Confession: I don’t actually shave my head with a razor. Instead, I use electric clippers on the lowest possible setting. I may use a razor at some point in the future, but for now I have become comfortable with clippers. Depending on the brand of clippers you use, you can practically get a clean shave, and you don’t have to constantly buy new razors.
Some clippers just won’t get the job done, however, and you’ll want to make sure you invest in quality.
If you are spending less than $40 there is a good chance you will get clippers that cut poorly and have a short life span. I have made a few gambles on cheap clippers, thinking “hey, what could go wrong?” Turns out they can break really easily.
There are two brands that I have come to trust: Andis and Wahl. Both companies make durable clippers that offer professional quality.
For a long time, up until just recently, I was using the Andis Professional 04710 T-Outliner Personal Trimmer (you can find them on this page at Amazon.com). These trimmers are only $46 and while they are technically designed for outlines and fades, their ability to cut closely is why I’m a fan. It is no different than going to the barber shop for me and when you consider the fact that after a few cuts, they’ve already paid for themselves, $46 seems like even less money.
I have to say, though, that I’ve become a convert and I’m now a huge fan of the Wahl Professional 8110 5-star Series Balding Clipper. Wahl generally makes good products and they have been around for a while, and after hearing positive things from a few friends who use these, I figured I would give them a shot. What I love about these is that they still leave a little bit of stubble, moreso than the Andis clippers. I actually prefer this. If you want to get a closer shave, go with the andis clippers. If you want a bit of stubble (think 1-2 days worth of hair growth), get these Wahl clippers.
One important thing to note about electric clippers is that you do need to take care of them. Regularly oil the blades and don’t run them more than you need to (overheating is not good for any motor). The upside is that if you do take the time to care for them, they will last for years.
Do not expect a pair of $20 clippers to last a while, however. It doesn’t really matter how much care or maintenance you put into it if it’s made cheaply. Hair clippers use a tiny vibrating motor to do their work and a lot of companies really know how to mess that up. Invest in quality. It will pay off in the long run. Think about how much money you will be saving by not going to the barbershop. Use some of those savings to buy a good product.
I will say that I am intrigued by these Remington Short Cut Clippers and they happen to be under $40. Why am I intrigued? Check out this video from a guy on youtube:
There seem to be some complaints of the battery being poor or the charging system being faulty in the reviews I read, but at the same time, I almost want to try this thing out as it makes shaving look so effortless. Anyone used one of these before? I’m guessing that it’s not quite as amazing as it looks, but I’d love to hear from some actual readers who can speak genuinely on it.
Do you use clippers? Have you tried different brands? Let me know in the comments. Still on the fence about shaving your head even though you are losing your hair? Poke around the site for a bit.
I know I said I was going to send out an update to the email list. I’m still working on it. I have been going to weddings and bouncing around, not actually staying in one place for more than a few days these past couple of weeks. This makes it hard to get work done on the site. Update is on the way, however, and I’m excited about it. It’s going to have a whole bunch of inspiring content designed to motivate you, hair or no hair.