Whether you’re a long-time headshaver or just thinking about slicking the ol’ dome, having the right razor makes a world of difference. The scalp is a sensitive area, and the tool you use to keep it smooth is important.
Having the right blade in your hand can mean avoiding nicks, cuts, and irritation, and also keep you smoother for longer. This is only part of the equation, of course, as there’s a real science to getting a good head shave.
Grabbing one of our great shaver suggestions below is just the start. In addition be sure to grab a good a good shaving cream. Not the foam junk in a can that you can pick up for $0.98 from the bargain bin at your local mom and pop, either—a real shaving cream. For that, it’s hard to beat Headslick by Headblade, a company that specializes in head shaving products. It’s on the pricey side, but it’s well worth every penny. Cremo also makes a very good cream that can be picked up off the shelf at Target.
If you’re already a head shaver and find that the more sensitive areas—the back and sides of your head, for example—get irritated easily, a good exfoliant can help with that. This removes all the dead skin and softens the scalp before your shave. While Headblade also makes one specifically designed for heads, St. Ives Apricot Scrub works very well for this, and generally costs quite a bit less.
But in the end, you can use all the right products and still get left with a poor shave because of the razor. If you’re looking to up your shaving game, here are the best razors for your head.
The Best Overall: HeadBlade Moto ($17)
As a company, HeadBlade has been around for a long time, crafting razors that are perfect for head shavers. While the earlier versions of the HeadBlade razor were a little awkward to use and had a steep learning curve because you had to lead with the blade (instead of pull it like a traditional razor), the newer versions are much easier to get acclimated to.
There are multiple versions of the HeadBlade available, but the HeadBlade Moto is the newest and best version yet. The overall look is a dramatic departure from what you think of when the word “razor” comes to mind, so it can seem a bit daunting to use. But the overall design is very smart, with the roller ball that glides across your head in the back and the pivoting head to help the blade contour across your scalp. It makes for a very efficient and fast shave once you get used to it. If you’re looking at the design of the razor in the photo here and scratching your (soon to be shiny) head as to how it works it’s simple: you hook the loop on your finger with the body and scoot the razor along your head, cradled in your palm. It’s an incredibly natural and easy motion.
The HeadBlade Moto is also highly recommended for people who get irritation or razor burn from shaving, as it can be used in long, fluid strokes instead of short, choppy motions like a traditional razor. Longer strokes lead to less skin irritation, making the Moto a great choice for anyone how may have issues in this area but still wants to keep a slick noggin.
At $17 for the razor itself (or $1 more if you want one of the colored models), the HeadBlade Moto is an absolute steal.
The Best for Face and Head: Gillette Mach3 Turbo ($8)
While you can shave your face with a HeadBlade, it’s not really the easiest to use for that. And if you’re trying to live that one razor life, the Mach3 Turbo from Gillette is going to be your best bet.
The Mach3 has been around for a long time (since 1998!), so this tried and true razor has stood the test of time in a way that other brands can only hope for. Its simple system works well for head shavers—while your mileage may vary, I’ve personally found that fewer blades make for a better, smoother head shaving experience. Since the Mach3 only has three blades, it’s great in this regard.
And since it’s a traditional cartridge razor with a handle, it also makes for a good face shave (or anywhere else). Plus, you can get the cartridges almost anywhere, which is convenient.
The Best Disposable Model: Schick Xtreme 3 ($7)
If you’re traveling and realize you forgot your trusty head shaving razor, a disposable works in a pinch. And while Gillette makes a disposable version of the Mach3 (which is still very good), the Xtreme 3 by Schick offers a very good shave for the money.
The Xtreme 3 has a flexible head that can easily bend with the contours of your head better than many other razors—especially when it comes to disposables. It’s also available in a “sensitive” model, which adds vitamin E and aloe to the lubricating strip and should help prevent irritation.
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