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, manual and electric, 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 up on how to actually go about shaving your head too.
1. Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor
BEST TRADITIONAL 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 or shave oil, 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 for the number of blades. 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.
All those features given, 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. “What does that mean in terms of features and how does it help me shave my head?”
Well, 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.
3. BIC Flex 5 Hybrid Disposable Razor
ALSO CONSIDER DISPOSABLE
If you shave your head every day, then you might wish to consider a five-blade razor like the BIC Flex 5 Hybrid Disposable Razor. Because your hair will be so short every day and less likely to clog easily, you won’t have to worry nearly as much about rinsing the razor head, which makes five blades a lot more viable.
But the biggest selling point for the BIC razor when it comes to shaving your head is the same strength of the Schick razor: flexible blades.
Having a bit of curve in the blades helps a ton to ensure you aren’t taking as many passes as you might have to with inflexible blades, which saves on time and skin irritation.
Beyond that, you can count on an aloe and vitamin E lubrication strip to keep your skin calm as well as BIC’s pretty cheap price for a five-blade razor.
Overall, the BIC razor has everything you’d want in a good razor and the specific features you want from the best razor for shaving your head. We definitely recommend giving it a shot.
4. Bevel Safety Razor
BEST SAFETY RAZOR
We’ve featured the Bevel Safety Razor before and with good reason. In short, it’s 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
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.
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. They’re perfect for those times when you haven’t shaved your head in a while and have a little more hair to show for it.
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 be the electric razor that becomes 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 body parts in mind. To achieve that goal, Omnishaver rethought what a body-shaving razor could look like and the results are fascinating.
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 because they clean themselves, but we’d still recommend giving the blades a good rinse because it never hurts.
In terms of downsides, you’re going to shell out over $20 for this razor, which seems like a lot for something somewhat gimmicky. 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.
Overall, the Omnishaver Premium Omnishaver will be the best razor for shaving your head if you’re just looking for a quick-and-dirty head-shaving solution.
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. Nicewell Hair Clippers
The Nicewell Hair Clippers will help get shorter hair to a more manageable length that you can easily shave.
They work wirelessly for about three hours on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, they’re pretty quiet and they also come with a full set of guards. You might not need them but you never know when you’ll let your hair regrow too much or when you’ll be called upon to buzz down someone’s hair.