Can Shaving Your Head Cause Baldness
Shaving your head, in and of itself, will not make you go bald. When you shave, you’re removing the top of the hair and not impacting the follicle at all. When you PULL a hair out, root and all, it’s possible that a hair may not replace it.
Even this though, assuming a healthy system, will likely grow back. However, the chances of removed roots returning decreases if you’re already beginning to bald.
Wearing hats, for example, can expedite the balding process since you’ll expect to remove some roots while putting your hat on or taking it off.
Additionally, shaving your head and following it up with a severe sunburn can harm your root system resulting in permanent damage to the follicle and hair not regrowing.
What Are The Pros And Cons of Shaving Your Head?
There’s a real liberation in shaving your head. No worrying about what your hair looks like , no shampoo or haircuts and no bad hair days!
The first time i shaved my head completely I was amazed by the feeling of the wind on my scalp. My daughter stood behind me as I sat at the kitchen table that evening and when she leaned in to smell the aftershave
I had used I could feel her breath on my scalp, it was so unexpected I jumped! -you’ll never feel that if you’ve got hair!
Actually during most of the winter I just keep it down to a couple of mm with clippers. I cut it weekly. It just seems to stay a little warmer that way. The rest of the year I shave every other day unless I get a bit lazy.
Believe me the cooling breeze I was amazed by in the Summer was like an Arctic blast when the temperature dropped. So a hat is a must when temperatures go down.
At the other end of the spectrum – sunburn. It’s incredibly easy to get sunburn even when the sun doesn’t appear to be too strong. It’s all to do with the angle your scalp is presented to the sun.
A couple of years ago I was attending a meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa. I had forgotten to put sunscreen on and left my hat in the car because we were meeting in an office.
However before the meeting we were served tea on the patio adjoining the office. In less than fifteen minutes my head was blistered.
I couldn’t shave for the next few days as the blistering healed and peeling skin clinging to a stubbled scalp is not a good look! I have sunscreen bottles stashed everywhere now.
I have no idea what others think of my shaved head. No one has said anything apart from a few people who knew me when I first did it.
Mostly compliments and “I wish I was brave enough to do that”. I am middle aged though and I suspect the reaction might be a little different if I was a teen or still at high school.
I also have a thick beard so no nasty comments about alopecia or cancer that I imagine a teen might get.
One thing to think about though is when to shave it for the first time. If you’ve always had hair then the first time you shave it your scalp will be a sickly “fish belly white” (If you’re white) and will be several shades lighter than your face if you’re any other skin color.
It will remain that way until it see’s a little sun. Maybe shave it in early spring when it’s warm enough to go without a hat but not hot enough to worry about sunburn.
After a couple of weeks it will be the same color as your face and you can keep it that way by using sunscreen as appropriate.
What Are The Best Ways to Take Care of a Shaved Head?
Moisturize and protect yourself against the sun, especially if you live in a hot, dry, and sunny climate and especially if you’re fair-skinned.
Scalp skin doesn’t react well to direct sunlight, and nothing hurts more than scalp sunburn, especially in the shower. Also, wear a hat outdoors. You should do that anyways; skin cancer is no joke.
My shaving ritual involves copious amounts of coconut oil massaged into the scalp, both before and after shaving.
It lubricates the blade, controls bleeding if you cut yourself, and makes the job quicker and smoother. This is one place where i unconditionally agree with the Indians
Coconut oil is awesome stuff. Just wipe off the excess before going to bed, because otherwise you’ll leave a greasy stain on your pillow.
Oh, and wipe off your scalp a couple of times a day; it tends to collect dust, and that dust tends to show much more quickly than if you had hair.
Does Shaving Your Head Help With Hair Growth And Prevent Hair Loss
There is a myth regarding shaving head roaming nowadays. As shaving a head totally does carry a lot of benefits to it.
But, as per science, there is no evidence about shaving head is helpful in prevention of hair loss.
But there are some benefits that I would like to mention.
There are a lot of people who are suffering from hair loss due to dandruff. These people mostly shave their head which reduce the risk the severe dandruff.
The next important thing is that a person can take benefit from the shaving head is the if need to clear the scalp. This is totally a person’s choice and many people are doing it.
This will help to remove the dust particles which can get stuck onto the scalp due to pollution. These pollutants can cause a severe damage to the hair follicles resulting in the hair loss.
Shaving of the head totally can help a person to eliminate all the dust grime and pollutants that are present on the scalp. These pollutants once removed can help for the better growth of hair for a person.
But it will not means that it will help in hair loss completely. As there is no scientific evidence.
How to Maintain Your Bald or Shaved Head
Shaved your head every other day. Daily shaving can lead to an unsightly skin rash. Shaving every second day is better. Most people won’t notice the days you don’t shave.
After shaving, apply cold water then an astrigent. Cold water and an astrigent closes the pores, tightens the skin on your head and reduced any razor rash.
For the astringent, I use an alcohol based hand sanitiser. You could also use witch hazel.
Apply moisturiser. The lubricant the skin and keeps your shaved head healthy and shiny. I use glossy head lube for extra shine.
Try not to knock your head. If you knock or cut your head, not only does it look unsightly, but you’ll have a difficulty shaving in that area for a few days.
And be proud of your shaved bald head. It’s a great look. You’ll remembered for your trademark look. No more haircuts or different hairstyles.
Doing This Procedure Will Help in Hair Growth
Boil a handful of guava leaves in a quart of water for 20 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Strain the leaves from the water.
Massage the guava leaf tea into your scalp and apply to hair, starting at the roots and working through to the ends.
Leave on for 2 hours (or more), then rinse. Believe me it will work like a magic, do this at least for a month regularly.