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Larry The Barber Man Interviews Kevin Luchmun

Having turned his hand to both barbering and men’s hairdressing, and proven himself worthy at both, Kevin Luchmun is a man with an impressive track record. He took the well-deserved award for Men’s Hairdresser of the Year from the British Hairdressing Awards 2013/2014 and now works for TONI&GUY, styling for them in Covent Garden and educating in their flagship London Academy.

Catching up with Kevin earlier this month, he explained how he first began cutting men’s hair simply as a favour to a friend – from there he grew organically as a stylist, practicing on his mates and discovering a real love for barbering. After moving to London he was able to network with others within the barbering and hairdressing worlds and hone his skills until they were award-worthy. He also discussed the difference between working as a hairdresser or a barber: for Kevin, barbering focusses more on the traditional use of tools like clippers, whereas hairdressing is all about dressing it up – and bringing the two skills together is what makes for really exceptional cuts.

Although he was reluctant to pin himself down to any specific style, he did admit to especially loving anything that sets him a challenge. Cutting hair is very satisfying in its own right; however Kevin confessed that the client’s reaction, the smile and the thank you at the end of a cut, is what really makes it feel worthwhile.

Like many other barbers operating in the UK Kevin was also all too familiar with the problems that can come from trying to use American clippers – the loud noises they can make and the difficulties involved with powering them correctly. This could cause definite problems when it came to trying to satisfy his self-confessed love for working with a great variety of clippers in order to get results that match the styles he’s created in his mind. Working with the frequency60hz converter has solved this problem, giving much more flexibility and versatility!

He’s seen some key differences between the ways in which European barbers and their American counterparts operate – while there’s been a strong emphasis on weight lines in Europe, much of the American style has focussed on the fades. Keeping a set of clippers from both England and the USA means that he isn’t trapped in any style, but can mix and match – allowing each great cut that he dreams up to really come to life.

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Larry The Barber Man Interviews Alan Beak

Alan Beak is a Manchester barber from Ruger barbershop in Oldham, and it’s fair to say that he really does know the barbering business inside and out. From the age of 9 he already had an interest in barbering which stemmed from watching how his local barbers worked, and when they set up their own shop he was quick to follow – only 12 years old, but happy to take a job sweeping up and brewing the kettle, at the same time observing what would eventually become his own craft.

Around 8 years ago he went full time at their shop, beginning to get as much practice as he could actually cutting hair and simultaneously studying for professional barber’s qualifications including teaching classes. Constant, daily practice allowed him to advance quickly, and develop a glowing reputation among his fellow barbering professionals.

Alan is part of a group called the New World Barbers – and although he describes them as a ‘silly, silly bunch’, he also points out that it’s a fantastic group for sharing varying techniques, ideas and styles, getting feedback from other top barbers. They take inspiration from other parts of the world and from women’s hairdressing, and combine it with their traditional Italian training, then share images of their new styles online. Alan personally takes a strong interest in teaching new barbers and trying to inspire more people to get involved with barbering.

Ruger Barbershop focusses strongly on the experience of actually working the shop floor and giving people the best cuts, rather than simply trying to build a bigger online profile. Their barbershop is named after a dog they fell in love with on Instagram, and suits their minimalist vibe. In order to get the style they desire, which incorporates the fusion of different styles and offers the skin fades that clients are increasingly demanding, they need to use American clippers as well as English ones. Alan has made use of the frequency60hz converter, as it enables him to diversify his collection of clippers and ensure that any American clippers he tries perform as they were designed to!

It’s certainly refreshing to see barbers like Alan and his peers, like the New World Barbers, striving to keep British barbering fresh, relevant and on the map.

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A Simple Explanation: Why do American Hair Clippers Make Such a Loud Noise?

Any barber who has tried to run a popular American Hair Clipper such as the Wahl Senior out of the standard UK mains system with a traditional transformer will be all too familiar with the loud banging sound that is generated. It’s a terrible noise of up to 96 decibels, and it can irritate barbers and customers alike, making it sound like equipment is on the verge of breaking down – but why does it happen? Here’s the simple explanation:

Everything that moves can be described as having its own ‘mechanical movement’ – for a human walking it is the pattern of ‘left, right, left, right’ made by our legs; for a kangaroo moving forwards it’s the succession of hops that help it travel. A hair clipper also has its own mechanical movement: inside the case there are two arms – a moving arm and a fixed arm – with the moving arm pinching towards the fixed one, stopping just before it reaches it, and then returning to its original position to start the motion again. As the arm completes this movement, it causes the clipper’s bottom blade to move from left to right, allowing you to cut through the hair. A clipper from America requires 60 hertz to complete this movement, however British power supplies give a frequency of just 50 hertz. As a result, the moving arm does not pull back quickly enough, and instead bangs loudly against the fixed arm – just like a driver failing to hit the brakes in time and bumping into the car in front. You might not expect such a simple change to have such a big effect, but if you’ve ever tried it then you’ll know for yourself just how loud it can be!

Powering the clipper at 60 hertz rather than 50 gives you faster movement and a quicker reaction – allowing the arm to operate as it was designed to. A traditional transformer only changes the voltage and does nothing about the frequency, but when you want your clippers to stop making a loud noise outside of the USA it’s the frequency that is absolutely crucial. A transformer like the Frequency60hz Converter gives this all important 60 hertz speed. As a result you get very smooth performance, with no excessive noise and higher overall performance. If you need more information then don’t forget that you can get in touch at info@frequency60hz.com, or find out more at the website www.frequency60hz.com – otherwise, happy cutting!

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