There are a few things you can do to make sure you get the most out of your hair clippers, avoid mistakes, and make the product last longer without damaging it. This part of the guide will take you through a few of these and give you some advice on how to use and protect your hair clippers.
Before using the clippers you should clean the blades and apply some clipper oil. Many hair clippers will come with a free bottle of this, but if not make sure you get some. This helps the clippers give you a closer cut and also protects the blade from damage. If you have long hair to begin with, you need to cut this down with scissors first before using the clippers. If you don’t do this, your clippers will get stuck and damaged, and you also risk damaging your own hair or even seriously hurting yourself in the process.
Getting an even cut is very easy if you are going for a number one or number two and you are going to have the same length all over. Its worth knowing that you don’t have to do this though. You can be a little more creative once you’ve got used to your clippers and produce some pretty good haircuts. If you want to do a little more than a number two all over you should first decide on the length. The best way to do this is to decide what length you want the longest part of your hair to be (usually the top). Then, cut the whole head of hair to this length. After this, you can reduce the length of the clippers to cut the sides and back. You’ll probably want to finally use the lowest possible setting to clean up the sideburns and the neck to give it your finishing touches.
If you can, its always a good idea to get someone else to cut your hair for you, or at the very least, to check it over once its done. Unless you are going for a very straightforward number one and have eyes in the back of your head, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got it all even and straight and someone else’s help is vital here.
Remember to practice. At first you might find the cut takes a long time and isn’t quite as you’d like it to be, but with time you will learn how to re-create exactly what you get in the barbers at home and this will save you not only money but time. Experienced users can cut their hair with clippers in just ten or fifteen minutes, barely the time it takes to travel to the barbers, let alone wait for a slot and have it done.