Buying Guide – Top 5 Things to Consider !
Before laying your money down on your new little cordless toy, be sure to do the right research to find the best cordless hair clippers, and consider these 5 things before making your choice.
Have You Cut Your Own Hair Before?
Are you a seasoned veteran of self-styling, or looking to try something new? If you’ve done it before then you’re probably more secure that you purchase is an investment, though if you’re trying it out for the first time, you don’t know yet.
Maybe you’ll make a big mess and go running back to your barber, tufts of lost hair in your hands, tears in your eyes. Then again maybe it will be the best thing you’ve ever done, and will become your new way of life. In any case it’s best to start with a more simple, lower price model if you’ve never tried before, maybe it’s not for you.
Check this video out to see if you can manage it yourself.
How Often Will You Use It?
Are you looking for something to give you a little tidy up once a month or so, or looking for your daily one stop grooming product? If it’s the first thing, then perhaps you don’t want to spend an arm or a leg. If you want to shave your head twice daily, groom your beard, and use your clipper for all over body use, it might be worth investing a little more.
How Much Could You Save?
How much does your yearly haircut budget usually come to? If you go once 6 weekly for a $10 trim, then maybe it isn’t worth the hassle of learning a new skill, and making the investment. If you usually have your hair cut very regularly though you could be saving yourself a small fortune over a lifetime.
All the Things You Can Do With It!
Your new clippers will be able to replace your hairdresser / barber regime, and maybe your friends will even be grateful for your purchase. The best clipper models that we feature at the HairStyleLab can be used for head hair, face hair, eyebrows, beard grooming, as well as body hair.
Types of Cordless Clipper
It’s no surprise if you’re in unfamiliar terrain when perusing through the volumes of cordless clippers on the market, which is why we’re here to help. Below are some tips facts about the different types of cordless clippers out there, so you know what you’re looking for.
There are three main types of clipper motor available, here is a summary of each:
slower blade speed, great power, good stamina
The pivot motor packs a strong punch, and is good for all day use, though the blade cuts a little more slowly.
Works best for thick, heavy, even damp hair.
fast blade speed, good power, poor stamina
Ideal for at home, occasional use. The fast blade speed makes for a faster, easier, and smoother cut than the pivot motor, but it heats up quickly and as such is generally used for cheaper models.
Works best for thin, drier hair.
A decent balanced volume of speed and power, with great stamina
The rotary motor offers the best for all worlds, and as such takes the main role in professional cutting.
Works best for a diverse range of haircuts, right through the day.
Which Battery Type
While there are many models out there using standard rechargeable batteries, there are also plenty with more state of the art battery technology. Which is best for you depends on your personal needs.
If you do require a more long lasting battery then be sure to check out the clippers using Lithium Polymer, or Lithium Ion batteries. They last much longer, and have a longer life-space than traditional rechargeable battery units.
Which Hair Type
If you’re an at home user, then be sure to keep in mind your specific hair type in mind before buying a clipper. Depending on if you have light or heavy, thin or thick, or if you have an ethnic hair type, then you should be conscious that the cordless clipper of your choice is suitable. Different motor speeds are good at different functions. If of course you are a hair professional, then you need a motor and clipper that can cater to diverse hair-cutting.
Maintaining Your Cordless Hair Clippers
If you’ve just purchased your first set of hair clippers, you’ve probably used them a handful of times, disregarding the slow build-up of grime and dirt, hoping it will fall away in the night. Sadly this is not the case, and you’ll probably have to get to grip with learning how to maintain your new clipper.
Just so you know, this isn’t necessarily the case, and if you really despise this sort of task then there are certain ways around it. Firstly you can get self-sharpening blades, which sharpen as they’re used thanks to the blades angle. You can also find models that are water resistant, and have easy release features for quick and painless cleaning under the tap.
Here are some things you might want to look out for though in any case.
Check Regularly for Dirt, Hairs, and Rust
Every couple of uses or so (preferably every use to be honest!) you should remove the blade guards, and at very least make sure the hairs have been removed, that no dirt or grime is trapped, and that there is no rust on the blade. If there is rust then you’ll need some cleaning solution, or if dirt is trapped then you might want to take it apart and give it a quick brush.
5 Must have features for a clipper
Generally, all hair clippers are intended to work on all hair types. While this may be true, thick black hair requires more power and sharper blades in order to achieve a sleek cut. You may often see the brands Wahl, Andis, and Oster as the top favorites in barbershops as many stylists swear by them.
Before you decide which is best, you must ask yourself a few questions first.
- What’s your level of experience?
- What accessories would you need?
- Who are the clippers for?
- Will the hair clippers be used for home or professional use?
Answering these questions first will help you determine what you need exactly and help you proceed to the best features of a clipper. Consider clippers that provide adjustable flat head screws to minimize the noise and speed up trimming.
Here are the 5 Must-Have Features for a Clipper!
1. Sharp Blades
The construction and quality of the blades are important for thick black hair. Many hair clippers have extremely sharp blades that are able to cut through pretty much anything. Those with black thick hair need sharp blades if they want to achieve a sharp trim. Clippers must have detachable blades to cut in various lengths, depending on the size of the blade.
Blades must also be in excellent condition with both durability and reliability. Using the best blades should require minimal maintenance while keeping sharp edges with optimal functionality. Consider a high-quality carbon steel blade that is also adjustable. Some clippers have a fairly dull blade that might pull hair during the process.
2. Strong Motor
The motor is important for every clipper as it indicates how well the performance of the unit is. The motor must be powerful enough to cut through thick, curly hair. Powerful motors often have a higher price, but this will also determine the quality of the clippers. There are three options when it comes to the type of motor that will work best for black hair. This includes:
· Rotary Motor
The rotary motor is also known as a universal motor, due to its powerful performance.
· Pivot Motor
The Pivot motor is the most powerful motor within the three, though it may also be the slowest.
· Magnetic Motor
The magnetic motor is an excellent choice for black hair, especially when it comes to its speed. Magnetic motors provide a consistency in power with a high blade speed. The motor tends to operate at high speeds to ensure smooth, sharp cuts. Thick black hair will have no issues as the blade will cut well from the magnetic motor. Magnetic motors produce about 14,000 cutting strokes per minute with ideal accuracy. It is ideal for cutting thick hair.
Most high-quality hair clippers provide attachment and/or comb guides that range from 0.8mm – 1 inch. Accessories can be expensive when purchased separately. This is important to consider as the customer will decide the length of their hair to be cut. Professional-grade hair clippers have more accessories aside from the clippers which could increase the quality. Others have special equipment that helps make them more portable.
Each hair style requires different lengths, so having your guides ready will come in handy. From the accessories, attachment combs, tools for maintenance and cleaning is also a must. Choose models that offer special warranties that make accessories replaceable if damaged.
4. Heavy-duty Casing
The exterior of the clipper is an important feature for all hair clipper models as this plays a huge role in the durability of the product. The housing must be able to absorb heat. It must also be stylish and aesthetically pleasing as some models tend to have an out-dated look. Casing types must also be resistant to sudden impacts, especially if dropped. The housing should be designed in such a way that will make the device safe and user-friendly.
A majority of the top hair clippers are relatively portable. Technically, hair clippers are compact enough to travel with. However, some devices are simply too heavy to move freely and use on the daily. Some models also become overheated when used in medium-long periods of time. This will affect portability and efficiency as well.
As mentioned this isn’t necessary for all clippers and blades, but in most of the cases, you’ll have to sharpen your blade occasionally. For this, you’ll need a honing stone / Waterstone, a magnet to hold the blade still, and a cloth. Simple! Place the blade teeth facing down on the magnet, and glide the honing stone down along it. When finished apply some oil before wiping them completely dry with the cloth.
Clipper oil is a must for all clippers, and is often underestimated in its capacity to keep your clippers working their best.
Neglecting to oil your clippers can result in a sloppy, inconsistent cut that leaves you wondering whether the entire tool might be broken. In the case where you’ve neglected to oil your blade, this is probably the problem. The oil helps the clipper to reduce the friction which causes it to overheat, as well as fending off rust, and preventing a blockage. This applies for nose hair trimmers as well.