If you plan to maintain a beard, goatee, sideburns or other facial hair with a hair trimmer of some kind, you’ll need to apply hair clipper oil to your trimmer frequently to keep it performing well. But what’s the best brand? And do you have to buy oil that’s the same brand as your trimmer?
To have the best beard ever, you need a really great trimmer — and you need to maintain it well. Just about every trimmer and clipper model I’ve tried requires oiling to keep the blades in shape. A small container of oil usually comes with the trimmer, but it won’t last long. What you don’t use up often leaks out of the tiny vial because the oil is very thin and the seal on the bottle is weak.
Here’s the good news: You don’t have to buy oil of the same brand as your clippers. In fact, every hair clipper oil that I’ve examined appears to be exactly the same. It’s a thin machine oil that can withstand high temperatures.
There is one caveat, however: If your trimmer is still under warranty, it could technically void your warranty to use another brand of oil in some cases, but that’s really not likely to be a problem. First, warranties on many clippers are short, so the warranty will probably expire before that small bottle that came with the device runs out. And second, if you make a warranty claim there will likely be no way for the company to know which brand of oil you used because they’re all so similar.
What To Avoid
Once your clippers are out of warranty, you can maintain them any way you want with no worries. You can even use other types of oil, if you want — but hair clipper oil is so inexpensive, you might as well just order a fresh bottle of whatever brand you prefer. One bottle can last you for many years even if you‘re a fanatic about beard grooming.
I’ve seen article suggesting the use of WD-40 and similar products, but I don’t recommend that. These products are water displacers and rust inhibitors, not oils. Don’t use motor oil or other heavy oils either — as I’ve seen some online writers suggest. You need a thin oil that can withstand high temperatures.
You should also avoid over-oiling your clippers. A single drop applied while the clippers are running is usually plenty. And you don’t need to oil your trimmer every time it’s used. If you put too much oil, the clippers will rattle just as they do when they aren’t oiled well enough.
While it doesn’t matter what brand of hair clipper oil you use, most brands are similar in price, so the simplest thing to do is to get a container that matches the brand of your clippers. If you have some left after the trimmer goes bad, however, keep it. It will probably work just fine with your replacement trimmer, even if it’s another brand.
I’ve noticed that most drugstores and discount chains in my area don’t stock hair clipper oil. That’s why I recommend ordering from Amazon. The company is a great source for all kinds of things, including beard grooming and hair cutting accessories.
Choose one of the oils below, or update the term in the search box to narrow your search to the brand you want: