Among males, keeping and maintaining a beard is a huge aspect of self-image and how they present themselves to others. Besides creating a unique appearance, dermatologists also point out that the beard acts as protection for a large area of the face. However, a beard trimmer must be regularly used to keep your facial hair presentable, tidy, and free from split ends.
Black men generally have curly and coarse facial hair. So it is of utmost importance to have the right grooming tools for your beard. Traditional trimmers can cause ingrown hair, razor bumps, and inflammation, which can lead to more serious skin problems. A good trimmer for black men should combine modern technologies for convenience, and unique features needed by black males for clean and comfortable cuts.
Wahl Stainless Steel Lithium Ion+ Beard and Nose Trimmer Model 9818
The Model 9818 Kit from Wahl is an all-around grooming kit for men. The set includes a beard and nose hair trimmer, detail shaver, and hair clippers. All these attachments utilize the same powerful motor, which is housed in an easy-grip, stainless steel handle and casing.
A unique feature of the Wahl Trimmer is its quick-charging battery. One hour of charging allows you to use the trimmer for up to 4 hours straight. In case you forgot to charge it prior to use, one minute of charging from zero percent allows you to use it for 3 minutes. That is really helpful if you’re in a tight schedule.
The kit comes with a pouch, blade oil, and cleaning brush. The blades are manufactured with a self-sharpening technology, allowing them to make clean and quiet cuts for a long time. It also works for both 110-V and 220-V outlets, ensuring that you can charge it wherever you are on the globe. It is important to note, however, that this trimmer is only for dry use and cannot be used while taking a shower.
Remington All-in-One Grooming Kit PG6025
The PG6025 is a lithium battery-powered tool that has a full-sized trimmer, detailer, foil shaver, and nose and ear trimmers. It is a cordless trimmer that offers 14 different cutting style and length settings, and a fully-charged battery allows you to use it up to 65 minutes. The textured grip also allows precise and comfortable handling for all cutting angles.
As its name suggests, the All-in-One trimmer has 3 major attachments, 1 adjustable comb with 8 height settings, and 3 special combs that snap to the cutting head. These result in 14 various settings, which let you have full control. This is particularly helpful for styling areas that need greater precision, such as sideburns and around the mouth.
It has surgical blades that ensure clean cuts every time. This is possible through the built-in self-sharpening technology, where the rotary blades continuously rub against a sharpening metal strip as you use it. So it stays like new, similar to a knife’s edge being honed by a grinding stone.
The Remington PG6025 is suitable for dry operations only. However, all the attachments can safely be washed under the faucet.
Panasonic Electric Body Groomer ER-GK60-S for Men
The stainless steel groomer from Panasonic comes with three comb attachments for various body parts and closeness of cut. For example, its thinnest trimmer can cut as close as 0.004-inch for a smooth and clean feel.
Traditional fixed blades have tight spacing to prevent tugging but this can irritate the skin. The patented design of this trimmer does away from this. The ER-GK60-S has blades that are notably wider and with rounder edges. This is a hypoallergenic design so that the trimmer blades can groom the chest, underarms, legs, and groin with minimal irritation. Moreover, the v-shaped trimming head allows you to cleanly trim difficult areas such as the glutes and groin.
You can use it while plugged-in or in cordless mode. You can run the device for more than one hour after about 60 minutes of charging. Lastly, this Panasonic groomer is suitable for both wet and dry operations. You can use it in the shower because of its water-proof body. You can also quickly clean it with running water.
Braun Electric Razor Series 3 for Men
As described by the manufacturer, the Braun Series 3 is equipped with technologies that make it, as advertised, “tough on the beard, smooth on the skin”. The lightweight stainless steel razor is a three-in-one tool that allows shaving, trimming, and edge-detailing.
The design allows intuitive and straight strokes to cleanly cut in one pass, so there is no need to shave the same area twice. This foil shaver is also equipped with the proprietary Sensofoil, which is a metal mesh that comfortably guides the pressure-sensitive cutting elements. The Shave&Style design of the Series 3 has a thin precision head that makes it easily maneuverable for shaving under the nose and other tight areas.
Similar to Panasonic’s ER-GK60-S, the Braun Electric Razor automatically adapts to different voltages when charging. Its fully-charged NiMH battery can power 45 minutes of usage. It also has a quick-charge feature that gives enough power for one use after 5 minutes of charging. The item is also certified water-proof up to 16 feet, which allows for wet operation with gel, foam, and water. The cutting heads and the body of the razor can be washed with water as well.
The Panasonic ER-GK60-S thoughtfully combines a literally cutting-edge technology and features needed specifically by black males. The wide and semi-rounded cutting edges are perfect for coarse and curly hair. There is also less chance of irritation and razor bumps because the unique v-shaped head cuts with fewer passes and no tugging. It is also versatile since you can use it for your beard and for hair in more sensitive parts of the body.
While it doesn’t have a fast charging feature, it has good battery life that lasts for an hour in one charging. An added convenience would be its waterproof body, which enables you to use it while in the shower.