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Hair clippers are personal grooming devices that are used for shaving, trimming, and cutting head hair. They are made up of sharp blades mounted on long handles made from plastic or steel. Depending on what you're more comfortable with you can go for a manual hair clipper or be more savvy with an electric one.


The manual hair clipper was invented in the 19th century, relying on a person's hand power to trim and cut hair. It is made up of just two rows of sharp blades along with teeth that are used to cut through hair. The manual hair clipper is still pretty much used in traditional barber shops these days. On the other hand, the electric hair clipper is made with rust-resistant, titanium blades that never dull. Sometimes also called the corded hair clipper, it runs on a magnetic motor that cuts and trims hair at high speeds. In the same way that manual hair clippers are staples at traditional barber shops, electric hair clippers are key tools in modern-style professional salons and barber shops.

Buying tips

Here are a few things for you to keep in mind when buying hair clippers:

Comb Attachments: Look for hair clippers that allow you to use a number of comb attachments (up to 10 in some), differing in type and length, which then allows you to come up with a wider range of styles.

Blade Guards: To keep the blades of a hair clipper sharp as well as rust-free, look for one that comes with blade guards. Take note as well that blade guards always have to be replaced after each use.

Accessories: If you're looking for a professional hair cutting kit for starters, choose hair clippers that come with styling combs, barber capes, cleaning brushes, shears, and oil. This covers everything you need to start.
The Basics of a Hair Clipper - Everything You Need to Know About a Hair Clipper By Ilse Hagen
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