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Product Bulletin: HeadSlick

No company likes to post about an issue but we’ve been running HeadBlade transparently since 1999 and think the best way to keep our customer base is to tell you when we find an issue.

If you’ve been to the site you’ll notice that we are listing HeadSlick as “Out of Stock.” This is because our most recent batch was affected by improper cooling after production and, as a result, the usual creamy texture has given way to a more translucent viscosity with some visual white specs. We’ve taken the precautionary steps and have destroyed all remaining bottles from our 50,000 unit run. Unfortunately we did not find out about the issue until after some product had been released on the market. We are in production now on a new batch and hopefully it will be finished next week.

If you purchased a bottle from batch 19-0502 (number stamped on bottom of bottle) feel free to email us a photo of the lot number and, after we confirm your order, we’ll send you a replacement when we have stock.. The product is still good (you just have to shake the bottle up to get the proper consistency back), but we stand behind all of our products and always strive to get you the best head shaving products on the market.

We are committed to delivering the highest quality products to our customers.

How did men in ancient times shave?

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The Stone Age

When we think of the Stone Age era, we think of men with scraggly full beards. However, the Stone Age era men were the first humans to begin the shaving process. Upwards of 100,000 years ago, men were using clam shells in order to tweeze unwanted hair. Roughly 60,000 years ago is when the shaving process began to look like what it is today: using sharpened clam and obsidian shells to rid their beards.

Ancient Rome

In Ancient Rome, shaving was not only a passion but had a cultural significance. A young Roman’s first shave was a “coming into adulthood party”.  The Roman barbershop, also known as tonsors, were meeting places. Barbershops were frequented to not only get a nice shave but to hear the news and gossip. They were a place to socially gather. Thus, shaving became an integral part of social and hygienic life.

Romans shaving routine consisted of pumice stone (to rub off stubble) and then a novacila to remove hair. Afterward, perfumes and oils were used to soften the skin. If you were an elite member of society, you would have a personal barber visit your household. Body hair (and the removal of it) became a status symbol. Thus, in Roman times, the richer you were, the less body hair you had. It has been reported that Julius Caesar had his beard hair plucked out with tweezers daily.

Ancient Egypt

When it comes to Egyptian culture, practicality had a lot to do with shaving. Egypt is a hot country. Long hair can be uncomfortable in desert climates. According to Herodotus, Egyptians, both men and women would shave their entire bodies from head to toe.

What we don’t see is baldness in Egyptian art. Egyptians covered their shaved heads because of the lack of sun protection. Baldness was considered unfashionable, so most Egyptians would create wigs and fake beards to wear.

Ancient Greece

Men represented in classical Greek art usually donned facial hair. Greeks, (naturally hairy people), were extremely proud of their beards. Beards were cut only during times of mourning. However, things changed when Alexander came into power. He convinced his army to cut their beards, in fear that the enemy could easily grab his soldiers by facial hair. Alexander’s impact led shaving to become more fashionable. Razors began to be made of iron and copper. These razor designs look close to what the normal razors we would use today.

Modern Times

It is safe to say that modern times have completely changed the way we shave and the way society responds to hair. Shaved heads are widely accepted and often considered one of the sexiest physical attributes for men. We have the tools to maintain proper hair care and technology to protect our heads from environmental factors. Companies such a HeadBlade are leaders in the head care movement, making shaving easy, comfortable, and convenient.

Pros & Cons of Shaving Your Head?

Shaving Head Pros Cons

When you are making the choice to shave your head, a lot of factors will come into play. Will it look good? How will I do it? Can I manage and care for my head properly? What will others think? There are many advantages of shaving your head that can result in higher self-esteem and confidence. Ultimately, this is a personal choice and it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of shaving your head before you make your decision.

Advantages of Shaving Your Head

No hassle. When you shave your head you no longer have to worry about combing or styling your hair. Once your head is shaved, there is little to no extra care that needs to be done. Those who suffer from hair loss have difficulty finding hairstyles that will work for them – if your head is shaved, that annoyance is eliminated.

No more spending money are barbers. When you shave your head you become your own grooming expert: there is no need to visit the barber. Companies such as HeadBlade have created state of the art, award-winning razors that give YOU the best tools to personally shave, at your convenience.

Shaved heads are complimentary. Regardless of your facial hair, shaved heads look good on all different styles.

Washing is easy. The showering/grooming process is a lot easier with a shaved head. It is simply more enjoyable. In addition, you save money on toiletries and hair products.

You look younger. Those who have male pattern baldness look older because of prominent hair thinness. With a shaved head you eliminate any aging that is associated with hair loss.

Disadvantages of Shaving Your Head

Awareness of head shape. Be aware of your head shape. Once you shave your head, your skull shape is what people will constantly see. If you have an odd head shape, you might be self-conscious of your shaved head.

Sunburn. Once your head is shaved, it is exposed to the sun like never before. Make sure you use a sunscreen that is at least 50 SPF. HeadLube SPF is Oxybenzone and Octinoxate free and coats thick, but does not leave you with greasy residue.

Requires Routine. In order to maintain a smooth scalp, one must develop a regular shaving routine(Learn More). This requires time and effort, but ultimately becomes part of your grooming regimen. Investing in quality products such as HeadBlade’s shaving kits and razors can make this process straightforward and less demanding.

Sensitive Skin. If you have sensitive skin and are prone to dryness and acne, shaving can be burdensome. In order to have a successful shave, make sure to keep your scalp moisturized and have products on hand that will help you combat redness and irritation. For example, ClearHead helps prevent ingrown hairs and eradicates the ones you do have. ClearHead features Green Tea Extract and Zinc PCA which naturally inhibits oiliness. The rule of thumb is to treat your head like you would your face.

Does shaving your head cure dandruff?

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What Causes Dandruff?

Contrary to popular belief, dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis is a scalp condition, not caused by hair. Dandruff is the buildup of dead skin cells. When you have a full head of hair, dead skin cells collect. This buildup, combined with scalp oils (sebum), your head becomes an ideal breeding ground for fungus. As a result, your head becomes itchy and irritated and a dandruff condition develops.

Does Shaving Your Head Cure Dandruff?

Shaving can reduce many symptoms of dandruff. In a nutshell, shaving removes the hair that dandruff clings to. Consequently, if you have no hair on your head, there is no place for dandruff to live. In addition, the exfoliating properties of shaving remove the first layer of skin which is mostly comprised of dead and dry skin. Once you have a blank canvas of a shaved head, dandruff treatments can be spread more evenly and work more effectively.

Exfoliating Properties

The exfoliating properties that come from shaving can be paramount to relieving your scalp of dead skin cells. Dandruff is a scalp problem, so in addition to exfoliating, it is important to use scalp treatments as well. First, use an exfoliator such as HeadShed Scrub in order to get rid of dead skin and prep yourself for a great shave. Secondly, make sure you use a razor that is built for your head. The HeadBlade MOTO Razor’s award-winning dual-active suspension allows the blade to pivot up and down your scalp. This razor gives men their cleanest and closest shave. Once shaved, hydrated your head to prevent irritation. Products that help keep your skin moisturized and healthy will also combat dandruff. A product such as ClearHead contains green tea extract and Zinc PCA which help reduce inflammation.

Effectively Manage Dandruff

If you shave your head, you are eliminating the environment where dandruff prospers. Many men choose to shave their head in order to combat the embarrassing and uncomfortable effects of dandruff.

New Hot Trend: Going Bald with a Beard

Beard and Shaved Head

Beards are the perfect compliment to a shaved head. A beard can create a beautiful dressing for the face. Men with a shaved head and beard are often characterized as powerful and masculine. Shaving your head creates a clean cut (without the grays), making men look younger. Men who sport the bald head and beard look exude a sense of virility and vigor. Those who choose this style, often bring more personality to their appearance.

The Masculine Look

The scruffiness of a beard is dramatically enhanced by a clean, shaved head. Minor changes and shapes in your beard can create eye-catching styles. The smooth and scruffiness duality creates a masculine look every man desires.

Creative Approaches

Beard Fade:

The clean lines and diverse thickness of a beard fade can help bring a dynamic look to a man’s facial structure.

Goatee:

The Goatee can really help facilitate a more defined jawline. The pointed tip of the goatee can bring sharpness to a man’s face. Men with less pronounced chins can grow a thicker goatee to give the impression of a more robust jawline. A pointed goatee can also extend the jawline.

Full Beard:

A trimmed and meticulously groomed full beard accompanied by a shaved head creates a formal and professional look. This “uniformity look” is a clean, designed, and put together option that many men choose to sport.

Make it Great, Use The Right Stuff!

No other hairdo is as masculine as the shaved head and beard combo. In fact, one of the defining qualities of masculinity is the ability to grow a beard. In order to maintain this look, it is paramount to shave your head smoothly and properly. To reach the ultimate shave, the crucial decision is what razor and products to use.

HeadBlade MOTO

HeadBlade’s MOTO razor is a tool that is essential in every man’s bathroom. The patented dual-active suspension and ball designs allow for not only an easy shave but the closest one you can get. Because the razor blades on the MOTO razor can pivot up and down, it allows the blade to follow the contour of the scalp. Post shave, proper moisture, and SPF application will help maintain your skin’s health. HeadLube uses ingredients such as tea tree oil and shea butter, leaving your scalp shiny, but not greasy. With the HeadLube SPF 50, your head will be protected from harmful UV rays all day.

HeadBlade 101: How to Prevent Summer Break-Outs

Prevent Summer Break-Outs

The summer months can wreak havoc on our skin complexion. The warm weather can influence flare-ups, inflammation, and clogged pores. In addition, sweat can exacerbate breakouts. Hair follicles clog, and as a result, there is an overgrowth of bacteria. Dirt and debris build-up are most common during the summer months, making summer one of the harshest seasons for our skin.

Here are some tips to prevent summer break-outs.

Exfoliate and Tone

Remove dead skin cells to allow your skin to reproduce faster. Using an exfoliant such as HeadShed Scrub that contains fine ground walnut shells, you can detoxify and soothe the skin simultaneously.

Use Light SPF Moisturizers

Use an SPF that will allow your pores to breathe. Using a light SPF won’t clog your pores. If you are spending most of your summer in the sun, make sure to apply your sunscreen every couple of hours to avoid damaging UV rays. In the mildest form, sunburn can create a reddening of the skin called erythema, in the harshest form, sunburn can cause the skin to blister and peel. HeadLube SPF 50 is Oxybenzone and Octinoxate free UV protector that is made specifically to keep your scalp healthy and protected. The unique formula does not leave any greasy residue and can be applied multiple times a day.

HeadLube SPF50

Keep Clean

Keep clean and wash your skin multiple times of the day. Environment factors such as sweat and sun pollution can cause dirt to build up and send your oil glands into a frenzy. Keeping your skin refreshed and clean increases your epidermal turnover.

Use the Correct Treatment

Making sure you use the right products that react well with your irritated (and the sun) is of chief importance: You don’t want to make your skin more unbalanced or extra oily during the summer months. Choose products that have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. ClearHead Bump Treatment features Green Tea Extract and Zinc PCA which naturally inhibits oiliness.

Embrace Your Hair-loss

Embrace Your Hair-loss

Hair-loss can be a distressing and unnerving process for many. Hair-loss is most common in men. When a man goes bald, it means they experience excessive hair loss from the scalp. The most common cause of baldness is hereditary. Hereditary hair loss is not preventable. In addition, medications and supplements taken for cardiovascular issues, depression, arthritis, cancer, and blood pressure can also trigger hair loss.

Don’t let your baldness run its course…. don’t cling to the small amount of hair you have left. Having patchy bald spots, a receding hairline, or thinning hair is not a handsome look. Although there are some medications that can delay hair thinning, treatments only work for so long.

Embrace Your New Look

Take the plunge and go bald. Using a razor that will give you extra smoothness and leave little room for nicks and cuts. Headblade razors use dual-active suspension technology, that allows the razor to pivot up and down and follow the contour of the scalp. The new HeadBlade MOTO, now incorporates a fully rotational ball for added maneuverability, bringing head-shaving to a new level.

Once you take the leap and shave your head, following up with pate-enhancing products can help preserve your scalp. A bald head can still become dry and flakey, so keeping your head moisturized is important. Headblade’s HeadLube glossy moisturizing lotion can help maintain your suppleness.

So many of the most famously sexy men are follicularly challenged. If you are confident with your style, embrace your look, and keep up with your grooming techniques.

What Are The Best Ways to Take Care of a Shaved Head?

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What are the best ways to take care of a shaved head?

A shaved head is beautiful! In order to keep it that way, you need to take proper care of your head and look after your scalp! Just because there is no hair on your head does not mean you are immune from irritation, ingrown hairs, flaky skin, or sunburn.

Use The Right Razor

You will get the closest shave using a manual razor. Choosing a razor that has a flexible head will give you the finest shave. The Headblade razors, MOTO and  ATX All Terrain head razor are specifically designed for shaving head. The blades are set at the perfect angle. Based on the simple idea of making your finger the handle and using a car-like suspension, the Headblade razors eliminate nicks. Your palm and fingers stay in contact with your scalp at all times: you are shaving by feel. This is specifically helpful shaving the back of your head because no mirror is required. Shaving with a HeadBlade razor is faster, easier, and just-plain-better than a traditional stick razor.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Knowing how your hair grows can be an advantage when it comes to shaving. Because hair can grow in various directions, shaving in the proper direction of growth reduces the chance of ingrown hairs and irritation.

Daily Care

Exfoliating the skin can help get rid of dead skin cells and oils. The fine ground walnut shells found in the HeadShed scrub leaves the skin smooth and clean. This smooth surface allows the razor to glide smoothly across the head. Clearing the debris off the skin through exfoliation minimizes pore size and allows hair to grow freely and naturally.

Because a bald scalp has no external protection it can become scaly and dry. It is paramount to moisturize consistently: before and after shaving. Depending on your aesthetic preference, you can use certain products. For a shiny look, products such as HeadLube Glossy Lotion enhances your glow. If you prefer a matte look, HeadLube Matte Lotion is a great option.

Protect your head! Without the natural insulation of hair, your head is extra vulnerable to the weather. Being bald and burnt is not fun! Use a strong, high SPF daily. When it is cold, protect your head from harsh winds with a hat or scarf.

A Successful Man is a Well-Groomed Man

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A successful man is a well-groomed man

Paying attention to your appearance and being thoughtful with your grooming is paramount to success. Since you only get one chance to make a first impression, good personal grooming communicates that you care, are responsible and have high self-esteem. Those who take care of themselves will feel more confident at work. Men who carry themselves with confidence, gusto, and self-assurance will draw positive attention and leave a lasting impression. As a result, their careers will benefit.

Consistent with Grooming

When it comes to grooming, consistency is key. If you take care of yourself every single day, grooming becomes habitual. When you consistently show up to work put together, your appearance will have a far greater effect than a “special occasion” clean shave. Establishing a grooming maintenance routine that is simple and won’t take up your whole morning can be the foundation for your grooming success.

Good Habits

There are several good habits to establish in order to be a well-groomed man.

  1. Clean Your Face: In order to keep your skin healthy and clear is to make sure it is clean. Washing your face removes sebum and sweat. It can rid of dirt and pollutants as well. HeadShed is a pre-shave wash that sheds dead skin cells and softens hair. HeadShed prepares the skin for an easier and smoother shave. It also reduces the chance of ingrown hairs.
  2. Learn to Shave Perfectly: Perfecting your shave requires practice and skills. Your shave technique depends on your hair growth pattern and thickness of hair. HeadBlade MOTO, a razor with an ergonomic handle, creates two contact points to create a ‘suspension’ allowing the blade to automatically pivot, making shaving an easy and stress-free process. A super lubricated shave cream such as HeadSlick can help protect the skin and minimize irritation and redness. The cool menthol tingle will make you feel refreshed and awakened.
  3. Moisturize Your Skin: Moisturizing your skin fights aging by improving elasticity. Following your skin routine with a product such as HeadLube keeps skin healthy and protected.

HeadBlade

Major razor companies pour hundreds of millions of dollars into product development, design, and marketing yet a tiny little razor such as HeadBlade MOTO can make your grooming routine easier and simpler than ever before. Why? Because it is pure and functional and has won many awards. The winner of the reddot design award in 2017, the MOTO razor is the best tool for the job.

HeadBlade MOTO

Why Are There Bumps on Scalp After Head Shaving?

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Why Are There Bumps on Scalp After Head Shaving?

Much like other parts of the body, shaving your head can result in bumps (which are sometimes red and itchy) that no one wants. These razor bumps can be a nuisance, and for some – genuinely irritating. Therefore, when shaving their heads, there are a few steps men can take to decrease the occurrence of such bumps and their effects.

These bumps appear because of ingrown hairs that go up to the scalp, but get trapped beneath the top, visible layer of the skin. Because they get trapped, the hairs create tiny bumps on the head. This can irritate the skin, which is why some experience increased itchiness or even minor cuts (following another shave on the bumps).

How to Prevent These Bumps on Scalp After Shaving

This does not need to happen after shave. At HeadBlade we have created a shaving system to care for your scalp. Before starting to shave, make sure to trim the hair down as much as possible. Then use HeadBlade exfoliating cream, HeadShed that will help smoothen the skin. The cream will help remove any dirt or oil in the pores and improve the shave. It is best to use the HeadShed exfoliating cream while taking a shower, which will also help the sensitive skin as the warm water will open up the pores.Shaving Routine

Then, apply our high-quality mentholated shaving cream, HeadSlick to help the razor with the shave. For the actual shaving, it is very important to shave in the direction of hair growth; this provides major relief for razor bumps. Furthermore, once you finish the shave, use ClearHead which helps prevent ingrown hairs and eradicates the ones you do have and make sure to moisturize the scalp using HeadLube and keep hydrated.

All of the above tips can help decrease the sight of red bumps on scalp and any feelings of irritation associated with them. Remember, a shaved head requires a routine of cleansing, moisturization, hydration, and sun protection. HeadBlade provides a range of scrubs, lotions, and bump treatment products to ensure the proper maintenance of a shaved head.

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