Hi Judy! It's been a few years since I lost my hair but I remember that my head was very tender for awhile after I had it buzzed but after that I really didn't notice any discomfort. It was also tender when the hair began to grow back in. I used a mild soap (dove) when I washed my head. I am sure that whatever body soap you use, as long as it is mild, will work fine. I didn't have any dry spots. Not sure what to tell you to do about those. Also, I can remember that I would get very cold of an evening. I would then remember to put a scalp hat on and suddenly I would be warm again. We seem to lose lots of heat from our heads being bald. Also, be sure and keep your head covered when you are outside in the sun. A sunburn to a tender head would really hurt!