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How Long Do Hair Clippers Last

How Long Do Hair Clippers Last?

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Every hair clipper user is concerned about how long their clippers will last. Is it five years? Ten years? Perhaps, a lifetime? Well, be patient, and keep reading because this is what we will examine in this article! 

The truth is that many factors determine how long your hair clipper will last, and in this post, we’ll walk you through all you need to know about the longevity of your hair clippers. You’ll also learn how to prolong your hair clipper’s lifespan with proper maintenance. So, let’s get started!

Generally, good quality corded hair clippers are built to last over a decade and could last even longer when properly maintained. It doesn’t matter when or where you bought it; as long as your clipper is from a reputable brand, it’ll have decent longevity.

How long do hair clippers last (Professional Use)?

barber using hair clipper

Hair clippers used professionally by barbers last an average of five to ten years. Of course, it could be more or less, depending on how carefully the barber handles his clipper and how well he or she maintains it. 

Keep in mind that professionals have to use their hair clippers day in and day out without rest. That’s why their clippers will last less and also why they should pay more attention to their care and maintenance.

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How to maintain your hair clippers to last longer 

We’ve established that hair clipper maintenance is vital to ensure longevity. But the question is, how do you know what the best ways to maintain your hair clippers are?

Well, it’s actually pretty simple. You must clean, oil, sharpen, and replace the blades when necessary.

Care for your clippers consciously and continuously, and you’ll get the best years out of them.

1. Clean Your hair clippers

clean blades

Cleaning your hair clipper is perhaps the most crucial yet overlooked part of its maintenance. It is something pretty simple, and you will only need a cleaning wire brush and a clipper spray.*

* If you don’t have a clipper spray, soap and water will be just fine. 

Start by detaching the clipper blades. It makes cleaning easier and helps you to reach more corners. You should check the hair clipper user manual on detaching the blades (we can’t help with this as every hair clipper blades detach differently).

Then, use a brush to remove the hair strands from the clipper blades. These hair strands will clog the clipper blades and restrict their movement if left there. After you’ve removed the bulk hair, you should follow up with a smaller brush to clean the remaining hairs. A small brush usually comes with the hair clipper set, so use it.

Next, dip a towel in soapy water and dab the clipper blades with it – other things you can use to clean your clipper include; clipper spray, alcohol, and vinegar.

And by now, you must be wondering, how often should I clean my clippers?

You must clean your hair clipper after each use (just with the brush). We know that it’s a bit boring, but if you don’t remove the hairs from your clipper, you are slowly killing it. This is because, over time, it’ll weaken the clipper mechanism and make the blades blunt.

2. Oil the hair clipper

oiling hair clipper blades

I can’t emphasize the importance of properly oiling hair clippers enough. Oiling helps to prevent rust, reduce noise and friction, keep your clipper cool, and ensure better performance. So make sure to oil your clipper every time after cleaning it (Yes, you have to do it after every use).

But it is not only about the frequency but also about the way you should oil hair clippers. Several things can go wrong if you don’t oil your clipper the right way. For example, incorrect oiling can expose your clipper to rust and corrosion and consequently compromise its overall effectiveness.

So here is the correct way to do it:

Before you oil your clipper, make sure you have cleaned it and removed every remnant of hair in the clipper blades. Once you’ve done this, dry your clipper; use a clean towel and pat it dry.

Now pay attention to this! To enhance the effectiveness of the oiling process, turn on your clipper.


The clipper oil will spread more quickly when the clipper is in motion. It will make the oiling process faster and more effective. In addition, if your clipper has a taper lever, you should move it up and down for about fifteen to twenty seconds to improve the penetration of the oil. 

And if you’re wondering how many drops of oil will be sufficient for your clipper. Well, about two to four drops of oil are perfect. We have an article talking about how to oil hair clippers that you can read here.

* If you are out of clipper oil, you read our article and learn about some high-quality clipper oil alternatives you can use.

3. Sharpen Hair clippers blades

sharpening the blades

Your clipper blades will certainly get blunt after a few months. So, sharpening a dull blade is the best way to keep them precise and effective. We won’t get into more details about clipper blade sharpening as it is a long process, but if you want to learn more about it, read our guide “How to sharpen your clipper blades at home“.

At this point, we would like to talk about the so-called “self-sharpening blades” some clippers use. The self-sharpening process is common among clippers with two sets of moving blades. The top and bottom blades sharpen each other as they glide against each other during the cutting process. 

However, the “self-sharpening” feature is disputable. Based on our experience, self-sharpening blades will last a bit longer than non-sharpening ones, but they will also need sharpening at some point.

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4. Replace the clipper blades when necessary 

assembling the blades

Sharpening is excellent for your clipper blades. But you can’t do it forever. A time will come when your clipper blades will be too old and beat up to sharpen. This is when you must replace them.

In most cases, it’s only the cutting blade that needs replacement. The cutting blade is the smaller clipper blade that moves back and forth to cut off hair strands.

To buy a compatible blade, you should read your clipper’s manual, see what kind of blade your clipper uses and buy a new one.

Related Article: “Seven Reasons Your Hair Clipper Is Not Cutting And How to Fix It

When should you replace your hair clippers?

1. Constant or too frequent repairs

You know your hair clipper is old and needs to be changed when you’ve taken it for repair more than a few times in a couple of months.

As hair clippers age, their mechanism becomes weak, and they start to malfunction. Once this happens, it’s time for a change. Rather than spending lots of money repairing an old hair clipper, we advise you to buy a new hair clipper.

2. Permanent damage

This goes without saying, but you should replace your hair clippers when it suffers permanent damage. For example, dropping a hair clipper can cause permanent damage to it, and you’ll have to replace it.

Also, keep in mind that using damaged clippers can threaten your safety. When a clipper falls, and its body cracks, the wires, and other mechanisms will be exposed. You don’t want your hand to be close to naked wires or other electric parts when your clipper is plugged in. I

3. Your clipper Won’t turn on

Another obvious case when you’ll need to buy a new clipper is when your clipper won’t turn on. If it doesn’t turn on, it means there is a problem with its motor. Most of the time, it doesn’t make sense to spend time and money to fix an old clipper motor, as buying a new one will be s better investment.

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 Final Thoughts

So far, we’ve walked you through everything you need to know about the longevity of hair clippers. By now, you know that hair clippers can last about ten years or more, depending on how well you maintain them.

We’ve also mentioned unique ways to care for your hair clipper. If you follow these steps, your hair clipper will surely last long. 

Taking care of your clipper is essential if you want to increase its longevity and get value for your money. If you have any more questions, hit us up in the comments section, and we will be more than happy to help.

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