No matter what your hair type, shaving is an effective way to prevent the growth of unwanted hair. However, many people are not fans of shaving. It’s a tedious and time-consuming task that can lead to razor burn or cuts if it’s done too hastily.
If you want to stay bald without shaving, there are several alternative methods of removing hair for you to consider. There are several ways for you to sport a smooth, bald head without worrying about the cuts and bumps from a sharp razor blade.
Options For Staying Bald Without Shaving
You can definitely choose to maintain a bald look without being required to run a razor over your scalp on a daily basis! Let’s explore some of the different techniques you can use in order to stay bald without shaving.
Hair Removal Cream / Depilatory Product
Hair removal creams are an excellent way to remove hair from your head without using a razor. When using a depilatory cream, you apply the cream to your scalp for a set length of time (based on the product instructions). The alkaline chemicals in the cream break down the proteins in your hair during this stage.
This dissolves the root of each hair, which is located just below the skin’s surface. When you wipe off the cream, the hair strands wipe off easily as well since they have been dissolved.
The benefits of using depilatory creams: they are more efficient than shaving. All you need to do is apply the cream, wait, then wash it off. Creams are also less likely than shaving to irritate your skin and cause bumps, nicks, or cuts.
The biggest disadvantage of using depilatory cream is sensitivity; it may irritate the skin.
It’s important to conduct a test run before using depilatory creams. Apply a little bit of it on your wrist and feel how uncomfortable it is. (Keep in mind that your scalp is far more sensitive than your wrist).
Also, ensure that you do not leave the cream on your skin for longer than is necessary. Most depilatory creams are meant to be applied and removed within 5 minutes.
Another downside to using a hair removal cream is that it may not give you the completely smooth finish of a straight-edge razor blade. How you apply the cream determines how close you get to the root of the hairs under your skin.
One more disadvantage to using cream: most of them have a pungent odor.
Waxing Your Head
Waxing is a good way to go bald without the need for shaving. Waxing removes all of the hair from your head, including the short stubble that can catch in shavers.
It goes without saying that waxing is more painful than shaving. Ouch! Good news, though; it will last much longer and is far smoother than shaving.
There are two kinds of hair waxes: hard wax and soft wax. It’s recommended that for scalp hair removal that you use hard wax since it does not require strips and is best suited for sensitive skin.
This, despite any suggestion their names might imply, ultimately makes hard wax less painful than their ‘soft’ counterparts.
If you intend to remove your scalp hair through hard wax, then you need to do the following:
- Clean and exfoliate your head to make sure all of the dead skin is removed. This will prevent ingrown hairs later on.
- To prevent wax from sticking to your skin, apply pre-wax oil such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and/or jojoba oil This helps to protect your skin.
- Heat the wax to about 130°F. It should be warm, not hot. Warm the wax in a wax warmer, which is the easiest and safest method. Having a temperature gauge dial on the wax warmer would be ideal for controlling the temperature.
- With a waxing spatula, spread the wax in the direction of hair growth.
- Wait for it to harden, then quickly remove it in the opposite direction of hair growth to avoid pain or breakage.
Always shower after your session to avoid redness from the hot wax or sticky residue usually left by hard wax.
The most important thing to remember with waxing is that you will have discomfort and irritation for a few days, so plan accordingly!
Note: if you happen to have sensitive skin, then you should consider alternative methods to waxing.
Sugaring / Persian waxing
Sugaring is a form of hair removal process that is quite similar to waxing. As the name implies, sugaring entails applying sugar to the hair. While it’s similar to waxing, it has been said to be less painful..
Sugaring is a historical hair removal technique that has been in use since at least 1900 BCE. It started in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece, so no, it’s not particularly modern despite its recent popularity.
It involves a sticky golden sugaring paste (made up of three components: lemon juice, sugar, and water) that is molded onto the head, and then removed with a fast flicking technique.
Sugar paste is easy to work with since you don’t need any wax warmers or microwaves. The paste can be molded, then pulled away in the direction of hair growth to remove the hair.
Another advantage of sugar paste is that it adheres better to the hair than it does to the scalp skin. This generally results in less discomfort than waxing would.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Laser hair removal consists of a high-powered laser that shoots pulses of light into the skin. The laser light targets hair at the root, and burns the hair follicle permanently. It is typically done by professionals.
Laser hair removal usually requires multiple treatments to get long-term results and to completely stop hair development. Most people begin to see no-to-little hair growth after several treatment sessions.
One good thing about lasering is that the smaller the treatment region, the quicker you’ll be able to complete a series of treatments. For small treatment regions, such as the scalp, only a few minutes under the laser is required each time.
The speed with which laser hair removal is performed makes it one of the best and most effective hair removal methods.
Important to note: people with lighter complexions and dark hair color have the best results from laser hair removal. This is because the difference in color makes it easier for the laser to target, enter into, and destroy the follicle.
The major disadvantage to laser hair removal is that individuals who have dark skin or light hair may require more treatments than others, and more hair may grow back.
Electrolysis is another option to consider if you want to remain bald without shaving, but it’s also a permanent decision. The aim is to prevent hair from ever returning.
The best way to kill the hair follicle for good is by destroying it at its root. This can be done with electrolysis, which uses an electric current to destroy the cells within a targeted region of skin.
Electrolysis is a kind of long-term hair removal that destroys the reproductive hair cell, preventing new hair from growing.
How it’s done: a micro-level of electric current is delivered to the hair root by electrologists, who are trained to insert a very small needle into each hair follicle to deliver a tiny quantity of electricity.
The electricity pulse destroys the hair follicles’ capacity to regrow, preventing further development of the follicle. This must be done on each hair follicle one at a time, inhibiting hair growth over many treatments.
Only electrolysis is recognized by the FDA and the American Medical Association as a permanent and general hair-removal technique.
The only adverse effects associated with electrolysis are redness, swelling, and sensitivity, all of which should go away within a few hours.
Want To Stay Boldly Bald? Let’s Recap How.
There are several ways to stay bald without shaving and ultimately, you have to choose which works best for you. Some options are temporary solutions such as depilatory creams, waxing, or sugaring.
These methods are less stressful in the short-term, but more time-consuming in the long run. The benefit, however, is that you can grow your hair back anytime you want if you use these options.
However, if you’re thinking about getting rid of that mane entirely, then you can go for permanent methods such as laser hair removal or electrolysis.