A healthy scalp promotes an optimal environment for hair growth. Just like scalp exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells, maintaining a healthy scalp means getting all essential nutrients to your hair follicles. But, what if you are bald? In today’s article, we will give you a few essential tips to maintain a healthy scalp for your bald head. Read on!
Use Daily Sunscreen
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a high-quality sunscreen on your bald head to protect it from ultraviolet (UV) rays. The male population in the U.S is at a higher risk of developing skin cancer (melanoma) than women.
A quality sunscreen product is packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants, which nourish the scalp and protect it from harmful UV rays of the sun. Dermatologists recommend an everyday SPF 50 sunscreen for bald scalps.
There are many sunscreen products available on the market. However, for a bald scalp, we recommend looking for a product that contains rosemary leaf extract or sunflower extract as it gives your scalp some added nourishment and protection.
Moisturize Your Scalp
Scalp care is important in preventing numerous diseases of the scalp. Using a scalp moisturizer is an essential part of your personal care routine. If you fail to moisturize your scalp using a good product, your scalp will undergo various problems, such as dryness, dullness, and itchiness.
Again, there are different brands and products available on the market, such as gels, oils, and creams. No matter the type of product you choose, it is essential to steer towards a moisturizer with natural ingredients, which include coconut oil, olive oil, Aloe Vera, shea butter, avocado oil, and sunflower seed oil.
Do not buy a moisturizer that contains dyes and fragrances. The harsh ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, artificial fragrances, and parabens can cause irritation, itchiness, and eventually skin infections.
Exfoliate Your Scalp
Scalp exfoliation should be an essential part of your weekly bald head care routine. Exfoliating your bald head is beneficial in many ways – it deep cleans the scalp to remove dead skin cells as well as excess dirt and bacteria.
Shaving your head is not enough for removing bacteria and excess oil. These allergens lie deep under the surface of your skin, which can clog up pores. Use a high-quality scrub to massage your scalp.
You can even make a homemade scrub for your bald head by mixing ¼ cup of essential oil (coconut, jojoba, or almond oil), ¾ cup of sugar, 3-5 drops of peppermint oil, 1-tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1-tbsp Manuka honey.
Apply a reasonable amount of your homemade scrub to the scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes. Doing so will maintain the pH balance of your scalp thanks to the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of apple cider vinegar and peppermint oil. Likewise, Manuka honey in the scrub will soothe your scalp and reduce the likelihood of psoriasis and eczema.
Some people believe that shaving is an effective way to exfoliate their scalp. However, doing this every day can make the skin dry out. If you have a chafing, itchy, and flakey scalp, it is important to maintain a healthy scalp care routine, which involves regular use of sunscreen, moisturizer, and exfoliation products. Good Luck!