If you’ve ever shaven your head or you’ve thought about it, one question has likely followed – the question of how to make bald head shine? It’s indeed a good question to ask since you do want to look good when you shave your head, otherwise why bother at all, right?
The good news is that there are multiple ways to achieve the nice, shiny, clean shave look you want. The not-so-good news is that it can take quite a bit of work and effort to get there. And yes, good general bald head care will play a big role in the whole process. But before we go into the specifics, let’s take a look at what are the basic factors that determine how shiny your scalp is going to be.
What are the main factors that contribute to having a shiny bald head?
- Every time we talk about factors contributing to good looking hair or good looking skin, one thing comes up that annoys a lot of people but is true nonetheless – good overall health and fitness. Yes, how fit and healthy you are, directly contributes to the health and shine of your scalp.
Being in good health means that you have a good chemical balance in your body. Without going into details, this results is flaky skin, dandruff, and yes – even just a lack of shine. When your scalp’s skin is in a good condition it naturally exudes an oil called sebum that’s meant to coat your hairs and help them grow. The presence of this oil alone is often enough to give your scalp a shiny surface with minimal artificial help.
Not to mention that the bald head look simply matches better with a fit body.
- It may be annoying to grow bald and to have to shave your head without wanting to, but those that are naturally bald do have an advantage over those that choose to shave their head – they have fewer hair follicles to matte their scalp. The drawback, of course, is that you’ll have to take good care for the areas of your scalp that still grow hair to help them match with the naturally bald parts of your head. But, at the end of the day, this does reduce the overall amount of efforts you’re going to have to put in.
What can you do to ensure that you’ll always have a shiny bald head?
So, with these basics out of the way, let’s delve into the specific tips for achieving a nice and shiny bald head
A smooth shave
This should go without saying, but the difference between a really close and smooth shave and one that leaves even the tiniest of stubble is the difference between having a shiny head and not. To achieve a good, smooth shave you should use a sharp and high-quality razor, as well as good shaving soap or gel (don’t use shaving creams), as well as shaving oils.
Keep in mind, however, that while shaving against the grain can help to give you a smoother shave, it will also irritate the scalp much more than it would your facial hair. The same goes for most bald head wax methods and products. If you were wondering “Can you wax your head?” you very much can, it will just cause more harm than good in most situations.
Instead, simply giving yourself a nice, clean shave with the grain is usually the best thing to do.
Use only mild and soft soaps or cleansers
Products that contain strong chemicals, while effective for what they are made to do, tend to irritate our scalp skin way too much. For non-bald men and women that often doesn’t matter as the irritation is usually not that severe. However, if you’re bald, this can drastically reduce the shine of your scalp.
Instead, a good and mild soap, whether natural or not, can give your scalp excellent care, moisturizing, and nourishment, while also not irritating it at all.
Always use a shaving oil or moisturizing skin cream after a shave
There isn’t much to say here other than to reemphasize the importance of moisturizing skin creams and oils. It’s easy to think that daily showers and a moisturizing shampoo or soap are enough to keep your skin healthy and shiny but that’s just not the case. The skin on a shaved head dries off much quicker than the skin under a full set of hair or anywhere else on your body. If it’s to remain healthy, smooth, and shiny, it needs to be regularly and adequately moisturized.
Things such as a bald head polish made out of beeswax and different oils can also be effective in helping you moisturize and nourish your scalp – just make sure that they are of good quality and won’t actually irritate your skin.
Don’t skip on the sunscreen
Shiny skin is obviously not the main purpose of sunscreen but it’s a direct consequence of its use. Skipping on the sunscreen when you have a freshly shaven head will dry off your skin faster than anything, it will lead to discoloration, sunburns, freckles, and an increased risk of even worse health conditions such as skin cancer.
Even if the sun isn’t too powerful where you live and you don’t usually use sunscreen for your face or arms, keep in mind that your scalp is much more vulnerable to these problems than most other parts of your body – the skin there is sensitive and not used to direct sun exposure. So, both for your overall health’s sake, your comfort, and the shininess of your scalp – use a powerful and high-quality sunscreen every time you go outdoors.