Shaving your head gets easier and easier the more you do it. It can take time to find the right shaving cream, the right location (shower vs bathroom mirror), and above all, the right razor. One razor that has been specifically designed for shaving the head is the Headblade, which was released several years ago now.
The Headblade has a very unique design, and whilst it’s not as popular in the UK as it is in the United States, it’s still a razor that I wanted to try out. So is the Headblade actually any good, or should you stick to a normal razor when shaving your head?
Headblade Razor Review
In short, I found that the Headblade is a pretty good choice for balding men. For those that are experience razor bumps and razor burn on their scalp, the handle may make it a little easier for you to shave your head. However, I do think that with a little practice you can get used to doing this with a regular razor.
Plus, the razor blades for the Headblade ATX razor are pretty expensive, though you can’t really put a price on the perfect shave. Let’s look at this one in a little more detail.
Although you might not have heard of them until recently, they’ve actually been in business for more than two decades, starting out in 1999. They’re an American company that claim to have the worlds best head shaving razor.
Unlike many other brands, they don’t have a big fancy website with a ton of different products to choose from. Their main product is the Headblade razor, along with a shaving gel and a few different post shaving options.
The cost of the Headblade razor isn’t extortionate, and it comes in at around £15 (or $20). This is more than a standard cartridge razor handle, but similar to any upgraded or special version. It’s still cheaper than most of the high quality safety razors that are on sale.
The blades are quite expensive, coming in at around £12 ($15) for just four of them. However, they are intended to last a lot longer than your standard cartridge razor blades, so they’re not that expensive – they’re only 50% more expensive than the DSC and Harry’s.
After taking the Headblade out of it’s box, I was surprised by the detail they went into in the motorbike design. It’s a little gimmicky, but I do think that it’s quite a good idea in general.
Now, the Headblade razor is one thing, but this isn’t the only thing that they offer. They also make head shaving accessories too, with their most popular being their Headslick shaving cream. Out of the entire experience, this was the part I was most impressed with.
Although it’s stated to be a shaving cream, it’s not – it’s a lot more like a shaving gel. However, where many gels feel cheap, this doesn’t feel like a regular shaving gel. It’s very easy to apply to the scalp, and you only need to use a tiny drop of it to cover your entire scalp.
I got into a great pattern of applying one lot, and then shaving my scalp with the grain. Then, rinsing my head completely reapplying it and shaving against the grain this time. This allowed me to get a really good, clean shave that was very close to the skin. So yes, I’d definitely recommend checking out the Headslick gel, even if you’re not interested in the razor itself.
The Headblade itself litterally has little tyres on it that are intended to run over your scalp. They don’t feel like anything more than tiny wheels when you’re using it, and it does make it easier to shave with. I kind of think of it as a set of training wheels on a bike – they aren’t going to make things any easier for someone who’s been shaving their head for years. But for those who are new to being bald, then it might be a wise investment.
The intention is for you to drag the wheels across your scalp, and the razor follows, shaving your hair off in tandem. It’s easy to insert your index finger into the Headblade to use it, and it applies just enough pressure for you to get a smooth and close shave, without causing any irritation.
You can buy two different sets of blades to use with the Headblade – they have both a 4 blade razor cartridge and a 6 blade razor cartridge. For most guys, running 6 blades across the scalp is going to be too many, as the scalp is pretty sensitive. I’m used to using a 3 blade cartridge, so the 4 blade is the closest to it – and that’s what I tried out.
I found the razor to be pretty effective, and it worked really well for shaving the back and sides of my head, which are the parts with the most surface area. The only thing that the Headblade sucks at is getting the hairs on the back of your neck, because it’s needs a little more precision than on your scalp. However, you can still get the hairs on your neck by lifting the Headblade up and using it like a normal razor.
Refill cartridges for the Headblade are notoriously expensive, especially if you’re based in the UK or Europe – they’re much dearer than they are in the US. They actually use the same blades as the Dollar Shave Club, which are both sourced directly from Dorco. The HB4 refills are the same as the Dorco Pace 4 blades.
This is a little awkward though, as you have to remove the adapter on the Headblade refills to use them. But, the cost of replacement blades is one thing that puts me off both the Headblade ATX and the newer Moto.
All in all, I’m not sold by the tyre design of the Headblade razor. Whilst it is fine to use, I don’t really think that you need any sort of help to shave your head aside from a learning curve of how to use a normal razor. Whilst beginners might find using the Headblade easier than using a normal cartridge razor, I don’t think those who have been shaving their head for years will find the shave much better. You can compare this model to other models with my full guide to bald head razors.
In all fairness, I did use the older model of the Headblade (the ATX) and they seem keen on pushing the new Moto version nowadays. So, I’ll buy that one and give it a go soon enough. Oh, and one thing that definitely gets the thumbs up from me is the Headslick shaving gel – I’m now using that as my regular shaving gel for my head, and a full bottle lasts absolutely ages. So, it might be worth giving it a shot and seeing if it works for you, too.