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Is it time to shave your head? More men are going all in against thinning hair

So you’ve been looking in the mirror at your steadily retreating hairline and have come to the realization that things are not going to get any better. Or maybe you’re seeking a look that requires minimal upkeep.  Maybe it’s time to join the growing ranks of men that take it all off and shave your head.

While shaving, in general, is not exactly fun, there are advantages to letting go and leaving your hair behind. Let’s talk about what you need to know before you take razor in hand.

A man shaving his head clippers.

Taking the leap

So you’ve decided you’re going to do it. Your first decision is who will do the initial shearing. You can, of course, go to a barber, but with a little preparation, you can also handle the task at home. Here’s what you need to do:

  • If your hair is on the longer side, first trim it fairly close to the scalp
  • Soften the hair and scalp by showering or applying a warm compress
  • Use good shaving gel
  • Use a sharp single-edge razor
  • Shave in the direction of your hair
  • Use light even strokes, following the contours of your head
  • Clean the blade after every stroke

After this initial work, upkeep isn’t terribly time-consuming. Depending on how quickly your hair grows back, you might only need to shave once a week or less.

A man checking his shaved head in the mirror.

If the bald life is for you

Once you’ve decided that the bald life is for you, there are a few things to keep in mind.

You still need to wash your “hair”

Just because you don’t have hair anymore doesn’t mean you stop taking care of your scalp. You still need to wash your head with shampoo. Using soap or a body wash can upset the pH balance of your scalp and cause excessive dryness.

Sunscreen will be your new best friend

Without hair to protect it, your head will be exposed to the dangerous rays of the sun. Be sure to apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. Or go for a twofer and choose a moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Always carry backup

Even if you are vigilant with applying moisturizer and sunscreen, there are times when your head could use a little extra protection. Keep a hat in your car, briefcase, or knapsack to don if you think your skincare efforts need a little extra support.

Choose a single edge razor for upkeep

While multi-blade razors are said to provide a closer shave than their single-edge cousins, they are also known to cause ingrown hairs and skin irritation. Single edges, on the other hand, are designed to slide gently over the skin without wreaking havoc with your skin.

A man with a shaved head.

The perks

There are some perks to living the bald life.

  • Won’t have to worry about your thinning hair
  • Your receding hairline won’t be a problem
  • No more worrying about a hairstyle
  • You will look younger
  • Save money on hair products

Whether you want to reinvent your look, not have to worry about thinning hair, or are just tired of dealing with your hair, shaving your head may be the solution you’re looking for. Just remember that once the hair is gone, the skin you’ve exposed will still need attention. A little daily upkeep will keep your head smooth, supple, and healthy. So, if you start to lose your hair, lean into it and let your head be the star.

BlissMark provides information regarding health, wellness, and beauty. The information within this article is not intended to be medical advice. Before starting any diet or exercise routine, consult your physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, the United States Health & Human Services department has a free online tool that can help you locate a clinic in your area. We are not medical professionals, have not verified or vetted any programs, and in no way intend our content to be anything more than informative and inspiring.

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