You probably think it’s the same as picking the best razor to shave your face. And, you’d be mostly right to think that, but you might be forgetting a few aspects of shaving your head that will have you reconsider.
Shaving your head basically takes all the issues you experience when shaving your face and raises the stakes. Contouring goes from an NBD-level concern to DEFCON 3, not to mention you can’t see the back of your head, which just makes the risk of cuts that much greater.
But there are razors out there — safety razors, disposable razors and electric shavers — that can help with both of those issues, namely contouring and the high risk of cuts, and we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of the best options. Whether you’re a regular head shaver or going for that first head shave ever, we think you’ll find some of the best razors for shaving your head below. Check them out, and if you’re in the latter category, be sure to read our guide on how to shave your head properly, too.
Below, we’ll share the best razors for shaving your head, plus a few extra grooming tools we think you’ll appreciate.
1. Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor
The Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor is one of the best razors for men overall and that holds true even when shaving your head.
First, the handle’s got a solid weight and is well-suited for head shaving. It’s not so heavy that you’ll feel tired or press too hard and it’s not too light that it’ll slip out of your hand. While lubrication strips can never substitute for shaving cream, having one is much better than not having one, especially when you’re shaving blind and need an extra smooth glide.
This razor also uses three blades, which we think is the sweet spot. Though three blades will cut less than four or five blades, we find that the tradeoffs are worth it, namely less irritation and improved ability to rinse the razor head, both of which are true with the Mach3.
Lastly, you can count on a skin guard that stops you from getting too aggressive of a shave, which is perfect for shaving your head. It also doesn’t hurt that the Mach3 and its cartridges are sold in just about every drug store in the United States, so you’ll never be short-handed in a pinch.
2. Schick Xtreme 3 Sensitive Skin Disposable Razor
The Schick Xtreme 3 Sensitive Skin Disposable Razor is one of the best razors for shaving your head for a few simple reasons. First, the handle has a good weight to it for a disposable, which helps you to keep a firm grip on it when gliding around your dome. Second, and more importantly, it’s designed with sensitive skin in mind.
This razor uses three flexible blades, which kills two birds with one stone. Having flexible blades is a godsend when you’re dealing with a smooth, curved surface that you can’t see. Never again will you glide the razor over your head only to feel too late that you just took a layer of skin with you. We also made the case for using three blades above, so you can count on similar benefits in the Schick Xtreme 3 that you would see with the Gillette Mach3, though the Mach3 rinses a bit better.
Taken altogether, this razor is one of the best razors for shaving your head for sure, and our top pick for guys who prefer disposable razors to cartridges or electric options.
3. Harry’s Truman Razor System
We named the newly redesigned Truman razor the best razor of the year in The 2020 Man, our annual awards feature. Harry’s got its start as a shave club, but you can now find the brand’s products in most drug stores and grocery stores. The new Truman razor sports a nice weighted handle that’s super comfortable in your hand and a German-engineered 5-blade system that leaves your hair (or scalp) buttery smooth.
The flexible hinge, weighted handle, ultra-sharp blades and precision trimmer make this an ideal razor for shaved heads. We recommend buying The Truman Shaving Kit, which comes with shaving cream and extra blade cartridges, all for just $15.
4. Bevel Safety Razor
BEST SAFETY RAZOR
The Bevel Safety Razor is designed with sensitive skin in mind, which makes it a perfect razor for shaving your head. The razor works by shaving at skin level. That just means it shaves hair at the skin’s surface, which can minimize tugging and ingrown hairs by not cutting the hair to the point where it’s underneath the skin. Plus the razor’s got a solid weight and textured handle so it’s comfortable to use.
We recommend picking up Bevel’s whole shaving kit if you like the safety razor. The kit has the signature safety razor, of course, and also includes a shaving brush, shaving cream, shave oil, shave balm and 20 replacement blades. You’ll be glad you went with the least aggressive safety razor when you’re dangling it behind your head trying to shave.
The only caveat we would mention is the learning curve. If you’ve never used a safety razor before, it would not be wise to attempt to start off with a head shave.
5. SKEY Electric Razor for Men
BEST ELECTRIC SHAVER
Though there’s something to be said for a good ol’ manual head shave, you should definitely consider an electric razor if you’re a frequent head shaver. For one, the SKEY Electric Razor for Men was designed to be used to shave your head. Plus, this top-rated head shaver has an IPX6 waterproof rating.
Just by looking at it, you can see its small, ergonomic shape, which will fit perfectly into your hand as you move the razor around your head. This electric razor uses rotary shavers, which are circular heads with internal spinning cutters underneath. The rotary shavers also float, which is shaving lingo for moving up and down to follow the contours of your head.
This particular electric razor also boasts a 90-minute runtime with a rechargeable battery and an LED display to let you know how much juice you’ve got left. Overall, for its simple design and ease of use, the SKEY Electric Razor will be one of the best razors for shaving your head, and we’d bet it’ll become your go-to head shaver if you pick it up.
6. Omnishaver Premium Omnishaver
BEST SPECIALTY RAZOR
Razor makers are always trying to one-up their competitors by making specialty, use-specific tools. Sometimes that works well and sometimes it doesn’t, but we think Omnishaver is on to something with its Premium Omnishaver razor. This razor was designed specifically with shaving heads and hard-to-reach body parts like your back. The small, oval-shaped, puck-like razor features two sets of blades pointed in opposite directions. That gives the razor the ability to shave in either direction, whether you move it up or down your scalp, which saves on time and effort.
Furthermore, Omnishaver claims the blades use your skin as a strop to keep the blades straight and polish their edges, which adds longevity to the razor. The brand also says you won’t have to rinse the blades, as water is the enemy of all razor blades.
In terms of downsides, you’re going to shell out over $20 for this razor, which is expensive compared to most razors. Some reviewers also reported some nasty cuts, which can definitely happen given the whole straight-blades-cutting-on-a-curved-surface problem. But for every user with a bad cut, there were two or three who praised the razor for significantly cutting down their head shave times.
7. Andis 01557 Professional Hair Clipper
If you’re going from full head of hair to bald or even a reasonable head of hair to bald, you can’t just start off with a manual razor or even a strong electric razor. (If that’s not you, you won’t need this product, so skip on down, nearly-bald dude). You’ll be there shaving all day and we guarantee you’re going to be mad at the end.
Instead, you need to use a great pair of hair clippers to mow the lawn down to size. That’s where the Andis 01557 Professional Hair Clipper comes into play. This professional-grade clipper generates 14,000 cutting strokes per minute, which is more than enough to easily get your hair to shave level. The clipper does have to plug into a wall for power, which is a bit inconvenient, but the cord is long and you need a lot of power when you’re clipping through that mop-top.
8. Philips Norelco Multigroom All-In-One Series
We love the Philips Norelco Multigroom series, which is great for trimming your hair, shaving your head and trimming your beard. If you rock a bald head and beard, then this grooming tool really does it all. Plus, because it comes from Philips Norelco, you don’t have to worry about it breaking after a few months, which is a problem with most hair trimmers at this low price point.
The Multigroom comes with several different hair guides and trimmers so you can fine-tune every aspect of your appearance. Best of all, this trimmer is cordless, which is especially important when shaving your head. The lithium-ion battery will last 60 minutes on a full charge.
Also Consider: Pacific Shaving Company After-Shave
Pacific Shaving Company makes some of our favorite shaving cream and post-shave products. This grooming brand uses natural ingredients, and its products are made in the USA. The company’s after-shaving balm is packed with health antioxidants such as naturally-derived caffeine. Plus, aloe vera and spearmint essential oil will moisturize and soothe your scalp after a shave, which helps reduce redness, irritation and razor bumps.
Also Consider: Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin
Chances are, you already have a go-to shaving cream. That being said, the sensitive skin on your scalp may feel irritated and raw after shaving your head, which is why we recommend a shaving cream designed for sensitive skin. The Art of Shaving’s Sandalwood Shaving Cream is the perfect choice, as it’s clinically tested to reduce irritation, razor burn and redness.
Also Consider: Handheld Shaving Mirror
Of course, you can always awkwardly feel around with your fingers, but for best results, we recommend using a handheld mirror for shaving, just like you’d find in a barber’s shop. The Diane handheld mirror is easy to hold and ensures you don’t accidentally miss a spot when shaving in a hurry. Best of all, it costs just $5.