Guide To Hair Clipper Sizes

You don’t need any more convincing that owning your own hair clipper is the way forward, you’re sold on the sound economic investment that it is, and are up for the challenge of learning to cut your own hair.

Once you’ve done the research, and picked out the right clipper for you, it’s time to start cutting some hair. You’ve chosen a haircut, and now you just need to know what length guides or blades you should be using for your desired cut.
The most popular and universal hair clipper sizes are those used by the three biggest and most popular brands, Wahl, Andis, and Oster. Many of the other most popular brands use similar sizes, so if you’re not using one of these three brands, find out which yours use and check back.

 

So we’ve compiled the different guide and blade sizes required for different lengths below. On the left is the size of the guide comb or blade depending on which clipper model you use, and on the right is the cut length that this blade or guide is used for.

WahlHair Clipper Sizes

Guide Comb Size / Hair Length in Inches
1/2 – 1/16″

1 – 1/8″

1 – 1/2 – 3/16″

2 – 1/4″

3 – 3/8″

4 – 1/2″

5 – 5/8″

6 – 3/4″

7 – 7/8″

8 – 1″

10 – 1 1/4″

Oster

Blade Size / Hair Length in Inches
00000 – 1/125″

0000 – 1/100″

000 – 1/50″Hair Clipper Sizes

0A – 3/64″

1 – 3/32″

1A – 1/8″

1.5 – 5/32″

2 – 1/4″

3.5 – 3/8″

3.75 – 1/2″

Andis

Blade Size / Hair Length in Inches
00000 – 1/125″

0000 – 1/100″

0000A – 1/75″

000 – 1/50″

0A – 3/64″

OA FD 3/34″

1 – 3/32″

1A – 1/8″

1 1/2 – 5/32″

2 – 1/4″

3 1/2 – 3/8″

3 3/4 – 1/2″
It’s important to familiarise yourself with the different blade / guide lengths that your clipper uses. Firstly it’s impossible to achieve the proper length cut you’re aiming for without the right equipment, and secondly once you are familiar with the routine you’ll become far more efficient and confident when cutting your own hair. It won’t take long until it’s second nature.
As we always try to explain, it’s really important that you get the right clippers for you, and use them properly for your unique hairstyle. If you don’t enjoy cutting your own hair, eventually you’ll give up. Sooner rather than later if you’re cutting your hair poorly.

 

But it’s so rewarding, both for the new skill you learn, and the financial savings from annual barber expenses, which are just two of the good reasons you should do it right.
Thanks from Hairstyle Lab for reading, and click here to return to our other how-to guides and tutorials.

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