Cut your hair at home the right way by having all the right cutting tools at your disposal
BY ENDA MCLARNON
When starting to cut hair at home, many people start out by buying a good set of hair clippers. There is nothing wrong with that of course. However they quickly realise, there is a little more to this, if you want to do it right.
Quickly they realise that you also need a good set of hairdressing scissors, and a cape to keep the hairs off the clothes. They may also need something to help make neat lines, at the back of the hair, and at the sideburns. Having a storage box for all the parts would also be useful.
There are also all of the hair clipper combs, neck brushes etc. That is where buying a full hair cutting kit might be a better option for some people. That is especially true for someone doing a lot of family haircuts.
Below we have done some reviews on the top 5 hair cutting kits currently available in the UK marketplace.
BaByliss for Men 7447BU Pro Hair Cutting Kit
Retails Anywhere from: £ 19.99
For under £20, there is certainly plenty of value here. Over 300 buyers have left a review at Amazon UK, so you can see that these are a popular choice.
Overall they rate this Babyliss hair cutting kit as a 4.4 out of 5 star product, which is very good. These are very good for someone with no hairdressing experience.
You get a mains operated clipper with a 2.5 metre long cord. The blades on the clipper are made from good quality stainless steel. You get another trimmer designed for use on the neck line and sideburns. The main clippers also come with 10 combs.
There are 2 sectioning clips, a barber quality comb, a storage case, a cleaning brush and oil
Wahl Chrome Pro Deluxe Mains Hair Clipper, Trimmer & Nasal Trimmer Set Chrome
Retails Anywhere from: £ 35
For around £35, this is a 29 piece hair cut that really covers all of the essentials and more.
Over 330 buyers at Amazon UK have bought this product and left a reviews. Overall they have rated this kit as a 4.4 out of 5 star product.
Wahl are the leading brand in my opinion when it comes to buying high quality clippers, that will also last for a very long time.
This kit is no exception to that rule.
You get a good quality clipper with a blade guard. You get a smaller compact trimmer and a nose trimmer. There are 8 attachment combs (Sizes 1-8). You also get the ear taper combs, one for the left ear and one for the right. There are also ear and eyebrow trim combs.
Also included is a barber's comb , a medium comb and hairdressing class scissors. To top it off there is a water spray bottle, a cape and cleaning brush. All of this comes in a soft pouch along with a cleaning brush, Wahl Clipper Oil, a mirror, and a DVD with instructions.
BaByliss 7432U Mains Clipper Kit for Men - 22 Piece
Retails Anywhere from: £ 20
For just over £20, you get a 22 piece home hair cutting kit. Over 215 buyers have left a review at Amazon UK, so once again a popular choice.
Overall they rate this hair cutting kit as a 3.9 out of 5 star product. That is not as high as the other Babyliss kit shown above. People like this one for the price rather then for the actual quality.
You get a mains operated clipper with 10 combs. You get a left and right taper comb for doing the lines around the ears.
There are 2 sectioning clips, a comb, a cape to keep the hairs off the clothes, a neck brush, a storage pouch, a cleaning brush and oil. The reviews on this one are really mixed. Some people think this one is a great buy, and others think it is useless.
Hatteker Professional Cordless Hair Clippers
These cordless clippers are one of the best new kits and on average it costs about £50. There were a lot of buyer reviews who gave this an average score and rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
They come with 3 different attachments are perfect for all facial hair styles: Hair Clipper, Beard Trimmer, Detail Trimmer, really a full grooming kit
High-carbon steel blades are precision ground to stay sharp longer
I believe this clipper is perfect if you plan to do a lot of hair cutting at home and for around £50, they are good value for money, as they will last for ages, with just a little maintenance. You can click on the link below to read about the key specifications in more detail.
Hair Clipper Buying Guide
If you have never bought hair clippers before, then I would strongly recommend having a read at my buying guide, which also contains a top 10 list of the best hair clippers on the market right now. There are so many different types of clippers on the market and many standards of clipper blades.
Its really just a matter of getting the type of clipper that suits your budget and does the type of cut that you want. We tend not to put any product we don't like on the site, so anything we review is usually a good product that will do a good job for you.
What to Spend on Hair Clippers
Now you have had a look at the most popular models you probably have a good idea what you need in your hair clippers.The next question is what do you need to spend to get the model you want?
When you decide you are going to buy a pair of clippers, then you need to know exactly what they are going to be used for. Eg. if you are going to just be using them on yourself, say a number 3 all over, then you would want to spend somewhere in the region of £35-£65. For this price you will expect to get clippers, combs from #1 – #4, clipper oil and cleaning brush. Just a basic kit.
£10 – £30
At this price you will expect to get a corded clipper, with magnetic motors. At £10 you wont expect magic and its likely they wont last for ever but if you get up to around £25, you will find some good reliable clippers, with the accessories and features you really want.
£30 – £100
This is quite a wide price range and you’re going to be looking at cordless options, great quality and a full range of accessories. This is really where you want to be. You will find something from all the major brands who are all competing for your business, so features and quality will be high.
So, if you are big time and always go for the best products available then here is where you will be looking.You will expect style as well as substance at this range.They will be waterproof, washable, self adjusting, have settings you can save for yourself etc etc.
Many of the professionals wont spend this type of money but if you've got it, why not go for the best!
Now if you picked any one of these from the list you will own a high quality electric hair clipper. Ratings of 4.5 and above are sure signs that the product is very high quality. It is worthwhile going through those above as some people prefer to shop by brand, and others prefer to shop by price.
There are many other electric hair clippers available on the market, but if the average rating is under 4 out of 5 stars, I do not include them as, I always like to see a 4+ rating. That way you can be pretty certain that you are buying a very good product, and not wasting your hard earned cash.
If you still cant find what you are looking for, you might want to look at our best cordless hair clipper reviews. Good luck!