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 thirty 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.
My head not only feels better (no more itchiness and dryness), but it also looks better. Now when my wife rubs my head, I’m confident that it’s all because of me. Take that MJ.