Advantages Sturdy, look good, give a nice clean, even cut
Disadvantages Don't hold their charge for long
My dad has been trimming, clipping and styling his own hair now for as long as I can remember. He says it saves money if he does it himself and the last hair clippers he ‘bought’ he got free from a garage years ago when I was tiny, by saving some vouchers or coupons from his petrol.Anyway, his old hair clippers died a death a few months ago (I think they were Remmington ones). My nan has a mobile hairdresser who comes to our house every six weeks to give her a perm (nan likes to have this done at our house as she says the perm solution might stain her carpets!!). Dad got chatting to nan’s hairdresser about what she recommended as a replacement for his old hair clippers. She said she uses Nicky Clarke trimmers and she showed us the ones she uses on her clients. She said if he liked she could get him some cheap from her wholesaler. Apparently, the cost if bought in the shops is about £20 but she could get some for dad for £11.
She really ‘bigged them up’ and dad was impressed by the way she was talking about them – it sounded like she was on some sort of commission. He decided to go for it and one week later he was the proud owner of a brand new Nicky Clarke Rechargeable Hair Clipper, complete with a full set of accessories.Dad does what he always does whenever he gets something new. He removed the set of instructions and Nicky Clarke’s “Secret of Styling Booklet”(yes, really!) and went off to the downstairs loo with them for a bit of light reading. He emerged about half an hour later, took his shirt off, moved the cat from underneath the radiator (that’s where the large mirror is placed) and set to work on ‘styling’ his hair.
We noticed they are much quieter than his old ones were. They sounded like a lawn mower – these just gave off a very gentle hum. I must admit, they did look pretty sleek. They have a nice chrome finish and they come with their own little stand to rest them on when not in use. Dad said they felt a bit heavy but as soon as he started to use them he said he was impressed the way they glided over the hair. They claim to have an ergonomic shape, which makes them easier to handle, seven attachment combs (for different styles) and steel blades. This seemed to impress dad no –end, but I’d have thought they would have all come with steel blades.The clippers can be used in the mains or they can be charged, if you like to use them cordless. Dad just used them plugged in the first time he used them. The on / off switch is easy to use and it has an adjustable blade lever. Although dad appeared to have carefully studied all of Nicky Clarke’s ‘secret’ styles, he opted for his usual – a number two. The trouble is, when dad tries to do the back of his hair, he can never quite get it right and has to have assistance from either my mum or me. It looks good from the front, but as he can’t see the back of his head properly it’s usually quite patchy. These clippers didn’t make trimming the back of his head any easier.
I offered to finish it off for him and that’s where it all went horribly wrong.
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