Three Things to Know About Electric Hair Clippers

Get the perfect trim.

Guy getting a haircut with clippers
Keep your hair looking good with a pair of clippers.Unsplash

Home haircuts aren’t as daunting as you might think. With online tutorials and a decent pair of clippers, you’ll soon be looking great.

HATTEKER Hair Clipper Beard Trimmer Kit For Men Cordless Hair Mustache Trimmer Hair Cutting Groomer Kit Precision Trimmer Waterproof USB Rechargeable 5 In 1
A single adjustable comb can be set into multiple positions to give the desired length, while blades are rust-proof and long-lasting.HATTEKER

Some people call them styling guards, some people call them combs, but what you need to know is that they’re the things that will stop you from making yourself bald when you just meant to give yourself a trim. Styling guards are measured in millimeters and the number indicates how long the hair will be when you use that particular comb on your clippers. It’s also worth knowing that you can usually buy longer ones than those provided in the set, so if you want to leave hair longer than, say, 16mm (often the longest that you might find in a kit), look to purchase additional, longer combs.

Surker Hair Clippers for Men Trimmer for Men Hair Trimmer Beard Trimmer Barber Hair Cut Grooming Kit Machine Professional Rechargeable Cordless Quiet
USB-powered charging with LCD screen to indicate remaining battery life, and tell you when maintenance oil is required.Surker

Most clippers these days have a rechargeable battery that will run anywhere from 60 minutes to five hours. Unless you’re planning on trimming your hair daily, you probably want to worry less about the battery life you get (although an integrated display that flags minutes left is helpful) and more about how it charges. While some clippers come with their own plug and power supply, others use a simple USB charging cable, which means less bulk when you’re travelling.

Remington All-in-1 Lithium Powered Grooming Kit, Beard Trimmer (8 Pieces)
Up to 70 minutes of use on a single charge and six different attachments.Remington

A lot of today’s clippers will come with versatile attachments that mean they can double as trimmers for beards, ears, noses and more. But don’t just assume that’s the case. If you’re looking for one that can do double—or triple—duty, check that it has the attachments you need. As you might expect, without the correct attachment, it can be tricky to trim nostril hairs with the same attachment you’d use to give yourself a crew cut.