Going bald can be great! People do it voluntarily for many reasons. It could be to switch up your look, or even to spend less time and energy on your hair. You don’t even really need a reason, you can just wake up one day and decide you don’t want hair on your head anymore. That’s okay. No matter your reason, it’s good to do your due diligence before making the decision to shave off all the hair on your head.
Here are some of the things you need to know before during, and after going bald.
1. It may take some time to get used to it
Whenever you try out a new style, you are likely to experience mixed feelings about it. The same goes for when you decide to go bald. It may take a few days, weeks, or even months to finally be comfortable in this new look. Like anything else, give yourself time and allow yourself to adjust to it. Try out new accessories and outfits that compliment your new look. You will find that, with time, you have no regrets about making the decision to go bald.
When your pubic hair starts to grow back, it sometimes comes with a bit of irritation. The same thing goes for your scalp. Shaving can lead to a dry, itchy scalp. You’ll have to be careful not to scratch with your fingernails and to use moisturizer liberally. Additionally, you may experience nicks and cuts. Shaving can also result in red, inflamed skin known as razor burn. How do you deal with this?
Use sweet almond oil or coconut oil. Gently rub any of these oils on your hands and then massage onto your scalp. You may also consider cold and warm compresses. A cold compress may help relax irritated skin. If you’re prone to red bumps from ingrown hairs, a warm compress applied to your skin before shaving may help open pores and loosen the hairs. Hair: 5 Ways To Relieve An Itchy Scalp
Going bald can be associated with a lot of things. For one, you can be sure that you will get a lot of comments and unsolicited advice about what you should/shouldn’t do. But beyond that, going bald comes with a couple of stigmas and you should be ready for them.
Three of the most common misconceptions associated with a buzz cut on femme-presenting people is that you are queer, you are chronically ill or you are balding naturally so you needed to cut it all off. People will treat you differently. Bald hasn’t always been in, especially for women, and it may garner some unwanted attention. Remember that you’re under no obligation to explain yourself to anyone.
4. Shave with the grain of your head
This seems like a strange thing, but for a neater look, always shave with the grain of your head. Just like the warps and wefts of fabric, it’s the same concept. This makes for a more polished look afterwards. You can tell the grain by the way your hair falls.
5. You will use less product on your head
Obviously, with a bald head, you now have less surface area to cover with hair products. This automatically means that you will save your coins and your time. That’s one great advantage of going bald. You no longer have to re-moisturize your hair midweek or even at the start of the week. Yes, you still need to moisturize it, but even when you do, you spend less on hair products. Your bare head will still need some extra love. Use your facial moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated.
6. Your hair will still require upkeep. It’s low-maintenance but not no-maintenance
Most people imagine that once you go bald, you can now neglect your head. Well, that’s completely false. Even when you shave your head it still requires upkeep. Don’t skip out on shampoo and conditioner. This can help keep your head feeling soft. Look for a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair type. Moisturize your head to keep the skin hydrated.
7. You will need to use sunscreen on your head
Hair protects the skin on our heads from elements such as harmful UV rays. When you choose to go bald, you need to double up on your sunscreen usage. You need to use it on your head as well to protect it from the sun. Since a whole lot of your scalp is now exposed, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before heading out for the day. Skincare: The Benefits Of Sunscreen And How To Apply It Properly
My name is Laura Ayienga, a 25-year-old writer & marketer, experiencing the highs (not claiming the lows) of life. I discovered my passion for writing on this very blog back in 2019 and since then, I’ve been using it to express myself as candidly and authentically as possible.