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January 9, 2015 8:07 AM   Subscribe

I am a man with thinning hair. I have full hair coverage on my hair but my scalp is very shiny where my hair is a bit thinner and it makes me self conscious. I googled how to stop head shine but everything I am seeing relates to fully bald heads. Any tips on how to stop the shine when you still have hair? Thanks!!
posted by anonymous to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
You could try using blotting papers to absorb the oil which makes your skin shine. Just press them against the skin to leave it looking matte. It's less messy than applying a product.
posted by billiebee at 8:11 AM on January 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

What women who have oily skin use is either the blotting papers mentioned above, or a mattifier. You'd want to use a clear one like the one I linked to (although I don't know anything about that particular brand.) Many of the others are tinted, and that would probably be noticeable when it got on your hair.
posted by MsMolly at 8:15 AM on January 9, 2015

Bald guy here: shiny scalp skin, at least my shiny scalp skin, is at its least shiny when it's oily. It's more shiny when it's dry, like after taking a shower in the winter. It's not like a nose with shiny nose oil on it, the skin is totally different.
posted by pullayup at 8:19 AM on January 9, 2015 [4 favorites]

I am self conscious about the very self same thing. For what its worth, a stylist used this horrendously overpriced hair product on my hair after we discussed the thinning thing, and it both made it look thicker and cut down the appearance of a shiny scalp. I'm not sure if it's on my scalp making it look less shiny, or simply making it harder to see my scalp.
posted by ftm at 8:22 AM on January 9, 2015

Since using baby powder or dry shampoo is recommended to use on oily hair, maybe you can use it on your scalp? It shouldn't mess with your hair because that's what people also use it for.
posted by LoonyLovegood at 8:24 AM on January 9, 2015

Talk to your hairdresser; there is a whole industry devoted to dealing with hair and cosmetic issues of every description, male or female. I would find it hard to believe there isn't a product that does this.
posted by emjaybee at 8:39 AM on January 9, 2015

There's a spray that my salon sells called "Style Edit." It's puts a light color veneer over the existing hair and bare skin. It's obvious if you are LOOKING FOR IT, but otherwise, it's a boost of confidence.

You can also look into Toppik, but i found it made a big mess during application.
posted by heathrowga at 8:45 AM on January 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

There is powder that you shake on, choose a color that matches your hair color.

Sorry no clicky. Seriously, there are a million products like this out there. Go to a good beauty supply!
posted by jbenben at 9:13 AM on January 9, 2015

I came in to recommend jbenben's solution - hair fibers you sprinkle on your head, they settle in between your hair follicles and on top of the shiny scalp. I've seen Caboki in action. Pretty convincing, but it's essentially makeup, and you need to be careful not to scratch it off if you forget it's there.
posted by Dragonness at 9:22 AM on January 9, 2015

Another popular hair and scalp power is the one from Joan Rivers. It typically gets high ratings by web reviewers. There are online video tutorials showing you how to use it.
posted by sardonyx at 9:28 AM on January 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Dry shampoo, like the Bumble and Bumble one, works if you use a very light hand when spraying. Comes in colors, lasts a long time.
posted by Ideefixe at 9:36 AM on January 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

I use LUSH Dry Shampoo ("No Drought") from time to time, when my hair gets a bit oily between washes. I have noticed that it not only makes the hair near my oily scalp less oily... but it also makes the remainder of my non-oily hair more "matte."

A lot of LUSH products have a strong scent but I find this one to be reasonable. It's kind of like citrus. You just sprinkle a bit into the hair/scalp... then wait maybe 1 minute... then shake it out or use a bristly brush if you've accidentally used a heavy hand.

A small container is only $7. And if you go into one of their stores, their staff tend to be very helpful and non-judgmental. They are proactive in offering free samples, too.
posted by cranberrymonger at 9:50 AM on January 9, 2015

Dry shampoo should do it. My personal fave is this one, which isn't stinky or sticky like some of the others - it's just a dry powder that sprays on and you then shake/brush out.
posted by you're a kitty! at 12:21 PM on January 9, 2015

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