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Published Sep. 21, 2021

A smooth, bald head isn’t something to hide. Men like Michael Jordan, Bruce Willis, and LL Cool J have taken hair loss in a stride by doing it on their terms. However, to get that clean cue ball look, it takes a good razor that’s sharp, easy to use, and easy to clean. 

The best razors for shaving your head could fall into one of several razor types. The right type for you depends on your style, how much time you have, and how much razor and hair maintenance you’re willing to do. Our list includes razors of different types to fit the different personalities, styles, and heads of those who like their scalp to feel like the proverbial baby’s bottom. 

How We Picked These Products

Methodology

Razors are an important and intimate part of a daily hygiene routine, one that I’ve researched and written about several times throughout my career. I based my picks on the quality of the razor’s materials, positive reviews, and user experience. I also made picks from all of the different razor types. Everyone has their preferences, and some types are easier for some people to use than others. Consequently, I wanted to include picks that were relevant to people with different hygiene routines and preferences. Finally, I considered razor design. Features like ergonomics, ease of cleaning, battery life, and water resistance factored into the final decision, too. 

The Best Scalp Razors: Reviews and Recommendations

Best Overall: Skull Shaver Pitbull Gold PRO with US USB Adapter

Rotary Dream

An ergonomic design and water resistance create a razor that’s easy to use on your own. Skull Shaver

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Why It Made The Cut: The Skull Shaver’s easy grip, simple cleaning, and durability put it at the top of the list. 

Specs: 

  • Head type: Rotary
  • Number of  blades: 4
  • Weight: 1.52 pounds

Pros:

  • 60-90 minutes of battery use
  • Easy to deep clean the blades
  • Shaves wet or dry

Cons: 

  • Doesn’t leave the closest shave
  • Replacement heads can be pricey

The Skull Shave Pitbull Gold PRO makes it easy to shave your own head. It features an ergonomic grip that’s designed to help you maintain control while shaving areas that are out of sight. Four rotary blades work together to provide a close, though not the closest shave among our picks. This model works wet or dry, though it offers a closer shave when used wet. It’s water-resistant, so you can use it in the shower, which softens the hair. 

The Pitbull’s blades easily come off for quick access to the inner workings at cleaning time. A USB charger keeps the battery full. That battery typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes. The rotary heads have good durability, but they’re expensive to replace.

Best for Men with Beards: AidallsWellup Men’s 5-in-1 Electric Head Shaver

All-in-One Shaver

Take care of all your grooming with a razor designed for the head and face. AidallsWellup

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Why It Made The Cut: The AidwallsWellup contains six floating heads and can clip, clean, trim, and shave to groom the entire face and head. 

Specs: 

  • Razor type: Rotary
  • Number of blades: 6
  • Weight: 1.23 pounds

Pros

  • Multi-functional
  • 60 to 90-minute battery life
  • Wet or dry operation

Cons 

  • A small percentage of units have develop a short

The AidallsWellup Men’s 5-in-1 Electric Head Shaver has six floating heads that adapt to the shape of the head as you move the razor. It comes with five attachments for use when trimming, clipping, and cleaning the face and head. It’s water-resistant for use in the shower. However, the head comes off easily enough that you can clean it in the shower, too. 

This razor includes a full set of accessories for use when trimming a beard, mustache, sideburns, and nose hair. Even if you’re not into exfoliating, this all-in-one razor can take care of your grooming needs from the skin to the top of the scalp. The only downside is that a very small percentage of units have been known to develop a short that causes it to turn on when not in use.

Best Manual Razor: VIKINGS BLADE The Chieftain Double Edge Safety Razor

Beautifully Sharp

The Chieftain provides the closest shave, but it takes a gentle hand. Vikings Blade

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Why It Made The Cut: If you’re willing to learn the technique, it’s hard to beat the closeness that the Chieftain offers, earning it a spot on the “best” list. 

Specs: 

  • Razor type: Safety
  • Number blades: 1
  • Weight: 4 ounces

Pros:

  • Provides an ultra-close shave
  • Weight distribution helps create a smooth stroke
  • Easy to change blades

Cons: 

  • Takes time to learn how to use

The VIKINGS BLADE The Chieftain Double Edge Safety Razor may take time to learn how to use, but it provides one of the closest shaves on our list. Safety razors like this must be held at the right angle with the right pressure. It’s worth learning how to use this razor for the results, especially if you really want a smooth head when you’re done. 

The Chieftain holds a single blade but comes with several replacement blades. Replacing them isn’t hard and can be done in a few seconds. Cleaning doesn’t get a whole lot easier either. For the most part, all it takes is to dry it off with a towel when you’re done. There’s no motor or batteries, making it easier to use in the shower. Besides all of that, it’s covered in beautiful chrome for an attractive addition to the bathroom. 

Best Foil Shaver: Andis 17150 Pro Foil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver

Power Pick

A thin head and strong battery make quick work of a daily shave Andis

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Why It Made The Cut: The Andis’ thin foil lets it get an incredibly close shave that rivals a safety razor, which makes it an easy choice for the best foil shaver. 

Specs: 

  • Razor type: Foil
  • Number of blades: 2
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces

Pros:

  • Independent drive shafts for each blade for maximum power
  • Head easily comes off for cleaning or replacing blades
  • Battery lasts up to 80 minutes

Cons: 

  • Not designed for use in water
  • Must start with short hair

The Andis 17150 Pro Foil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver gives a shave that’s close to that provided by a safety razor but with the protection of a foil. It contains two cutter blades, each with an independent drive shaft to give them both the best possible power. They’re covered with titanium, hypoallergenic foils with octagonal openings that help each hair toward the blades. 

The foils are arranged in a staggered pattern for better coverage on the uneven surface of the skin. The cordless design makes it easier to shave the entire head, and the battery will last up to 80 minutes. The downside is that this model is not designed for wet use. Using it in the shower or exposing it to water when cleaning can ruin it. Also, it’s not meant to take a long shaggy mane to a bald head. You have to start with already short hair. 

Best Value: Gillette Fusion5 Men’s Razor Handle + 1 Blade Refill

Simple but Effective

The Fusion5 has a simple design that includes affordable replacement blades. Gillette

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Why It Made The Cut: The simple design, sharp blades, and disposable heads keep the price down, but the closeness up with this razor. 

Specs: 

  • Razor type: cartridge
  • Number of blades: 5
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces

Pros:

  • Affordable upfront and affordable replacement blades
  • 5 sharp blades on each head
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Hard plastic can be slippery in the shower

Forget batteries and struggling to find the perfect angle. The Gillette Fusion5 Men’s Razor keeps your cash in your wallet but makes it easy to get a clean shave. Each disposable head has five blades already adjusted to the right angle, making it easier to use than a standard safety blade. Microfins on the head also smooth the skin to move the blades even closer. 

A lubristrip (strip of lubricant) on the head helps the blade glide smoothly, but most people find it works better with shaving cream or gel. You can tell when it’s time to replace the blade by the status of the lubristrip. Once it’s no longer releasing lubricant, it’s time for a new blade. While the handle has an ergonomic design, recent updates traded a softer grippy material for hard plastic. The plastic can get slippery when wet.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Razor

Razor Type

  • Rotary: Rotary blades have three or four rotating heads. The heads can adapt to the shape of the face for a comfortable shave. Rotary razors are also one of the fastest ways to shave your head (as long as the blades are sharp). These razors don’t provide the closest shave, but they’re the easiest to use. 
  • Foil: Foil razors have floating heads covered in a thin piece of foil. The hair enters holes in the foil and gets cut. These razors provide a closer shave than a rotary shaver but aren’t as hard to use as a safety razor. 
  • Safety: Safety razors offer the closest shave of these four types, but they’re also the hardest to use. Their straight blades require the right angle and pressure to cut the hair. If you get the wrong angle, you can nick the skin. 
  • Cartridge: Cartridge razors are the most affordable but don’t necessarily leave the closest shave. Their heads typically have several blades to help cut closer to the skin.

Cleaning Ease

Razors need to be cleaned regularly. Electric models need quick-release buttons that easily open the head for cleaning. Models that have two or three-stage cleaning can make the process tedious. Some models can be washed with water, while others aren’t water-resistant and can only be wiped clean. 

Safety razors can be cleaned by opening the head and running it under water. Like electric models, some are easier to clean than others. Models that are easy to clean tend to also be easy to replace the blades. 

Cartridge models are the easiest to clean. Run them under water, and you’re done. Once the blade gets dull, throw the head away and get a replacement.

Wet or Dry

It’s often easier and less painful to shave your head when it’s wet. However, not every razor is water-resistant or waterproof. Models that offer both wet and dry shaving provide versatility in use. However, if you prefer one mode of shaving over the other (wet or dry), you can buy a razor that works just for that method.

FAQs

Q:

Is it bad to shave your head with a razor?

It is not bad to shave your head with a razor. You can do it yourself from the comfort of your own home and maintain grooming without visiting a barber.

Q:

Is a straight razor good for shaving your head?

Straight razors are the one type of razor that didn’t make it onto the list. That’s only because they are very hard to use to shave your head. Yes, you can do it. However, doing it yourself takes a great deal of skill and practice to do without cutting yourself.

Q:

Why is dry shaving bad?

Dry shaving isn’t necessarily bad. Hair absorbs water, softening it and making it easier to shave. Softened hair also tugs less on the skin, so it doesn’t get irritated. You’re more likely to irritate the skin and get nicks if the skin isn’t wet.

Final Thoughts

The Skull Shaver Pitbull Gold PRO has a design that lets self shavers get a good angle for all areas of the head. Its five blades adapt to every bump and curve, making it our top pick. But if you’re looking for a razor that can get the job done in a hurry at a reasonable price, the Gillette Fusion5 Men’s Razor takes the cake.

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