how to maintain a bald head

How To Care For A Bald Head

Maintaining that beautiful 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.

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

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

1: Cleanse Your Scalp

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 washing is a must.

We recommend you still use a natural shampoo.

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

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 shave oil and massage it into your scalp to soften hair and make shaving easier. 

For added protection from nicks and irritation, layer a 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!). Check out our article "Should Men Shave Their Heads If They're Going Bald" to find out more information!

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

Step 4: Moisturize Your Scalp

What can I use to moisturize my bald head?

In theory, you can use any moisturizer. 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 moisturizer specifically designed for your scalp.

What should you look for in a scalp moisturizer?

When looking for a scalp moisturizer 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 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 moisturize a bald head?

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

Step 5: Protect Your Scalp

As a bald man, your scalp is much more exposed 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 treatment.


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.

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.

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