Hair clippers are one of those things we really not consider much but they have huge effect on our lives especially with how we look. There are some people who prefer to do their own haircuts at home. This contraption is almost a breeze to use and it allows creating various hairstyles. Hair trimmers have got tons of uses from shaving beards to shaving leg hair. If you want to have that smooth and sexy arms and legs without having to spend much bucks, hair clippers are a great must-have.
A professional hair clipper is originally made to cut head hair but now that it can be used for other areas, proper care must be done to keep its good shape. However not all people know how to clean hair trimmers the right way (which might be the reason why you are reading this now). Whether you are aspiring to become a professional hair stylist or you just want to keep your personal barber clippers in good shape, this is the right article to read.
First invest in a good hair clipper, it may cost but the quality should not be compromised to avoid unnecessary accidents and it would save you the time and money for repairs or new purchases. Hair clippers will last for several years if well taken care of. The best hair clippers would not last long if the user does not know how to clean hair clippers.
First remove the blades from the clippers
You will need a screwdriver to remove the blades, preferably a Philips. Commonly there are screws on the top of the clippers that hold the plate down. You will need to remove those to be able to separate the clippers and the blades.
Next, brush off debris and hair
Use a clean and thick brush to remove the icky hair on the head plate. Do not forget to include the inner top of the clipper since this is where deep seated debris can be found. Thoroughly clean the hole where hair builds up over time. Remove every single strand. If there are stubborn hair and debris left, soak the clipper head and the blades in warm water for five minutes to loosen the stubborn stuff left on the blades and clipper. I often put a small amount of blade wash to the warm water to speed up the loosening process.
Then, brush the head and the blade
Using a spare or old toothbrush, I brush the head of the clipper and the blades along with a blade wash or a solution. If you do not have a blade cleaning solution, you can make your own. Simply mix half parts water and half white vinegar in a container. Without doing this, I would not be completely assured that my hair clippers are squeaky clean being obsessive compulsive and all. After rinsing, allow the blades to air dry.
Reassemble and Oil the Blade
Even if you know how to clean hair clippers and you never oil them, this would make the blade susceptible to dulling. Before oiling the blade, ensure first that the blade and the head are dry. You also will need to reassemble them with the clippers. It is of vital importance to make sure that the blades are aligned correctly. The clippers should be pointed downward and the flat of the head should be facing away from you. To know that the blades are aligned, no teeth should be protruding and the blades should be straight perfectly. It is very important to ensure that the blades are straight; otherwise it would result to cuts. Carefully tighten the screws with a screwdriver to avoid cutting the blade or twisting the blade. When the screws are tight, check the blades again if these are aligned correctly.
Now that the clipper is assembled, it is time to oil the blades. This is a very important task to accomplish after cleaning your hair clippers. Oiling the blades should be done every cleaning and every use otherwise the clipper will break no matter its good quality. Face the clippers downward so that the flat of the head is facing away from your direction. Turn on the clippers then add a few drops of oil on the top of the blades. My tip is to add one drop on each corner, 3 drops in the middle and one drop to the blade teeth. The clipper should be on the whole time for the oil to spread evenly. Too much oil will only allow more dust to settle and turn to sludge.
Spray on the clipper before use
It is actually a requirement for salons in America to spray on the blades before use. The rationale behind this is to allow the blades too cool thus preventing skin burns. This also has an antiseptic effect which makes it safe whenever it contacts the skin. Clipper sprays are known to lengthen the lifespan of the blades since it is a good protection from rust. For aspiring professional barbers, you might have seen the practice of spraying the clippers in front of the customer as a show of cleanliness. Even though you are only using hair clippers for your personal use, spray on them.
Change the Blade every now and then
Now that you already know the proper way of cleaning your hair clippers, the next thing you should be aware of is the importance of regularly changing the blade of the clippers. Though there would definitely be occasions when it is necessary to have a new blade such as accidentally dropping the clipper and damaging it or if it has become dull and rusty.
Knowing how to clean hair clippers is one important knowledge that you should have if you own one. It is simply doing the basic care as you would do your own personal stuff to avoid unnecessary problems in the future. I clean my hair clippers once or twice a month and it really didn’t bother my hectic schedule, I just make time for it.
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