The Best Hair Clippers For Every Type Of Trim And Haircut, According To Barbers – Forbes

It’s common to want to take matters into your own hands when it’s time for a haircut. If you’re skilled enough to give yourself a buzz or haven’t yet reincorporated visits to a barber back into your routine, you can always improve your technique with some solid hair clippers. By doing so you’re already halfway to an even cut, says Julien Howard, a New York-based barber known as the Vélo Barber.
Whether your goal is to achieve a simple fade, switch up your hairstyle or try a layered, more complex look, there are a few factors to consider before getting started. According to Howard, it’s important to think about your hair thickness and density. Guys with coarse, unruly or curly hair require more power and force from the clippers, compared to men with straight or thin hair. Second, more weight often means more power. So while some guys might prefer a lightweight option for the ease of mobility, heft is considered a sign of high-quality engineering and can even give you a steadier hand during the haircut. Plus, clipping the hairs on your head requires more precision and force than those on your face, so don’t skimp on engineering.
Whether touching up a buzz cut or trying out a new style, you can always improve your at-home … [+] haircutting technique with some solid hair clippers.
Raquel Fajardo, a Regional Barber Manager at Fellow Barber in L.A., suggests first identifying your goal. “There are so many different types of clippers, so figure out what your desired result is,” she says. Though you shouldn’t use beard trimmers on your head, it is typically fine to use hair clippers as a beard and body trimmer, given their added power and speed.
According to Fajaro, the best clippers use a lever with detachable clips and guards of various lengths—instrumental tools for guys looking to get a fade. In fact, experimenting with adjustable clippers and finding the blade that consistently delivers the same results is the key to achieving a sleek, professional look at home. Fajardo recommends cordless clippers, which are more user-friendly and universal. And if you’re new to at-home grooming, there are a whole slew of expert how-to tutorials on YouTube. A bonus tip? “Less is more,” Fajardo says. “The less grooming, the better. Start slow, and lean on a clipper that’s first going to keep most of your hair on.”
We asked Howard and Fajardo for their thoughts on the best hair clippers for various scenarios. We added a couple extra to the list, too (two customer favorites that efficiently and smartly manage the DIY buzz).

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“This clipper has a masterfully designed aluminum body and powerful motor that can cut through any hair type,” Howard says. “The adjustable blade handle is perfect for precise fading or getting that five o’clock shadow just right. The [10-oz.] weight reflects the power.” Here’s your pick if you ever want to give your barber a gift—or if you want the best clippers for home use. If desired, the device can also be zero-gapped, which means its teeth can be aligned to deliver the closest, sharpest cut possible (this is best avoided with sensitive skin, however.)
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Wahl’s Magic Clip clippers are popular with barbers worldwide, according to Howard. “Many of my coworkers use them since they are comfortable to hold, but also strong [on all types of hair],” he says. The device weighs just 1 pound, which gives it the necessary bulk to trim tough while staying steady. It’s got eight comb guards and three T-trimmers, which allows for the customization and precision you need.
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A Forbes Vetted favorite, BaBylissPro’s cordless clipper is notable for its customization, since it has eight different attachments. You can navigate depth and detail while it steadily mows through the hair (no matter how coarse, thin, curly or coiled). Its power is owed to a Ferrari-designed engine, which holds a stunning three-hour charge.
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A powerful alternative to the barber-beloved Oster Classic 76, these versatile Andis clippers work on any type of hair and can also be used cordless. While it’s not quite as bulky as the Oster, it’s still categorized as “tried and true.”
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For clean lines and optimal definition, this lightweight, user-friendly pick features an easily adjustable blade that’s perfect for short, freshly-shaved looks, though it’s also versatile enough to tackle buzz cuts, body touch-ups or beard trimming. The ergonomic design will prevent the trimmer from slipping outside your palm. And thanks to its eight-hour charge, waiting 30 minutes after plugging in is a thing of the past.
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Another Forbes Vetted favorite, Remington’s clipper has an ergo-friendly design and piercing Japanese-steel blades. If you’re feeling more adventurous than a buzz, this has all the guards you need to taper and fade with ease. There are 11 different guard attachments for a totally customized clip, and you can dunk it under the faucet for an easy cleanup. Lastly, its strong, lithium-powered battery carries a 2.5-hour charge.
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This classic tool is best described as a straight razor replacement. For the sharpest look, Fajardo suggests first trimming your hair down with an at-home device like the Wahl Peanut, or the Bevel pick on this list. “Once you’ve taken as much hair off as you can, use the foil shaver to get down to a baby skin finish,” she says. “If you want a buzz cut or a shaved head but would rather avoid a razor, use this.”

South Dakota USA native, but I cut my teeth in New York and San Francisco. I’ve been reporting on grooming since 2013, and have written for nearly every men’s

South Dakota USA native, but I cut my teeth in New York and San Francisco. I’ve been reporting on grooming since 2013, and have written for nearly every men’s publication on the topic. My second beat is travel, as I spend nearly half the year in transit. Because of that, however, I am always relieved when I can unwind at home in Berlin, where I’ve been living since early 2018.

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