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Top Rated Hair Clippers: Our Rating = 96%
- Ultra powerful corded or cordless professional grade...
- Precision engineered Japanese Steel cutting blades for...
- Lithium-ion power performance delivers up to 85 minutes...
- Grades zero to 8 for a range of different lengths and...
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- Advanced steel self sharpening blades
- 9 colour combs for easy grade selecetion
- Comfort tip blades
- Taper lever (0.5-2mm)
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- INNOVATIVE COLOUR CODED COMB – The Wahl Colour Pro...
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Hair Clippers Buying Guide 2021
With the cost of both time and money involved in a trip to the hairdresser, for many people it makes perfect sense to invest in hair clippers for at-home trims. Whether it’s a case of keeping a beard in shape or avoiding dragging the kids and yourself to the hairdresser every six weeks, a decent pair of clippers is going to save an awful lot of hassle. But one glance at any online or high street retailer reveals a staggering assortment of brands, models and prices, so where to start?
As always, it’s worth deciding on how much you’re willing to spend at the outset, in order to narrow the field down a little. Balance this with how much you think you will use the clippers – have you used them before? How many people are going to be using them? If you know they’ll have heavy use, it’s worth setting your budget reasonably high to ensure you’ll end up with clippers that will last. Alternatively, if you’re only just venturing into home cuts, it may be worth starting with a cheaper model until you find out if you’ll stick with it.
While a haircut using clippers is a relatively quick exercise, especially if you’re intending to cut your own hair it’s worth considering the weight of the unit. Holding it above your head and at times with your less dominant hand can quickly make using even light clippers fairly tiresome. If you’re going to be cutting others’ hair, of course, this is less of a consideration.
Corded or rechargeable:
This is very much personal preference, with corded offering the convenience of never worrying about battery life, no matter how many haircuts you’re doing, or how frequently you’re using them. However, a rechargeable unit allows you to use it wherever is most convenient for good light and easy clean-up, without being limited to the reach of the cable. It’s also worth considering that if you travel a lot, rechargeable may be easier for touch-ups while away from home. If you do choose corded, look for a long cord to allow easy use, while in rechargeable look for a minimum of 30 minutes battery life.
Wet or dry:
While many clippers are strictly for use on at least towel-dried hair, there are some waterproof options. This can be extremely convenient for anyone using clippers to keep their hair or beard at a single length, as the clippers can be used in the shower without the need for a mirror. It also makes for easy clean-up.
In general, a more powerful motor is preferable, as it will run the blades smoothly and without snagging, cutting more hair in each stroke than a weaker motor. In addition, there are three main types of motor used in clippers, and knowing the attributes of each may help your decision:
Universal – powerful and most common. It does suffer more from wear and tear than other motors, and can be noisy.
Rotary – extremely versatile, with the motor speed roughly equalling the blade speed.
Pivot – used by most professional stylists, with a big power motor but lower blade speed. Particularly good for thick or wet hair.
These should be made from rust-resistant material, such as high carbon steel, and should be self-sharpening for easy maintenance. Titanium blades are also available, but are of course a lot more expensive. Some clippers use ceramic blades, which don’t heat up in use, but they can break more easily than metal blades and will be more expensive to replace.
When choosing your blades, also consider the minimum cutting length, and make sure it’s short enough for your needs.
Some higher priced clippers come with minimal accessories, while cheaper ones might have a whole array of add-ons. What you require will depend on your individual hair styles and preferences, but it’s worth choosing a clipper set with a good range of guards (which separate the hair as well as keeping the blades at a constant distance from the scalp), allowing you to cut hair to a variety of lengths, a brush for removing loose hair from the clipper head, and oil for lubricating the blades.
With so many clipper characteristics down to personal preference, it may take a while to find the set that suits you best. However, considering some of the factors listed here will help you narrow down the choices and make an educated guess as to what will work for you.