Roundup: Self-haircut tools I recommend for Corona quarantine

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With the Coronavirus out there and us being quarantined at home, a lot of my friends turn to me for advice.

After all, I’ve been cutting my hair at home for years. Recently, I’ve actually been shaving everything off.

I’ve gone through all major brands. Wahl, Oster, Andis – you name it. To this day, my favorite for buzzcuts remains the Remington HC4250.

Key specifications

  • Model year – 2015
  • Blade material – steel
  • Power source – lithium rechargeable battery
  • Voltage – 110 – 120 volts

Pros

  • Removable blade
  • Ergonomic design
  • Lithium max power
  • Adjustable comb

Cons

  • 40 minutes runtime

It was a key player in my first comprehensive home grooming setup:

Previous hair tools

Why did I like it so much?

Well, its wide blade gave me the freedom to do buzzcuts in 1/3 of the time I’d need with other clippers. In some 4-5 minutes I’d go and cut my hair effortlessly. Small, cordless, lightweight – the Remington HC4250 had it all.

For longer hair or more special cuts, though, it lacked power and versatility.. This is where I’d recommend you to look at Wahl clippers such as the Elite Pro kit.

Key specifications

  • Model year – 2015
  • Blade material – steel
  • Power source – corded
  • Cord length – 8 meters

Pros

  • Removable stainless steel blade
  • Self-sharpening blade
  • Long cord
  • Adjustable comb

Cons

  • Limited cord length

By the way, here’s the type of buzzcut I nailed with my HC4250:

My buzzcut

Wahl Super Taper (the white clipper next to the Remington) was nice, but the years haven’t been kind to it. The reason is that it still runs on the older V5000 motor.

If you’re a home haircut beginner, I recommend you either of these Wahl haircut kits:

  • Wahl Elite Pro (check it here) if you want a stronger motor for thicker hair. It comes with better combs too, covering all haircut sizes.

Key specifications

  • Model year – 2015
  • Blade material – steel
  • Power source – rechargeable battery
  • Voltage – 220

Pros

  • stainless steel blade
  • Fast charging
  • Easy, smooth cuts
  • 60 minutes runtime

Cons

  • Not suitable for thick hair
  • Wahl Color Pro (cordless) – this is a budget take on cordless home haircuts. Not as buzzcut-friendly as the Remington HC4250, but the battery is a bit better. Also, the color-coded hair clipper guides help with remembering everybody’s length.

Key specifications

  • Blade material – stainless steel
  • Power source – corded
  • Cord length – 8 meters

Pros

  • Self-sharpening blade
  • Long cord length
  • Powerful motor

Cons

  • Limited to cord length

Either of these three is PERFECT for #coronacut action, or any quarantine haircuts at home.

Wahl Elite Pro

 

Wahl Elite Pro

My best recommendation for a home haircutting kit during the quarantine. Powerful motor, very durable and diverse combs too.

 

Wondering HOW exactly to cut your own hair at home or do your own fade? This video is a very good tutorial that will help you out:

https://youtu.be/tsM3Pc4yseM

If you want something more professional, consider V9000 motor clippers and powerful models like the Senior.

Here’s my current updated setup (well, most of it anyways).

The lineup has seen some expansion and drastic changes. It reflects me going from self-haircuts to self-head shaving territory:

So what do we have here?

First, I ditched the Philips beard trimmer for something better. That’s the Panasonic ER-GB80, which is both a hair clipper and a hair trimmer in one. It’s actually pretty darn good, surprisingly so.

Key specifications

Cutting length – 20mm

Charging time – 1 hour

Power type – rechargeable battery

Pros

  • Fast charging
  • Washable
  • Strong motor
  • Long warranty

Cons

  • Not suitable for thick hair

I use it for basic home cuts for my friends, and with the other plastic comb I keep my beard intact. The blades do need more frequent oiling than the Wahl Detailer I use for light edging and shapeups/necklines.

The rotary Norelco shaver and the ever-classic Braun 5 are a must have for my routine. I’m balding in a few spots, so I prefer to do a clean shave all over. Neither a wet shave, nor a razor shave, though.

The Norelco’s gentle to my skin, but it does leave more stubble than desired. This is why I follow up with the Braun 5. Alternatively, I can use an Andis Profoil which is more powerful.

Rotary and foil shavers I use

The fact I use these tools pretty often means that they get dirty. Obviously, I use the typical maintenance accessories like small tubes of oil or those gentle clipper brushes.

However, the real deal is this blue guy here:

Extend A Life Clipper Cleaner

That’s a little container full of the marvelous Extend-A-Life.

It’s an all-in-one blade lubricant, cleaning solution, and disinfectant. A must-have for any more serious home users and a barber’s best friend. I’ve actually recommended it to a buddy of mine and he loves it.

The only problem with it is it’s consistency. It can be a little gooey, and thus hard to remove from some hair-cutting tools. For example, I’d never use it on my rotary Norelco – it’ll be hard to rinse it off.

But in general cases, it works pretty great. The leftover hair falls down to the bottom, so you don’t even touch it when you dip the blade gently on the surface of the container.

My final must-have is witch hazel. Now, there are heaps of different brands producing this godly skincare sidekick of mine. However, the one I trust the most – and have been trusting over these years, is Thayer’s.

There are many different variations of Thayer’s witch hazels. I’ve tried all of them, and all of them keep my skin smooth, reduce irritation/razor burn after shaving, and minimize any razor bump risks. There are quite a few proven benefits about this skin toner, read up on them.

The best one for me is the Astringent lemon. I keep at least one or two bottles spare at home at all time:

Thayers Lemon Witch Hazel

Buyers Guide

The following are things to consider when selecting your hair-cutting tools.

Hair Clipper Weight

You may want to consider lightweight clippers with small sizes and shapes. Lightweight clippers are easy to handle when cutting thick and long hair. You don’t get tired quickly when making cuts allowing you to achieve more accurate and precise cuts. Small clippers fit your hands perfectly; therefore, you can easily style your facial hair. 

Power Type

Cordless hair cutting tools are better as they are easy to handle, especially when cutting hair yourself. They come with inbuilt rechargeable batteries giving you the freedom to move your hand. You can use them anywhere as they don’t require a connection to a power source when cutting. Cordless clippers are also easy to pack when going for trips. The cordless runtime will depend on the size of the battery used. Lithium-ion batteries are better as they store more power and recharge fast.

Corded clippers are affordable if you plan to use them daily or for longer hours. They are considered stronger as they run on bigger capacity motors. They are suitable for cutting thick and long hair fast and offer quality haircuts.

Blade Sizes

Blades used on hair clippers come in various sizes depending on the type of clipper. They can be made of stainless steel or ceramic; however, stainless steel is most preferred as it lasts longer and can through any hair type.

Large clipper blades are good for making bald haircuts, while small sizes are suitable for shaping and styling up hair where more precise cuts are required.

Motor Type and Size

The type of motor on your hair clipper will affect its efficiency. Consider hair clippers with large and stronger motors as they will cut faster and smoother—special clippers with a motor rating from 5000 volts will offer better results and have longer lifespans.

Magnetic motors clippers are used in many affordable clipper options on the market. The motor design is simple and very reliable as fewer parts are movable. It works by vibrating the blade to move back and forth to cut hair.

Pivot motors, on the hand, have lower speeds but are more powerful than magnetic motor clippers. As a result, they are perfect for cutting thick hair and produce less noise.

Maintenance

A good clipper should not require frequent maintenance; however, it is important to ensure your hair clippers are in the right condition before using them. Before selecting your clipper, ensure a manual for maintenance is included in the product details. You may be required to purchase other essential tools to help remove debris or oil the blades when carrying out the maintenance.

Settle for clippers that require simple and minimal maintenance. Pivot motor clippers, for example, do not require frequent oiling as they are maintenance-free.

FAQs

How often should you clean clippers?

Clipper blades require frequent cleaning at least twice or thrice per week. Use a brush to clean off debris around the blade. A toothbrush is better for this as it fits in small spaces removing all debris and dirt. All hair clippers should be sprayed and oiled to maintain efficiency and increase lifespan.

You prefer to clean the blades 20 minutes after use, then oil them to reduce friction. Reduced friction makes it easy for it to make perfect cuts. Only appropriate oil recommended by manufacturers should be used on stainless steel blades to maintain their lifespan.

Do clippers store power for long?

Different clipper brands are fitted with either lithium-ion or nickel-metal hydrate batteries. Nickel metal hydrate batteries store power for long as compared to lithium-ion. They can run for up to 40 minutes after a full charge.

Lithium-ion batteries are, however, smaller and lighter and charge faster. To increase the life of your clipper batteries, run it down completely and charge it overnight. If the battery can be removed, take it out and let it stay separate from the clipper. Avoid running the clipper as it is charging to increase battery life.

What is the best maintenance for hair clippers?

The best maintenance practice is to keep the clippers clean after use. Use clipper spray to clean and remove all debris from the blades. The blades should be aligned and well lubricated to enable them to cut through thick hair with ease.

Choose appropriate oils for lubrication. Depending on the blade, hair clippers manufacturers may indicate the most suitable oil for your clipper.

Do blades have replacements?

Replacements are available for almost all brands. Each brand has a unique replacement, so select one that matches yours. Clipper blades take long before a replacement is required. They can be used for up to 12 weeks, provided maintenance is conducted. The replacements are cheap and readily available from clipper sellers.

So yeah, that’s what I currently use throughout the week. I have a few other clippers/trimmers but it would become a bit too crowded if I introduced everything at once. Next time, I’ll do another roundup. Who knows, by then I might have a new shiny grooming tool to play with!