In Commemoration of our Founder Todd
Many of you have been with HeadBlade for a long time. You know the products, but you may not know much about our founder Todd Greene. So today we’re taking a moment to celebrate Todd, the founder of HeadBlade, and reflect on his story. This would’ve been Todd’s 55th birthday had he not passed away in 2020 from a long battle with cancer. Despite his passing, Todd’s legacy lives on in the HeadBlade brand and our mission to help head shavers look and feel their best through innovative products designed specifically for head shavers.
Todd’s HeadBlade Story
Todd Greene, the founder of HeadBlade, first developed the revolutionary HeadBlade razor in 1999. HeadBlade was born in response to Todd’s decision to embrace his hair loss by living baldly. No comb-over, no Hair Club for Men. He went for it and created a cult brand in the process.
“I was fighting hair loss and decided that it would be the opportune time since no one in Seattle knew I ever had hair. I didn’t completely shave it with a blade, I just used clippers, but it was enough to convince me that, no matter how much I suffered from hair loss, I wasn’t going to cover it up or try to keep it.”
Instead of fighting his hair loss, something that has been a cause of discomfort for many, Greene embraced his baldness and sought to improve the products available to someone like him. The result was the HeadBlade, the first razor ever developed specifically for your head. Greene saw a gap in the market and wanted to fill it. “I had been shaving my head daily since about 1995 and there weren’t any products on the market. I knew there had to be a better way, so I set out to create that better mousetrap.”
The HeadBlade razor was lauded by thousands of users and by experts in the design world. It was awarded TIME magazine's “Best Inventions of the Year” in 2000, added to New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2004, and won a RedDot design excellence award in 2017.
Greene’s passion and tenacity carried his design through a shifting retail world, the recession, and a new era of tech dominance. He was a trailblazer, poured his heart into everything he did, and had a great time doing it. Read more about Todd’s journey in his 2019 interview with Starter Story. Also, check out some of the fun he and the HeadBlade team has had over the years.
In addition to retelling Todd’s story, we thought it would be fun to create a commemorative HeadBlade face inspired by Todd. We hope you like it as much as we do.
Lastly, we have lots of interesting HeadBladers and would love to hear your story–where you came from, what you do and what made you decide to shave your head. If we choose your story, we will feature your information on our website and on social media. Submit your story and a forward-facing photo of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org