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Title: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: PerpetualWanderlust on May 15, 2017, 06:42:22 PM
Was going to start cutting my own hair to save money because...well...getting haircuts is expensive. Plus, the last 10+ haircuts I've paid for (all around $25) have all been average, at best. I figure if I put in the work, I can learn to give myself a simple, effective haircut for next to nothing.

Any advice on which set/brand of hair clippers / hair cutting set to buy? The prices vary so much, and I'm not sure how much different the quality of product is.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 15, 2017, 06:49:12 PM
Our Wahl clippers have lasted 4 or 5 years now, still going strong. They're awesome. "Body groomers" don't seem to last as long. We use these on the neckline to shave it clean and trim the edges. You *can* just use a razor for this, but if you're doing body hair maintenance too, they may be worth it.

Corded seems to be the key to a long life. These are the hair clippers we use: https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Chrome-Pro-Haircut-79524-2501/dp/B0026IBSVE/ (https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Chrome-Pro-Haircut-79524-2501/dp/B0026IBSVE/)
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: inline five on May 15, 2017, 06:52:59 PM
I have Wahl clippers
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: wanderingdomer on May 15, 2017, 06:59:06 PM
I'll third the Wahl clippers. I've had my Wahl Color Pro for at least 11 years and they still work great for cutting my own hair. I lost a screw when cleaning a blade but Wahl sent another one free.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: sisto on May 15, 2017, 07:30:34 PM
I usually buy Wahl too. I've been buying them every few years for many years now. They don't last me as long as most on here, but I also probably do a lot more haircuts with mine. I suggest using a handheld mirror to see the back of your head.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 15, 2017, 07:34:27 PM
I usually buy Wahl too. I've been buying them every few years for many years now. They don't last me as long as most on here, but I also probably do a lot more haircuts with mine. I suggest using a handheld mirror to see the back of your head.

Well, we cut my husband's hair every 2 weeks and it's extremely thick. =) But I will say, coarser hair textures would likely be harder on it- I know ethnic background can play into hair care needs substantially, and this would be one of those situations.

That all being said, do you follow cleaning and oiling guidelines provided by the company? It helps a ton. If you don't oil the blades, there's too much friction and it burns up the motor (is my non-engineery understanding of what happens).
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Post by: TomTX on May 15, 2017, 08:27:18 PM
Wahl, Color Pro. After use, brush out the hair and oil per the directions.
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Post by: Paul der Krake on May 15, 2017, 08:40:11 PM
Another vote for Wahl. I got the $20 version at Sam's club 5 years ago, no idea about the exact model. Good as new. I oil it every other haircut.

This thing paid for itself after haircut #2, and I'm on haircut #80 or thereabouts.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: mjs111 on May 15, 2017, 09:03:08 PM
I've used the same pair of Wahl clippers for the last 12 years.  Depending on your age you may only need to buy a Wahl hair clipper once.

Mike
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: woody51285 on May 15, 2017, 09:11:17 PM
I have had great luck with dog clippers.
They seem to be more heavy - duty and better built. Current pair are over 2 years old and going strong with a haircut about every 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: secondcor521 on May 15, 2017, 09:25:43 PM
I buy Wahl clippers - the $20-$25 ones.  My first set lasted about 8-9 years with little to no maintenance and cutting my hair and my oldest son's hair about once every week or two.  On my second set now.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Goldielocks on May 15, 2017, 09:42:59 PM
I am on our second set of Wahl clippers, current pair being the color version or the next higher cost ones up (without a ton of accessories).   I had thought it was just cheap clippers, at first,  but after the third cut, they seem to start pulling at my son's hair -- and the last haircut was, well, not good.  (hair on top did not cut as short as on the side, despite using the same blade guard, running over it a few times,  etc).

I oil every 2nd use, too.  It seems that about half way through they just stop cutting as well.  I think it is his extremely thick and coarse hair.   Am I the only one to have trouble?

Anyway,  this photo is the sort of challenge I am faced with before cutting with the clippers.  (not my son, internet photo)
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: iluvzbeach on May 15, 2017, 09:53:14 PM
Wahl clippers from Costco ($20) about 8-9 years ago. They get used at least once a month, still going strong.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: bortman on May 16, 2017, 07:15:41 AM
https://www.amazon.com/Wahl-Lithium-Ion-Clipper-79600-2101/dp/B0058SY1X6

I bought this kit two years ago to replace my old off-brand corded clippers.

I paid $45 at the time.

The large clipper is fantastic and can do several haircuts on a single charge. The only complaint I have about the smaller trimmer is that it runs on 2 AA batteries. It would have been much better if both trimmers used li-ion.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Spitfire on May 16, 2017, 07:43:09 AM
I also have wahl corded clippers. I buzz it once a week with no guard and have had these for 10 years I think.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Frankies Girl on May 16, 2017, 07:46:53 AM
Have Wahl clippers that came with a whole mess of different color coded guards, even have right/left side over ear tapers. And oil, cleaning brush and two combs and pro scissors. Got it a few years ago off the shelf at Target for $18. Definitely agree on the corded being more reliable.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: MrDelane on May 16, 2017, 08:17:44 AM
I'll add to the chorus of people recommending Wahl clippers.
Corded is DEFINITELY the way to go.

Purchased in 1995, I think, for about $25 or so (I tried searching the model number online and only came up with one for sale on Ebay listed as 'vintage.').  I've used them about twice a month to cut my hair for the past 22 years.

That's about 528 hair cuts... figure $20 a hair cut (on the low end) and they've saved me at least $10,560 so far.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Spork on May 16, 2017, 08:37:40 AM
I have had great luck with dog clippers.
They seem to be more heavy - duty and better built. Current pair are over 2 years old and going strong with a haircut about every 2 weeks.

THIS.   We went through 3-4 pairs of various cost levels of Wahl clippers before we finally bought a dog grooming Andis clipper.  I notice they seem to run at a lower rpm and with a bit more power.... as if they're geared differently.

I will say: We do also use it on the dogs.  And one dog has a REALLY thick undercoat.  I am pretty sure that is what wore out the Wahls.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: RobFIRE on May 17, 2017, 08:12:59 AM
I recently bought a pair of Wahl Elite Pro corded clippers, were 50 in the UK.
They replaced a ~10 year old cheap pair from a different brand whose blade had gone blunt, and had never cut all that well (took several passes to cut; could not even find replacement blade for sale).

The Wahl certainly seem built to last to me and cut very well with little effort (as a 30-something guy slowly going bald I am now just going for the 'crew cut' look).

Having looked into the cordless ones I think they have the obvious issue of a proprietary battery eventually failing, and secondly that they are underpowered.

I briefly looked at the cheaper Wahl options but thought that the relatively small saving was unlikely to be worth it, and would rather pay a bit more upfront for higher build quality (hopefully). I expect these Wahl ones will still be going in 20 years, so for 50 outlay will save 20 x 12 x 10 per haircut  = 2500 or so (before inflation).
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: moonpalace on May 17, 2017, 08:44:47 AM
I used Wahl for years but they did wear out on me after about 5 years per pair.

So I switched to Oster Fast Feed corded a few years ago and it seems much more powerful and higher quality. About $50 instead of $30 for Wahl.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: spokey doke on May 18, 2017, 08:22:24 AM
I've been using clippers to shave my head for about 20 years. I had a couple pairs of Wahl clippers and both got the job done (not very well) for a while then died.  I then tried Andis, which was better, but also bogged down a lot and crapped out.  I splurged on a pair of Oster Classics and while the speed varies in weird ways, they have been much better than all the others...smooth, powerful, effective.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: MMM98 on May 18, 2017, 08:44:19 AM
My corded Wahl clippers are from 1998.  Since purchase I have only had one problem with the cord which broke at the bend point.  I soldered a new one in place and no problems since.  Mine is US made, cost under 20.00 USD back then.  Have never been sharpened or had the blades replaced.  I have oiled the blades.  The plastic guides have been replaced
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 18, 2017, 09:50:32 AM
How do you guys clean up after hair cuts?

Any tips? I feel bad for leaving little bits of hair in between the tiles of the bathroom floor

I am considering a pair of cordless clippers and just standing in the tub and cutting my hair before I shower

I just sweep, but we have linoleum, not tile. That doesn't help... maybe get one of those hair cutter capes? That's what my mom used to do for my dad and brothers. Then it collects on the cape mainly and you can dump it that way.

I also find the hair kinda accumulates on the buzzer. I have my husband hold a little trash can, and I just tap the hair off into it as I go. Very little hair to sweep up as a result. Not sure if this only works with short cuts though.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Spork on May 18, 2017, 09:58:25 AM
How do you guys clean up after hair cuts?

Any tips? I feel bad for leaving little bits of hair in between the tiles of the bathroom floor

I am considering a pair of cordless clippers and just standing in the tub and cutting my hair before I shower

I just sweep, but we have linoleum, not tile. That doesn't help... maybe get one of those hair cutter capes? That's what my mom used to do for my dad and brothers. Then it collects on the cape mainly and you can dump it that way.

I also find the hair kinda accumulates on the buzzer. I have my husband hold a little trash can, and I just tap the hair off into it as I go. Very little hair to sweep up as a result. Not sure if this only works with short cuts though.

We just sweep.  We also do most of this outside on the back porch unless temperatures are sub-freezing.  Sweep into a pile, toss over the fence for birds to use as nesting material.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Enigma on May 18, 2017, 10:07:52 AM
I also use Wahl and have a handheld mirror that I put in the shower on the shower rings.  About every 10 days I use guard 6, 7, or 8 and cut my hair everywhere.  Then I use a number 2 on the sides with my hand on the top of my head to keep the hair longer on top (something I picked up from a youtube video).

Cleanup is easy because 95% of the hair is in the shower and can be swept into a pile using my foot.  Then I wash it all off.
The last straw I had was when the mall wanted to charge $35 for a basic haircut.  I almost always tipped $5 or $10 as well.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: MrDelane on May 18, 2017, 10:15:09 AM
How do you guys clean up after hair cuts?

Any tips? I feel bad for leaving little bits of hair in between the tiles of the bathroom floor

I am considering a pair of cordless clippers and just standing in the tub and cutting my hair before I shower

I guess it depends on how involved your hair cut is - mine is pretty simple and I can do it with my eyes closed at this point.
I cut my hair before taking and shower (which I need to do regardless to get all the shaved bits out of my hair when I'm finished).
I lean over the tub and then just sweep up everything I can when I'm done.
The tiny bit that is left gets run down the drain when I run the shower.

Doesn't take much time at all.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: Paul der Krake on May 18, 2017, 10:15:41 AM
I put a sheet of newspaper on the floor that catches most of the hair. Vacuum the rest of the tile bathroom floor. Jump in the shower right after.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: sisto on May 18, 2017, 03:42:39 PM
For cleanup I run the vacuum first and then I use a damp cloth to hand mop up any stray hair.
Title: Re: Need advice on buying hair clippers.
Post by: martyconlonontherun on October 29, 2019, 08:40:33 AM
Bump.


Had a Wahl for a couple years, but they aren't the greatest. Got the job done but since I plan on cutting my hair for years. I want something that does a little nicer on both short and long. I feel the Wahl was a little limited and the handle to adjust the depth wasnt stable enough to trust.

I won a $100 gift card, so was thinking of using that.