Best Razor For Shaving Your Head Bald (Tested!)

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Whether you’re already wet-shaving your head and looking to change up your hardware, or curious about moving from a buzz to a clean shave, you’re in the right place.

This list breaks down the best razors for shaving your head bald based on a number of factors, from closeness of shave to ease of handling and everything in between.

The recommendations below are all from bald men who have actually used the products. To compile the list, I asked my bald friends which razor they use to shave their heads, and why they like it.

I also reached out to some online communities I’m active in, where other bald guys shared their experiences of using their favorite razors.

Below you’ll find honest reviews of a variety of razors, all tested and recommended by real people who have used them to shave their heads. There are also links to each one so you can try them yourself.

What type of razor is best for head shaving?

For an easy convenient shave, use an electric shaver or clippers if you’re happy with a short buzz. However, if you want an even tone on your freshly shaved head you’ll need to wet shave, especially if you have light skin and dark hair.

An electric shaver is best if you only have a couple of minutes, but you’ll be left with the classic horseshoe shadow that betrays the fact you’re bald on top with hair on the back and sides.

I prefer using a razor because it reduces the contrast between the completely bald areas and the remaining 5 o’clock shadow. This is especially important to me if I haven’t had much sun, as what hair I have left is dark and highlights the baldness of my pale scalp:

So what’s the best razor for head shaving? I find there’s one in particular that gets the best results:

Best razor for shaving your head bald: Harry’s

Truman Razor by Harry’s

  • A rubberized handle with a textured pattern provides optimal control, even when wet.
  • The weighted core means it feels good in the hand, like a fine fountain pen.
  • Bold color options bring personality to your bathroom.

My friend Tom and I are both loyal Harry’s users. I spoke to Tom about what he loves about Harry’s:

It’s without a doubt the closest shave, and no irritation combined with their shave gel. Plus the rubber handle is easy to hold on to.”

Tom Heather

I have to agree with Tom on the handle and the shave. My regular delivery from Harry’s arrives every three months through the mail, and this subscription model is a blessing for someone like me who tends to forget to buy new blades otherwise.

I tend to change the blades a little less often than recommended because I find that shaving three times a week never really blunts my razor. This says a lot about the quality of the product. If you’re shaving your head every day, you’ll want to stick to the recommendation of changing the blade once a week.

Harry’s delivers 8 blades every couple of months, but if I end up with a surplus of blades I can just move my next delivery date back to whenever suits me. Harry’s then adjust my billing date accordingly.

The Truman razor by Harry’s in blue

A word of warning. I used to cut myself frequently on the fold between my scalp and the top of my ear, until I realized that Harry’s razors have an edging blade on the back for precision shaving(!)

I’m not sure how I didn’t notice, but now I use that to fine-tune the sideburns and the tricky areas around the ear, and I love how neat my shave is as a result.

My only gripe with Harry’s is that replacement handles aren’t part of the package. However, when mine got a little worse-for-wear from living in my damp shower for too long, they happily replaced it as a ‘one-off’!

My brand new razor – thanks Harry’s!

As Tom mentions, it’s not just the razor itself that is top quality. As well as their shaving gel, I also have post-shave balm and a moisturizing lotion that I really like using, too. I pay a little extra for a ‘mystery’ free gift with each delivery and it’s worth it for the surprise element!

In terms of how good the shave is overall, I’ll leave that one to Tom:

“I once got stopped at US airport security as the dude wanted to know what brand I used for head shaving! Zero security questions, just that.”

I asked online for other thoughts on Harry’s and the feedback was always positive. This is what Frank from Facebook had to say:

“Harry’s is probably the best one I’ve used to date, even better than Gillette Fusion. Ironically, Harry’s says they don’t recommend their razors for head shaving.”

This is an important point to mention. Harry’s discourages customers from using their razors to shave their heads, but for all the above reasons, I think they just say that to cover themselves for some kind of legal reason.

I’ve certainly never had an issue and would recommend Harry’s for head shaving in a heartbeat.

Finally, according to crueltyfreekitty.com Harry’s has confirmed that it is a cruelty-free brand: “They don’t test finished products or ingredients on animals, and neither do their suppliers or any third parties. They also don’t sell their products where animal testing is required by law.”

Best eco-friendly razor for shaving your head: The Leaf

The Leaf Razor

  • 3-blade design reduces the number of strokes needed to shave
  • Pivoting head maintains the correct blade angle for you
  • Non-proprietary blades, compatible with any standard safety razor blade
  • All-metal razor, steel blades, completely eliminate plastic waste from your shave

Recommended by u/Acebeekeeper on Reddit:

“Leaf Shave razor for me. All the convenience of a 3-blade cartridge with none of the waste.”

The Leaf is the most eco-friendly razor on the list, hence the name. It’s completely plastic-free, so while you’re paying a little more for the handle, you’re helping to save the planet.

The really neat feature is that you can load any blade into the head. Did grandma buy you a Mach 3 gift set for Christmas again? Load one, two, or three of them into the Leaf, depending on how close of a shave you’re looking for.

Best Gillette razor for head shaving: Fusion5 ProGlide Shield

While Harry’s doesn’t recommend their razors for head shaving, Gillette is happy to step up to the plate.

Here is the razor recommended by Gillette themselves for head shaving: 

Gillette ProGlide Shield Razor

  • Refills fit all Gillette 5-blade razors (excluding GilletteLabs)
  • Lubrication before and after: helps shield from irritation while you shave
  • Flexball handle technology responds to contours and gets virtually every hair
  • Microfind stretch and smooth skin while the microcomb guides hair to the blade
  • PRECISION TRIMMER on the back for hard-to-reach places and styling

Recommended by Roy Gillett:

“Closest shave I have ever had.”

Roy Gillett

Also recommended by u/Usual-Sky6568 on Reddit:

“I know they’re not cheap but I’ve tried supermarket alternatives and they just make my head sore.”

Best disposable razor for head shaving: BIC Flex 3 Titanium Disposable Razor

BIC Flex 3 Titanium Disposable Razors

  • Ideal for face, head, and body shaving
  • Contour-adjusting razor heads with thin, flexible titanium blades deliver a close shave
  • Lubricating strip with aloe to soothe skin and provide a smooth glide
  • Pivoting head and an ergonomic handle featuring anti-slip grip for extra confidence and precision

If you’re looking to save money, BIC’s Flex 3 model comes recommended by u/StuHowells on Reddit:

Cheap and I’m not obsessive about shaving my head. Maybe twice a week so suits me fine.”

Best safety razor for shaving your head: Supply Single Edge

Supply Single Edge Safety Razor

  • Lets you effortlessly adjust between 6 main settings and 30 micro-settings with a flick of your thumb
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Available in multiple alloy finishes

Recommended by u/bald_alt on Reddit:

“My personal favorite is the Supply SE razor. It is the only razor that I can personally use to shave against the grain without irritation.”

Other recommendations

While I’m very much a fan of Harry’s, there are of course other razors on the market. Some suit specific needs, and some are just here to offer some choice.

Here’s what other people I spoke to recommended:

HeadBlade Moto

HeadBlade Moto Head Shaving Razor

  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver to shave anywhere
  • Dual-axis suspension allows the MOTO to roll into the turns and hug the shaving surface
  • The narrow body and new soft finger ring makes shaving around ears a breeze

Recommended by Stanley Smith:

“I have been using the HeadBlade razor for the last 6 months and I like how it feels natural like rubbing your head. It seems gimmicky at first but after 3 or so times you get used to it.”

Stanley Smith

The fact that HeadBlade is specifically designed for head shaving has me curious. Based on the recommendation from Stanley and others, I will be trying the HeadBlade soon, so I’ll report back with my own thoughts.

Hydro 5 by Wilkinson Sword

WILKINSON SWORD Hydro 5 Razor 1Up Limited Edition

  • Designed for incredible skin protection
  • Gel pools create a protective barrier for a comfortable shave
  • Skin guards double the points of contact to smooth the skin and help to prevent irritation
  • Ergonomically-designed handle

Recommended by Jay on Facebook:

“Works well and not too expensive.”

Jay mentioned he was using the Hydro 5 for daily shaving, which is impressive given how sensitive this much shaving can make the scalp.

Judging by the reviews online, a lot of men have switched from Gillette razors to the Hydro recently:

Dollar Shave Club

Club Series Razor by Dollar Shave Club

  • Sleek, matte black finish
  • Designed for a balanced hold
  • Easy to grip in or out of the shower
  • Mix and match with the 4-Blade All-Terrain or 6-Blade Extra Close options

Recommended by Jay Hendrickson:

“New blades give exceptionally smooth shaves with no cuts.”

Jay Hendrickson

Dollar Shave Club will always have a special place in my heart because of the amazing commercial that went viral years ago.

I asked Jay what he likes about DSC blades and he replied, “the ease of shaving.

“With a new blade refill, it literally feels like lotion gliding across my head and it always results in a close, smooth shave.”

Buy at the link above or start your subscription at dollarshaveclub.com.

Gillette Mach 3

Gillette Mach3

  • Stronger-than-steel blades stay sharper longer (vs. Sensor3)
  • Each razor blade refill is engineered to last for 15 comfortable shaves
  • Men’s razor cartridge features sharper blades (first 2 blades vs. Sensor3)
  • Lubrication strip glides to help protect your skin from redness
  • Advanced skin guard helps stretch your skin, and prepares your hair to be cut

Recommended by Andy on Facebook:

“I just use a Mach 3. Tried a Fusion but the extra blades seemed to cause more irritation.”

I must admit, I used a Mach3 for years for my face and head, and had no complaints. I switched to Harry’s for the convenience of the subscription model but the Mach3 never let me down.

Dorco pace 7 razor

DORCO Pace7 7-Blades Razor

  • 7 precision-aligned blades micropositioned to deliver the most comfortable and smooth shave.
  • Pivoting head moves constantly to maintain close contact with the contours of your skin
  • Ergonomically designed grip and non-slip rubber pad – excellent control and comfort
  • Upgraded moisturizing capsule to make your sensitive skin feel soft and comfortable.

Recommended by Kev on Facebook:

“Gives me the ultimate closest shave possible”

Defender

Defender Chrome Series

  • New metal handles weighted and sculpted with a sturdy grip for a precise comfortable shave every time
  • Lightweight and flexible soft-touch handle
  • Customizable blade types

Recommended by Craig Susalis and Timothy:

“Light and easy to work with. I felt like I got a smooth shave out of it. I never felt like I had to apply pressure.

“Any time I shaved my head with Defender, I don’t recall having any bumps or red spots.”

Craig Susalis

Timothy on Facebook:

“First for the face then for my head. Smooth shave & the handle is lighter and easy to manage.”

How to shave your head with a razor

Step one: buzz

If you’re a long-time baldie, you can skip this step. However, if you’re going straight from having hair to a wet shave, you’re going to have a bad time.

You’ll need to prepare your head by buzzing your head down using a good quality set of clippers. This will stop longer hairs from getting caught in the blades of your razor.

Step two: shower

Shaving before a shower may seem like a good idea because it allows you to wash off any shaving foam and/or hair shavings. However, this means shaving your head in a colder environment. Your scalp and hair follicles haven’t been prepared for the trauma of shaving.

Likewise, shaving after a shower means your scalp and hair have had time to cool down after being softened up by the hot water.

If you shave in the shower, the hot water and steam prepare your scalp and hair follicles for the best shaving experience. This lowers the risk of razor bumps.

Step three: clean & exfoliate

Another advantage to shaving in the shower is that it makes it easy to clean your head in preparation for the closest shave possible. You’re also in the perfect place to clean up afterward.

You’d be surprised how many people don’t know that bald people need to use shampoo. Keeping a clean, healthy scalp is a crucial hygiene step to properly maintain a bald head. You can use any shampoo, but if you like to use the right tools for the job, check out C3 Head Wash:

C3 Head Wash

  • Designed precisely for face and scalp
  • Non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic fragrance-free formula
  • pH balanced to support healthy skin on the face and scalp

C3 technically isn’t a shampoo – it’s a specialist face and scalp wash that’s vegan and made in the US. It’s also hypoallergenic, so it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.

Exfoliate your scalp to remove the layer of dead skin, oil, and grime that builds up and would otherwise create a barrier between your razor and scalp.

This will provide the closest possible shave and is more hygienic in terms of keeping your razor clean. It also means you’re less likely to suffer from razor burn. For the best result, use Bee Bald’s exfoliating pre-shave scrub:

Bee Bald Exfoliating Pre-Shave Scrub

  • Cleans and removes pore clogging dirt and oil
  • Removes dry, flaky skin
  • Conditions skin and lifts hair for a consistently superior shave
  • Small amount goes a long way!

Removing this layer of dead skin will give your head a more healthy look and make your bald head shine.

Step four: shave

Cover your head in shaving foam or gel, and make sure your razor is clean by running it under the shower head for a few seconds.

When you’re ready to shave, you’ll find it much easier if there’s a mirror to watch yourself, at least while you’re shaving the top and sides of your head.

Buy a stick-on mirror for your shower screen or wall. This will allow you to see what you’re doing and is a big help if you’re not used to shaving your own head.

JiBen Fogless Shower Mirror

  • Power-locking suction cup
  • 360-degree rotating adjustable arm
  • No warm up time needed – splash or wipe with warm soapy water once

Then take the razor and make sure your technique is smooth. Move against the grain for a closer shave, and take it slowly and carefully to avoid any nicks or scratches.

Some people advise shaving with the grain for less irritation, but I find that this doesn’t give as close a shave. Shaving against the grain pushes the hair upright and allows the blade to cut closer to the scalp.

When shaving the back of your head, use your free hand as a guide. Run your fingertips over the area you’re about to shave to give you a mental image of where the hair is. The shorter your strokes, the less likely the blade will start to rotate and slice your scalp open!

Most of the time when I have come out of the shower bleeding, it’s because I’ve tried to rush. This means I’m not as careful and I’ve ended up spending longer trying to stop the bleeding than I was trying to save by rushing the job. Remember, ‘less haste, more speed’.

Step five: clean up

If you do end up with a few cuts, I can’t recommend styptic pencils enough. They work by hardening or coagulating the surface of a wound. This makes it the ideal addition to your toolset:

Clubman Woltra Nick Relief Styptic Pencil (Pack of 2)

  • Stops bleeding quickly
  • Works on minor nicks and deeper cuts
  • No more TP squares!

Step six: moisturize

Finally, dryness is a big problem after a wet shave. Always make sure you have a good moisturizer for your bald head.

After shaving your head, you’ll need to moisturize to reduce dry skin and keep your scalp healthy. A good moisturizer will stop your newly-shaven head feeling dry and getting sore. It also stops unsightly blemishes from appearing on your scalp.

You’ll need to make sure your scalp is perfectly dry, but make sure you’re gentle with the towel. Be patient and pat your head dry rather than rubbing aggressively at your sensitive, newly-shaved scalp.

Then apply moisturizer and enjoy the satisfying feeling of your dry scalp absorbing the lotion. Look for a moisturizer that:

  • Is fast-absorbing
  • Is non-sticky
  • Contains SPF
  • Ideally contains organic ingredients

My recommendation is Bee Bald Smooth Plus Daily Moisturizer With SPF30:

Bee Bald Smooth Plus Daily Moisturizer w/SPF 30

  • Tones, hydrates and moisturizes your scalp
  • Protects from harmful UVA/UVB rays
  • Helps reduce shine and control oily secretions
  • Can also be used on the face to smooth fine lines, wrinkles & dry patches

If you’re looking for a natural alternative to moisturizer, here’s a list of the best oils for a bald head.

FAQs

Is it safe to shave your head with a razor?

It’s safe to shave your head with a razor as long as your hair is short enough. Use clippers to shave down to a short buzz first, then use a sharp, clean razor and shaving cream to shave with the grain, and then against the grain if comfortable.

Shaving in the shower is safest, as the hot water will soften the hair, making the shave easier. Make sure you have a mirror handy and take the shave slowly and carefully, especially around the ears.

Dry your scalp gently by patting with a towel, then apply a specialist scalp moisturizer afterwards.

Is it better to shave your head with a razor or an electric shaver?

It’s better to shave your head with an electric shaver if you want comfort and safety, but for the closest possible shave you’ll need a razor. Only a clean shave will reduce the contrast between pale skin and dark hair to a barely-visible level.

What happens if you shave your head with a razor?

Shaving your head with a razor results in a close shave and a smooth finish. However, those with sensitive skin can experience irritation, and shaving the scalp results in dryness that needs a good moisturizer. It’s also very easy to cut your scalp when shaving with a razor.

How often should you shave your head with a razor?

How often you’ll need to shave your head with a razor depends on how short you want to keep your hair. If you want to be completely bald all the time, you’ll need to shave daily. If you don’t mind a little regrowth, every 2-3 days is fine.

Can you shave your head with a razor every day?

It is possible to shave your head with a razor every day. However, it is time-consuming and tough on your scalp. Your head will be sensitive and will need proper preparation before each shave, as well as plenty of moisturizer afterward to avoid dryness and irritation.

How many times can you use the same razor to shave your head?

How often you can use the same razor to shave your head bald depends on the quality of the razor. A disposable razor should be replaced after 2-3 uses, while a better quality reusable razor will last between 5-10 shaves, depending on how well it is cleaned and cared for. 
Make sure you store your razor somewhere where it can be kept clean and dry, and rinse the blades thoroughly after each shave.

Summary

Looking good bald starts with the right razor, and I recommend a Harry’s subscription to anyone looking for a good quality razor to shave their head bald.

Harry’s is a great company with a fun brand that makes quality razors. Their customer service is excellent and the subscription and products are reasonably priced.

Most importantly, the razors give the closest shave I’ve experienced in around 15 years of shaving my head.

If you want to check what you’ll look like with your newly shaved head before you shell out on the tools of the trade, this might help: What would I look like bald?

Finally, remember that shaving is just the start. To find out which other items you’ll need to invest in to keep your bald head looking and feeling great, read this post on all the best products for bald heads.

Are you a Harry’s man too, or do you use another brand to get the smoothest shave possible on your bald head? Let me know in the comments below!

This post was written by Matt:

I've been shaving my head for nearly 20 years. I'm here to share that experience, good and bad, help you embrace your hair loss, and live your best bald life.

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