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Our Rating: 8.7/10
If you’re looking for a hair clipper to achieve (an almost) complete head shave, or high precision bald fades, you need to look no further than the Wahl Professional 5-star Series Balding Clipper.
Let’s face it, the name of the product is a pretty good indication as to what this clipper is all about!
This is a professional use, mains hair clipper, with zero overlap blades it is specifically designed to remove all head hair, or at least 95% of it!
Spend a lot of time creating skin fades? This machine is the perfect tool.
Seriously..stop wasting your time on anything else.. just get it.
- Powerful heavy-duty corded clipper, ideal for continual/professional use
- V5000 vibrator motor for durability and longevity
- Zero overlap blades – Self-sharpening, surgical sharp
- An excellent balding clipper at a really good price
- Made in the USA
- 12 month, Wahl-backed warranty
- The blade will slice through any lumps or moles if you are not ultra-careful
- Only comes with 2 clipper guards/combs
- No carry/storage case
- Only works as a corded model, off the mains electricity. No cordless version is available yet
Most men who go for the bald look actually prefer a slight covering, to give the head some texture.
These clippers are ideal for that look and will achieve the equivalent of a single day, to 3 days of hair growth.
Naturally, with this style of cut, it is very easy to cut your own hair.
If you really want a completely bold cut, you should take a look at the very popular Panasonic ES-LA63-S Arc4 Men’s Electric Razor
In This Guide..
Chromed Fine-Precision Blade
It’s all about the cutting blade with these clippers!
To cut that close to your head, the blade needs to be ultra-sharp and to cut as close to your scalp as possible.
The Balding clipper blades are fine-toothed and made from surgical quality steel, plated with rust-resistant chrome.
They have a cutting width of 40 mm and a notional cutting length of 0.4 mm.
The blades are set with zero-overlap to achieve a near balding finish.
Basically as close as you can get to your scalp without cutting the skin – “be careful!”
The blades are sharp and will cut you if you don’t concentrate. They are ideal for close skin fades and tapering.
Oscillating Armature Motor
These Wahl Balding Clippers are widely used by salon/barber industry professionals.
With constant use, and getting switched on and off, the motor needs to be robust and powerful.
Wahl doesn’t disappoint with these clippers.
They have installed a powerful V5000 oscillating armature motor that is twice the speed of regular pivot motor clippers.
It is an electromagnetic motor that isn’t as strong as some rotary-powered clippers – i.e. not as good at cutting through bulky, thick hair.
But as it’s designed for balding and close skin fades, it is more important the blade speed is kept high.
It is a corded model with a 2.4 m cable (8 foot) which ensures the clipper is always at full power.
What Is In The Box?
These corded clippers come shipped with:
- 2 x combs – 1/2″ (1.5mm) 1 1/2″ (4.5mm)
- Black barber comb
- Blade guard
- Pre-shave brush
- 1 x small bottle of lubricating oil
- Cleaning brush
- Operating manual
Wahl Balding Clippers – Blade
Don’t be caught out by not having a spare blade for your balding clippers.
They are stainless steel and will last a very long time, but there will come a time when you least want it to happen, you drop the clippers and damage the blade.
Wahl Balding Clipper Guards
Although this clipper is designed to remove nearly all the hair from your head, it’s still an excellent clipper that can be used to trim head hair and beards of different lengths.
At the moment, the Wahl Balding Clipper guards only come in 2 sizes – (1/16″) 1.5mm guard and 3/16″(4.5mm).
If you want different guard sizes, this set of 8 Color Coded Guide Combs will fit the Wahl Balding Clipper and give you a lot more cutting lengths to choose from:
Travel / Storage Case
The Balding Clipper doesn’t come with a storage case, but this Caseling Hard Case is just the right size.
If you’re not using the clipper in a salon or barbers, it will help protect your clipper when you’re not using it, or if you want to travel anywhere with it.
Applying a few drops of oil every time you use your clippers, is a must.
The Wahl Balding Clippers come with just a small bottle, and you’ll use it up in no time.
Do yourself a favor and purchase a larger bottle at the same time as your clippers:
Pros And Cons
- Powerful heavy-duty corded clipper, ideal for continual/professional use.
- V5000 vibrator motor for durability and longevity.
- Zero overlap blades – Self-sharpening, surgical sharp. Will slice through hair like a knife through butter.
- An excellent balding clipper at a really good price.
- Made in the USA.
- 12 month, Wahl-backed warranty.
- The blade will slice through any lumps or moles if you are not ultra-careful.
- Only comes with 2 clipper guards/combs
- No carry/storage case.
- Only works as a corded model, off the mains electricity. No cordless version is available yet.
Who Is The Balding Clipper For?
- Pro Barbers and Stylists looking to deliver awesome fades or just a tight shave.
- Home use for anyone wanting as close to a bald head shave as possible. Not quite safety-razor-close, but almost.
Alternative Balding Clippers To Consider
There aren’t any equivalent balding clippers on the market.
As far as I can tell, Wahl has the only dedicated balding clipper for men.
Q. Can I use running water to clean the Balding Clipper?
A. No. They are not waterproof or rinseable. Keep them dry and clean with a brush and cloth.
Q. Can these clippers be used on 220 volts?
A. No. They are designed for the US and Canada only. If you use them outside of these countries you’ll need to use a voltage step-up transformer.
Q. Can I use them to shave my beard?
A. Yes, sure you can if your beard isn’t too long. Wahl’s guard comb only goes as high as 1 1/2″ (no.12), so okay for short to mid-length beards.
Q. Are the Balding Clippers for professional use only?
A. They are designed to be in constant use in barbershops and salons, so are marketed as professional use. However, there’s nothing stopping a beginner from using them. Just go slowly until you get used to it.
Best Balding Clippers For Black Hair
Cutting black afro hair with clippers and trimmers often throws up questions regarding how well they handle such hair.
The best balding clippers for black hair are no different from the clippers you would choose for thick or coarse hair.
It’s all about the power and speed of the motor.
The Wahl Balding clipper is designed for the thickest of hair – including black hair.
Here’s a good video showing the Wahl Balding Clipper in action, including a good description and demonstration of its features:
This video shows how easy/difficult it is to get an even, total head shave doing it yourself with the Wahl Balding Clipper..
The Wahl Professional 5-star Series Balding Clipper is, without doubt, the best balding clipper currently on the market.
Ideal for professional barbers and hair salons or anyone who wants the bald (or near bald) look at home.
Also great for detailing work and skin fades.
Considering the quality and versatility of this clipper, it offers exceptional value for money.
As long as you maintain it properly, it should last you many years.
You’ll never achieve a shave as close as a manual razor, but this is as close as you’ll get!
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