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When asked, most hairstylists advise against a DIY haircut—and with good reason. Unless you’re a trained professional, the end result might be the complete opposite of what you originally planned. But, if you find yourself at home and in need of a simple trim or quick buzz, it might be easiest (and most wallet-friendly) to do it yourself.
Before you get started, it’s important to have all the tools you need. “Be prepared with your clippers, size guards, a mirror, and a towel or cape,” says celebrity hairstylist Mia Santiago. Once you’re armed and ready, Santiago suggests starting with a higher-numbered guard on your sideburns first to ensure you won’t be cutting your hair too short. “If you think it’s too long, work your way down to the next guard until it’s right for you.”
With these tips in mind, explore our roundup of the best professional hair clippers.
“I’m a big fan of Andis,” says Santiago. “The adjustable blade is a big help when blending your fade.” Reviewers agree: The T-blade trimmer allows the user to cut clean outlines and designs. Plus, the sleek design and cordless feature make practicing over and over a breeze.
A powerful battery and lightweight feel make this clipper a standout choice. Reviewers like the versatility of the guard sizes as well as the sharpness of the blade. And with a little over three hours of run time, you can take your time to perfect your look.
A dual cut plus a stainless-steel blade equals a precise trim every time. And don’t be overwhelmed by the number of accessories (23!)—this clipper is meant to be the answer to all your hair trimming woes. It can be used pretty much anywhere—just remember to use the appropriate guards.
The easy-to-use accessories—including a nose and ear trimmer—and additional razor blade make this kit ideal for those who want a touchup or a clean shave. And with its autosensing technology, it automatically adjusts its power based on the thickness of your beard.
This multitasking clipper can trim any hair, anywhere. Get groomed from head-to-toe with the help of an ultra-sharp ceramic blade, low vibrations, and nine guards. While the blade is washable, the body of the tool is not waterproof, so be careful around water.
Don’t forget to take your time. Your first buzz won’t be perfect—neither will your second or third. But, practice makes perfect, so spend some time exploring all the features of your clipper and its accessories.