Single Handed Barber promises an easier DIY do


May 22, 2013

The Single Handed Barber uses a rotary system to allow users to cut their own hair evenly with one hand

The Single Handed Barber uses a rotary system to allow users to cut their own hair evenly with one hand

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Clipping your own hair can involve some complicated acrobatics and multiple mirror arrangements with no guarantee of satisfactory results. A buzz cut might seem pretty simple to pull off on your own, but unless you have rubber arms, it can be mission impossible to get it done evenly all over the head. The Single Handed Barber promises to make a trim a simple one-person affair.

The self-grooming device being sold by Hammacher Schlemmer joins the ranks of clippers such as Remington’s ShortCut Clipper that gives fans of the clean-cut hairstyle a little more autonomy.

The circular trimmer comes with a promise to make cutting hair as simple as combing it, partially thanks to a design that enables the user to comfortably control the device single-handedly and mow the hair with circular movements. Inside, the cutting is done by a rotary system of stainless steel blades that allows the hair to be cut in any direction, with the makers claiming the unit adapts nicely to the contours of the head.

Four different lengths are possible with 1/8-, 1/4-, 3/8- and 1/2-inch attachments included. The trimmer also comes with a rechargeable battery that can power the unit for four five-minute sessions after a 16-hour charge. If the device works as promised this will probably be enough for most people, otherwise the DIY barber can plug it in and take their time. To add a professional touch to the proceedings, a barber’s cape is included, along with a comb, scissors and a storage pouch.

The Single Handed Barber retails at US$59.95 and the price includes a lifetime guarantee.

Source: Hammacher Schlemmer via Coolest Gadgets

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With my crew cut, it would pay for itself in 4 months not including the time wasted waiting in the barber shop.

Kevin Frothngham

Though going shorter would be nice for me. It's currently growing back to see how well trained it is, it seems to know "STAY" but no longer seems colourfast. lol.

Make it water proof and it'd be absolute gold! Forget the cape, just run it quickly over your head while in the shower, you'd get a trim every day.... or so ;)

Craig Jennings

There is no way the convenience of a cordless design is worth the expense of the rechargeable battery.


Wow! That's original...

(Google "Babyliss Easy Cut").

Keith Reeder

Another one, going strong since 1988. I'd want to look at several youtube videos by users of any of these devices. They may work great for some people, technique can be kind of important. If you have a dog that needs reqular grooming, one of these might be good. Some dogs totaly freak around vacuum cleaners, so that should be checked before buying one that involves that.

Dave B13

I've managed to cut my own hair with clippers for 20 years now. $25 a set of clippers, they last a few years.

William Blackburn

I was just about to say the same thing Keith Reeder, This device has been around for years, I owned one but gave it away as it was almost impossible to achieve the 'same length cut' as advertised, the reason being the motion required to use the cutter is that of a rotary one, meaning you can spend 20 minutes running the device around your head and still have patches everywhere that it didn't cut... No good..

Symon Skelly

I am a retired person with well receded hair line. So it is just like fringe with shining top.

I haven't been to a barber 12 years. My standard Panasonic hair trimmer with variable hair length does very well. It cost me only 60 UAE Dirhams. Say around US$ 15/=

BTW anyone who wants to trim wet hair, DON'T. Without exception all trimmers work only on dry hair. Only trimming device that requires and works on wet hair is a Swiss made comb incorporating a special type of double edged safety razor blade that I used in the 70s in US.


Yes Keith, quite correct, but the Babyliss is rubbish, I have one.

John Faragher

Tried it a couple of years back after using NiCd Babylis clippers for 5 years or so. Battery finally gave up. Tried this useless gizmo - hopeless. Then found the Lithium Ion 'Wahl Trimmer' which uses re-chargable batts. It is fantastic. It looks really wimpy when you see it in the flesh but it is very powerful and the charge lasts for ages - and unlike NiCd cells, Li ones do not go flat if you don't use it for a month. Brilliant!

Martin Winlow

My uncle uses a Flowbee and has for years. He cuts his hair and my aunt's with it. I've even used it a couple of times.

Joe Henderson

IMO, traditional clippers are perfectly easy to use by yourself. The problem, which this device undoubtedly WONT solve, is the trim work. Getting the neck line, around the ears, etc. done straight and evenly is the problem.


I used Wahl clippers for several years, then connected a vacuum hose to the clippers to snag all the loose hairs while pulling them straight for cutting. I now use a RoboCut, which can be added to the been-there-done-that list. Bottom line, over 40 years and not one visit to the barber (even for my chemo-cut). So I see this new gizmo as having marginal success at best.

Bruce H. Anderson

+1 for Wahl clippers, its the brand most hairdressers use.

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