There will come a time when one must accept that his hair and scalp will eventually head for Splitsville. The good news is, a baby-soft dome is usually low-maintenance, saving you money for all those styling products. But that doesn't mean that bright spot requires no care whatsoever. Your biggest questions probably: "Will I still use shampoo, or soap? Should I put lotion?"
To keep your bare scalp looking great, make sure it's smooth, shine-free, and well-protected from sun damage by doing these:
1) Shave it real good
Clearing your noggin isn't that much different from shearing your other hairy parts. All you need is good equipment, right technique, and a ton of patience. Put that shaver away first, though. If you have a few patches left, use clippers to trim it down to the shortest length possible.
Now you can proceed with the shaving, using the same stuff you maintain your facial hair with: shaving cream, after shave balm, and a razor that offers maximum glide and maneuvrability. If the regular shaver proves to be a bit complicated, it wouldn't hurt to spend a few bucks for an electric one. Of course, a steady hand comes handy.
2) Don't skip the after shave balm
As you would do after shaving your face, apply some to your head to hydrate the skin, stave off irritation, and kickstart the healing process. Get one that's fragrance-free, absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave shiny residue behind.
3) Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Usually it is your girlfriend who tells you this, but really, moisturizing your scalp will keep it in prime condition. Any facial product that your lady uses will do. Better yet, pick up one with high sun protection factor (SPF) to protect your scalp against UV rays. Also, check if it absorbs shine; you wouldn't want to look like a walking disco ball.
4) Scrub it at least twice a week
Just like skin on other parts of the body, your scalp needs ridding of dead skin cells, too. To prevent sebum and dead cell buildup, apply face or body scrub twice weekly. Using gentle, circular motions, make sure all areas are covered, from the nape to the crown, and even behind the ears.
5) Seek professional help at least once a month
Your friendly neighborhood barber will render the closest shave you can get, that is why it's advisable to have your hair professionally maintained, at least once a month. Small details you might be missing out on will be taken care of—ear hair, for one. Not to mention, your hair will grow back lighter, making shaving at home less difficult.
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