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Cutting your own Hair

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  • 03-02-2011 6:29pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,469 ✭✭✭


    Alright lads I've been thinking about this one for a while and I was just wondering does anyone else do it and have they any advice as to what hair clippers would be a good buy?

    It seems you can buy a fairly good set for the price of 3/4 haircuts, I know the first few cuts on your own could end up a bit dodgy but I wouldn't be going for anything too fancy, just your run of the mill number 5 or 6.

    Not sure if this should be in fashion and appearance or not but that forum seems to full of women and well there's a vast difference between our haircuts and theirs!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,921 ✭✭✭Remmy


    One or two of my friends shave their own heads with a clipper.Something like no3 or no2.It's looks neat but if I wanted hair longer than that I'd just go in and get it cut somewhere.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,817 ✭✭✭myflipflops


    I shaved (1/2/3 blade at different times) mine myself from 17 to about 23/24.

    I found short hair more comfortable and easier to manage, especially when playing a lot of sport.

    I think I went through 2 clippers in that time, both from the Babybliss for men range. The last one I had bought in Argos i think, about 30 euro give or take and pretty good quality. They will do a good job and last a while so i would recommend them.

    A number 5 or 6 seems pretty long for an all over cut you do yourself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,067 ✭✭✭RoryMurphyJnr


    I use a Wahl razor, have had the same one for about 10 years now
    Weekly 0 blade cut so can really go wrong
    As most dry cuts cost about a tenner and a good razor cost about 40-50 quid I save a fortune
    Just keep it clean and oiled


  • Registered Users Posts: 707 ✭✭✭Timothy Bryce


    i use a scissors and cut back the bush once a month. if you put a bowl on your head it will help you achieve some degree of symmetry.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,381 ✭✭✭oblivious


    if you put a bowl on your head it will help you achieve some degree of symmetry.


    :eek:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 22,757 ✭✭✭✭The Hill Billy


    You all have hair?!


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,379 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    Hill Billy wrote: »
    You all have hair?!
    I presumed it was hairy backs ;)

    I have done it since I was 16 or so, have saved a fortune, I am pretty good at tapering, though I do a blade 1.5 all over these days, got so good mates would get me to do theirs with tapers etc (WTF is with barbers always shaving the feck out of peoples sideburns)

    There are lots of videos on youtube with tips, for leaving it long on top you can just hold your free hand against the scalp to stop it going up too high. Keep looking in the mirror after a few goes you just know when to stop. It is far easier to give a close blade all over than a longer one.

    I know have a wahl professional balding razor which is amazing, I use it on my face too as it goes so close and only takes under a minute to do the full face. I got it from this seller http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150442737645&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:GB:1123
    it only comes with a 1.5 and 0.5 blade, but standard wahl ones fit it and you can get spares on ebay. My previous one was a wahl bog standard one, but lasted a good 18 years and still works, could do with new blades, which you can also get on ebay. The pro one is a joy to use though, highly recommend it.

    In argos you can get ones designed for doing your own hair, they sort of slip on your palm like a glove and you can go in any direction.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,008 ✭✭✭uch


    Yeah I'm a miserable fcuker too, I've been using a WAHL for about 15 years now, no problems just a drop of Baby oil on the blade now and again and then your suckin diesel. I use a no 1 back and sides and thin the top with thinning scissors

    21/25



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 809 ✭✭✭Ditch


    WAHL here too :) Use it more to keep my beard down. But, weather permitting, I like to shave my head as close as it'll go. Had this baby for maybe twenty years now? (Ha, ha haa! Barber go fcuk yeself!)

    Only one problem; Few weeks ago, I was stripping my hair off ~ on impulse. It was getting too long despite the cold weather ..... Clippers stopped working! Mid Cut! :eek:

    Jesus wept! Half a head of #1. Half hairy as a Dogs backside. Tufts left here and there. Thank god I only go near people once a week and wear a hat when ever I'm not in bed.

    I'm thinking of suing Wahl for PTSD. That and having my mate PHSL as he fiddled with the screw on the side and finally got my clippers working again :mad:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,707 ✭✭✭✭Tigger


    Ive been cutting my own hair since 87
    I can do any style I wear and I'm always happier than I was when they used to deck it up. Back in the day you couldn't get clippers si j learned with sissies and these yokes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Manual_hair_clippers.JPG


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,545 ✭✭✭baldbear


    I cut my own hair the other night for the first time. I think it looks grand, the other half will tell me her opinion tomorrow!

    I bought a Philips qc5170 from Argos for €29 even though website says €35...It has a rotating head so it's handy.

    http://www.argos.ie/static/Product/partNumber/4426051/Trail/searchtext%3EPHILIPS+HAIR+CLIPPER.htm


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,123 ✭✭✭✭Star Lord


    baldbear wrote: »
    I cut my own hair the other night for the first time. I think it looks grand, the other half will tell me her opinion tomorrow!

    I bought a Philips qc5170 from Argos for €29 even though website says €35...It has a rotating head so it's handy.

    http://www.argos.ie/static/Product/partNumber/4426051/Trail/searchtext%3EPHILIPS+HAIR+CLIPPER.htm

    I have those clippers myself for around 2 years now and still working fantastically well. I usually do a 0 all over (Just clippers, no combs attached) and occasionally a 1


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,080 ✭✭✭foxinsox


    lads, if you can afford it buy the WAHL one..

    I got one (for work at the time) in 1987 and my brother has been using it for years.. still works perfectly.

    :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 644 ✭✭✭filthymcnasty


    baldbear wrote: »
    I cut my own hair the other night for the first time. I think it looks grand, the other half will tell me her opinion tomorrow!

    I bought a Philips qc5170 from Argos for €29 even though website says €35...It has a rotating head so it's handy.

    http://www.argos.ie/static/Product/partNumber/4426051/Trail/searchtext%3EPHILIPS+HAIR+CLIPPER.htm

    Have used various clippers over the years and this is the best one i've tried. usually go for a 2 or 3 all over and this gives the most even trim methinks.

    would not for one of the cheapo clipper as often the blade setting slips when cutting and you can end up with a tighter cut than desired :eek:


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 10,259 ✭✭✭✭Melion


    I picked up a razor in TK Maxx years ago and have been using it since, i think its Nicky Clarke. It cost me €20, saved me hundreds. I normally use a Gillette Fusion on my head once a week, if it gets too long i use the razor first to take it down to a 0 and then shave it with the Fusion.
    Havent paid for a haircut in 6 years


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,294 ✭✭✭✭Mint Sauce


    Bought my second set of clipppers last year, about 10 years after buying my first. Usally do a 1-4 all over depending on mood. Have probably only been to a hairdressers/barbers about half a dozen times during that period.


  • Registered Users Posts: 641 ✭✭✭howardmarks


    Just make sure u have the next day off work and dont do it late at night. First time i done my own hair it came out disastrously patchy, Ended up calling in sick the next day and going to the barbers for them to 'fix it'.
    Bit of practice tho and you end up saving a fortune.


  • Site Banned Posts: 1,678 ✭✭✭Andy!!


    First time I shaved my head it was grand... just did it there again a few weeks ago, pretty dodgy result :P Going to go to a barber today to fix it up.


  • Registered Users Posts: 34,062 ✭✭✭✭The_Kew_Tour


    baldbear wrote: »
    I cut my own hair the other night for the first time. I think it looks grand, the other half will tell me her opinion tomorrow!

    I bought a Philips qc5170 from Argos for €29 even though website says €35...It has a rotating head so it's handy.

    http://www.argos.ie/static/Product/partNumber/4426051/Trail/searchtext%3EPHILIPS+HAIR+CLIPPER.htm

    Can you get a blade 0 cut with those? It says it can just checking to be sure?

    Thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 917 ✭✭✭cat_rant


    Funny that Op says girls hairstyling is different.... I have a short pageboy type haircut. Was very busy the last few weeks and couldn't get to the hairdressers. So used the BF's Wahl clippers. Number 8 on back took about 1 inch off and trimmed the top. Really happy with it and have been getting lots of compliments about my new hair cut. ;)

    Hair cuts as a girl is like 5 times the cost for guys in most salons. As far as I know he has the Wahl for like years and has never had a bother with it.

    I probably saved myself about 35- 40 quid.

    And got the look I wanted without the * where you going on holidays love?*


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,684 ✭✭✭triggermortis


    I use a babyliss thing with no combs once a week. Not as much to shave off these days, but been doing it for 10 years now so saved a fortune


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 14,670 ✭✭✭✭Wolfe Tone


    Got meself a pair of clippers a while back and I am gonna start cutting my own hair, fed up spending money on something tat I could do myself... I guess I can't go wrong with a number 4 all over right?


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,379 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    Wolfe Tone wrote: »
    I guess I can't go wrong with a number 4 all over right?
    Worst that can happen is the clip on it falls off and you get a bald patch. To stop this you hold your fingers on the plastic bit. My professional wahl one has white plastic blades and they clip on much more securely.

    The lower the blade the easier it is to shave evenly and quickly. I have a blade 1.5 which is great. It would take me nearly twice as long to do a 4.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25 PaddyW


    Been shaving my own head using a blade 0 for about the last ten years. I was in London recently and forgot my shaver so dropped intoa barbers and got him to do a nice, tight cut. He made a great job of it, half tempted to start getting someone to do it for me now. Or else I'll have to learn how to master using the Fusion on it!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 14,670 ✭✭✭✭Wolfe Tone


    rubadub wrote: »
    Worst that can happen is the clip on it falls off and you get a bald patch. To stop this you hold your fingers on the plastic bit. My professional wahl one has white plastic blades and they clip on much more securely.

    The lower the blade the easier it is to shave evenly and quickly. I have a blade 1.5 which is great. It would take me nearly twice as long to do a 4.
    Did it yesterday and besides missing a few stray hairs it went grand, was a bit nervous so it took me a while, but no more barbers for me!


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,379 ✭✭✭✭rubadub


    PaddyW wrote: »
    Or else I'll have to learn how to master using the Fusion on it!
    The balding one I mentioned is really good, closer than a zero on a normal clipper, like a 5 o clock shadow when done on my face.
    rubadub wrote: »
    I now have a wahl professional balding razor which is amazing, I use it on my face too as it goes so close and only takes under a minute to do the full face. I got it from this seller http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150442737645&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:GB:1123
    it only comes with a 1.5 and 0.5 blade, but standard wahl ones fit it and you can get spares on ebay. My previous one was a wahl bog standard one, but lasted a good 18 years and still works, could do with new blades, which you can also get on ebay. The pro one is a joy to use though, highly recommend it.

    Wolfe Tone wrote: »
    Did it yesterday and besides missing a few stray hairs it went grand
    If you go to fast it can miss hairs, maybe get somebody else to do your crown too as hair can be all over the place and you need to go at it from all angles, try and remember which way the person is having to go. Another trick if having a 4 or longer is to fan your fingers out and grab the hair between them close to the scalp, then your your other hand to pat along the top of your hair trapped between the fingers to feel for any uncut areas. I like to start around the sides and go right up onto the top, then clear the top from front to back. People forget that the blades are set a good bit back from the front of the plastic clip on blades and so usually do not go up high enough on the sides.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,784 ✭✭✭Monkeybonkers


    I would also advise getting a pair of clippers with ceramic blades. You don't have to oil them which saves you loads of hassle.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,523 ✭✭✭✭yabadabado


    Can anyone recommend a clippers that can be used on or off the mains.I dont want a fully cordless one.I was told you can get clippers that can be used on or off the cord.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,235 ✭✭✭✭Cee-Jay-Cee


    I never let my barber do my fring when i get my hair cut as they never do it properly so i do it myself with scissors. Once i got it badly wrong and had to go around with a messy look for a few weeks to try and disguise it but other than that it works out fairly well.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,255 ✭✭✭tommy2bad


    The trick with cutting your own hair is to get the edges right.
    If you can get an even finish around the ears an across the back of the head it'll look good, get it crocked an everyone will think 'home haircut lol ' some will even say it to your face, rude bastards. :o


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