Three Ways to Shave Your Head

Get your pate silly smooth and keep it that way.

Jeff Bezos. Bruce Willis. Patrick Stewart. LL Cool J. Michael Jordan.

Bald men all, and unassailable proof that a bald pate does not signal a downturn in fame, fortune, and romance. What is clear, however, is that successful bald men—totally bald men—take great care to keep their scalp totally hairless.

Rare, though, is the man who has gone totally bald naturally and has a full pate as smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom. Many men lose their hair on top, and have decided to shave what’s left to result in a totally bald (and often badass) look. However, it takes some effort to keep those side and back fringes of hair from reappearing, potentially turning us from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Seinfeld’s George Costanza.

That’s why, if you’re a guy who’s losing his hair and want to go for the all-bald look, you need to invest in a good razor. Here’s a guide to the three basic types and their advantages:

Long Battery Life

This model comes with interchangeable three- or four-head razors and is water-resistant. Skull Shaver

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Rotary electric razors are the easiest of the three to use. They typically consist of three or four rotary heads that flex inwards, which automatically adjust to the contours of your head and neck. You use them in a circular motion, which covers a lot of skin at once. That makes rotary razors very easy and fast to use.Rotary razors don’t give you as close of a shave as the other two razor types. You’ll get a close shave, but you may have stubble reappear sooner than is convenient for you. But, if you can shave every day (and possibly live with a bit of stubble on those days you don’t), get a rotary. Look for one that’s water-resistant so you can use it in the shower and save even more time.

Staggered Blades

This model has a super-thin head and will run for 80 minutes on a single charge. Andis

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Foil shavers utilize an extremely thin piece of metal above the cutting edges, which allows you to get a very close shave. Foil razors must be used in a back-and-forth motion, which means that they don’t cover as much skin as rotary razors in the same amount of time, but they do provide a closer shave than rotaries. If you want the ease of an electric razor but want a very close shave that will last longer than a rotary, get a foil shaver.

Precision Shaver

Create your own stash so you’ll never have to leave home with side fuzz. Gillette

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The good old-fashioned manual razor has undergone vast improvements recently, with the better ones giving you an extremely close shave and with fewer nicks and cuts than razors of old. Multiple blades reduce the need to go over spots more than once. If you want a super-clean look for functions or a date night, the manual razor is your choice. Some guys use a manual razor on occasion and then pick up a foil razor for “maintenance” shaves. If you’re keeping a beard with your bald, look for a manual razor that has a trimming edge so you can make clean lines between hirsute and silky smooth regions.