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Barber Clippers Buying Guide

Updated on May 21, 2013

Great way of saving money, is to buy a pair of Barber Clippers and cut your family's hair at home. A good pair of barber Clippers will pay for themselves many times over in a very short space of time. Even though I'm a professional hairstylist, I still think there is good reason for people to cut their families hair at home, and when you consider you can buy it relatively good quality pair of hair clippers for $20-$40, you can see it makes sense.

As an example – a friend of mine has three boys and she was paying $12 apiece to have their hair professionally styled in a salon once a month. She bought a pair of clippers for $30, and now she is saving $36 a month. You don't need to be a mathematician to see that this is worthwhile.

The problem is, there are hundreds if not thousands of different sets available, and choosing the best ones for you can be a little tricky. So – I've taken the time to put together this article which will recommend the best five barber clippers for the money. Enjoy!

Andis 75360 Easy Cut 20pc Home Haircutting Kit, Red/black

Best value for money barber clippers? I think so – yes. You can usually buy these on Amazon for less than $20. The blade stays sharp for a long time, and it has no problem [although I prefer to cut and dry hair] cutting wet hair if you prefer to do it that way. Seriously – these will pay for themselves within a very short space of time.

They are solidly built, and I'm amazed that they can sell them for this price. It comes with a full range of cutting guards and combs, plus a pair of scissors and a small bottle of oil to lubricate it. As with most of these clippers, I do recommend that you buy a larger container of oil, because the oil that comes with them will not last very long.

I have added a link to some good oil underneath this. For less than $20, I honestly don't think you can go wrong buying these, and if you buy them with the oil, you should get free shipping from Amazon.

Wahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting KitWahl 79300-400 Color Pro 20 Piece Complete Haircutting Kit

This is another inexpensive pair of hair clippers that are well worth the money. They are slightly more expensive than the last pair [something usually you can buy them for about $22] but they are once again self sharpening, solidly built and great value for money.

As with the preceding pair, these will pay for themselves in very short order – I estimate that if you cut your hair twice with them, they would have paid for themselves. Same thing applies with the oil – although these come with a small bottle of oil, I do recommend that you buy yourself a larger bottle when you order them.

One thing I really like about these when compared to the first set is the fact that they color code the clipper guides, so you can't accidentally cut your hair too short.

Wahl 79524-2501 Chrome Pro 24-Piece Haircut Kit

This is as close as you are going to get to a complete set of hair clippers, with all the guards and accessories you are likely to need [except of course – enough oil]. The only slight complaint I could make about them, is that they are noisy, but nowhere near noisy enough to put you off buying them.

They are slightly more expensive than the other two pairs, but I think it's worth a few dollars more thought how well-built they are. These will most certainly lost you many years, and as you can usually buy them for less than $25 they will once again pay for themselves very quickly. I can highly recommend these and I really like this manufacturer - WAHL.

Well worth the money!

Oster Professional 76023-510 Fast Feed Clipper with Adjustable Blade

A different manufacturer this time, and slightly more expensive, but Oster are extremely well-respected in the professional hairdressing field, and these pair of clippers are slightly different than the others in that I have a very good adjustable blade that allows you to quickly and easily change the length of hair cut.

They are a genuine "professional," pair because I've used these myself at work and I can testify to their almost indestructible nature. They are another very solidly built piece of kit, and one of the reasons I like them is because of how easy they are to take apart and clean. Some professional clippers are almost impossible to put back together again once you've taken them to pieces and the last thing I want to do is spend part of my afternoon trying to reassemble a pair that my cleaning girl couldn't get back together.

Other equipment you might need

As I keep mentioning, one of the things that you're almost certainly need is a larger bottle of oil to go with whichever pair of clippers you have chosen, but there are a few other things that you may need, especially if you are going to be cutting our entire family's hair.

If you only have your own head to cut or perhaps your husbands, you may need not very many accessories [except the oil] but if you have a lot of hair to cut you will almost certainly need something to clean the blades with, something to stop the hair from falling down your families neck such as a cape, because by far and away the biggest complaint I hear from both clients and at home is that it itches afterwards. It actually itches less for long hair that it does for short hair, so if you are regularly cutting hair especially if you have boys, you will almost certainly need a cape to stop the complaints.

I personally don't think it is necessary to buy many other accessories. If you have a cape and a brush and some oil you are probably good to go!


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