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Why do Buddhist monks shave their heads?

Monks

The practice of cutting your hair or shaving your head for religious purposes is also known as tonsure. Tonsure has been around since the medieval Catholic times but was then abandoned in 1972 by the papal order. In modern times, tonsure refers to cutting or shaving hair by monks or religious devotees. Ridding of your hair serves as a symbol of renunciation of worldly ego and fashion.

In Buddhism, shaving your head (and face) is part of Pabbajja. Pabbajja is when a person leaves their home and “goes forth” to live the life of a Buddhist renunciate among ordained monks. It is a paramount step to becoming a monk. A Buddhist monk’s tonsure is practiced routinely in order to keep their head cleanly shaven.

Historical Background

The sacred text called Vinaya-pitaka was made by the Buddha. In the section titled Khandhaka, there are some rules listed for his ordained followers. Some of the guidelines for monastics that the Khandhaka lists are:

  • One must use a razor to remove hair
  • One does not cut hair with scissors (unless medically necessary)
  • No plucking or dyeing gray hair
  • No grooming of hair (brushing, etc.)

Modern Times

The guidelines set in the Khandhaka are used to discourage vanity. Most Buddhist monks and nuns follow these rules today. There is variation between schools, but the monastic ordination of Buddhism always includes a head shave.

Why Worry About Hair?

Going bald makes life a lot easier. Not only do you have to worry about grooming — you can throw away societal expectations! Without hair, you spend less money on shampoos, hair products, and haircuts. In addition, no more harsh chemicals or medical shampoos that damage your scalp. The monks had it right, go bald for a happier and healthier head!

Benefits of Shaving Your Head

headshaving benefits

It is true, “The less hair, the healthier head!” For thousands of years, men have shaved their heads for many different reasons. From religion to aesthetics, to health – the shaved head is a choice that has numerous benefits.

No more pattern baldness, receding hairlines, or patchiness

The best solution to embrace your hair loss (in whatever form it may come in) is to shave your head. There are other methods that can offer temporary relief, but they are usually expensive, highly chemical, or simply don’t work. Shaving your head is one of the best and easiest solutions.

Makes you look better

Shaving your head makes you look more masculine and younger. Thousands of men have reported that their shaved head makes them look up to 10 years younger. Both men and women tend to associate a shaved head with virility and toughness.

Save Money

No more expensive haircuts! Taking control of your own grooming process saves money. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about a bad haircut ever again! With a shaved head, you rid yourself of the long processes of shampooing, combing, and drying– you no longer have to spend the time styling your hair. If you take care of your own barbering, it is ultimately more cost-effective and saves you time.

Invest in Your Grooming

Utilizing the best head shaving razor to achieve your perfectly shaved head is paramount. Choose a brand that you trust. HeadBlade has an award-winning shaving system that has helped and is approved by thousands of men. Headblade’s multi-blade technology eliminates the learning curve for anyone who previously used a conventional razor. The award-winning axle and wheel design (Watch HeadBlade videos) give an easier, faster, and more efficient shave than any other razor.

Be the most effective and versatile shaver. Be sexier, manlier, and more powerful. Invest in your health with Headblade. 

HeadBlade 101: Do electric shavers work better than manual shavers?

electric-shavers

Knowing the difference between an electric shaver and a manual shaver gives men the ability to hone their personal preferences and find the perfect shaving tool. There are many factors that influence what shaving tools work best.

Skin Type

Your skin type plays a paramount role in your shaving routine.  The misconception is that people with sensitive skin or prone to razor burn should opt for an electric razor.  On the contrary, men prefer a manual razor because shaving cream makes their shave smooth clean and close. The men who like to use fresh blades use manual razors because their cartridges can be easily replaced and they will master a perfect shave.

Electric Shavers

Electric shavers are the best way to save time when it comes to head shaving. If you are dealing with copious amounts of hair or simply trimming your hair (not clean shaving) electric shavers are a great option. However, if you want to accomplish a smooth, close shave it can be very hard to achieve using an electric razor. Secondly, because it is an electronic device, you have to maintain and clean the tool. You also have to charge it or replace batteries frequently and also shave more often since it is not a perfect shave. Electric shavers can be quite expensive and are regarded as an investment purchase.

Manual Shavers

Manual shavers are easy to use and are budget-friendly. Those who are trying to achieve a smooth, close, hairless shave will have much better luck using a manual razor. You can find regular manual razors almost anywhere and are ideal for the on-the-go type of man. Men who travel frequently prefer a manual razor for its convenience factor. On the downside, it can also require more time to achieve your perfect shave.

The Perfect Shave

The perfect shave can be achieved. Headblade’s award-winning design has changed the landscape of head shaving. Men who are looking for a perfectly close shave (on the head or face) look to HeadBlade MOTO for its dual-active suspension. Headblade’s unique design allows the razor blade to pivot up and down. This makes the razor able to follow the contour of the scalp. It’s design and robust design leaves little room for error and results are flawless.

How To Stop Bleeding from a Head Shaving Cut

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Regardless of your experience or skill level, there is a chance you may slip up and nick yourself while shaving your head specially if you are not using a properly lubricated blade made for head shaving. There are many reasons why you could cut yourself: an ingrown hair, a small bump, or simply by moving the razor too rapidly. No one wants to go out into the world with a bleeding gash, so the best way to stop your cut from bleeding is to follow some basic tricks and tips.

Don’t Use the Bathroom Tissues

There are many other ways to stop bleeding than using bits of tissues or toilet paper that stick to your skin. These 5 other home remedies will treat wounds faster.

  • Ice Cubes: The cold of ice shrinks blood vessels. Applying an ice cube to your face with enabling clots to form quickly.
  • Eye Drops: Products that help alleviate redness, such as Visine (for your eyes) constricts blood vessels, thus reducing bleeding.
  • Deodorant: The ingredient known as aluminum chloride found in most deodorants not only shrinks sweat glands but constricts blood vessels as well.
  • Mouthwash: Tissues contract with alcohol. The alcohol found in mouthwash acts as an astringent and brings a stop to bleeding.
  • Lip Balm: The thick consistency of lip balm acts as an adhesive and seals blood from gushing. Lip balm also can act as a healer and prevent scabbing.

Disinfect and Heal

 There is a proper way to heal your nicks from shaving. Follow these guidelines to make sure your cuts are properly taken care of and heal properly.

  1. Clean the cut with warm water. Press a warm compress against the cut for about 30 seconds. This does an initial clean of the cut and slows down blood flow.
  2. Use a toner or alcohol-free toner aftershave to disinfect.
  3. Use ice to constrict blood vessels.
  4. Apply lip balm to ask act as a seal and stop blood completely.
  5. Use a bump treatment such as Clearhead Bump Treatment to prevent ingrown hairs and keep skin clean.
  6. Apply a lotion such as HeadLube Glossy to keep your skin moisturized.

Why are shaved heads ‘hot’?

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Shaved heads have a striking and distinctive look. Culturally, shaved heads are associated with the military and athletes: symbolizing strength, vitality, and vigor. In addition, men who shave their head are regarded as more agreeable and more dominant. Dominance is a key factor in sexual attraction and authority in the workplace. Embracing your baldness can help you embrace your true self, raise your self-esteem, and influence the way you carry yourself in the world. With self-confidence, people will be drawn to you and find you more attractive.

It’s in the Science

A research study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania found that men with shaved heads ranked higher for “masculinity, strength, dominance and leadership potential.” The study was published in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science and gave significant evidence that the shaved look is more attractive than visibly balding. Thus, men with patterned baldness or receding hairlines should just go ahead and embrace their baldness.

Proper Maintenance

A shaved head looks best when it is properly maintained. The good thing about a shaved head is that the grooming process is less painstaking. Shaving your head eliminates frequent visits to the barber, purchasing shampoos, and maintaining hairstyles. When you commit to a shaved head, investing in a good razor like HeadBlade MOTO razor and adding some lube such as HeadLube Glossy could be the only steps in your grooming process.

Make sure you have the best head shave experience. HeadBlade’s award-winning razors have a track-proven record. The patented suspension design incorporates a ball design that allows for dual-active suspension allowing for closer and easier shave.

HeadBlade 101: Self Headshave for the First Time

Shaving Routine

Congrats on making one of the best decisions… you decided to shave your head! Shaving your head takes gusto and confidence and the first time might give you some anxiety. Although HeadBlade has patented the best blade technology in the business, there are some tips that can help improve the shaving process.  Don’t be ashamed to ask the questions. We are here to teach you! Learn how to make the most out of this game-changing choice.

Tips For Your First Head Shave

  1. Shave After the Shower – When you get out of the shower, your hair is at its softest. When hair is soft, you can gently use your razor. Additionally, you are less likely to get razor burn or cut yourself.
  2. Use The Right Shaving Products – Exfoliating before you shave rids dead skin cells and polishes the skin surface. HeadShed Scrub acts as an effective pre-shave and preps the skin.
  3. Shave Cream – Choosing the right shaving cream can be a make or break choice. HeadSlick Shave Cream consists of special lubricants that allow blades to glide effortlessly. The mentholated formula leaves your skin feeling refreshed. Because HeadSlick is a water-based solution it rinses off the blades easily.
  4. Good Views – Shave in front of a mirror in a room with good lighting. If you are able to see all angles, there is a lesser chance of cutting yourself.
  5. The Right Direction – This is a basic grooming tenet: SHAVE IN THE DIRECTION YOUR HAIR GROWS. Although it feels good to shave against the grain, it can lead to major razor burn.
  6. Grooming Routine – Establishing a routine will make it shaving innate part of your grooming process.
  7. Invest in SPF – You must protect your head. UV rays are damaging. If you are not used to shaving your head, you have to remember to protect this new vulnerable region. A product that is dual-action such as HeadLube SPF 50 not only protects your skin from the sun but moisturizes as well. HeadLube has a thicker consistency so it coats well and leaves no greasy residue.

HeadBlade 101: Avoiding ingrown hairs, razor burn & bumps

ingrown hair

Shaving your hair can be a tedious process. Men make many mistakes when it comes to shaving. These mistakes can result in ingrown hairs, razor burn, and bumps. Fortunately, technology and product development have made it easier to fix these common problems. The most ordinary mistakes that men make are skipping the cleansing and moisturizing steps. Shaving the skin dry (and dirty) can cause infection, ingrown hair, and razor burn.

Cleanse Skin Before Shave

Cleaning the skin before shaving avoids the risk of skin irritation. If the skin is cleansed, your shave will be more successful. Taking off the dead skin using an exfoliator such as HeadShed Scrub, preps and smooths the skin surface for a proper shave.

Moisturize After Shaving

You cannot skip out on moisturizing your skin after shaving. Taking the time to hydrate your skin prevents both razor burn and bumps. Burns and bumps happen during or right after your shave, so bringing moisture to the skin immediately after shaving will prevent the pain and itch. HeadLube is a moisturizing lotion that promotes smoothness to post-shaven skin. It contains antibacterial ingredients such as tea tree oil that help prevent flakiness and irritation. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of HeadLube also help reduce ingrown hairs. HeadLube comes in both glossy or matte, so you can choose what finish you like best.

Fix The Problem

As much as we try to prevent irritation and ingrown hairs, the hair removal process can be an unexpected and complicated journey. That’s why ClearHead Bump Treatment was made! ClearHead’s formula helps prevent, but also eradicates ingrown hairs. The green tea extract and zinc PCA recipe soothes sensitive areas and helps boosts skin back to normal.

Invest in Your Head Care

HeadBlade has made it their mission to create unique and individualized products for the men who shave their head. They have dedicated themselves to making the shaving process a less tedious and successful process for all men. Avoid the rough shaving process by investing in proper shaving products.

Shaving Foam, Shaving Gel, or Shaving Cream?

shave creamShaving Foam

When we think of average shaving cream or gel, we think of standard can packaging and the white foam substance that comes from it. What makes this type of shaving foam so fluffy and easy to lather is the copious amounts of air that lives in the container. This air is actually detrimental to your shave. Air makes the hairs on your head flaccid. If the hair is flattened on your head, the razor is more likely to drag across your skin and cause razor burn. Shaving cream also tends to have fragrance, which can cause irritation.

Shaving Gel

Shaving gel, although not packed with air, contains a lot of alcohol. The high alcohol content can dry out the skin easily. This can be extremely painful on sensitive skin.

Both shaving foam and gel don’t do a suitable job lubricating the skin. Both have a thicker consistency compared to shaving creams. This thicker consistency can clog up razors quickly, increasing strokes and doubling your shaving time.

Shaving Cream

When it comes to picking a shaving cream, pick one that lifts the hair up from your face and also contains lubricants. HeadSlick Shave Cream is a water-soluble and mentholated product. This formula allows blades to glide effortlessly along the skin without clogging– giving you the smoothest shave possible.  HeadSlick Shave Cream is packed with a punch and lasts a long time.

Investing in high-quality shaving cream will not only help your shaving routine but will keep your skin healthy and hydrated and hairs soften and ready to be taken off!

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.

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