How To Care For A Bald Head (5 Steps to Maintaining Your Scalp)

Going bald is a daunting prospect for many men - especially if you're showing signs of hair loss at an early age. 

As a result, there are a whole host of possible solutions out there. Desperate for an answer, men turn to wigs, hairpieces, comb-overs, snake oil products that promise the world, and even surgery. 

But often, the best solution is a shift in perspective.

We say embrace the Bruce Willis look and rock that beautiful bald head of yours!

There'll be no more worrying about going bald and no more stressing out about growing your hair back.

You can liberate yourself and go forwards with newfound confidence. Not only that, you'll be a member of a club that contains some of the most well-known and successful men on the planet: Jason Statham, Samuel L Jackson, Sir Patrick Stewart, and The Rock.

So whether you've decided to embrace the bald look (or whether Mother Nature has given you a helping hand), your next question will naturally be:

"How To Care For A Bald Head?"

While it may seem like a low maintenance solution, your scalp requires almost as much work to maintain as one covered in hair. 

Yep - maintaining that beautiful bald head of yours comes with its own set of challenges. You'll need to learn how to tackle them and what products are available for you to do so.

After all, your head is exposed to the sun's rays, pollutants, airborne toxins, allergens, and other environmental aggressors like the rain or extreme cold. All of this can lead to a dry and itchy scalp.

How Do You Maintain A Bald Head?

To maintain your bald head correctly, try this 5 step scalp care routine:

    1. Cleanse
    2. Exfoliate
    3. Shave
    4. Moisturise
    5. Protect

Step 1: Cleanse Your Scalp

Shower and wash your scalp every day.

Your head produces a surprising amount of oil and sweat, but this is usually spread throughout your hair, making it far less noticeable. This can build up too quickly for bald men, and with nowhere to go, it can clog your pores and make your head shiny. Daily head washing is a must.

When washing your head as a bald man, we recommend you still use a natural shampoo and conditioner. This will clean your head and soften any hair on the top of your head before shaving.

Step 2: Exfoliate Your Scalp

The skin of your scalp is at risk of drying out just like any other patch of skin. This means a layer of dead skin develops on top of your newer, fresher skin. It's important to exfoliate before shaving to remove this layer of dead skin.

This helps keep the skin looking fresh, makes shaving more straightforward, and makes you less likely to suffer from dry skin or breakouts in the future. Look to use a natural men's face scrub on your head. 

Look for a scrub made from natural and organic ingredients that won't dry out your skin and clog up your pores.

Avoid any exfoliants that contain harmful chemicals such as parabens, alcohol, or mineral oil. Also, avoid anything that has plastic micro-beads. These are small plastic beads that act as an abrasive to help remove dead skin.

However, they can get trapped and absorbed into your skin, and they can easily get into your eyes when rinsing. They can even make their way into the ocean when flushed down your sink, where they get eaten by fish and end up back on your plate.

How often should you exfoliate your bald head?

Most bald men shave their heads about once a week. The best time to exfoliate your scalp is before shaving. This will soften the skin and hair to allow for a closer, more even shaving experience.

It's important not to exfoliate too often as this can actually damage your skin and cause your skin to renew quicker, resulting in more dead skin, not less.

If you find yourself shaving your head more regularly than once a week, then limit your exfoliating to 2-3 times a week - with a few days in between.

Step 3: Shave Your Head 

Shaving your head is not so different from shaving your face. Start by applying a quality, natural men's shave oil and massage it into your scalp to soften hair and make shaving easier.

For added protection from nicks and irritation, layer a men's shaving gel or cream on top of the shave oil. Avoid products containing propane or alcohol - both of which could dry out your skin, leading to irritation. 

Next up, take a sharp, clean razor, warm it in the hottest water possible, and then shave in the direction your hair grows. Hot steel cuts more efficiently than cold steel (ask any chef!).

Once your head is smooth and clean, the next step is...

Step 4: Moisturise Your Scalp

What can I use to moisturise my bald head?

In theory, you can use any moisturiser. But just because you can do something, it doesn't mean you should.

The skin on your face is different from the skin on your body, and so too is the skin on the top of your head. It requires a moisturiser specifically designed for your scalp.

What should you look for in a scalp moisturiser?

When looking for a scalp moisturiser for a bald head, it's best to go natural. Look for ingredients that are derived from nature and ideally organic.

This is because the harsh chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, and alcohol commonly found in shampoos and conditioners can cause reactions and dry out your skin, causing it to peel, blemish and become itchy and inflamed.

Look out for coconut oil. It's natural, renewable, locks in moisture, and removes dead skin cells. It's also antimicrobial - meaning it kills harmful bacteria that cause dryness and other skin conditions.

How often should you moisturise a bald head?

Moisturise your head at least once a day after showering. This is the best time to apply a moisturiser as a build-up of oils and dirt won't hinder it. After getting out of a shower, your pores will also be more open, allowing your skin to absorb the moisturiser better.

Step 5: Protect Your Scalp

As a bald man, your scalp is much more exposed than someone with a typical hairstyle, and this means that it is essential to protect your scalp.

Make sure you apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20 on sunny days and wear a hat if you are in the sunlight for any prolonged period.

Conversely, make sure to wear a hat on cold days to not only keep warm but to protect your scalp.

Follow these steps and you'll be rocking that beautiful bald head of yours with pride! 

If you're looking for the best way to keep your scalp hydrated and healthy - check out our natural men's scalp moisturiser.

It won't strip your scalp of its natural oils and it also soothes and conditions your scalp after application - you'll feel it working straight away.

Our intensely nourishing formula features the best native Australian ingredients like Kakadu Plum Fruit Extract, Blue Cypress Oil, and a unique combination of hydrating botanicals sourced from the Australian Outback.