Shaving Your Head While Traveling

Published on 2017-09-10 (3 minute read)

So you shave your head or are interested in trying it out?

Head Shaving Benefits

  • Dry your head easily.
  • Can be cooler in hot weather.
  • You can save money and cut your hair as often as you want.
  • Flexibility of cutting your own hair where you want.
  • You can avoid looking for or booking hair cuts.
  • You can still get dandruff, but it is less likely.

Head Shaving Negatives

  • Chilly in the cold without headgear.
  • Can be messy and require cleanup.
  • Less styling options? ;)

We Can Make It

If you are going on a short trip, you might like to get your head shaved before you leave. Depending on how often you shave, this might mean you do not need to concern yourself with shaving on your trip.

You might decide to grow your hair out while you are on holiday... but you probably did not come here for that, so...

Shaving While Away

If you do need to shave while you are away you can decide between:

Getting your head shaved by someone

  • No need to take any shaving gear, saving weight and space.
  • Get someone else to do it and clean up the mess.
  • The shave should be pretty quick.
  • You might have to spend some time looking for a place to get shaved.
  • It might be expensive.
  • Some people like the social aspect of having a chat.
  • Professional facilities and equipment.

Taking your own shaving gear

Once you decide to take your own gear, you need to decide what is the best shaving option for you and whether you shave your head smooth and bald, or clip to your desired length.

Equipment Consideration

  • Hair length: short or smooth (bald)?
  • Cheap or expensive:

    • Do you want a quality option that will hopefully last you a long time with a good warranty, or something cheaper that may not be a concern if it is lost or broken.
    • Cheaper options might take longer to do your hair.
    • Expensive options might have more features, or a premium look and feel.
  • Be aware of what voltages your shaver electric shaver supports if going somewhere with different voltages. Some shavers support a range of voltages, which is great for travel.
  • Manual methods do not have to worry about different electricity and voltages you may find around the world.
  • You might find others are not very appreciative of you shaving your head in public areas like hostel bathrooms.

Maintenance

  • Check the instructions:

    • How to clean and how often. Often a brush is included with a shaver and some can be run under water, but please check to make sure so you do not ruin your shaver.
    • Do you need to oil the blades or internals and how often. Some clipper oil can save your blades, save you money and save you time with sharper blades for longer.
    • Some people also sharpen their clipper blades.

Getting Ready For a Trip

  • Take spare blades or replace them before a trip if you think they will not last.

Shaving Options

Manual Shavers

    Manufacturer

    HeadBlade

    Brand

    HeadBlade

    Description

    A number of people mention the HeadBlade products can be vulnerable to breaking while using them or travelling. This case can help with the second issue. It is custom made by HeadBlade to fit an ATX Razor adapter and extra blades.

    Features

    • Water resistant
    • Webbed inner pocket capable of fitting a shaving cream pouch or something similar.
    • Elastic strap to hold a HeadBlade inside.

    You could also look around for another similar case to fulfil the same purpose. You might get away with something smaller, or find a storage container to serve multiple purposes. Let us know on social media if you find something that fits well.

    Manufacturer

    HeadBlade, Inc.

    Brand

    HeadBlade

    Description

    HeadBlade started out creating a shaver to quickly and easily shave your head. They seemed to become popular with their quirky auto themed wheeled shaving device. There have been a few changes over the year and the current ATX model is designed for not only head shaving duties, but also your face and body. Some people have reported previous designs worked better for them.

    The device has a soft rubber finger grip and blade at the back so you can roll it over your head and get a cleanly shaven head.

    Note: You will need to use HeadBlade razors to fit the device.

    See the HeadBlade TravelCase, because people have also reported these breaking while travelling.

    Some people have noted the suspension is susceptible to breaking and requiring a new body. Be careful during use.

    There is also an HeadBlade ATX kit available that includes an ATX Razor, HB4 Refill Blades and a 5oz HeadSlick Shaving Cream Bottle.

    Dimensions: Approximately 3" x 1.75" x 1.5"

    Manufacturer

    HeadBlade, Inc.

    Brand

    HeadBlade

    Description

    HeadBlade's MOTO shaver is the most recent model in the HeadBlade lineup. In April 2017 it received a "Red Dot" Award Winner, for industrial design marrying form and function in the bath.

    This new model incorporates dual suspension, slim design and pivots on a fully rotational ball.

    Opinions vary with these HeadBlade products and there seems to be no clear winner on which is the best model. Be careful with them to avoid breakages if you give them a try.

Wireless / Battery Shavers

    Manufacturer

    Philips

    Brand

    Philips

    Description

    Pros

    • Swivel head (180 degrees) is convenient, aiding ease of use for shaving difficult areas.
    • Waterproof and easy to clean.
    • Self sharpening steel blades.
    • Cuts through long hair.
    • Battery: 60 minutes
    • 14 Attachments (0-15mm).
    • Bald: Smooth finish with shaving attachment.
    • Worldwide Voltage.
    • 2 Year World-Wide Guarantee available.

    Cons

    • Longest 15mm attachment too short for some people.
    • Some users reported
    • Storage pouch not being very strong.
    • Plastic attachments not being as strong as they would wish for and might break if dropped.
    • Charger only shows full or charging as statuses. No charge percentage shown.

    Manufacturer

    Remington Products

    Brand

    Remington

    Description

    Battery: 40 minutes runtime.

    Pros:

    • Light and easy to fit in the palm of your hand
    • Curved blade to hopefully fit the shape of your head
    • Extra-wide blade for quick shaves.
    • Waterproof and easy to wash by flushing water from the tap into the black and red grill.

    Manufacturer

    Remington Products

    Brand

    Remington

    Description

    Pros

    • The primary feature of this clipper is the vacuum to help reduce mess and cleanup when cutting your hair.
    • Large vacuum bin to store and later dispose hair.
    • Dual motors (cut / vacuum)
    • Titanium-Coated Blades that can be cleaned with water.
    • Battery (Lithium): 60 Minutes running. 4 hour charging time.
    • Worldwide voltages.
    • Operates corded or on battery.
    • 9 combs (1.5 - 25mm)
    • 18-Piece Kit: combs, scissors, blade oil, cleaning brush, carry bag.

    Cons

    • The vacuum is not likely to suck all the hair up, so you will still need to do some cleanup.
    • Blades are not self sharpening.
    • Vacuum feature makes it larger that if it did not have that feature.

    Warranty: 2 Years.

Wired Shavers

    Manufacturer

    American Fragrance & Cosmetic Company

    Brand

    Wahl Professional

    Description

    Pros

    • Specifically made for close cuts.
    • 5-Star is the professional line. This clipper is very powerful and sharp (be will need to be careful not to cut yourself).

    Cons

    • The clipper is going to be fairly heavy, but it does not require a battery charger. Not for when you want to travel super light.
    • Being a clipper, it still will not shave your head smooth even though it is called 'Balding". Look at razors for that.
    • Only 120V / 60 Hertz, so not cannot be used worldwide.
    • You will need to access a power point to use it.


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