Different hair clippers all have their own areas of speciality; some can give you the smoothest fades, some cut effortlessly through thicker types of hair and some are useful for adding details like designs and lines. Drawing on the expert knowledge of people who have years of barbering experience under their belt, we’ve put together this list looking at the particular strengths of different kinds of clippers!
The Wahl Senior is powered by a magnetic motor – this is the weakest kind of motor, but also the one which is most commonly found in popular hair clippers. Luckily, what the Wahl Senior lacks in power it makes up for in versatility. It is a great tool for general everyday cutting, and also makes an excellent choice for getting a smooth fade. Our expert barber tells us that the only time he doesn’t make us of the Wahl Senior is when he’s finishing up detailed lines. As an added bonus, it won’t heat up in your hand, making it great for long clipping sessions.
Oster Classic 76
Completely different to the Wahl Senior, the Oster Classic is all about the power! It uses a rotary motor to chop through any thickness of hair, ultra-quickly. In fact, it is so good for getting through large quantities of hair that the US army use it on their troops! This makes it really great for getting through afro hair, and also allows you to use fewer strokes when you cut. It’s also great for giving hair that lovely, velvety texture.
A gorgeous clipper, the Andis Masters comes with aluminium casing and a stainless steel blade, which is great for self-sharpening. This clipper is really built to help you with your fading, and is especially recommended for barbers who are just starting out and wanting to learn how to fade properly. The only downside is its tendency to heat up quickly.
The Phat Master gives you fantastic purchases on the hair that you’re cutting, which means that the hair interacts well with the comb. This allows you to get a sharper cut and a velvety finish.
Oster Fast Feeds
Working on a pivot motor means that although it might not sound as fast and effective as some other clippers, this Oster Clipper actually has far more power behind it than the clippers with magnetic motors. It’s another great choice for chopping through afro hair, and because it is good for fading it allows you to get a really good fade on thicker kinds of hair. It is also a light clipper that stays very cool, making for more comfortable extended use!
So there you have it, some great insider’s insight for next time you’re wondering which clipper would make a fantastic new addition to your collection.
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Whether it’s a case of American barbers travelling abroad only to find that their trusty USA clippers and trimmers start to underperform, or foreign barbers wanting the option of buying clippers that are only made for the American market, the switch from an American power supply to a foreign one can cause a lot of trouble. So what’s the difference? Well, in the USA clippers run on 110 volts and 60 hertz – however in many other countries, including the United Kingdom, the power supply gives out 240 volts and only 50 hertz. The result is trimmers and clippers that run less efficiently than they should, whilst simultaneously giving out a deafening 96 decibel noise. That’s certainly enough to frustrate customers, and it will drive even the most professional barbers absolutely barmy!
For years, anybody who wanted to use American clippers and trimmers abroad would be forced to rely on makeshift, D.I.Y solutions – like stuffing thin strips of sponge into the clipper to dampen the sound. Although this certainly proved that barbers can be highly innovative when the need presents itself, and could work as a temporary solution, it was riddled with issues. Not least of these is the fact that it would completely void any warranty on the item, causing more serious issues if anything breaks. It is also completely ineffective for improving performance, simply softening the noise without fixing the other problem: that a clipper running at 50 Hz is slower and therefore less efficient.
This is where the Frequency60Hz International Frequency and Voltage Converter steps in. Unlike a standard transformer, this converter doesn’t simply bring the voltage down to 110, it also gives you 60 Hz rather than 50. This ensures 100% performance: smooth cutting without any of that excruciating sound. It’s much more professional to cut a customer’s hair with equipment which doesn’t sound like its constantly malfunctioning!
The Frequency60Hz Converter is an innovative and essential part of any barbers kit, and working barbers have testified that it’s a real “Problem solver: once you’ve tried it, there’s no going back.” A genuine solution to a problem that affects barbers all over the world – getting maximum power from your clippers has never been so simple!
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Whether you’re a professional barber or just an everyday hair clipper user, you no doubt have a favourite hair clipping tool. And once you’ve found a reliable and durable clipper that you love, nothing else will do. For many professional barbers, their preferred clippers are American models.
Unfortunately, clippers manufactured for use in the U.S. can be a hassle because of differences in electricity outputs in Europe. If you don’t use the correct power converter, the motor will operate improperly and the tool won’t work well. You also run the risk if ruining your hair clipper completely. This can easily be remedied by investing in a quality voltage and frequency converter, such as the Frequency60Hz international voltage and frequency converter.
If you are overwhelmed by the number of clippers on the market and don’t know how to pick the best one to use in Europe, you’re in good company. A lot of people have trouble weeding out the good from the bad. That’s why I’ve come up with this blog to help you find the best clipper—the one that’s right for you.
What is a hair clipper?
A hair clipper cuts a large volume of hair, as opposed to a hair trimmer that cuts a small amount of hair at a time. Hair clippers are used to remove a lot of hair at once (bulk cutting), but a hair trimmer is designed for simpler tasks like detailing, tapering, and refining. Neither should be confused with a shaver, which is used to remove hair closer to the skin.
Why choose a U.S. hair clipper over a U.K. hair clipper?
It’s widely known that American hair clippers are superior hair cutting tools. They provide the very best performance and the very best results. That’s because they are manufactured with better material in the USA and not China and they operate on a 60hz cycle as opposed to a 50hz cycle.
You’ll also find that the range of clippers available in the U.S. is greater than the selection in Europe. With a wider range of tools, you also get a broader range of blades to do a variety of barbering duties, which translates to better fades, better lines, and cleaner cuts.
Understanding your clipper’s motor
A professional barber especially needs a powerful motor that won’t fail, no matter how hard the clipper works. That’s why is so important for you to understand what kind of motor is powering your clippers, and what kind of motor you need for the work you intend to do.
Electric hair clippers have either a magnetic motor, a pivot motor or a rotary motor. Magnetic motors are the most common and are satisfactory for general, everyday use. But sometimes magnetic motors will vibrate and create noise because the blades move very fast. This, of course, lends itself well to a smooth cut. A pivot motor is a better choice to cut thicker, heavier hair because the blade has a higher force. This allows it to have a more precise cut. A rotary motor has a higher torque and a high speed blade speed. It’s versatile enough to be use on wet or thick hair, which makes it the preferred motor for professional use.
Choosing the right attachment guide
Attachment guides are guide combs that range from 1/16 of an inch to one inch. Once it’s been decided how short the hair should be cut, the appropriate guide is attached to the electric clipper to ensure an even cut.
Which blade should I use?
The sizes of hair clipper blades range from 0.2mm to 13mm and are made of high-carbon steel (though some are made of certified zirconium oxide, which conducts less heat, while others are made of titanium). Most, if not all, are designed to be self-sharpening.
When you are shopping for a new hair clipper, be sure to educate yourself on the attachments and accessories that come with the tool. Choosing a hair clipper that comes with multiple blades and attachment guides provides versatility, but only if you understand the numbers. For those choosing a hair clipper for professional use, you must understand the capabilities of each blade and how to select the appropriate attachment guide for each specific client.
Maintenance is key
To ensure your hair clipper runs at peak performance, you must invest some time in regular maintenance. You’ll find most of the things you need to maintain your hair clipper right in the box, including lubricant, a brush, and an operator’s manual.
Hair clipper blades operate much like scissors (though at a much faster speed). It’s common for the blades to overheat, particularly if they haven’t been well lubricated first. Make sure you lubricate the blades of your hair clipper often to ensure the blades cut smoothly and the minimize friction, which can cause the unit to overheat. Never substitute cooking oil for blade lubricant, and always make sure you clean your blades with a small brush before applying no more than three drops of lubricant. Remember to wipe the blade with a dry cloth afterwards.
Get comfortable and choose wisely
Hair clippers’ designs vary quite a bit. Find the one that is comfortable for you to hold and use. What you’re looking for is a tool that is ergonomically designed. If you aren’t comfortable holding it, you’ll have a hard time using it.
And choose your hair clipper wisely. Consider how you’ll be using it and how often. If you’re only going to be using the clipper on yourself a handful of times a year, you likely don’t need the same model a professional barber would use.
The top 5 corded hair clippers
Oster 76076-010 Classic 76 Professional Hair Clipper
With its Cryogen-x blades and powerful universal motor, the Oster 76076-010 is the perfect clipper for barbers. It’s a well-built and well-engineered hair clipper with a powerful universal motor can cut through dry or wet and thick, high density hair. It comes with two detachable blades (#000 and #1) that are quick and easy to change and adjust, plus lubricant, clipper grease, a blade guard, and a cleaning brush. The Classic 76’s heavy duty performance stands above other clippers in terms of reliability and durability, making it a perfect choice for anyone who will be using it regularly.
Oster Professional 76023-510 Fast Feed Clipper with Adjustable Blade
The Oster Profesional 76023-510 is lighter than the Oster Classic 76 which makes it more user friendly and a better choice for novices and semi-professionals. It has a silent pivot motor and performs well with adjustable blades (1/50-inch to 3/32-inch), but it’s not intended for cutting and shaving mustaches or beards.
In terms of quality and longevity, this clipper scores well. In addition to quiet operation, a slower blade speed means the tool runs cool, even for several minutes. It’s best for short to medium length hair and can be used on wet or dry hair.
Andis Master Clipper (01557)
With a powerful magnetic motor and high-quality carbon steel blades, the Andis Master Clipper (01557) is a great choice for professionals just starting out. It’s best for short, thick, dry hair—but be prepared to apply oil before each use: the carbon steel blades will heat up quickly and you’ll need to stay on top of that.
Wahl Senior 5 star series
If you’re in the market for strong, durable clippers, the Walk Senior 5 Star series is what you’re looking for. With an adjustable, angled blade, you’ll have no problem with close cuts and perfect results. Best of all, they are reliable and will last the whole day without a hiccup.
Andis Phat Masters
With a powerful, magnetic motor that generates 14,000 cutting strokes per minute, the Andis Phat Masters is ideal for shorter cuts and fading and can even handle longer hair lengths up to a #2 blade. There’s no need for multiple blades with this versatile unit: A single lever adjusts the clipper blades from #1A to #2.
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