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The best balding clippers for men who are losing their hair

Updated on May 22, 2013
 Going bald? Cut it short!
Going bald? Cut it short!

Listen up guys! There is only one way to deal with hair loss, and it doesn't involve taking a pill or growing a ponytail. Seriously – the worst thing you can do is grow a ponytail or go for a comb-over. Honestly nobody wants to see that, and let's be blunt – taking pills or rubbing some magic ointment into your head is not going to work.

That is the honest and painful truth. The best way of dealing with your hair thinning is to cut it short, and rather than waste money going to a hairdressers [unless you like the head massages] is to buy yourself a pair of hair clippers. Some of them are better balding clippers than others, and in my time as a professional hairdresser I have probably used everything on the market, and these are my recommendations.

Don't worry – there are plenty of women out there [myself included] who like a balding head. Just look at Jean-Luc Picard and tell me I am not right!

These then are my recommendations and there should be something for everyone's pocket so don't worry of you are on a budget.

Wahl Professional 8110 5-star Series Balding Clipper

These things are fantastic! I can't recommend them enough, because they are very very long-lasting, heavy, well-made and almost indestructible. On top of that – they are American-made, which is rather difficult to say for most products – including hair clippers, and it's nice to be able to recommend products made in the United States for a change.

They are professional grade, and if you buy these clippers, you will probably never need to buy another pair in your life. They come complete with two cutting guards and a comb, plus oil and cleaning brush. Unfortunately – the oil is a small, and I recommend buying an extra bottle of oil when you order these clippers.

They usually sell for less than $35 , and even if they were double the price I would still be recommending them because I think they are such fantastic quality. The cutting guards should be good for most people, but if you find they are not suitable for your desired hair length, you can always order some more in different sizes.

Wahl Balder Ultra Close Haircut Kit, 13 Piece

If you feel the first products I recommend it is too expensive for your budget, this is an inexpensive alternative made by the same manufacturer. It also comes with a much wider range of cutting guards and a comb and cleaning kit. Once again they supplied oil is a little small in quantity, and it is probably worth buying a bottle of oil to go with these as well.

I would say the only real difference between these and the first pair is that they probably won't last as well. They are not quite as sturdily built, but they do a great job of exactly what they're supposed to, and as you can probably tell from the from name they give a very close cut. I'm really impressed with these as a cheaper alternative to the first set.

Once again – highly recommended, and well worth the money because you can usually get them at Amazon for less than $25.

Remington Short Cut Clipper Rechargeable, Cordless, Haircut Kit

If you prefer the idea of a cordless hair clipper, perhaps because you want to cut your hair outside or something, these are a good choice they are very lightweight and have an interesting way of changing the length they operate at, which makes them almost feel like using a brush. So – if you can use a brush you can certainly use these trimmers.

I have heard a few complaints from people about the length of time the battery lasts, but by and large everybody also spoken to has not had a problem with them. Apart from that – they also come with a two-year warranty, so if it does fail in less than two years, you can just get the battery replaced.

Available on Amazon for around $30, they are once again good value for money.

Philips Norelco QC5550 Do-It-Yourself Headgroomer

This is another interesting approach from a well respected manufacturer – Phillips. And when you see the name Phillips on the product, you know it is going to be well-made. It is slightly more expensive than the last few items, but – once again I think it's good value for money.

If you have large hands this is probably better for you than the preceding model and it's another rechargeable one they're all quite light these rechargeable ones and this one weighs about six or 7 ounces I think.

This model will cut very, very closely and is more like an electric shaver than anything else. Amazon usually sell them for around $50, which is at substantial discount off the [I think] unreasonably high recommended retail price. One thing I do like about this is the fact that you can wash it, so it's a bit easier to clean than some of the other models.

What do you think is the best way to deal with balding hair?

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