This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions are my own.
When I first I shaved off my hair, I didn’t do it to make a statement or to be trendy. I did it because I was cheap.
Each week, I’d go to the barbershop, wait two hours, and spend twenty bucks for a haircut that took my barber 15 minutes to complete. After doing some quick math, I realized that shaving my head would save me enough money to buy at least 10 extra Venti mochas a month. And I really like mochas. It also explained why my barber drove a new Lexus.
Joining the ranks of bald guys such as Michael Jordan, Kojak, Jean-Luc Picard, and Charlie Brown gave me a sense of empowerment. With their shiny domes, these guys managed to win NBA championships, fight for justice while sucking on a lollipop, battle The Borg, and teach his friends about the true meaning of Christmas with a fragile, little tree. I knew great things were in store for me.
My first taste of bald-headed greatness was when my wife first saw my freshly shaven head.
“Wow!” she said. “You look great.”
She’d rub my head and tell me how sexy it was. While I enjoyed this attention, I was a bit suspicious. She had a huge crush on Michael Jordan and I wondered if my bald-head was leading to comparisons between me and the basketball legend. I started perfecting my jump shot just in case I had to play a one-on-one game for the hand of the fair maiden.
Being about that bald-head life was fun and exciting. Not having to worry about styling my hair freed up time in my life. I made a list of all of the things I could do with my extra time: write a book, climb Mt. Everest, put together a bookshelf from IKEA without having any extra pieces left over. The possibilities were endless.
But there was one fatal flaw in my plan. I was under that mistaken assumption that being bald meant being carefree. I thought that I all I needed to do was shave my head a couple of times a week and splash on some after-shave. Surely Charlie Brown didn’t do any more than that.
What I didn’t fully realize before I shaved my head was how dry and itchy my scalp got. Each shaving exposed the dry flakes on my scalp. It looked like I stuck my head in a bowl of flour. Not a good look.
I also found myself scratching my head all the time. This incessant scratching left white scratch lines on my head. Also, not a good look.
These problems made me rethink my grooming regimen. Now I use Neutrogena® T/Gel® Therapeutic Shampoo, a medicated shampoo that helps to reduce scalp itchiness and visible flaking from the first use. Dermatologists recommend T/Gel® Shampoo because it’s the only scalp treatment shampoo formulated with Neutar®, a formulation of coal tar with the impurities removed, which is proven to normalize the scalp in moderate to severe dandruff and seborrehic dermatitis sufferers. I complete this grooming routine by applying Neutrogena Therapeutic T/Gel® Conditioner and massaging with scalp oil to keep my head moisturized.