WAHL has been around for a very long time making superior grooming tools. And this one – WAHL 5-Star “Super Close” Shaver Shaper, is certainly no exception. However, I have been receiving a great deal of feedback from readers who have experienced irritation in the form of ingrown hairs after their barbers used this tool on them.
Of course, based on their YouTube video of how to use these trimmers, it is clear that it’s designed for “clean-up” only.
This shaver is simply a foil shaver with a few minor enhancements. With that being said, it is designed to get the beard or the head “super close”, and generally speaking it can cut the hair close enough to where it may fall below the skin-line. Unfortunately, for many men this will cause their hair to have a difficult time growing out of the skin since the hair is often curly or overly-curly (See: Ingrown Hairs? Here’s why!).
Sure, your barber wants to leave you with the closest and cleanest look, but at what cost?
So the next time your barber chooses to finish of your beard or head with this shaver, request that he “test” it out on a small area of the face or head first. Any reaction should appear within 3-5 days. If there are no signs of irritation, then you’re in the clear and that much the wiser.