Top 5 Best Men’s Razors for Head Shaving Reviewed
Shaving your head is a style choice that many men make for various reasons in their lives. Could be you just love the look of a slick clean-shaven head or maybe you are concerned about the thinness of your hair or could be losing hair entirely. The grey may be creeping in and instead of dying it, shaving it is the easier option. No one wants to deal with off colored roots anyway.
Whatever your reason is, like anything in life there is a right way and a not so right way of doing things. With the technology of today, you know for sure someone has done something that is very specific just for shaving your head and in today’s market you can find many different products that are specifically for removing everything from the top of your cranium.
To begin, it must be known that there is not much of a better feeling than a head cleanly shaved by a straight razor. Not everyone has the hands of a professional barber and is willing to take blade to scalp and the costs of getting your head done once a week by a professional may not be in your budget so we will take a look at the next best options out there for getting the smooth, glossy look of a freshly shaved head.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is electric or blade? Each one has their pros and cons, and much of it will come to preference, so you need to take a look at your own life and see what works best for you but it is pretty clear to say that even with the best of electric technology and wet shaving techniques, a blade will still give you that very close shave feeling.
An electric shaver is always handy in any shave situation. They are quick, easy to use, are usually ready to go as long as you remember to charge it or if it has a cord and they are reasonably easy to clean when done. Tech has come a long way in how close you can get with an electric shaver, and that means the level of convenience is top notch.
When you choose a blade for your shaving, then you have a few more options available to you in style of blade. A Safety razor is usually second only to the straight razor but does take some effort to learn how to use and does come with some costs involved. Disposables are readily available and depending on the quality of the razor in question, can do a great job or can leave the head in cuts and nicks that can leave you with a little regret at bringing blade to head. In the disposable field, there are also several specific for heads brands available to make your experience easy and pleasurable.
As with any shaving experience, being ready for the task at hand means the end results should come out as expected. When considering shaving your head, you need to take into account what to use to make everything go… smooth.
Just about any choice of razor you use, be it electric or blade, trimming first just makes everything go a lot easier. Of course, if you are using a safety blade or a straight razor this step is not always necessary as the single blade will cut right to the skin and not get clogged or gummed up with extra hairs but any disposable or electric will require a trim first to make your life a lot easier.
Many electric shavers, for both head and face, will come with a trimmer and for the most part, any man with facial hair will have some form of a trimmer on hand. Most standard trimmers will cut to a .5mm or .4mm giving you a perfect height to work with a blade or an electric to remove the remaining stubble. For the best results in trimmers, it is good to use a proper head or beard trimmer to get rid of any longer unwanted hair first.
Head prep still requires a lubricant of some kind if you are using a blade and there are many options available for you out there. It is recommended to stay away from aerosols due to the fact they have chemicals in them that can dry the skin and possibly cause irritation but there are a lot of products out there that you squeeze into your hands and massage onto your head either to create a lather or to create the lubricant needed to be sure your skin is ready for the shaver.
Just remember, if you are using an electric, they usually do not need any kind of lubricant, and while there are wet and dry electric shavers, you will need to be sure of the manufacturer’s recommendations when using any electric on your head.
So let’s take a look at what is useful to remove all that hair from your head.
#1 Philips Norelco QC5580/40
The Norelco QC5000 series is a great hair trimmer with many useful features, but the QC5580 Hair Clipper Pro comes with an additional attachment to give you that very close head shave. This trimmer can also be used on beards and your face if you so desire.
One of the things that makes the QC5580/40 unique is the rotating head which twists 180 degrees allowing you to position it for the most comfortable reach. Sometimes it can be challenging to get the back of your head and hold the handle proper due to angles, but the QC5580 takes that problem and nullifies it by being able to twist its head and provide a comfortable grip while reaching those hard to get places.
A dial on the head gives you full control over how long you want your trim to be. Using the dial with 14 different settings and two attachments gives you a plethora of shave heights to accommodate any user, from zero to 19/32 of an inch in length.
The one attachment that makes the QC5580/40 rise above others is the balder attachment, which is similar to what you would see on a face shaver. This attachment is a foil version meaning the blades travel back and forth inside the foil instead of a rotation like many modern electric razors have which does not always give as close a shave as rotating heads do.
This shaver is a cordless razor meaning that it is rechargeable. A battery indicator lets you know how much batter life is left and a full charge can give you up to 60 minutes of shave time. Run out of juice, and you can use it as a corded shaver as well if needed. It is also compatible with voltages worldwide so no need for a power adapter, just a simple wall adaptor will do.
Performance: A good trim and a good shave. The 60 min of shave time means you can take your time when on a full charge.
Maintenance: Easily taken apart and cleaned with water. Blades are self-sharpening so no need to send off anything to be sharpened. Lubricate as directed to keep moving parts long lasting.
Quality of Cut: The trim feature is excellent and works just as it should. The balder tool is OK but not as close a shave as the blade tools in our list.
Comfort Level: Being an electric razor this would be done as a dry cut and the balder tool can be harsh on sensitive skin resulting in redness and irritation if pressed too hard.
Affordability: A higher priced shaver so not found in the bargain aisle at your favorite discount store. When used and maintained well it can last for many years meaning your overall cost is not so bad.
● 180-degree angles on the head for easy reach
● Several attachments including the balder
● Rechargeable and compact so good for travel
● Foil balder maybe not as close a cut as others
● No other trimmer attachment for nose or ears
This is a great shaver and well worth its weight. Lightweight, versatile and portable make this a great convenient shaver for on the go and while it does not shave as close as some of the other methods its convenience and ability for daily use make that not as noticeable but this is likely the best electric razor to shave your head.