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Hi,
Due to the lockdown my wife started cutting my hair and I was really happy with the results. She used just a scissors and comb, but it seems like investing in a grooming device would make her job a lot easier. I even saw a description of one here (https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/05 ... ng-device/) but am unable to find the actual details of the product.

Could you folks who do DIY haircuts share your product details? Linking to Amazon or other online merchant would be awesome.

Thanks very much,
crazychris
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There is already a long haircut thread. Your question may have been answered.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=310726&newpost=518 ... ead#unread
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It's just clippers. You can normally find them anywhere. Right now, nowhere.
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I've had my Wahl clippers for 10yr. Somebody posted in the other thread that they are still available on Ebay. I just checked and they are.
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Most clippers come with a large array of guards. Usually in 1/8 inch increments, sometimes mm increments.

I use a #2 all over. Then the R/L ear trimmers, then #1 on the sideburns and bottom/back part. Done this for ~15 years.

Sometimes I do a #3 and #2 if I want it a bit longer. Note, this is a short haircut. Using the 7,8,9 guards would be much longer.

It isn't a Flo-bee, but the Wahl (or other) with guards works great.
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https://www.flowbee.com/ :beer

Note - I have never actually tried out this product, but it looks intriguing.
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Does anyone besides Wahl sell kits with the longer guards? I haven't found anything else with a #8 guard, and anything smaller than that is way too short for me.
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Wahl kit for $20 + YouTube. I haven't gone to a barber for like 10 yrs...
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Agree on the Wahl kit, I use the purple guard. All one length, so much easier.
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mak1277 wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:12 pm Does anyone besides Wahl sell kits with the longer guards? I haven't found anything else with a #8 guard, and anything smaller than that is way too short for me.
Every one I've ever bought had up to an 8 in it. I use an 8 so would not have considered buying anything without. Before I bought my Wahl, I used whatever cheapo one in Wal Mart was cheapest. Bad move. I've probably had half a dozen of the cheap ones that work like garbage after only a few uses. The Wahl was maybe 50% more expensive and has lasted far longer, is like new and performed better than the cheapo garbage I was using.
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my kids cut my hair for years. easy. take out clippers, snap on guard start cutting. us guys are lucky at least i am, cuz i don't care what my hair looks like, though kids do a good job. then i cut their hair. paying to get hair cut is so yesteryear.
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Get a decent pair of clippers. I have not paid for a haircut since 2002...
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squirm wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:59 pm my kids cut my hair for years. easy. take out clippers, snap on guard start cutting. us guys are lucky at least i am, cuz i don't care what my hair looks like, though kids do a good job. then i cut their hair. paying to get hair cut is so yesteryear.
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mak1277 wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:12 pm Does anyone besides Wahl sell kits with the longer guards? I haven't found anything else with a #8 guard, and anything smaller than that is way too short for me.
The Conair clipper we got last week goes to #8.
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smitcat wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:52 pm
mak1277 wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:12 pm Does anyone besides Wahl sell kits with the longer guards? I haven't found anything else with a #8 guard, and anything smaller than that is way too short for me.
The Conair clipper we got last week goes to #8.
Where from, if I may ask?
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mak1277 wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:59 pm
smitcat wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:52 pm
mak1277 wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:12 pm Does anyone besides Wahl sell kits with the longer guards? I haven't found anything else with a #8 guard, and anything smaller than that is way too short for me.
The Conair clipper we got last week goes to #8.
Where from, if I may ask?
ebay - it was in a 21 piece kit Model #HC1800GD
I am sure many other versions are very similar.
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Can you use your beard trimmer (like a typical Norelco) for your hair?
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I only really use it as an absurdly-overpowered beard trimmer, but my Oster Classic 76 is the best clipper I've ever had.

I bought it because I was tired of lousy underpowered clippers and plastic combs, and decided that if every barber I've ever been to in my whole life all used the same one, it'd probably be fine for just one person.

It's SO GREAT.

It's also more expensive -- $100 for the device, and about $20 for each blade -- because there are no combs, you get a different blade for each size you want.

But, it cuts so cleanly and evenly, and has no trouble with my very coarse beard and never jams up or pulls or anything.
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Momus wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:14 pm Wahl kit for $20 + YouTube. I haven't gone to a barber for like 10 yrs...
Yep. Desperation led me to try it myself during COVID, and I'm now on haircut #4. They come out better than when I went to the barber, and the youtube videos helped me understand how to do it. I typically start with the longer blades 5/6, and then go 2/3 on sides and back, and keep 5 on top, with 6 towards the front. Don't even use a mirror to do the back and it's been perfect. I will never go to the barber again.
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rgs92 wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:09 pm Can you use your beard trimmer (like a typical Norelco) for your hair?
With the beard trimmer & hair clippers that I own (both Remington) the main drawbacks would be that the beard trimmer is narrower than the hair clippers (so it would take more passes with the beard trimmer), and that the beard trimmer doesn't have the angled combs for around your ears.

A couple other differences I notice: The beard trimmer, despite being only about 2/3 the width of the clippers, actually has more teeth than the clippers. So the teeth are much closer together on the beard trimmer than on the hair clippers; I'm not sure what effect that would have on the cut. And the clippers have a maximum depth of 1", which the beard trimmer can't match.
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When we moved to a HCOL area in 2016, I wanted to cut costs where I reasonably could. I got whatever clippers that Costco was selling at the time, and just tried to do my best. I figured I am married. Who the hell am I trying to impress? I have probably saved a few hundred dollars by now. Money that I would rather spend elsewhere.
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I use a Wahl trimmer. I’ve been doing it for about 15 years now. With the trimmer, I do it every 15 days. I also shave my beard and hairline on my neck so that it looks better. Hair grows about six inches per year, a half inch per month, or a quarter inch every two weeks. After I’m done it looks great and I feel great. There is nothing that beats a fresh haircut and shave. When I used to go to a barber, they didn’t shave my beard or the back of my neck so that it looked half done. I’ll never go to a barber again. A trimmer really saves on time not so much the cost. It only cost $20 around here to get a haircut. I laugh when I see a haircut cost significantly more than $20. I guess if you were doing it every two weeks that could really add up.
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crazychris wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:51 am Hi,
Due to the lockdown my wife started cutting my hair and I was really happy with the results. She used just a scissors and comb, but it seems like investing in a grooming device would make her job a lot easier. I even saw a description of one here (https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/05 ... ng-device/) but am unable to find the actual details of the product.

Could you folks who do DIY haircuts share your product details? Linking to Amazon or other online merchant would be awesome.

Thanks very much,
crazychris
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abuss368 wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:20 pm
crazychris wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:51 am Hi,
Due to the lockdown my wife started cutting my hair and I was really happy with the results. She used just a scissors and comb, but it seems like investing in a grooming device would make her job a lot easier. I even saw a description of one here (https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/05 ... ng-device/) but am unable to find the actual details of the product.

Could you folks who do DIY haircuts share your product details? Linking to Amazon or other online merchant would be awesome.

Thanks very much,
crazychris
The Flowbee? https://www.flowbee.com
I may get shamed for saying this but I have used the Flowbee since the mid 90's when my first child was born. I wanted to use it to save time and money just until he got older. Lo-and-behold both him and I have been using the Flowbee ever since. You still need to use a trimmer for the ends and other things but it has saved us both time and money. My younger son also uses it for now. I am currently on my 2nd one so they last quite a few years.

If you are just going to cut your hair short, then Flowbee is the way to go. If you don't use any attachments, it can provide a pretty tight cut. Using it for long hair and just trimming is much harder and takes some skill.
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sixty40 wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:58 pm
abuss368 wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:20 pm
crazychris wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:51 am Hi,
Due to the lockdown my wife started cutting my hair and I was really happy with the results. She used just a scissors and comb, but it seems like investing in a grooming device would make her job a lot easier. I even saw a description of one here (https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/05 ... ng-device/) but am unable to find the actual details of the product.

Could you folks who do DIY haircuts share your product details? Linking to Amazon or other online merchant would be awesome.

Thanks very much,
crazychris
The Flowbee? https://www.flowbee.com
I may get shamed for saying this but I have used the Flowbee since the mid 90's when my first child was born. I wanted to use it to save time and money just until he got older. Lo-and-behold both him and I have been using the Flowbee ever since. You still need to use a trimmer for the ends and other things but it has saved us both time and money. My younger son also uses it for now. I am currently on my 2nd one so they last quite a few years.

If you are just going to cut your hair short, then Flowbee is the way to go. If you don't use any attachments, it can provide a pretty tight cut. Using it for long hair and just trimming is much harder and takes some skill.
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Just a little off the top, don't buzz me man!
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DW schooled at Vidal Sassoon in England......
Haircuts cost a fortune.
Worth every penny!!!!❤️❤️

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So, I hate getting haircuts because it's none of their business what my name or phone or line of work is, and then I have to do fine tuning after I get home. I'd like to do it myself, but I figure the hair makes a big mess for me to clean up.

Would someone share how they clean up their cut hair? Thanks!
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fundseeker wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:18 pmWould someone share how they clean up their cut hair? Thanks!
With a broom. Haven't paid for a haircut in nearly 25 years, never thought of this as a significant hassle.
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Have been cutting my hair since 1957. I am 85 yrs old. I trim every Saturday. One secret is not to cut too much. If in a few days it seems too long, you can trim again. Follow the contour of your skull. Slip your figures over your skull., trim hair the shoots up between your fingers.
I use a simple hair cutting scissor, about $10; they last forever, have had two since 1957. The first was fine after decades of weekly use, but was lost in a move. Have been given two electric gizmos; prefer to snip myself.
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stoptothink wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:34 pm
fundseeker wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:18 pmWould someone share how they clean up their cut hair? Thanks!
With a broom. Haven't paid for a haircut in nearly 25 years, never thought of this as a significant hassle.
I usually have mine cut outside on the patio and the hair goes wherever the wind blows.
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I do haircuts for my husband and 2 sons. Agree that going out to the patio is the best! We sweep up most of it, but what blows away provides soft nesting materials for birds, mice, etc.
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fundseeker wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:18 pm So, I hate getting haircuts because it's none of their business what my name or phone or line of work is, and then I have to do fine tuning after I get home. I'd like to do it myself, but I figure the hair makes a big mess for me to clean up.

Would someone share how they clean up their cut hair? Thanks!
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Hi
My husband groomed, trimmed our Westie a month ago.
I cut his hair yesterday. He watched videos and thought....bought a device by Norelco.
Used camera on laptop and device to look at back. It went well within an hour. He'd not had a haircut for 4 months. Remarkable to be able to do this adequately.
Guess the Westie was watching us...what was he thinking?
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fundseeker wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:18 pm So, I hate getting haircuts because it's none of their business what my name or phone or line of work is, and then I have to do fine tuning after I get home. I'd like to do it myself, but I figure the hair makes a big mess for me to clean up.

Would someone share how they clean up their cut hair? Thanks!
I use a Flowbee so the hair is sucked into the vacuum cleaner as it cuts. That is one of the reasons why I bought it -- it cuts the hair without leaving a mess behind.

After using the Flowbee, I use a trimmer to clean up the back of the neck. If I'm cutting DH's hair, since I already have the vacuum cleaner right there, I hold the end of the vacuum hose in my left hand and the trimmer in my right as I work my way across his neckline. When I'm cutting my own hair, (I have a short pixie cut, so I need to clean up the neckline area a bit) I stand with my back to the sink and lean back a little so the hair falls into the sink or on the vanity, then I vacuum up the hair from those areas and the bathroom floor. There is very little hair, so it just takes a few minutes to vacuum it up.
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I asked up above in the thread about using my regular beard trimmer to neaten things up. So I tried it (my Norelco) and just plowed through all the overgrown stuff covering my ears and some that was falling into my eyes on my forehead and my temples. And this basically succeeded for me.

It's a little messy still on the back of my neck, but I don't really care.
My main goal was to get that fresh cleaned up feeling I get from a regular haircut, and this worked.

And there is still a decent amount of hair on the top of my head, but I figure this is good to protect this area from the sun when I go walking for exercise.

Thanks for all the earlier advice I received here.
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With the summer heat and humidity, I decided I couldn't take it anymore. It was either deal with the hassle of getting a haircut or taking the plunge. After some research, I found this: Remington Indestructible Corded Electric Hair Clippers and Trimmer - HC5850

Lots of the units I looked at got mixed reviews and/or were prohibitively expensive. This one gets good reviews and is less than $50. It should come this week and it'll hopefully do the trick.

If not, well, I have a month before I have to go back to work in-person so that should give me a chance to grow it out again.
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I bought a Remington Precision Haircut perhaps 10 years ago and my 45 year old son uses it, does not go to a barber. He gave me a haircut 2 weeks ago, and I like the result. It costs less than I paid my barber every month.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Remington-Li ... /164464324
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After no hair cut over 4 months, I finally bought a Wahl® Home Pro 22-Piece Haircutting Kit. I have not yet tried it. Many other Wahl hair clippers are still out of stock.
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fundseeker wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:18 pm So, I hate getting haircuts because it's none of their business what my name or phone or line of work is, and then I have to do fine tuning after I get home. I'd like to do it myself, but I figure the hair makes a big mess for me to clean up.

Would someone share how they clean up their cut hair? Thanks!
I spread paper towels over the bathroom sink and its surround and let the hair fall there, then I bundle the paper towels and hair up and they go into the trash. After I've cut my hair and before I bundle up the paper, I use a lint roller to get the small hairs off my skin.
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egrets wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:25 pm
fundseeker wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:18 pm So, I hate getting haircuts because it's none of their business what my name or phone or line of work is, and then I have to do fine tuning after I get home. I'd like to do it myself, but I figure the hair makes a big mess for me to clean up.

Would someone share how they clean up their cut hair? Thanks!
I spread paper towels over the bathroom sink and its surround and let the hair fall there, then I bundle the paper towels and hair up and they go into the trash. After I've cut my hair and before I bundle up the paper, I use a lint roller to get the small hairs off my skin.
Doesn't it make a less mess if you sit inside a bath tub almost naked while having a hair cut?
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Last time I tried to get a haircut locally, one of the places I used to go to never reopened after the Covid shutdown and the other would only take reservations on their phone app and no walk-ins. I prefer places that take walk-ins as I usually have little control over my time due to frequent unscheduled work and domestic obligations. DW got us a Surker on Amazon and she cuts mine and I cut hers. So far so good. Every haircut I give DW saves double the price of the clipper. Learned how on YouTube.
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Katietsu wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:01 pm
fundseeker wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:18 pm So, I hate getting haircuts because it's none of their business what my name or phone or line of work is, and then I have to do fine tuning after I get home. I'd like to do it myself, but I figure the hair makes a big mess for me to clean up.

Would someone share how they clean up their cut hair? Thanks!
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I bought a Wahl clipper set from Costco earlier this year, which includes a #8 guard.

Unfortunately it is now out of stock, however you might want to check on availability periodically

https://www.costco.com/wahl-deluxe-hair ... 41517.html
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Just bought a Wahl (Elite pro). It's about $30 ...I Love it! My daughter or wife cuts it, looks great. I feel bad for my barber who charged me $25 a pop and a tip to the hair washer. (For the record #1 on sides ,faded to a #2 then a #6 on top). I feel like a kid again! Everyone seems to like it. Save a bundle of $ too!
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Wanted to add...Very hard to find now. Finally Target got a few.
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A lot depends on what kind of Man's haircut you are talking about. If you want a short Buzz Cut, a pair of clippers with a few guards are all you need. If you want a longer layered look, scissors and a trimmer for the outline at the neck and ears will work. I personally shave my head with the Remington Shortcut Pro, but I do it without a guard because I like it as short as I can get it. This small clipper is great for Buzz cuts and easy to do it yourself. It fits in the palm of your hand and very easy to work with because it is cordless. I shave my head once a week with this and it takes about 5 minutes.

https://www.amazon.com/Shortcut-Self-Ha ... 145&sr=8-2
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I've used the same Flowbee since November 1998 which I bought for $50. It has done 207 cuts as of the last one about a week ago and the only thing I've replaced is the rubber tube that connects it with the vacuum. We have a whole house vacuum making it very easy to setup and which also makes for easy clean up afterwards. The only maintenance I do on it is to spread a little 3n1 oil on the blades and run it 10 seconds after I've done.

On haircut day I also use an inexpensive beard/hair trimmer I bought on Amazon to trim around ears, sideburns, and the back of my neck. My recommendation for getting the best cuts would be to also buy a nice handheld mirror to supplement a wall mounted mirror.

If you like short men's haircuts and your hair is reasonably straight a Flowbee works great. However, I've loaned mine to a friend with curlier hair and it didn't work for him. I also tried it on my cock-a-poos using a dog trim attachment I bought on ebay but it also wasn't a good tool for their curly hair.
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Re: Device for men's haircuts

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bloom2708 wrote: Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:05 pm Most clippers come with a large array of guards. Usually in 1/8 inch increments, sometimes mm increments.

I use a #2 all over. Then the R/L ear trimmers, then #1 on the sideburns and bottom/back part. Done this for ~15 years.

Sometimes I do a #3 and #2 if I want it a bit longer. Note, this is a short haircut. Using the 7,8,9 guards would be much longer.

It isn't a Flo-bee, but the Wahl (or other) with guards works great.
Exact same. #2 all over, etc. Doing this since age 19. First one at the vet's office my friend used to work at. 40+ years later, still the same.
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