How to look after your newly-bald head

When a woman loses her hair, no matter what the reason, it is a stressful situation that many find hard to come to terms with. If your hair loss is due to alopecia you may find it hard to deal with as the cause may be unknown. If you hair loss is a side effect of chemotherapy treatment then you’ll already be suffering with the stress of being diagnosed with cancer.

In these situations many women can get caught up in the emotional side of things and the practical aspect of looking after a newly-bald head can get forgotten about. However, it is not something that should be overlooked, so I want to take the time to offer you some advice and tips on how to look after the delicate skin on your head.

To shave or not to shave

Hair loss doesn’t tend to happen all in one go, it’s a gradual thing. Clumps of hair come out in the shower while you’re washing it, and this can be incredibly upsetting for most women. In order to regain control of their bodies many women (and men for that matter) choose to shave the remainder of their hair off, rather than waiting for the cancer or alopecia to win that particular battle.

As your hair starts to fall out, the scalp may feel incredibly tender and sore so be very careful when shaving your head. If you don’t want to have it done in front of other people at the hairdresser’s then why not see if your hairdresser will come to your house, or perhaps ask a friend to help you do it.

Keeping it clean

Hair loss forums are full of the same question: what do I do with my newly bald head? A common answer seems to be that many people continue to wash their scalp or fine, patchy hair with either their usual shampoo or a baby shampoo. Carrying on as normal and maintaining their regular shower routine seems to help many people to come to terms with their situation.

The skin on your scalp can get oily just the same as on your face so it’s important to keep it clean to prevent spots and pimples from forming. Keep your eye out for little red bumps and itching as it can be a sign of folliculitis; this is where the hair follicles are damaged by shaving or friction, or where there is blockage of the follicle. A good cleaning routine and allowing your scalp to breath can help, however see your doctor if you are concerned about infected hair follicles.

Protect your scalp

Now that you’ve lost your protective layer of hair, your scalp is exposed to the elements for the first time since you were a baby. If you find that your skin becomes dry try moisturising it with a light lotion; baby lotion is ideal as it is gentle and less likely to irritate your sensitive scalp.

If you’re heading out bald and proud (and why shouldn’t you!) then make sure you remember to protect your head from the sun! Your scalp will be sensitive enough without having to deal with sunburn, so use a sun screen with a high SPF, ideally 50 or above.

If you’re not quite ready to go completely bald in public, or just concerned about loss of body heat through your newly-exposed head then a scarf or hat are ideal. Here at Xazha Ltd we specialise in providing comfortable head scarves and hats for women coping with hair loss. Our headwear is made with natural, breathable fabrics, with extra care taken to avoid scratchy, irritable bits that could cause unnecessary discomfort.

Sleep well

The last thing you need when you’re coping with hair loss is sleepless nights caused by scalp discomfort. Cotton pillow cases, even those with a high thread count like Egyptian cotton, can feel incredibly rough and irritable against your delicate scalp. One way to combat this is to sleep with a soft hat on to form a barrier between your skin and the pillow case. Another way to ensure a good night’s sleep is to use a silk satin pillowcase or sleep hat. Silk is hypoallergenic and incredibly soft so it won’t irritate your skin as much as other materials.

Bella Headscarf

Sleep Hat


Posted by Gina Ritchie
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