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There are many things to consider when looking for hair clippers. Factors such as lifestyle, hair type or the haircut you are trying to achieve will help determine which clipper you need. Let the experts at Wahl help find the perfect clipper for you.
The quality and sharpness of the blades are important to achieving a great haircut. Wahl blades are made from high carbon steel ensuring they stay sharper for longer and are precision ground for the best cutting performance.
To ensure you get a fresh cut every time, a small bit of maintenance is required. Oiling the blades before the first use, then brushing excess hair off the blades and oiling after every use will keep them lubricated which is essential to preventing rust and extending the life of the clipper.
The taper lever allows you to change the closeness of your cut between guide comb lengths. Moving the lever up for a closer cut, and down for a longer cut. This is particularly useful for fading and blending as you can be more precise with your cutting lengths.
Every hair clipper comes with a set of guide combs. Each comb has a number on it to represent the length of hair that will be left on the head after the clipper has passed over it. These guide combs range from No. 0.5 (3mm) to No. 8 (25mm) with additional left & right ear taper combs for navigating around the ears evenly.
Did you know that Wahl created the current clipper guide comb numbering system? These are:
Wahl offer two types of clippers: Corded or Cord/Cordless. Both have their advantages and your choice of clipper will be dependent on your lifestyle and needs. A corded clipper can be used continuously as you will never run out of power, particularly useful if you need to use it for an extended period of time. A cordless clipper gives you the ability to use your clipper anywhere with greater freedom of movement. All of our cordless clippers can still be used on the cord if the battery starts to run low.
With an understanding of the essential things to look out for in a hair clipper, you will be better placed to decide which product best suits your requirements. Wahl have made it simple by recommending a product for popular haircuts and tailored them to specific needs such as budget and lifestyle.
The shaved head is a clean look and easy to do on your own. It requires regular upkeep so you’ll need a close cutting clipper.
The Wahl Close Cut Clipper with ultra-close blades will cut your hair as short as 0.4mm, which is 50% closer than standard blades of 0.8mm, giving you the confidence to achieve an ultra-close cut or smooth finish.
The Wahl Baldfader provides a close cut of just 0.5mm and is designed to cut through thick hair easily, making this suitable for all hair types, including afro.
The buzz cut will always be popular as it’s easy to achieve and maintain with a uniform length on the top, sides and back.
The HomePro Basic is ideal if you are looking for a haircutting kit on a budget. 4 guide combs will allow you to select the length of your buzz cut easily.
The Ultimate Clipper is ideal for quick all over cutting as it is lightweight for easy manoeuvring. A digital LCD screen lets you keep an eye on the battery level and when to recharge. To fully complete your look, the Ultimate Clipper comes with a stylish spotlight ear and nose trimmer. Worldwide voltage.
If you are looking to give your hair a quick once over the Lithium Plus is perfect with a 1 minute quick charge function providing 3 minutes usage. Need it for longer? The Lithium Plus benefits from Advanced Lithium Ion Technology with 100 minutes use from a single charge – perfect if you travel a lot. Worldwide voltage.
The crew cut is a classic style that will never go out of fashion. This cut is simple to achieve at home with the right clippers. Finding a clipper that provides numerous cutting lengths will make blending and fading easy.
The Vogue is a 21 piece kit providing excellent value for money. With 10 guide combs and an adjustable taper lever providing a wide range of cutting lengths, you have everything you need to achieve a stylish cut.
Need something that will last you a lifetime? The Elite Pro comes with a lifetime guarantee and is designed to cut through the thickest of hair with 10 secure-fit™ premium guide combs that are 70% stronger than our standard combs.
Advanced Superior Performance Lithium technology provides up to 120 minutes from a single charge ensuring you have long lasting power to achieve the coolest of haircuts. The Power Clipper is lightweight for added comfort when cutting your own hair.
Family haircuts can be so simple. All you need is a clipper that is versatile and will stand the test of time.
The HomePro Basic is an affordable starter set for those wanting to try home haircutting as it is simple to use with no compromise on quality.
Colour Pro Cordless
Innovative coloured combs match the code on the Colour Pro Cordless clipper, making it easy to remember and select the cutting length that is right for every family member. With an integrated thumb grip and ergonomic design, this lightweight clipper is comfortable to use for long periods of time. Worldwide voltage.
Strong and durable, the Elite Pro is designed to stand the test of time with a lifetime warranty ensuring you can keep on cutting for years to come. 10 secure-fit™ premium guide combs, scissors, barber comb, cape and styling guide provides everything you need for home haircutting.