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There is one certainty in this life and that is getting older and for some of us this means losing your hair. When my dad started loosing his hair he grew it longer and swept it over the top of his head to discreetly hide his bald patch, as in the famous "Comb over" style favoured by Bobby Charlton, Donald Trump or the Emperor Constantine. However today this style is not quite the fashion and men have 3 main choices for different budgets:
1. £10000 gets you a Ryan Gigs style hair transplant 2. £25 gets you a pair of hair clippers for a Bruce Willis cut 3. £0 gets you the sod it haircut of Bill Bailey
Being from Yorkshire the cost advantages of number 3 seemed very attractive until Tesco ran a deal with their Clubcard exchange promotion and I manged to get these clippers just swapping £12.50 of vouchers.
I have owned these clippers for nearly a year and I'm pretty pleased with them.
The unit can be charge up in about an hour and battery will last for 3 or 4 cuts before it needs recharging. It comes with 2 different heads (10 different hair length settings), one head cuts 3 to 11mm and the other cuts 13 to 21mm. There is a simple push button to choose the desired length and this scale is the same as used in the barbers, so if you've ever asked for a "number 2 on the sides and 3 on top" you'll be perfectly at home. The length locks in and I have never had it jump out to a different length.
To cut your hair you just select your length, switch on and then pass through your hair, going "against the grain". The head of the clippers can be twisted round so that easily reaches all points. I would recommend doing this in front of a mirror and also having another mirror to check the back of your head.
On 99% of my head the cut will be perfect but in certain areas (this may just be my hair) the clippers will leave slightly longer patches, for me this is around my ears. For these areas I have to go down a length and then it clips them perfectly. So far nobody has commented what a mess I have made of my hair so it can't be too bad.
The clippers are light, if plasticy, and very comfortable to hold. The blades are self sharpening and don't need oiling.
I am sure that a barber would do a slightly neater job but at if Bruce Willis ever needs a hair cut in East Yorkshire I can save him a few quid.