nicks, cuts and razor bumps.
Arguably the most important step along the path to bald boldness is moisturizing that dome of yours. No, moisturizing is not something that only women do – in fact this phase is so important because a good moisturizer heals your skin (which is extremely necessary after a shave), protects your skin against environmental irritants and can actually slow down the natural aging process leaving you looking younger longer.
This may seem like a bunch of marketing malarkey but independent clinical research has proven moisturizing’s positive potential. The trick is finding a lotion that can provide all these things in abundance – so we have cut out the leg work (again!) and found one for you… you are welcome. ‘Facial Fuel’ Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men 4.2oz/125ml is that lotion. With a great list of ingredients to back it up, this non-greasy moisturizer is vitamin enriched to help heal and nourish your skin and protect it against further damage. Apply a moderate amount to your scalp morning and nights after cleansing or a shower.
There are plenty of moisturizers out there that include SPF protection, but we could not find one we were comfortable endorsing. Just another piece of proof that you should do one thing and do it well – so we have included a separate SPF protectant to prevent a sun-damaged scalp.
Dermalogica Oil Free Matte Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is the perfect supplement to your daily moisturizing regiment. The oil free formula will not clog pores or cause your dome to look all oily and dirty, in fact, the matte recipe is designed to absorb oil from your skin keeping your scalp looking clean and fresh all day long! Don’t discount the importance of SPF either, UV rays from the sun can damage your skin (especially the sun-facing top of your noggin) and cause early aging and even cancer. So, apply an SPF no matter the season – summer, spring, fall, even winter – sun damage can come about year round.
Throughout the day you are on the move, running here and there making things happen – us guys are movers and shakers. During the course of all that moving and shaking we sweat, our skin becomes oily, environmental impurities bombard us and a variety of other factors impugn the integrity of the scalp we so prudently prepped in the morning.
Like great men everywhere, we want you to be prepared for this eventuality – in the afternoon you may need a little touch-up to make sure your head is in good health. If you have normal skin we recommend Body Wipes by Dude Wipes (make sure to get the BODY wipes because Dude makes another wipe for… other purposes) to wax off that dome during a mid-afternoon groom. Infused with aloe and vitamin E these are a great way to remove that oily shine or simply refresh your skin when you are on-the-go.
If your skin is more oily and pimple prone we recommend Sensitive with Aloe Wipes by Stridex. These wipes have salicylic acid to help combat pimples or ingrown hair pustules and aloe to soothe irritation and redness caused by environmental factors and shaving. A perfect combination!
Hold Your Head High and Let That Dome Shine
Now that you are completely prepared to have the best looking bald head in town put the knowledge to use. Nail down a routine and follow it consistently – you will notice your skin and scalp looking more healthy and vital in just a few weeks with this complete and well-rounded approach.
Shine products can go either way and increase or decrease shine. It all depends on what you’re looking for: if you have a particularly oily scalp, you may want to decrease shine with a special lotion. Even though you’re just buying one more product to use, you may be able to combat patchiness and discoloration all in one go.
Hear me out. If you’re partially bald, you may be happy to hear that one recent study has suggested that aromatherapy with essential oils can encourage hair to grow on bald spots. Lavender, cedarwood, rosemary, and thyme mixed with jojoba can stimulate hair growth. Oil your hands up with a mixture of a few drops of thyme, lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, and an eighth of a cup of jojoba and grapeseed oil. Play cook, mix it up, and rub some on your balding areas before you hit the sack. Hair growth benefits aside, aromatherapy will please you.
Styling Products for Balding Hair
If you just have balding areas, you need to work with what you’ve got left and minimize the other stuff. With enough hair up top to work with, you can try products with a matte finish to maximize your strands. Stiff, shiny gel just won’t cut it, but matte products will, especially if you style your hair towards the front.