What Are Hair Clippers Lengths?

You may have overheard people in the barber shop saying they want a #1 or a #2 on the side. You've probably wondered what these numbers mean and how they work with the lengths of hair, right?

Don't worry. This guide will show you what hair clipper lengths are.

How hair clipper lengths work

Hair clippers, in their natural setting are designed to basically cut the hair down to the skin. This is what's called a 0 gap. That means there is no gap between the moving and fixed cutting blade. Hair that comes into contact with the clippers will be cut almost like a razor.

In order to stop the clippers from cutting everyone as bald as Mr.Clean, you can install a "guard". The guard is set to a certain length to prevent the hair from being cut shorter than you desire it to be.

Common Hair Clipper Lengths

The common manufactures like Wahl and Andis use a number system that are basically the same. Oster uses a much more complex number and letter system as they offer guards that cut very specific sizes 

#0 or #1/2 Clipper Length  (1/16" or 1.5mm)

0 hair clipper lengths are used for very low buzz cuts. This style of haircut is usually for the guy that likes the bald look or just wants to keep his hair as short as possible 

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0 Hair Clipper Length

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#1 Clipper Length (1/8" or 3mm)

The 1 clipper hair length is a bit more of a stubble and short hair style. It leaves enough to where you don't have to really style it, but not so short that you look completely bald

1 Hair Clipper Length

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#2 Clipper Length (1/4" or 6mm)

The 2 hair clipper length is approaching enough hair that you are still buzzing it, but can leave the unfinished look if not done properly. 

2 Hair Clipper Length

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#3 Clipper Length (3/8" or 10mm)

This length is about the longest you'll want if you're doing a low fade. Most barbers us 3 and below to cut hair with a low fade.

3 Hair Clipper Length

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#4 Clipper Length (1/2" or 13mm)

At the 4 hair clipper length, you have almost enough hair to brush and style. Any longer than this and hair is usually going to be styled.

4 Hair Clipper Length

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#5 Clipper Length (5/8" or 16mm)

The hair at a 5 length is long enough that it can be styled into most medium to longer hair lengths. This would be considered a high fade.

5 Hair Clipper Length

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#6 Clipper Length (3/4" or 19mm)

6 Hair Clipper Length

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#7 Clipper Length (7/8" or 22mm)

7 Hair Clipper Length

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#8 Clipper Length (1" or 25mm)

8 Hair Clipper Length

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#10 Clipper Length (1 1/4" or 32mm)

10 Hair Clipper Length

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#12 Clipper Length (1 1/2" or 38mm)

12 Hair Clipper Length

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