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How Do I Choose the Best Haircut Clippers?

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  • Written By: Christina Edwards
  • Edited By: W. Everett
  • Last Modified Date: 03 May 2018
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Choosing the right haircut clippers can depend on a number of factors. For instance, you may need powerful clippers if you have very thick or coarse hair. You may also want to choose clippers that have several accessories and attachments, or guides, which can come in handy for all types of haircuts. Additionally, make sure that you spend only as much as you can afford, since some clippers can be quite expensive.

Some haircut clippers are more powerful than others. Battery-operated clippers are generally a little less powerful than corded clippers. Some clippers are even rechargeable, meaning that they can either be set on a charger or plugged into the wall to charge.

Choosing the right haircut equipment may also depend on the texture of your hair. Coarse or thick hair usually needs heavy-duty haircut clippers with more power. Fine or normal hair can usually be cut using regular clippers.

Many haircut clippers also come with several accessories. For a mess-free haircut, some clippers may even come with attachments that allow users to hook them up to a vacuum cleaner. Regular haircut clippers may also come with a plastic cape that can be draped around the shoulders. Other haircut clipper accessories include combs, instructions, extra blades, and attachments.

There are several types of comb attachments that may come with haircut clippers. These are often referred to as guides. Shorter guides will cut the hair closer to the scalp, while longer guides will cut hair longer. These guides are often numbered, and the smaller numbers are usually the shorter guides.

Using no guide at all is often referred as zero length or guide. This is often used to completely shave a person's head, leaving nothing but very short stubble. Guides range in size and leave anywhere from an eight of an inch (0.32 centimeters) of hair to a couple inches (5 centimeters) of hair. A number-four guide, which typically leaves about 0.5 inch (1.3 centimeters) of hair, is one of the most commonly used guides.

Most guides that can be used with haircut clippers are straight across, while others are angled. These are usually used to help blend the hair around the ears, and are often marked for use around the left and right ears.

Haircut clippers that come with several accessories and attachments will often cost more than other types of clippers. The same is true for more powerful clippers. No matter which clippers you choose, it is important that you do not spend more than you can afford. It is recommended that you compare prices from a few retailers before making a final purchase.

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