F*ck it! I'm shaving my head for now on. Any advise for this newcomer of the bald?

So I've finally come to terms with my thinning hair and kneecap looking bald spot on the back of my head. It's time to say farewell to my hair and embrace the manliness of the shave. I'm only in my second week now and have found that I go through 2-3 disposable razors (Schick ST2) every time I shave. I start by using my trimmer (a mini Norelco), a few sessions with a hot washcloth, followed by a rubdown with shaving cream (Burt's Bees for Men), and then a close shave mirror side. Sometimes I'll do some blind cleanup work under a shower, but other than that, that's about it. I'm finding that this ritual is taking sometime to master and is starting to eat a hole in my wallet. Any advice on a good long lasting razor or a time saver for this new bathroom regiment?

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I can't speak from personal experience (yet), but when my Dad was doing chemo he swore by Headblade (http://www.headblade.com/). He sported the look and swore by headblade for about 2 years. I have no idea about his aftershave ritual.

I've read up on Headblade online though have been met with mixed reviews. It seems that their first 'Sport' model was regarded as the best head shaver on the market, while their new and improved 'ATX' is a scalp slicing P.O.S.

Now keep in mind that I've never purchased nor used their products so any positive feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I would love to be able to give you a real answer. But as I said.....all I have is what I was told, and that has been a few years. It doesn't cost that much, I say give it a try and if it works; great!

I like mine clean, hold the peach fuzz. Has anyone tried Dollar Shave Club?

Yes. Dollar shave club is amazing. Its the closest shave I have ever had outside of a barber shop

Me: What's the best blade count for shaving my head?

DSC: So far, for my customer review I have come to find out that our Humble Twin blade works pretty good to get the job done. I hope this information helps!

During summer I shave the sides and back.  I use a Norelco triple head electric shaver, and it gives me the best combination of closeness and comfort that I've found, and it doesn't wear out in a single shave.

Buy a Panasonic electric razor. You need not buy the most expensive one ($200-$300 US), though the more expensive ones have some luxurious touches, such as impeccable fit, finish and balance. Balance is a nice touch because it is less tiring and more maneuverable, though perfect balance is not really necessary, merely very nice and helpful. Automatic cleaning devices are useful and effective, but hardly essential. You can find a very nice rechargeable model for about $100 at Amazon, a little more at BestBuy, which may seem a lot but consider how much you are spending on disposable razors (foolhardy and dangerous) or top of the line Gilettes with battery vibrator (very effective but Merciful heavens $5 a blade).

The Panasonic should not require any further expense for a year, when you may have to replace the cutting assembly at $60 to $75 a pop. The reason the Panasonic works so well is that the motor runs at ~20,000 rpm, which is several times as fast as the Braun, which I consider the runner-up relative to the Panasonic. Avoid the Philips/Norelco like the plague--they're useless for me. at least.

I like dry shaving in the morning after an application of Lectric Shave (or what- have-you Preshave), daily, before a shower, though some guys prefer to shave with the panny wet in the shower using shave foam or some such.  Personally, I find the wet Panasonic shave inferior to the dry, with or without the the Preshave.

Clean the shaver daily. If you use preshave use foaming antibacterial hand soap and running Warm water. If you shave dry, brush the hair out of the disassembled cutting head, with weekly wet cleaning. Always allow the wet cutting head and shaver body to air dry, which should take eight hours or until the next day.

Daily Panasonic shaves should take less than five minutes for the scalp, and less than three minutes for the face, even if you have wire-brush whiskers, as I do. You may decide you like the dark shadow, at least on the scalp, or perhaps the slick, shiny, shadowless effect, which will take a couple more passes with the shaver.  The Panasonic is eminently capable of either, while the Braun is not quite as capable of such a close shave. You pays your money and you takes your choice--the Braun is less expensive than the Panasonic.

Your mileage may vary. Hope this helps.

i started thinning in my early 20's. my dad does a comb-over and it doesn't fool anyone. i refused that path. i used to use clippers at the lowest setting but over the past few years i have gone with a perfectly shaved head. i don't do it daily, i like some stubble appear before knocking it down again, that way i save on time and blades.

i never tried the head-blade thing. i use all the others. my wife is a coupon and deal hound so i get whatever she finds. and for me i see no difference in comfort, performance, or length of usability with any of the brands. 2 blades, 5 blades, it is all hype, they all work for me.

also, i can use a blade for a lot of shaves. heck, never counted, easily more than 10.

i always shave in the shower. makes cleanup instant, and all that humidity helps keep my skin happy. i have a mirror i hang in there, though the back side is done by feel of course. in the beginning it did seem like it took forever, but over time i got faster at it. just takes practice. for shaving cream, i just use whatever bar soap i have.

re: the attached pic. it is a good look for you. i dig the stache.

(you mentioned Burt's Bees. *nostalgia* i used to work for them. for five years. best job i ever had.)

Your head will be very cold at first, and then you will be prone to sunburn. By the way, stubble is the most annoying thing you will ever experience, it's like having velcro on your scalp.

I can attest to that, got my head shaved as part of a cancer research charity one time. Really quick to clean in the shower, but I couldn't pull a shirt over my head without it getting stuck to my scalp. 

I shaved my head once... It wasn't good. No irritation, none of that (I used my normal shaving routine for my face, after thinning it down with a pair of clippers. Splashed English Leather then followed with Gillette A/S gel). The problem was... well, how do I put this... my head is lumpy. If I ever start losing my hair, I'll shave it again (although I would be the first man in my family to lose his hair. My grandfather had a full head well into his seventies). Until then, if you have the cranium or it, I'd recommend a Headblade (although I used a straight razor) and a good soothing balm or gel. Oh, and don't do it in July. Or, if you must, wear sunblock.

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