How to stop your scalp from shining after SMP

A shiny scalp is a concern for many, for those with scalp micropigmentation as well as bald, untreated men. It is a quirky issue because others actually prefer a shiny scalp. We will discuss how to prevent or reduce the shine of one’s scalp for the purposes of this article. It will be divided into two parts: “regular care and conservation” and “distinct products for anti-shine”.

Regular care of the scalp

A smooth scalp coupled with oil is sure to become shiny. One who has undergone an SMP procedure should shave daily. How often you shave your scalp is directly proportional to how shiny it will be. A wet shave will make it even shinier as the hair is extremely close to the roots and the scalp is fully exposed so light can easily reflect off of it.

Using an electric shaver is recommended. There should be an allowance for slightly lengthier hair to be left behind to absorb some of the light. Remember to keep your scalp tidy to ward off against dirt and excess oil. Avoid any products that are oily. Instead, look for those that produce a matte effect on the scalp.

Shiny Head

Products for anti-shine

For cleansing

Products such as matte cleansers help in reducing a shiny scalp. They are a bit more expensive than the regular cleansers. It may prove to be unnecessary however as one would apply a moisturiser and probably a mattifyer. Why pay more for a matte cleanser when it would be redundant?

If you feel that you must use a matte cleanser, here are some suggestions:

  • Men-U Matt Skin Refresh Gel
  • Loreal MenExpert Pure & Matte

For Moisturising

Moisturising is the segment of your daily routine that makes it logical to invest in a product with a matte effect. There is a wide selection, with some even coming with sunscreen:

  • Clinique For Men Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer
  • Dermalogica Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer (SPF15)
  • HeadBlade Headlube Matte
  • Recipe For Men Anti-Shine Moisturizer
  • Jack Black All Day Oil Control Lotion

Nivea Aftersun Lotion is an alternative to high-priced moisturisers. It is a sensible choice because this product is a lighter version of the usually oily counterparts. Less oil would mean less shine.

For Mattifying

Excess shine despite using the previously suggested products may require additional help. One should use products specifically designed to address a shiny scalp. Again there are various availabilities with corresponding differences in price and effectiveness:

  • Peter Thomas Roth Mattifying Gel
  • Mary Kay Oil Mattifier
  • Neals Yard Remedies Purifying Palmarosa Mattifier

Baby powder may be an economical substitute. One may also sample Clubman Pinaud. It is a talcum powder with a flesh tone. It may be pricier though the reviews say that it is worth it. Milk of Magnesia can also be quite helpful. It may stray from the conventional approach but there has also been feedback that it works quite well.

In summary

A shiny scalp will generally be the outcome of a freshly shaven head and too much oil. It would not matter if one had an SMP treatment or is simply balding. This combination of a very exposed scalp and excess oil will surely make it shine.

One can reduce this unwanted lustre through the application of products and proper maintenance. The added time and cost to reduce this additional glow may prove to be a little too much. Instead, one might like to ask if it is really something to be anxious about because actually, a shiny scalp really isn’t a big deal.