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There are tons of accessories that compliment and enhance your grooming experience.
Some of them are essential, such as hair clipper oil, grease and blade guards.
Other products like tonics, sprays, hair dryers and a straight razor are optional, but I find they add a lot of benefits to the whole shaving and grooming process.
Here are some recommended accessories..
In This Guide..
Guards are simply attachments that fit over the blade and ensures the blade cuts the hair at a uniform length.
If your clipper only has one permanent blade, then you will need a set of clipper guards.
A full guard set to buy is pretty cheap and is always a good idea to buy them at the same time as your clipper.
I recommend the Oster universal, 10 Piece Clipper Guide Comb as shown here.
Although it’s an Oster product, the guide combs are designed to also fit Andis & Wahl models. In fact I believe they are adaptable to virtually any clipper on the market right now.
At the end of the day, if you buy them and they don’t fit, you can simply send them back and get a different set, or a refund.
Another type of clipper guard that is very popular, are the colored coded ones.
Having different colors for the different sizes makes it nice and easy to select the desired length.
I really like the Wahl color coded cutting guides, and if you have a Wahl clipper, I would get these.
They aren’t ‘universal’, so make sure you check your Wahl clipper is compatible.
If you have one of these clippers and you cut hair frequently, then you may want to consider purchasing individual blades.
You will also find that many of the blades will fit different models of clippers.
Clipper Blades Carry Case/Storage
For the professionals and ‘clipper connoisseurs’ among you, a clipper blade carry-case or storage is a cool and useful accessory to have.
It keeps all your blades in order for easy replacing, and does a great job at protecting them from damage and debris.
They are ideal if you want to travel with them too.
Andis and Oster both have respective blade holders that are worth the small investment..
Regularly oiling your clippers will without doubt extend their lifespan.
A simple rule to follow is ‘little and often‘. Every time you use your hair clippers, lightly oil them.
If you get into that habit of applying 2 or 3 drops in between the blades, you’ll keep the moving parts of the blade nice and sharp and working effectively.
Most manufacturers don’t supply much oil, which ‘bugs me’ because it is the lifeblood of your clipper.
You’ll probably receive a small tube, with enough oil to last a few months, depending on how often you use the clippers.
I suggest you buy some extra clipper oil before you run out and preferably when you buy your new clipper.
The Andis Clipper Oil will work on any type of hair clipper and is highly recommended.
Clipper grease should be used very sparingly. Check the instructions or manual that ships with your clipper.
Hair Clipper Spray
Spraying the blade in between cuts will disinfect it and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria that may have been transferred onto the blade.
Regularly using clipper spray will also lubricate the blades, preventing the build up of rust, and will help keep your blade cool in between shaves.
If you run your own hair business or work in the industry, you should always spray your clippers in front of the client.
The client likes to see it, it looks professional, and keeps the blade clean.
The Andis Cool Care has a Five-in-One formula which works as a:
- Rust Preventative.
This little fella is so important in keeping your clipper clean and free from hairs.
It’s almost impossible to remove all the hair without one.
You often get one along with your clipper. If you don’t, then buy one. In fact get a couple while you’re there.
Failing that, if you have an old, soft-bristle tooth brush lying around the home, then that will do the job just as well.
Straight Edge ‘Cut-Throat’ Razor
Do not use this yourself for the back of your neck. Always have someone else to do this for you.
The blade is extremely sharp and needs to cut the hair at the right angle.
I know a lot of people who have changed over to this type of blade for their daily shave.
They say it prevents razor burn and gives a closer shave than their Mac 4 Turbo Battery operated one.
They vary in price from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars.
I found a reasonably priced model that has some great reviews – Black Widow Straight Razor.
Whatever straight razor you buy, it’s always a good idea to apply some shaving lotion first, to prevent the skin from reddening and burning.
If you you’re going to do a job – do it well. Whether you’ve used a clipper or simply had a face shave, apply some scented moisturizer to the neck and/or face afterwards.
This will help reduce any redness and prevent razor burn.
I use this quality post shave moisturizer which is the same brand as the cologne and shower gel I use, which really gives me a great, ‘layered’ scent that lasts much longer.
It’s from the Lather & Wood Shaving Co.
I LOVE this product.
Once you try it, you’ll never want to go back to a drug store brand again. The smell and feeling you get with this product is something else.
Here’s their full range.
Almost everyone comments on how good I smell when I use this stuff.
Trust me, it’s a game changer!
A good quality pair of scissors is an absolute must in the hair industry.
It is also an accessory every well-groomed man should have too.
Always invest in a top quality pair of scissors like the pair shown here.
- Japanese Stainless Steel for high quality
- Tens of thousands of positive Amazon reviews can’t be wrong!
Manual Hair Clippers
This may seem a bit of a red hearing, but I wanted to include them as an ‘accessory’ because I think they’re awesome, and yet they scare the hell out of me at the same time!
The ‘manual’ or hand clippers were the first type of hair clipper to be invented in the 19th century and were once widely used, especially in the military and prisons.
They do the same job as a regu
lar hair clipper but operate without the need for electricity.
You can still see this type of clipper being used today by traditional or ‘old school’ barbers who are skilled at using them, and are still commonly used in India.
They can be purchased at specialist shops or online.
Manual hair clippers take a lot longer and more skill to achieve the same results as an electric model, but still produce an effective and professional looking result.. in the right hands!
Here’s a short video of manual clippers in action:
My advise however; “don’t try this at home, unless you know what you’re doing”
Let me know if you have any other good suggestions for hair clipper accessories.