Washing a Bald Head

by Melissa King

Even if you're bald, you can't get away with not washing your head. Without a protective layer of hair on your head, the skin on your scalp gets dirty and oily fast. You can clean your scalp much like you would wash a head full of hair. A variety of facial-care solutions, as well as products designed specifically for bald heads, can also make it easier to keep your scalp clean.

Wash your head in the shower with any type of shampoo or soap. You can continue using your old shampoo, if you like. If a product dries out your scalp, makes it feel unusually oily or causes a skin reaction, stop using it and use something else. Look for a head-wash solution specially formulated for use on bald scalps.

Wash your scalp two to three times a week with a conditioner designed for use on bald heads. The conditioner helps keep your skin feeling soft.

Wipe your scalp with a facial cleanser if you don't get good results with regular shampoo. Use a cleanser that's labeled "noncomedogenic," which means it doesn't clog pores. This is helpful if regular shampoo or soap causes pimples to pop up on your scalp.

Clean an oily scalp on the go with pocket-sized head wipes. These wipes work to remove oil, dirt and sweat. They're effective for freshening up your head when you can't shower.

Use an exfoliating product on your scalp to remove dead skin cells and eliminate clogged pores. Exfoliating products designed for facial use also generally work on your scalp.

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Items you will need

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Conditioner
  • Facial cleanser
  • Scalp wipes


  • Apply sunscreen to your scalp whenever you go outdoors. Without hair, your scalp has no other way to protect itself from harmful UV rays. Choose a non-oily sunscreen that's SPF 30 or higher. If regular sunscreen makes your head greasy, use a product that's made for use on bald heads.

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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