Why Do Hair Clippers Pull Hair? Never Again!

Since the lockdown, many people worldwide have learned to cut their hair at home. Even that guy who’d never dared to do so was obligated to invest in hair clippers and get the job done at home.

After hair salons opened up, some of the guys had fallen in love with cutting their hair, especially the ones who rock a buzz cut.

why do hair clippers pull hair?

But one of the main things that most of the guys complained about is getting their hair pulled by the clippers after a while.

So much so that they end up throwing away their current clippers and buying new ones. If only they knew why their clippers started to pull their hair, and how they could’ve fixed it instead of throwing it away, they would’ve saved so much time and money.

In today’s article, we will discuss why hair clippers pull hair, what you can do about and the best hair clippers to not ever again worry having your hair pulled by.

Are you ready? Let’s get into it!

Why Do Hair Clippers Pull Hair

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First and foremost, we will discuss the 4 most common reasons hair clippers pull hair.

Your hair clippers will start pulling your hair because of its low quality

All trimmers are not created equally. The quality of the trimmer you use plays a major role in whether you’re going to experience hair pulling often or never.

That’s why it is highly recommended to invest in high-quality clippers, to minimize the risk of getting your hair pulled.

The most important element that plays a vital role when it comes to performance and hair pulling is the motor. Hair clippers with strong motors do not pull hair. However, if your clipper is weak and you have thick or coarse hair, it will not be able to cut it and therefore it pulls it.

Low battery

Yes, it is as simple as that. When you’re using cordless clippers, a low battery can affect the speed of the blades. A simple test that you can immediately do is to gently pinch the blades together, and if this makes them stop. Your clippers probably need to be charged.

Make sure you have corded clippers or charge them fully before cutting if they are cordless.

Not oiling your clippers enough or (at all)

Other than the fact that clipper oil will reduce the friction and allow the blades to run at the correct speed, applying two drops of clipper oil will keep your clippers from pulling and snagging your hair, and will also increase the longevity of your clipper motor and blades.

But what if you don’t use clipper oil? What happens? If you don’t use oil on your clippers from time to time, the blades of your clippers won’t cut as smoothly as they suppose to, and they might even seize up completely.

Damaged blades

Last but certainly not least, it could be because the blades of your clippers are damaged, and it’s time to change them. Don’t worry, the process of changing the blades on your clippers is not as hard as it sounds. Finding which replacement fits your model is where things can get a little complicated.

Read Also: Can Hair Clippers Work On Beards?

Best Hair Clippers That Don’t Pull Hair

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If you try all of these tricks, and still experience getting your hair pulled when using these clippers, it’s time to say goodbye to your old clippers, and get new ones.

And if you are in the market of getting new hair clippers, but don’t know what to get, or don’t want to get new clippers only to have the same hair pulling problem.

Here are the 3 best hair clippers that we recommend for you to get.

Starting with number one

Wahl Clipper Chrome Pro Complete

Used by professional barbers and salons since 1919, Wahl has been producing some of the top-tier clippers in the market, that are known for their long-lasting battery and smooth cuts.

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The Chrome Pro Complete Clipper from Wahl is equipped with a powerful motor, and it’s designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, and guaranteed to never pull or snag your hair.
Here’s what one of the guys who purchased this clipper, and used it for a while said about his experience with it.

‘’This is the real deal folks. This isn’t a wimpy battery-powered “trimmer”. This thing will clip hair fast and efficiently. I had a year-long beard and decided it needed to go when the weather got above 90 degrees. Four minutes later it was short enough to shave with a Trac II razor. One year of growth is gone in less than 10 minutes.

So if you’re thinking about changing your old clippers, or getting your first ones.
The Chrome Pro Complete Clipper from Wahl is your go-to. Notice I recommend value-for-money products. I am not the guy that will suggest you buy 150$ products to make more money.

I always put my readers first.

Number two

Wahl Clipper Lithium-lon

This cordless clipper from Wahl gives you 2 hours of runtime with a single 15-minute quick charge option, and it can hold its charge for up to one year.

The Lithium-Ion is a perfect choice for someone who likes to shave on the go. Here’s what one user has to say about it. It can be used both with beards and on hair. That’s a bonus, I guess.

Read Also: Can Beard Trimmers Also Cut Head Hair?

‘’This thing is great. Super Solid. I’ve had 2 regular wired ones and they were not as good as this one. Be aware to use the proper guide sizing as all brands vary a bit…Having the wireless is the best. I cut my hair 3-4 times and it’s still not died on me.’’

So if you’re on the lookout for cordless clippers, this is one of the best on the market.

Number three

Novah Professional Hair Clipper for Men

This beast is known for its high precision and its stealth endurance power. Its high-definition LED permits you to know all the information like the battery level, and the speed you’re using, to ensure that you’re always on the right path.

Like the first two models, here is what people who used the Novah Professional Hair Clipper for Men have to say about it.

‘’Excellent Quality, this razor has a heavy-duty metal case. The quick-charging battery has exceptional battery life. The razor came with numerous clipping attachments which make it easy to cut your hair. Using my fully charged razor, I was able to do a complete haircut on myself (using 3 guards, larger moving to smaller for tight sides/around ears, and I was done in 15 minutes.’’


To sum things up, there is a variety of reasons hair clippers can pull hair.

Make sure you get a high-quality hair clipper and maintain it properly. Charge it, oil it, clean it, take care of it.

Don’t get lazy. You should only worry about the haircut and how to get it right and not about the fact your clippers pull hair. Am I wrong?

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In this article, we also discussed some examples of high-quality clippers. Obviously, there are many more good ones. We just talked about our favorites.

And that’s it for this one. We hope you found it helpful. Be on the lookout for the next article for more tips.

Until next time,

Stay safe,


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