Why Do Hair-Challenged Heads Shine?

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Bald man

At some point, you’ve likely seen a man who is bald or balding and wondered why he has a shiny head, or maybe you’re even wondering regarding your own self. This has to do not only with the amount of oil that’s produced but also how smooth the top of the head actually is. Light is going to reflect more off a smooth scalp than one that has hair. Some men are all about having a shiny head while others are looking for ways to reduce the shine as much as possible. If you fall into the latter category, the following are some tips that you can try that may be able to help you reduce the shine.

Use a Mattifying Product
A mattifying product does exactly what it sounds like; it makes the skin look more matte. There are lotions, gels, and other products that you can rub on your head so that it’s less shiny. Some can last all day while others might hold up only a few hours, so make sure to read the label before purchasing. Additionally, check for ones that are free from perfumes and dyes and that won’t clog your pores.

Apply Talcum Powder
Talcum powder can help dull the shine and make your scalp more matte, but take note that it is only temporary. It may hold up for a few hours before you need to reapply it.

Wash Your Scalp Properly
Considering oil is one of the main reasons why a bald or balding head shines, it’s vital that you wash your scalp properly on a daily basis to help decrease the amount of oil if you’re looking to have a less shiny head. A gentle exfoliating cleanser can be useful. Harsh cleansers could dry out your scalp and actually increase the amount of oil that’s produced if you’re not careful.

If you’re not happy with the bald or balding look in addition to dealing with shine, then Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a permanent option (although there is also temporary SMP) to potentially help with the issue. Essentially, your scalp is tattooed with a slew of tiny dots, not only giving you the illusion of having hair stubble, but also a hairline. It’s natural-looking when done properly, and it can even help camouflage scars, birthmarks, and the like. You’ll still have to work with the shine issue, but considering how much SMP could boost your confidence, it may be worth it.

Keep in mind if you’re going to use any new product that you’ve never tried before, it’s best if you do a patch test first to make sure you and the product are compatible. It’s not a complicated process, you just want to test it out on a tiny spot on your arm and give yourself a day to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction before you apply the product all over your head.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a shiny head just like there’s also nothing wrong with having one that’s not so shiny. It’s completely a personal preference thing. The good news is that you could try each option and see what you feel more comfortable with, take your time, and go from there.

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