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How to Make a Bald Head Less Shiny

Are you tired of the shiny bald-head look and want to rock a new style? Not everyone wants a bald shiny head, so we've developed the ultimate guide on turning that bald head shine into a smooth matte masterpiece.

Join me as we begin our journey to get rid of the shine and showcase a glare-free dome.

Why are some bald heads shiny?

bald man with shiny head

Before we dive into the "how," let's tackle the mystery behind the bald head shine. Several factors produce a shiny bald head. First is our sebaceous glands, which produce sebum, oils, and waxes, which keep our skin moisturized. Ideally, our bodies produce just enough sebum, but once these glands produce excess oil, the result is a shiny head.

Too much oil means our sebaceous glands are on overdrive. Overproduction of sebum can be due to stress, hormonal changes, or genetics. Don't worry. There are ways to get rid of the shine. Please take note that you can't get rid of the shine completely since oils are part of our body's natural makeup.

For the matte look, reducing shine on our bald head is the key.

Best ways to eliminate shiny bald head

A smooth surface like our bald heads can reflect light easily compared to those with hair. Thus, our scalp looks shinier than usual. To make things worse, we can't hide the excess oil production without hair to absorb it. One of the best ways to get rid of the shine is to avoid clogging hair follicles.

Here's how to get rid of the shine:

Remove sweat

bald man wiping sweat from his brow

If you love working out, you'll most likely have a shiny head once you're done. Sweat and excess oil can make a bald head shine. Before you work out, cleansing head wipes are always a good product to have in your gym bag. We'll talk more about this later.

Wash your head regularly

young man taking a shower

If you think you can get away with not washing your head because you don't have hair, you're mistaken.

Washing regularly helps remove excess oil and sweat from your scalp. Using a gentle pH-balanced shampoo to wash avoids stripping your skin of natural oils.


bald man using Freebird exfoliator attachment

Exfoliation removes dead skin and helps remove excess oil or sebum from your scalp. This also prevents bacteria from forming, so you need to exfoliate regularly. Just remember not to overdo it. You'll strip our bodies of the natural oils they need to moisturize, resulting in dry skin.

Know your skin type

Understanding your skin type is essential to eliminate the shine on your shaved head. If you have oily skin, you need to wash regularly, as we discussed. For dry skin baldies, moisturizing is also crucial, as we will discuss later.

Eat a healthy diet

bald man eating with family

A healthy diet can affect your oily scalp. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help regulate the oil produced in your scalp. Adding cucumber, banana, nuts and drinking coconut water can help reduce how much oil your body produces.

On the other hand, fatty foods and too much carbohydrates can put our sebaceous glands in turbo mode. The excess oils lead to an oily scalp.

You also need to trim down your consumption of dairy, fried, salty, and sugary food if you want to get rid of that infamous shine on your bald scalp.

Shave along the grain

bald man shaving in the shower

Shaving along the grain reduces skin irritation and helps prevent excess oil on your scalp. If you shave against the grain, you'll get a close shave, but more oil will be produced due to irritation.

After shaving, don't forget to remove excess shaving cream or gel on your scalp because they can clog your pores. Wash your head with soap or shampoo, towel dry, and top off with a matte moisturizer.


bald man applying moisturizer

Some may think that moisturizing will only make an oily scalp worse. On the contrary, moisturizing can help balance sebum production. Dry skin is one of the reasons for excess sebum production, and using the right moisturizer can keep your sebaceous glands in check.

A non-greasy moisturizer will work well if you have oily skin or produce oil in excess.

photo of Freebird moisturizer

Use the Right Products

bald man wiping head with cleansing head wipes

If you have oily skin like me, investing in the right products like anti-shine shampoo, exfoliator, moisturizer, cleanser, or lotion is worth it to get rid of too much oil.

To get rid of shine on your bald head, mattifying products like lotions and powders are heaven-sent. You can try out various products and see which one works for you. Avoiding oil-based products can also help prevent shine.

If you're looking for an excellent product made from gentle natural ingredients that can remove dirt and oil and help control shine, you can try Freebird's Cleansing Head Wipes. These wipes are also vegan, biodegradable, paraben, and fragrance-free. Plus, you can also use them on all areas of your body.

photo of Freebird cleansing head wipes

Keeping your head wipes with you can help you deal with too much oil on your smooth surface.

Now that you have head wipes, you can stop reusing a cloth, towel, or handkerchief to wipe your head. These will accumulate dirt and may cause acne.

Disposable wipes are the way to go.

The best routine for a matte bald head finish

Creating a daily routine while applying the abovementioned tips can help maintain a non-shiny look even without hair:

  • Start your day by washing your scalp to remove dead skin cells and excess oil.

  • Dry your scalp.

  • Apply your favorite matte moisturizer with SPF.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

Have you heard about scalp micropigmentation?

before and after photo of scalp micropigmentation patient

photo via scalpmicro tampa bay

If excess oil in your shiny scalp bothers you, you can consider a process called scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation, or a hair tattoo, is gaining popularity and is now a viable option for those dealing with hair loss or those who want to remove the shine on their heads.

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment that uses microneedles to place ink into your scalp., creating the illusion of tiny hair follicles.

The procedure helps reduce shine and gives the appearance of a full head of hair.


Embracing the bald head look is a life-changing decision. Whether you rock your bald, shiny head or prefer the matte look, we've got you covered.

We understand the frustration baldies feel when hair follicles get clogged due to excess oil. The good news is sebum production can be controlled. Investing in products that reduce shine can help go a long way in maintaining the non-greasy look.

We hope that these tips and tricks we shared can help you say farewell to the glare of a shiny bald head.

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