Shaving your head and proper scalp care. - The Bare Skull Co.

Shaving your head and proper scalp care.


If you're a guy who shaves his head, you probably know that shaving your head is an excellent way to save time on a busy morning. But did you also know that your scalp can get irritated from all that blade-based friction? That's right: Shaving your head isn't just for looks! It also makes your scalp prone to irritation and other issues over time. You might not think about it on a day-to-day basis—but if you've been shaving your head for years and have never taken care of the area underneath it, then it's time to start. If you don't keep up with proper scalp care and shaving techniques, you may develop razor bumps and other irritations that can make your head look less than fresh! Here are some tips on how you can keep your bald or shaved head in good shape so that it always looks good. 

The anatomy of the scalp

When you think of your head, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not the anatomy of your scalp. But in order for you to properly care for it, you need to know what's going on under there.
The skin on our scalp is very similar in structure and function to the skin on our faces, however it has significantly more hair follicles (those tiny bumps you see), sebaceous glands, sweat glands and dead cells called keratinocytes that produce keratin protein which helps keep our scalps protected from environmental damage like UV light rays or radiation (how cool!).
There's also lots going on inside those little holes we call hair follicles: There are living cells called melanocytes that produce melanin pigment once they're triggered by sunlight exposure; nerves responsible for sensory perception such as touch. They are also responsible for producing sebum (oil) which if not cleaned properly clogs pores and could lead to issues like dandruff, dry scalp, etc.  

Why you should care about your scalp

So as a man who shaves his head, it's important to care for your scalp as well. Your scalp is the first line of defense against the elements. Your hair protects your skin and helps keep water out, but once it's gone it's up to the skin itself to act like a barrier between you and the world outside.
A healthy scalp will help your shaved head look and feel amazing! If you don't take care of your scalp, you may experience dandruff, itchiness, and other issues that can make shaving with a bald head uncomfortable or painful. Shaved heads tend to attract more attention than other hairstyles too—not only because they're unusual but also because they tend to show any imperfections on your face or body more clearly than other styles do (especially if you have darker skin). It’s important not just for aesthetics but also for health reasons—so please read this guide carefully!

Shaving your head can make scalp issues more visible

The first thing to remember is that shaving your head can make scalp issues more visible. This is because, as we've discussed, hair concealment was actually a great way to keep skin issues at bay. Hair will cover up your skin and allow it to breathe. Without hair, the skin is directly exposed to the elements and everything else in its vicinity—which includes sweat, dust and pollution.
Similarly, if you have sensitive or dry skin (or both), shaving can make these conditions even worse because of two things:
  • Shaving removes moisture from your scalp which causes irritation;
  • Shaving causes dryness by exfoliating dead cells from your scalp's surface;

The proper scalp care routine is essential to prevent scalp irritation and razor bumps.

  • Exfoliating the scalp helps prevent ingrown hairs and bumps on your head, which can be especially annoying if they're in an area that you can't reach easily. If you think about how many times you shave your head per week (or even if not), it's easy to see why this is something that should be done regularly.

  • Keeping the skin on your head clean using a cleanser is also important. This will help prevent the build-up of skin cells, dirt and oil that can cause ingrown hairs.

  • Using a good quality razor with sharp blades is essential. A dull blade will cause more irritation than necessary because it drags on your scalp as you shave rather than cutting through the hairs easily.

  • Using a good quality shaving cream can also reduce irritation by creating a barrier between the razor and your skin to prevent nicks and cuts from occurring. It creates an air cushion between the razor and your head that protects against nicks and cuts as well as reducing friction during shaving so there’s less chance of irritating or burning yourself in those sensitive areas around temple, forehead etc…

  • Aftershave lotions or balms are essential after shaving because they speed up healing time for any cuts caused by shaving so if you get razors burns then this would be recommended to help aid healing while also making sure that any irritation doesn't come back (which could lead to infection).

  • Use a moisturizing product on a regular basis. A moisturizing product will help prevent dryness, dandruff, itchy scalp and flakiness. It will even protect your skin from irritation caused by razor burn or ingrown hairs.

You should always wash your scalp with a cleanser not shampoo.

Washing your head with a specifically designed and formulated scalp cleanser will help remove oil and dead skin cells that can clog pores, leading to dandruff. Shaving your head is no excuse for not washing it regularly, since you need to do so even if you have hair. You should cleanse your scalp daily, but not with shampoo. Shampoo is designed for your hair, not your scalp. This can cause a lot of problems for you if you use it on your scalp because shampoos are too harsh and can strip away the natural oils that keep your scalp healthy. Shampoos can also contain ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which can cause irritation on sensitive scalps. 

Use a good quality head shaving cream when shaving your scalp.

  • Use a good quality head shaving cream when shaving your scalp.

  • This will help to avoid razor burn and ingrown hairs, which can be caused by the sharpness of the blade or not using enough lubrication while shaving.

  • It also helps keep the skin on your scalp healthy as it contains moisturizers that soften hair, allowing for an easier shave without irritation.

After you shave use an alcohol free aftershave or balm.

If you're used to using an aftershave or balm that has alcohol in it, then you may be experiencing some of the following skin problems.
  • Dryness
  • Redness and itching
  • Dandruff and flakes
  • And even redness!

Shaving could be irritating your scalp already

You might be surprised to learn that shaving your head doesn't actually make it healthier. In fact, it can actually cause irritation and other problems.

Razor burn is one of the most common issues that guys complain about after they shave their heads for the first time. Razor burn isn't just a stinging sensation—it's an actual rash or inflammation of your skin caused by the friction of shaving. It typically appears as small bumps that look like acne, but are usually not painful or itchy like pimples would be. Razor burn usually lasts for a few hours before disappearing on its own but can also last for days if left untreated with a moisturizing cream or lotion (something we'll get into in more detail later).

Rashes are another common problem associated with shaving your head, especially if you're prone to eczema or psoriasis elsewhere on your body and then have problems when it comes time to shave off those extra layers of dead skin cells from all over your body! These rashes aren't painful but they do tend to itch quite badly; however, there are ways around this issue simply by using different types of blades while shaving off any excess growths found within these locations

Good scalp care can help keep your head fresh.

Your scalp is a sensitive area that's susceptible to irritation. It's important to keep your scalp clean and healthy, so you don't have to worry about any of the following:
  • Razor bumps
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Dryness

With proper care, your head should look fresh and healthy all day long.


We hope this article has helped you better understand the importance of proper scalp care for men who shave their head. If you are not taking care of your head, it will show. Shaving can cause irritation that leads to dryness and even fungus. Regularly exfoliating and moisturizing will help keep your skin healthy and prevent problems from developing, helping you look your best every day. If you’re shaving your head, it’s important to take care of your scalp.
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