Although it's often considered the most low-maintenance hairstyle, maintaining a great looking bald head, and caring for a shaved head, actually takes a bit of work. Preventing razor burn and ingrown hairs is an important task. Keeping the sun from wreaking havoc on your scalp is even more essential.
You should know before you shave your head that you still have to shampoo. A good shampoo is just as much for the scalp as it is for the hair. Shampooing, even a bald head, can remove trapped dirt and oils and promote a healthier scalp. The massaging action of performing the shampoo increases circulation and blood flow to the scalp, so shampoo is still important. Shampoo before shaving, as it makes the shaving experience easier.
The first step in maintaining your bald head is to use a proper shaving technique. Follow my professional advice for shaving your head. If possible, you'll also want to shave your head at the end of a shower when the hair is softened and easier to shave. Always use a high-quality shaving cream. Having a shower mirror is handy, so you can see what you're doing. Shave with the grain first. If the shave looks and feels good after the first pass, stop! Shaving against the grain can cause frequent ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Daily shaving and exposure to the sun can leave your scalp dry and flaky. Remember to use a good moisturizer on your scalp every morning. Massaging the scalp can promote circulation and healthy blood flow. Plus, a scalp massage, especially on a bald head, feels amazing! If you have a willing partner, trade massages, or you can perform a scalp massage on yourself. Some professional massage therapists will also offer this service as well. If your scalp feels a bit gunked up, you should also try using a scalp scrub. For this particular usage, we like Bosley's.
As almost anyone who has been out in the sun too long knows, the scalp is even more susceptible to damage from the sun than other parts of the body. Always use a good sunscreen on your scalp before prolonged sun exposure. You're thankfully not limited by what will cause your hair to get gunky. Many companies make high-quality moisturizers with built-in sunscreen, so check the skin care aisle of your drug store. Crunchi's is also pretty good, it absorbs quickly and is toxin-free. If you do spend a great deal of time in the sun, purchase a hat you love and use it to no end. If your scalp does end up a little burnt, use a product like Briogeo's Scalp Revival Conditioner in order to soothe it.