Hometown: I was born and raised in Gary Indiana, 30 miles to the East of Chicago, right on Lake Michigan. I married my wife in 2000 and moved to Frisco, Texaswhere my (now 15 year old) daughter, Ms. Troi Lesley Darlene was born.
Career History: I was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1991 as a pitcher. I pitched in the minor leagues for four years and made my Major League debut in 1995. I pitched in the Major Leagues for 21 years with 11 different teams including: Minnesota twins, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies (for the second time), and the Toronto Bluejays. I made 1042 pitching appearances and I am number 10 on the all time games pitched list in Major League history. I won the National League Championship in 2007 with the Colorado Rockies.
Favorite DomeCare Solutions product: My favorite product is the Dome Shave Gel. I have been shaving my head for 18 years and Dome Care Solutions Dome Shave Gel has given me the smoothest shave head shave that I have ever had. I also love the finishing serum. It gives my head that last bit of care that I need before I walk out the house and it keeps the wrinkles away.
Favorite Razor: Mach3. I've used this Razor for 16 years. I've tried other razors and I don't get as smooth of a shave as I do with Mach3.
Grooming Tip: My grooming tip for men is to whenever possible shave in the shower. The head is soft from the water and it makes for a great shave.
Favorite Past Time: Spending time with the family, traveling the world, hunting, and doing whatever my family wants to do.
Favorite Book: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.
Music Currently in Rotation: Drake, Florida Georgia LINE, Zach Brown band, and all music from the 90's. Stay up to date with LaTroy on Instagram and Twitter.
Grooming Tip: Protect your bald head. Always wear sunscreen or a hat!
Favorite Pastimes: Baseball and college football.
Favorite Book: Coaching Wisdom
Music currently in rotation: Phil Collins and Weezer
Secret Talent: I can cook.
Anything else you would like to share with readers: I am bald because I can’t grow hair anymore but DomeCare Solutions products make it easier to take care of my dome!! Follow Brian on twitter, @kcsluggers.
There is nothing worse than ingrown hairs and razor bumps on a bald head and neck. They’re uncomfortable and they look awful. Here are a few tips to help you keep razor bumps and ingrown hairs at bay.
Shave with the grain - Shaving with the grain is gentle and ensures hair is cut above the skin’s surface. Shaving against the grain is a recipe for ingrown hairs; it causes the razor to pull and lift hair cutting it below the surface of the skin. Hair can become trapped under the skin’s surface resulting in ingrown hairs and bumpy inflammation.
Exfoliate - Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface layers of the skin revealing healthier smooth skin. Exfoliating can also help to dislodge ingrown hairs. Choose you exfoliant wisely. Salicylic acid, glycolic acid and sugar are great options.
Be gentle - Avoid shaving & skincare products with fragrances, coloring agents and harsh preservatives. Even some natural ingredients are far too harsh for the skin. Harsh ingredients trigger inflammation resulting in less-than smooth skin. Spare your bald head and spray your cologne elsewhere. See our article Aftershave for the Head-Shaver for a helpful list of ingredients to embrace and avoid.
Shave hydrated - A moisturizing shave gel or cream will keep your skin and hair soft and pliable. When the hair is soft less pressure is needed when shaving.
These tips will have you on your way to a smooth and bump-free bald head.
Hometown: New Orleans. I’ve been in San Francisco for 9 years.
Barbering Experience:I’ve been a barber for 13 years; 7 years as the owner of Details Barbershop
Grooming Tip: A grooming tip specifically for men who shave their heads is to shave consistently. Shaving on a regular schedule encourages a consistent growth pattern. This helps reduce irritation because the scalp becomes accustomed to the shaving routine. When you shave your head, you shouldn't let it grow out too much because it looks sloppy. I personally shave my head every other day. Another grooming tip is to use Aloe Vera, preferably directly from the plant. Aloe reduces irritation, treats blemishes, moisturizes and relieves ingrown hairs, especially for men of color.
Favorite DomeCare Solutions Product:Dome Shine-Absorbing Anti-Aging Finishing Serum is my favorite product to use personally and on clients. It makes a shaved head feel satiny smooth, and you can feel the difference in the health of the scalp. The Dome Shave Gel is another favorite. I like using the Dome Shave Gel on my clients because it’s clear and I can see exactly where I’m shaving. A small amount of Shave Gel goes a long way; it doesn’t clog the razor and it’s clean. You can’t see through traditional shave creams so there is room for error and they can be messy. Many of my clients work nearby in the Financial District & Union Square; they come to my shop for shaves and haircuts on their lunch breaks. My clients need to leave my chair fresh and clean to go back to work.
Favorite Razor for Use on Clients: MD Dragon Straight Razor with Dorco blades.
Favorite Razor for Personal Use: Gillette Fusion
Tips for New Barbers:Be consistent, considerate and professional. Availability for clients is key.
Favorite Pastime:Golfing. My favorite golf course in The Bay is Tilden Park in Berkeley.
Favorite Book: 48 Laws of Power
Record on Repeat:Jay-Z’s Magna Carta. Favorite song is Somewhereinamerica.
Help Dad embrace his bald dome this Father's Day. Dad will be treated to a DomeCare Solutions Signature Head & Face Shave (a classic hot towel straight razor shave using the DomeCare Solutions Grooming Collection) at Details Barbershop in San Francisco. Dad will also receive a DomeCare Solutions Advanced Grooming System to keep his bald head in tip-top shape at home. Good luck!
Hometown: Fairfield New Jersey. I was born in Newark, NJ and I moved to Fairfield when I was 5 and I’ve been here ever since. Now I'm raising my family here.
Barbering/Styling Experience:I got into the business in 1995 after I graduated from Capri Institute of Cosmetology. I worked at some top salons in North Jersey. I studied with American Crew, Graham Webb, TIGI, Framesi, Label.M and Bio Ionic. I opened Anthony Robert Salon in 2006 with a 4 chair 900 sq. ft. salon and expanded in 2012 to my current 1700 sq. ft. 8 chair salon.
Men’s Grooming Tip: Keep it classic. Trends come and go but classic styles stay forever.
'Tis the season… for a giveaway! We’re giving away two DomeCare Solutions 4-Step Systems. Fellas, it's time to rock what your mama didn't give you and embrace your dome! You can learn more about our line of anti-aging grooming products for men who shave their heads at www.domecaresolutions.com Good luck!
Sun spots, discolorations, a leathery texture and fine lines are tell-tale signs of an unhealthy bald head. The good news is with a proper shaving and skincare regimen any man can have a healthier bald dome. The main culprits of visible damage are exposure to harmful environmental elements such as UV rays, pollution and the use of irritating grooming products. Anti-aging skincare is the practice of using gentle, multi-functional grooming preparations that reduce and prevent the signs of aging. Embracing the following types of ingredients in your head shaving routine will have you on your way to a healthy bald dome.
Antioxidants are ingredients that neutralize damage caused from environmental factors such as UV rays, smog and smoke. Some antioxidants can stimulate collagen production, help skin generate healthier skin cells and fade discolorations. Antioxidants can also boost collagen production and strengthen the support structure of the skin, softening the appearance of fine lines.
Embrace: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Alpha Lipoic Acid & Coenzyme q10.
Anti-irritants are ingredients that reduce skin irritation and inflammation. Irritation can be caused by shaving, using irritating ingredients or simply from having sensitive skin. Skin irritation is problematic because it breaks down collagen, destructs the skins natural barrier, can cause the skin to become even more sensitive and can even trigger oil production. Anti-irritants can quickly calm skin and reduce inflammation which balances skin improving its overall health.
Embrace:Allantoin, Aloe Vera Extract, Centella Asiatica, Green Tea Extract & Willow Herb Extract.
Exfoliants work by removing dead and thickened surface layers of the skin and some exfoliate inside the pores. As skin ages, so does the process of shedding skin cells. Exfoliating removes these thickened layers revealing a more vibrant and evenly-toned bald head. Exfoliation inside the pores can treat and prevent ingrown hairs. Regular exfoliation can also reduce discolorations.
Embrace: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid & Sugar.
Sunscreen protects skin from photoaging from damaging UVA & UVB rays. Exposure to the sun is the quickest way to damage the scalp and cause premature aging such has wrinkles, discolorations and a rough texture. Applying SPF daily, even on cloudy days, will keep a bald head healthy for the long-term.
Embrace: An SPF product labeled "broad spectrum" will provide UVA & UVB protection. Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is best. Don't forget to reapply!
Embrace: When spending an extended time in the sun and at times when the sun is most intense (typically 10 am to 2 pm) take protection a step further and wear a cap.
It's never too early or too late to start using high quality, multi-functional shaving and skin care products and embracing these excellent ingredients. There are many exceptional skincare ingredients available. We encourage you to research, experiment and find a regimen that works best for you. With little effort, you will have a noticeably healthy bald head.
Aftershave for the Head-Shaver Choosingtheright aftershave is an importantstep of a balanced shaving and skincare routine. This is especiallytrueformenwhoshave their heads as the scalp tends to be sensitive. Numerous aftershave products on themarkettouted as beinginvigorating, coolingand fast-acting are packed with irritatingingredients. Manymenconfusethe tingling andsometimesburningsensationtheseproductscreate as “working.” Tingling, stingingandburning are signs of irritation. Harsh alcoholsandfragrances are highlyirritatinganddrying. Many naturally-derived ingredients are harshand can trigger inflammation, drynessand flakiness. Constantlyexposingskin to irritation damages theskin'snaturalprotectivebarrier, breaks down collagen and destructs skincells. Thisstructuraldamageleads to unhealthyskin, which can appeardry, bumpyanduneven. Not a goodlookfor a guysporting a shavedhead.
A post-shave product should feelcomfortableandsoothingwhilehelpingskinreturn to its natural moisture balance. A well-formulated aftershave product should include anti-irritants, skin healing agents, emollients and antioxidants. Anti-irritants & skin healing agentssootheskinand help heal minornicks. Skin conditioning agentsand emollients immediatelyrelievedrynessandsoftenskin. Antioxidants neutralizefreeradicals, boost collagen productionandencouragethedevelopment of healthier skincells. Treatingthe scalp with an irritant-free aftershave liquid, balmorlotion that includes a winningcombination of ingredients will promote a healthier better-looking baldhead.
Here is a list of ingredients to embraceandavoid.
Embrace Vitamin C Glycerin Vitamin E Vitamin A Allatoinin Niacinamide Sodium Hyaluronate Acetylsalicylic Acid Peptides Aloe Vera Green Tea Extract
The first DomeCare Solutions brand ambassador interview is with my better half, and DCS co-creator Rich. Do you remember the saying “I’m not only the president,but also a client”? The same can be said for Rich, but on another tip...
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Favorite DCS product: DomeShine Anti-Aging Finishing Serum. I created this product from my heart and it took a long time to perfect. I wanted fellas' to have a nice vitamin-rich serum to treat dryness and add a subtle, healthy shine without looking oily.
Favorite razor: Gilette Sensor Excel. It has 2 blades. Less is best when it comes to blades.
Grooming tip: Give the head a rest when you can. I try to take one day off from shaving on the weekend.
Current projects: DCS product development and spreading the word.
Favorite pastimes: Scratching, fishing and reading. Being a student of life.