I've been cutting my hair at home for years. I started when I was spending my summers on Water Island, a tiny little barrier beach community with no stores or restuarants, let alone a barber shop. I got myself a clipper, put on a short guard, and started running it back and forth over my head. After a few minutes back and forth from all different directions, my hair was clipped to a nice, even legnth. Easy, but not foolproof. The bending down of my neck to reach the back of my head left some uneven streaks when I returned my head to its full upright position. And more than once the snap-on guide popped off, creating a blade-to-skin bald spot that forced me to sport a radically short haricut while my hair grew out.
Two weeks ago, I attended a press event for the Conair iStubble -- a beard trimmer designed to precisely maintain a stubble or very short beard. It's an impressive product, but very specific to the short stubble look. Intriguing, but not relevant for me. But in the press materials was information on the Conair Hc900 Even Cut Hair Clipper: a tool for cutting hair to an even, all over legnth. I requested a demo and tried it out. Brilliant. The circular cutting blade cuts in any direction. The two blade guards lock securely in place, offering six different cutting lengths, the shortest of which was my ideal cut.
Using it couldn't be easier. You charge the Even Cut, step outside or into your shower (no clean up necessary!), run it back and forth over your head to start, then again in a circular motion all over to finish. In less than 5 minutes, you have a perfect, even cut. Like the iStubble, the Even Cut is not a general purpose appliance. But if you like the idea of an easy, single-legnth haircut you can master yourself, the Conair Even Cut is the right tool for the job, and quickly pays for itself. Buy it for $39.99 at amazon.com.