Shaving your head with a double edge safety razor

July 23, 2015 4 Comments

Shaving Head Safety Razor

If you are reading this then you are probably wondering what it's like to shave your head with a DE (double edge) safety razor.  Good news for you is that I have shaved my head with just about every type of razor and can give you some advice.  
Best Safety Razor for Shaving Head
Keep reading to learn how safety razors compare to cartridges and what is the best to shave your head with, at least from my perspective.  

First let's talk about a cartridge razor and how it performs as a head shaver.  My preferred cartridges are Gillette Mach 3 and the Gillette Fusion razors.  The Mach3 has three blades while the fusions have five blades.  
The primary difference between the 3 and 5 blades is the spacing between them where the fewer number of blades has more space.  This helps when using a thicker shaving cream, gel, or oil because the blades don't clog as easy.  

The Pros:  As far as shaving goes they both do a great job, it is easy to shave your head quickly with either one, and the heads move to conform to the different angles of your head providing an all around good shave. 

The Cons: The biggest con is the cost of the replacement cartridges.  Razor manufacturers use the same business model as printing companies where they sell the primary device relatively inexpensive (the printer or the razor) and then charge you a small fortune to keep it going with the (ink or the blades).  
If you are environmental friendly you will also have concerns about the amount of plastic that fills up our landfills with the plastic packages that your replacement cartridges come in.  I also tend to get minor razor bumps with cartridges due to the way they are designed to lift the hair up and cut it below the surface.

Summary:  A good shave, fast, expensive, not great for the environment, and might cause razor bumps.

Next up is the safety razor.  There are a few different types of safety razors, but we will focus on the double edge safety razor.  
DE or Double edge razors refer to the razor blade itself because guess what, it has two edges on it.  It's a single blade unlike cartridges and both sides of the blade are exposed on the razor.  The side you choose to shave with is totally up to you.

The Pros:  The razors are usually made of a strong metal and are very durable.  Price wise you can get a decent entry level razor for $30 or less.  
All double edge blades are compatible with the razors, so you can get blades from any company and the are really inexpensive.  A good blade will cost you about 10 cents, no that's not a typo. 

The Cons:  There is a learning curve to using a safety razor and until you get familiar with it you will knick yourself.  Shaving your head will take a bit longer because you tend to be a bit more careful using the safety razor especially on your head.  

Summary:  A great shave, slow and steady, Inexpensive, better for the environment than cartridges

I started shaving my head with a safety razor last year and before that years of cartridge razor shaving.  It freaked me out at first to shave my head with a safety razor and the first few times were not pretty, but my technique improved and now I prefer the safety over the cartridge.  
It feels like a closer shave, I like the nostalgic feel of using something that my grandpa did and if you are thinking about getting a safety razor just do it.  
Don't over think what handle, what head, and what kind.  Buy one, give it time while you make mistakes, and let me know if a few months what your preferred razor is.  
My guess is that you will fall in love with the Safety razors and become an advocate for converting others
We recently launched our Sir Hare safety razor and I love using it for my face and my head.  
With our 100% satisfaction guarantee you can't go wrong.  You will either love it or get your money back.  

4 Responses

Cabo Smith
Cabo Smith

August 30, 2017

I love safety razors. I learned how to use them from my Grandfather. The only razors I use are safety. They give a clean, close shave every time. No reason to go back to cartridges ever again.

Ian Shaffer
Ian Shaffer

January 08, 2017

Can you go against the grain with a safety razor?

Gabriel Vargas
Gabriel Vargas

October 21, 2016

I was hesitant at first, but after I finally caved in and spent the money, I couldn’t be more satisfied!

It is a much closer shave and for not having used one before this, I am very happy with the result.

The best advice I can give about using one is take it slow; don’t be in a rush. And as with any razor, short strokes rather than long strides. If you’re paying attention and feeling the razor, you will be fine.

In short, great product, great price, and an even better shave!

(I use the Lumberjack Oil and it smells fantastic!)

Dwight lucas
Dwight lucas

August 01, 2016

Hi I have been using DE razor now for 16 years I’ve become a collector different types of DE and belong to a club.

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