Scalp Care for Shaved Heads

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 essential tips for keeping that dome looking smooth!

First tip, you aren’t going to want to throw out that shampoo! Huh?  Shampoo a bald head?  Yes! A good shampoo is just as good for a shaved head as it is for a full head of 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.

Next tip I’m going to give you is on shaving it. 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. 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 gran can often cause ingrown hairs and razor burn.

As I mentioned above, massaging the scalp can promote circulation and healthy blood flow.  Plus, a scalp massage, especially on a bald head, can feel amazing as my friends with shaved heads can attest to! If you have a willing partner, trade out massages or you can perform a scalp massage on yourself.  Some professional massage therapists will also offer this service as well.

You’re going to want to 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.

Time for some protection for that hairless dome! 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 one of the previous blogs on maintaining your hair and keeping the scalp healthy as well! Head shaving is such a common practice these days, there are even grooming products for shaved heads readily available, so if you’re going to do it, do it right!

Dreading Dreads? No Problem!

Did you decide to take on the task of dreading your hair? Great! Having dreads is a fairly low maintenance style and doesn’t require a ton of care to maintain. However, this does not mean that dreads are completely carefree! There are still things you will need to do to maintain them and keep your hair looking healthy. Here are a few tips for maintaining your locs and keeping them healthy and looking great!

You’re still going to want to protect your hair at night. When you no longer have free flowing tresses, cotton from your bedding is no longer a worry when it comes to breaking off your hair. Even though breakage at least from this, is no longer a concern you do have something else to worry about from this. That is going to be the dreaded buildup! Lint is attracted to your hair like a magnet, which is why you still want to wear a scarf to protect your hair or you will want to use satin or silk bedding.

Overtime getting lint out of your hair will become a chore if you continuously sleep without your hair being protected. You may be able to pick some out, but in some cases it is lodged pretty deep into your locs, being almost impossible for you to get out. Some people opt for dying their hair at this point to cover up the white linty spots, but who wants to walk around with lint in their hair?

Let your roots breathe sometimes! Do you really love neat looking dreadlocks? Well, you can still maintain a neat look, but every once in a while you should give your roots a break. When you constantly twist your roots as tight as you can you are putting extreme tension on your locs, and that is no good. Eventually after continuously putting this amount of tension on your locs some of them may snap off right in your hands. Your edges are especially sensitive and prone to this so just be careful, you don’t want your hairline to lean back.

Locs like to get some moisture, you know. You still should give your hair the moisture it craves, but be careful in the products that you choose to avoid buildup. When the seasons change, things can get particularly dry so keeping your hair moist is not a bad idea. Heavy waxes and creams are hard to get out of locs, so opting for light natural oils and jellies is probably the best way to go.

Lastly, dreadlocks thrive in a clean environment. If you are hearing otherwise, you shouldn’t take advice from anyone who is saying this. When you are first starting locs, water actually helps to loc your hair up faster. It aids in kinking up your hair for hold, and most importantly it keeps it CLEAN. Once you are fully locked continue to wash your hair on a regular basis. Cleansing is a part of any healthy hair care routine.

Here’s Some Random Hair Facts

If you think you know everything there is to know about your hair, think again. You may know how to style it or whether you want to go for that awesome new haircut at your next barber or salon appointment, but there’s a lot of weird stuff going on up there that we rarely give a second thought. Check out these 20 weird hair facts that may just blow your mind, or at least make you rethink the extent of your hair knowledge.

  1. Hair is made up mostly of keratin, the same protein animals’ horns, hooves, claws, feathers, and beaks are made of.
  2. When wet, a healthy strand of hair can stretch an additional 30% of its original length. Hence why when you get a haircut, your hair can appear shorter than you intended, since it is now dry.
  3. Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather, because heat stimulates circulation and encourages hair growth. So, get that trim more often during the summer months!
  4. All hair is dead, except for the hair that’s still inside the epidermis of your scalp.
  5. Hair contains information about everything that has ever been in your bloodstream, including drugs, and is one of the most commonly used types of forensic evidence.
  6. The only thing about you that can’t be identified by your hair is your gender. That’s right, men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure.
  7. Black is the most common hair color. Red is the rarest and only exists in about 1 percent of the world’s population, with blonde hair found in 2 percent.
  8. As soon as a hair is plucked from its follicle, a new one begins to grow.
  9. Hair is 50 percent carbon, 21 percent oxygen, 17 percent nitrogen, 6 percent hydrogen, and 5 percent sulphur.
  10. Hair can grow anywhere on the human body with the exception of the palms of hands, soles of feet, eyelids, lips, and mucous membranes. That means don’t freak out about the hair growing on your nose.
  11. Goosebumps from cold or fear are the result of hair follicles contracting, causing the hair and surrounding skin to bunch up.
  12. The average number of hair strands varies by natural color, with blondes having the most and redheads having the fewest.
  13. The scientific term for split ends is “trichoptilosis.”
  14. Aside from bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
  15. Balding only begins to become visible once you’ve lost over 50 percent of the hairs from your scalp.
  16. At any given time, 90 percent of the hairs in your scalp are growing, while the other 10 percent are resting.
  17. A single hair has a lifespan of about five years.
  18. Hair acts as a layer of thermally insulating protection for our heads, which lack the insulation that fat provides for the rest of our bodies.
  19. Eighty percent of Americans wash their hair twice a day.
  20. Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each head, and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two elephants.

Hope these random facts have enlightened you about the hair on your head, and now you may just understand a little more about it!