You’d think that once you start balding, the one upside is that you don’t have to waste any more money on maintaining your hair. No more worrying about which styling products will keep your hair in place for work, no more debating on whether or not you need to change up your old hairstyle, and no more having to constantly replace your shampoo and conditioner.
No hair, no problem, right? Not exactly.
While there may be less hair to condition, you still need to be mindful of the health of your scalp. Naturally, you’d figure that using body wash or regular run-of-the-mill soap should do the trick because your scalp is just skin. But in actuality, your scalp is a little more sensitive than you think. Our scalps produce excess sebum, which can be visible even on a bald head or a balding area. The solution? Keep it gentle. Be sure to use a shampoo that doesn’t have sulfates (the ingredient that helps produces lather and suds) because sulfates can be super drying and cause the scalp to overproduce oil.
Whether you are already bald, starting to bald, or seeking preventative treatments to delay balding (because unfortunately a lot of it is genetic), it’s always a good rule of thumb to keep your hair routine simple, short, and again, gentle.