EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBuy It And Try It: Micro Touch Max Hair Trimmers
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Reported by: Taisha Walker
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 4, 2013 8:08 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 4, 2013 12:48 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Monthly hair cuts can add up. But a popular "As Seen on TV" hair trimmer claims to cut your grooming costs and time down.
The Micro Touch Max claims to keep men perfectly groomed in between trips to the barbershop.
"The clippers that we use are a little bit more professional grade than what you'd buy at a store yourself," said Brandon Osbourne, a barber at Top's Off Barber Shop, Salon and Spa.
At Top's Off Barber Shop, Salon and Spa in downtown Charleston, Osbourne pitted the $10 gadget against a straight razor.
"It felt close to the products or equipment that I use, my trimmers and my clippers that I have," Osbourne said about the gadget. "It's a little bit more vibrations to it. It didn't feel as powerful."
The personal trimmer claims to remove unwanted hair quickly and precisely. But as the barber found out, that's not always the case.
Scott Spencer, owner of Top's Off Barber Shop, Salon and Spa, said the product worked well on the "fine" parts of the face, but there was a slight vibration, more on the neck area, where used where it was more coarse.
"As we were going down the grain, you could feel them grabbing the hairs from your neck and pulling," Spencer said.
Osbourne pointed out that the product has a battery-powered motor "so it's going to be a little bit weaker than having an actual clipper."
Upon a close look of Spencer's neck, you could clearly see the difference.
"It's a lot cleaner and dark," said Spencer as he sat in the chair examining his haircut and rubbing his neck. "As I do that, I still feel like I haven't shaved. When I do it over here, it's clean. I feel skin and over here it's still rough."
Tops Off gave the product a mixed rating. Osbourne rated it a seven out of 10, while Spencer gave it a four. Some negatives -- the personal trimmer in our test didn't work well on coarse hair or sensitive skin and the vibrations the device gave off can be annoying. On the plus side, the men said they would recommend it for someone looking to trim small surface areas, such as the eyebrows, ears or shoulders.
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