The Bald & Beautiful


My curiosity was piqued when I got up close and personal with this good looking bald man on the train ride to work. Okaaay so I didn’t get exactly personal per se, it just so happened that his nice bald head was inches away from my face as we stood in the very crowded train.

Anyhow it got me seriously thinking on whether I could pull it off? I have a nice enough round head and a beefy body to match I think. But oh wait, I have what I affectionately term a ‘second brain’. It’s really a big black mole hidden on the top left hand side of my head! And well from what I can tell from looking at the bald man on the train, it might not look as good with that protruding. He on the other hand, had a very nice round and almost smooth head save for some slight indentations on the back. And it looked like a lot of care had been put into it’s maintenance.

I’ve always wondered how one might shave one’s whole head by himself? Or that it might be a lot more work maintaining a nice bald head than a nice set of hair. And I was quite right when I did me a little research!

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Michael Chiklis ( And No he isn’t the one I met on the train! )

Maintenance
To keep your head this way, you have to shave it, but be very careful or use special shaving devices such as the Headblade, made specially for head shaving. You can also find great shaving creams or a dry shave gel that lets you shave without the inconvenience of water running down your face. As with normal shaving you’ll need to give your scalp extra care with toners and moisturizers. But on the other hand… you’ll never need to comb it again!

These are the 5 easy steps for a head shaving process. Remember to take hot shower first. Warm water opens up the pores and soften the hairs, helping us achieve the closest shave.

Trim your hair if it is longer than ¼ of an inch. For this you can use a razor or you can go ask the barber for help. (for a little cash of course)

Now you have set the basis for shaving. Time to choose a good cream and razor. We recommend using Headblade, since it is a razor designed specially for head shaving. For a good head shaving cream we recommend Bold for Men, a dry shave gel perfect for this matters.

Apply the cream or foam evenly on the head, then let it rest for a minute or so. This will allow the ingredients on the cream to work better, and soften the hairs even more.

Shave using long strokes, with not too much pressure, slowly and trying not to go over more than twice.

Rinse your head, dry, and then apply moisturizer. Skin after shaving stays damaged and dry. So remember to use a good moisturizer.

This is what Headblade looks like….

Then I came across this article which made me go WHOAH!

FIRST TIME HEAD SHAVERS, TAKE NOTE:

Remember, a shaved head is not for everyone. If you are extremely thin, have an oddly shaped head or scalp problems, then a bald head is probably not for you. If you decide to go for it, remember it will always grow back if you don’t like it. Shaving your head will dramatically change your appearance and may take a bit of time to get used to. Many men look great with a shaved head. But to pull one off, you must have confidence in your look. Always shave your head for the first time at the start of the weekend to give you time to get comfortable with your new look (and get some color on your white scalp) before you face your friends and colleagues. Allow yourself a good half hour to get the deed done for the first time. If you think you’re ready, here goes….

NOTE: THERE IS NOTHING MORE UNATTRACTIVE THAN A BALD HEAD FULL OF BUMPS, RAZOR RASH, AND IN-GROWN HAIRS. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU PREP THE SCALP, SHAVE PROPERLY, AND PROTECT AFTERWARD. DO NOT SKIP ANY OF THE STEPS BELOW. THE FIRST TIME YOU SHAVE, THE PROCESS WILL TAKE ROUGHLY 30 MINUTES. WITH TIME AND PRACTICE, YOU WILL GET THE ROUTINE DOWN TO UNDER TEN. GOOD LUCK.

STEP ONE: THE PRE-SHAVE (FOR FIRST-TIMERS)

The first step in shaving your head is to remove as much of the hair as possible. Using a hair clipper with no guard, buzz the hair off as close to the scalp as possible.

STEP TWO: PREP

Always shave your head after or at the end of a shower, to soften the hair, open the pores, and cleanse the skin. Your shower should last at least 10 minutes. During the shower, lightly soap a washcloth and with a slight pressure glide the cloth all over your head against the grain. This will lift the hair for easier shaving. Rinse your head and the washcloth remain in the shower for few additional minutes. Next, apply a good shave cream and let it stand for a few minutes to soften the hair even more. I swear b Truefitt and Hill’s Shave Cream. Stay away from gels or products which contain menthol, which will close your pores and stiffen the hair. Shaving cream is ideally applied with a brush to soften and lift the hair. Never skimp on the preparation. This is vital to a good head shave!

First time shavers should exfoliate the scalp before applying the shaving cream (veteran baldies, should exfoliate twice weekly). Use a loofa or special facial scrub.

STEP THREE: SHAVE

Always have a hand mirror available so you can check the shave from all angles. You don’t want to miss anything. Also, shave your head at the sink and make sure you have bright lighting. Proper lighting very important.

Use a clean, sharp razor such as the Gillette Mach3 or a HeadBlade. Start by shaving WITH the grain (the direction the hair grows). This will minimize cuts, irritation, in-grown hairs and razor burn. Glide the razor down the sides and back and then from back to front on top. Avoid applying pressure (you don’t want nicks or cuts) and rinse your blade often. Take it easy, pay attention, and be patient. You don’t want to rush or get clumsy during this process.

After completing the shave, apply a small amount of lather to your hands and rub your entire head, checking for rough spots (sometimes you can’t see them), especially behind the ears and on the back of the neck. Shave over any missed places. If you must have a closer shave, re-lather and shave lightly against the grain. Remember, shaving an area over and over can cause razor burn, so try to avoid it. If you cut yourself, apply a moist alum block on the area to stop bleeding. After shaving, close the pores with a rinse of cool water.

If using a shaving brush, always hang the brush to dry with the bristles facing downward.

Shave your head daily. The process will be easier if you do.

STEP FOUR: TONE

Many men make the mistake of stopping with step two, but the following is important to keep your skin healthy and protect from signs of aging. After rinsing with cool water, tone the skin with an alcohol-free astringent (Crew’s Herbal Astringent is excellent). This will remove dead skin, excess dirt and oils.

STEP FIVE: MOISTURIZE AND PROTECT

You will need to hydrate and protect the skin. Finishing with a moisturizer (preferrably one with sunscreen added) is key to leaving the skin soft, smooth, and protected.

Remember, you should always wear sunscreen on your head. The skin on your head is more sensitive and very susceptible to skin cancer. First time shavers will want to get some color on their scalp. I recommend the use of a self-tanning cream rather than exteneded sun exposure. With time, your scalp will develop color and you will not have to apply self-tanning cream Be sure to buy a high-quality self-tanner and test it on a hidden part of your body to make sure the color looks natural. You don’t want to walk around with a big, orange, bald head!

Now, go out and proudly show off that bald head of yours!

A healthy scalp is essential to great looking hair. Below are tips on maintaining scalp health and preventing common problems. KEEP YOUR SCALP CLEAN!

Know What’s In Your Shampoo

The scalp should be cleansed using a shampoo that is mild as possible. Try to find a shampoo that is acid based, rather than alkaline based. Acid based shampoos are more mild to the skin (and hair). Look for shampoos that have a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. Also, look at the ingredients in your shampoo. The key cleanser used in many shampoos is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Look for shampoos which contain Sodium Myreth Sulfate instead. The larger molecular structure of Sodium Myreth prevents penetration into the hair shaft or skin, is exceptionally gentle, and won’t strip moisture from the hair and skin. Kenra makes an excellent line of shampoos formulated with Sodium Myreth Sulfate as the key cleanser.

Exfoliate

Once or twice per week, remove dead skin and dirt from the scalp with an exfoliating scrub made for use on the face or scalp.

Moisturize

Use of a good moisturizing conditioner (such as Paul Mitchell’s Daily Conditioner) not only helps keep the hair looking good, but it’s also great for helping the scalp maintain moisture.

Massage

A good scalp massage promotes blood flow to the scalp, soothes nerves, relaxes muscles, keeps the scalp flexible, and promotes hair growth and luster. Oh, and it feels great, too. Once per week, massage the scalp using firm pressure on upward strokes. Fingers should be placed under the hair (to avoid pulling) and massage should be performed using the balls of the fingertips in a circular motion. Massage the entire scalp for three or four minutes.

Several scalp conditions, left untreated, may become larger problems and lead to hair loss. Below are a few common scalp problems. If any of the following conditions exist, please consult your dermatologist.

Acne

Acne is a cronic inflammatory disease of the oil glands. When the hair follicle is filled with excess oil and dirt, a blackhead forms and causes a blockage at the mouth of the follicle. This causes irritation and often leads to the development of pus-filled pimples. The treatment for mild acne is to reduce the skin’s oiliness by application of cleansers morning, noon and night. Regular exfoliation can also be helpful. Several over the counter creams (such as Clearasil) containing Benzoyl Peroxide can help prevent acne. Persistent or severe acne should always be treated by a dermatologist.

Ingrown Hairs

These appear as small bumps, most often on the face scalp. Poor shaving and cleansing of the skin can cause the hair to curl over within the follicle instead of exiting the skin. Ingrown hairs are prevented by proper cleansing of the skin and proper shaving techniques (for more on shaving, click the “Shaving Advice” button to the left). Persistent problems with ingrown hairs should be treated under the advice of a dermatologist.

Psoriasis

This is an inflammatory skin disease which commonly appears on the knees, elbows, and scalp. The cause of Psoriasis is unknown and it is not contagious. The lesions are round, dry patches covered with coarse, silvery scales. Psoriasis can be a difficult problem and should be treated by a dermatologist.

Razor Bumps

Highly common among African American men, razor bumps occur when curly hair is cut close and growns back into the skin. The best treatement for razor bumps is to let the beard grow out and shave less. Proper shaving techniques can also prevent razor bumps. For more on razor bumps, visit Men’s Skin Care Tips.

Razor Burn

A hot, red irritation of the skin caused by poor shaving techniques (most often excessive shaving and poor blade lubrication).

Well it looks like I’m gonna just stay happy with the set of hair I have on my head!

9 Responses

  1. Oh Julian….I don’t think bald head is suitable for you…however if you still want to give it a try, why not. We only lives once…so be adventurous 🙂

  2. Well the fact remains that I currently have a choice, and after doing the research….well it’s just too much of a hassle. As it is I hardly ever use a comb nowadays, I just keep my hair short and gel it back when it gets a bit long. Thanks for the feedback though! *hugs* 🙂

  3. are you planning to shave your head? tehe it’ll look weird. But a change is always nice~ 😀

  4. *points to comment above* 😉

    *bear hugs*

  5. Thank you for the info, it is exactly what i was looking for. I am currently a member of HCM; I was thinking about just shaving my head, after reading this I am much more comfortable with that idea. Thanks again.

  6. You’re most welcome, but when you say HCM…do you mean Heritage Capital Management, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or something other?

    Anyhow good luck with it!

    Cheers 🙂

  7. I am 30, wheatish complexion, from India, married 1 year ago and use a wig to cover up my head without any hair till middle from front.
    From last 2 months I am planning to bald but not getting any support from my wife !!

    Actually the real problem that I am facing in getting clean shaved is my height which is 5 feet inches.
    and yes my waist is 36 inches 🙂

    As per you, should I go for complete shave of my head and if yes any tips to match it with my personality.

    And yes, One Of my BIG concern is that I want my head to be really skinny like my forehead after getting bald and not like 2 days grown beard.
    are there any special cutting tools/Razors to make it?

    • Hi Rahul,

      There a props available at costume stores where you can buy skinhead costume to try out how you’ll look totally bald. It might also give your wife a chance to get use to the look you are going for. Amazon has one http://www.amazon.com/Bald-Head-Costume-Skinhead-Latex/dp/B003M7G70U You can also try out different outfits to find the look you’d be comfortable in. Personally I feel one’s personality and demeanour shines through anything he/she puts on for clothes. People will just have to get use to your new look if you so choose it. As for the product to use to achieve your desired look and to maintain it, well I have no experience in that area.

      Take care and have fun! cheers

      • Thanks Julie..
        I will try to go ahead with your idea.

        As far as clothes are concern, I need to be in formals (no Suit) as most of the times, I am in office.

        Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestion.

        cheers,
        Rahul

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