How To Oil Hair Clippers

Last Updated on December 13, 2021

How To Oil Hair Clippers

Are your hair clippers not working as well as they used to?

We’ve all been there. After a few months or even weeks of use, they just don’t seem to get that fine cut that they used to which is a real pain.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix this and all it requires is a little hair clipper oil. Taking care of your hair clippers properly will increase their lifespan and improve your clipper performance, which starts not only with proper cleaning, but also regular oiling of the clipper blades.

Oiling your clippers will help to reduce friction that slowly wears down the blade after each use, as well as prevent your clippers from overheating.

While you do not have to oil your clipper blades after every use, you should get into the routine of oiling them every other use or every 3 uses at the least.

While it may sound tedious or even unnecessary, oiling your hair clipper blades is super quick, easy, and will ensure that the blades always work properly.

So, let’s jump in and find out how to oil clippers.

Things You Need For Oiling Hair Clippers

Brush – The first thing you need is a clean brush for getting rid of any build-up such as hair, grease, dead skin, and other debris.

A little brush is usually included with your clipper or trimmer set so you probably don’t have to worry about buying one. Alternatively, you can use a clean toothbrush but if you want your brush bundled with your hair clipper then check out our guide to the best hair clippers for men.

If you clean your hair clipper often, you’ll never get too much hair build-up. As for using any other brush such as a toothbrush, make sure not to be too forceful while cleaning it and also, check to see that the brush itself is clean before using it. It’s worth using an old toothbrush as the brush is usually much softer due to prolonged use.

Lubricating Clipper Oil – The more obvious thing you need is clipper oil for lubricating the blades. The lubricating oil tube usually included with the clippers is perfect as it is small and has a dropper tip.

Oiling clippers is pretty damn hard without a few drops of oil so make sure you have this. If you have run out of it, or have lost it, you can easily buy a replacement set of brushes and lubricating oil and they come packaged with many shaving products.

Keeping Hair Clippers Properly Lubricated: Step By Step Guide

1) Clean – First, you’re going to need to make sure that the clipper blades are properly cleaned. Use a small brush to brush off debris like hairs from it. Be sure to use rubbing alcohol and not water. If you don’t clean it properly then when you apply the oil, it will make it much more difficult for things like hair to come out as it will stick to the oil. Check out our article on how to clean hair clippers for more info.

2) Unplugged and off – Make sure the clipper is turned off before you oil clippers and unplug it from its charging port before applying the oil on it.

3) Oil Clippers – Now use the dropper tip of the lubricating oil tube to put a few drops of oil in all the tiny places throughout the clipper. Try to get the oil in between the blades and its sides so you penetrate it properly and don’t let it get everywhere.

4) Turn on hair clippers – Once you’ve applied the oil everywhere, you’ll need to turn the clipper on for approximately 20 to 30 seconds. In order to make sure that the oil reaches everywhere, this is vital.

5) Turn off hair clippers – After about half a minute turn it off again. If needed, you can apply a few more drops of oil but the clipper should be well lubricated.

6) Remove extra oil – Before putting it away, make sure you wipe off any excess oil from the body and charging port area of the clipper. Don’t use toilet paper or paper towels as they can leave behind tiny particles which will turn into gunk or other debris after mixing with the oil. Instead, get a small cloth for this part.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sharpen hair clippers?

Sharpening your hair clippers is an important part of hair clipper maintenance. if you’re unsure on how to sharpen the then have a look at our article on how to sharpen hair clippers.

How do I get a fade with hair clippers?

If you want a fresh new haircut then a fade is going to make you look stylish and modern. It can be tricky to get a fade if you don’t know what you’re doing so have a look at our article on how to cut your hair with clippers fade.

Do you have to oil clippers every time?

Oiling your clippers will help to reduce friction that can wear down the blade, prevent your clippers from overheating and help to keep them sharper longer. While you do not have to oil your clipper blades after every use, you should get into the routine of oiling them every 2-3 times.

Can you use clippers after oiling?

Clean and disinfect your blades by spraying lightly with clipper spray while the clipper is running. this will not only keep blades clean but also help keep your clippers rust-free and cool them off between uses.

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