Hairy tales: Bald & Beautiful

Move over crew cuts and spikey hair dos – the ultimate mantra for cool dudes this season is the bald look.
 
While women have found this trend completely sexy, it seems men too are now vouching for its style appeal. Mayank Singh, an executive manager at an automation company, says, “Being bald shows your bold and confident side. This look saves a lot of time spent on maintaining hair and getting anxious over hair fall. Moreover, it’s a perfect answer to hair woes during summer and rainy season.”

A tonsured head screams its presence. No wonder then that the Big B is also sporting a bald look in his upcoming film Pa. Hair stylist Sylvie said, “It is a very convenient hair style for men as they look very cool and stylish. To beat the heat this look becomes very popular in the summer.” Sonia Gulati, a software professional, says, “A bald look has a convention-defying aspect to it. A tonsured look catches my eye for all the right reasons.”

While earlier a bald look denoted a mean image, thanks to baldie bad guys like Amrish Puri as Mogambo in Mr India and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in Shaan, today being bald means looking suave. But one needs to consider the shape of their heads before adopting this look. “This look goes best with people with an egg-shaped head or a round head. If your head is flat then you should avoid it completely because it can look disastrous. Also people should make sure that their head doesn’t have any scar marks and is very clean ecause only then does the style look trendy,’ added Sylvie.

Mumbai-based Bollywood stylist Pompy Hans feels apart from the shape of the head, one should also keep one’s body structure in mind before going for this look. “If you are lean then the bald look is a big no-no. One should have broad shoulders and a good body structure to carry off this look with poise and confidence,” Hans reccomends.

A bald look needs to retain its sheen so if you are embracing a bald hairstyle, regular shaving needs to become a part of your grooming regime. Shaving your head isn’t tough, but if you are doing it for the first time it may seem a tad daunting. Here are a few useful tips:

To start with, your hair will need to be trimmed down to stubble. Longer hair makes it harder to shave.

You can have barber or stylist trims it down to stubble, or do it yourself with a set of hair clippers.

Although it does not need to be exactly even, it should be as short as possible

When you’re ready to start shaving, soak your hair. Your hair will be softer and easier to cut if you shave it right after a shower. Wet hair decreases your chances of ingrown hairs. With your fingers apply a shaving gel and work it into your scalp. The more your gel is worked in, the better your shave will be. It will make a difference in the closeness of your shave and how comfortable it feels.

Now it is time to begin shaving. Start with the hair that is lighter first and areas with more coarse hair such as the back of your head last. This provides your shaving gel with more time to soften. Shave carefully with slow and even strokes. The closest results are obtained when you shave against the grain and provides you with less chances of skin irritation.

Shave each area of your scalp only one time if possible to prevent irritation and nicks. If you prepared and shaved your scalp properly, you are not apt to need aftershave. Typically, a quick wash with soap and water followed by toweling your scalp dry should be efficient.

If your scalp is irritated after shaving, use an aftershave lotion or skin care lotion.Remember that after-shave lotions should soothe and help your skin to heal. After shave lotions and skin care lotions that are composed of Aloe Vera or Vitamin E should be effective in promoting abrasions to heal. Steer clear of products that contain alcohol, as it will dry out your skin.

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