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L.A. barber Julius Caesar Barber Talks To Larry The Barber Man About The frequency60hz Voltage converter Whilst On His European Tour

February 2015 saw the 8th annual Brighton Tattoo Convention, and this year the Barberlife Expo team were there, giving some of the world’s most prestigious barbers a platform on which to demonstrate their talent. The Barberlife Expo is a fantastic yearly event run by Paul Hewitt – the man behind the brand AONO (Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned), and supported by Brad Cowan of the HBAD shop in Bristol. I was lucky enough to be able to join them, letting people know about the Frequency60Hz converter, and sharing the product with the barbers who were there. I also took the opportunity to have a chat with the terrific L.A. barber Julius Caesar.

He told me that he never really made the initial decision to become a barber, instead it was something that he was pushed into when his Mum bought him clippers and told him start cutting hair for all the men in the family. With his own hair to experiment on and his little brother as a guinea pig he was able to teach himself the skills which set him down the path he’s been on ever since – professional barbering.

Julius Caesar is very modest about his skills, and told me that he doesn’t believe clients come to him because he’s the best, but because he sells a lifestyle brand, not just a haircut. Having seen him in action I can say he’s certainly one of the best barbers around right now, but his customer orientated approach is also very important! He credits both his experience of working in retail while at barbering college and his arts background with giving him a meticulous approach – no client leaves the chair until their hair cut is perfect! His new lifestyle orientated barbershop Grey Matter will have these values at its forefront – check out the site here.

He also told me that he loves barbering because it’s such a positive career, in which he is “uplifting people” – maybe even helping people look smart enough to secure a job or meet their future partner! Julius has had many great successes, including opening up his own shop at the age of only 26, and becoming an educator in order to pass his knowledge on to others across the world. However in his eyes his number one achievement to date has been making his Mum proud of him.

When travelling to Tokyo, Julius was faced with the common problem of finding that his American clippers didn’t work properly with the different power supply. This didn’t just cause problems whilst he was in Japan, but also when he got back home – using the clippers with substandard converters meant that they were now broken for good. In contrast, his experience in the UK was “a breeze”: thanks to the Frequency60Hz converter his clippers were able to operate “as they would back in L.A.” Using American clippers while travelling is an important way for him to maintain his standards wherever he travels – and the same is true for many other American barbers.

You can keep up with Julius Caesar’s work by following on Instagram: https://instagram.com/juliuscaesar/ – an account full of especially stylish pics! You can also find me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/larrythebarberman , or message me at info@larrythebarberman.com to get more info about the great Frequency60Hz converter.

 

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Tim Cagle Talks Barber And U.S. Hair Clipper usage in Europe

The Barberlife Expo was at this year’s Brighton Tattoo Convention, and I joined them to bring the great Frequency60Hz to the attention of more barbers worldwide. Pioneered by Paul Hewitt, the man behind AONO (Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned), Barberlife was the place to be if you wanted to meet top barbers such as Tim Cagle.

Tim was happy to admit that he found his way into barbering almost by accident – he turned to barbering school simply because he couldn’t decide what path to take and felt that it would be worth trying out for a year, especially since it had an artistic element. He soon discovered that not only was barbering a lot of fun, but he had a natural talent and was able to quickly progress and hone his skills. For Tim the vibe and ethos of the barbershop is an important part of the experience, and this interest led him to follow the work of industry great Julius Caesar.

Julius took Tim on at his barbershop Capsule, and after that Tim found himself gaining a fantastic reputation of his own. He had the opportunity to cut the hair of American rapper Ludacris when he was still a rising star, and this remains one of his proudest barbering moments. Now he finds that the most popular style is the HiLo fade invented by fellow barber David Stylist. His satisfaction comes from knowing he’s done an amazing job at the end of a cut, and he told me that even if a client doesn’t smile you can see a twinkle in their eye that lets you know if they really love their cut.

The Expo was Tim’s first time cutting hair outside of America, so he’s never had to face the challenges of using US clippers without the Frequency60Hz converter. However, he had heard a lot of other world-renowned barbers complaining about the difficulties they’d faced in the past, so was still concerned that it might be a challenge. He found that with the Frequency60Hz converter his clippers “feel exactly the same power as at home”.

Tim told me that he would recommend the converter not only because it’s the only one he knows, but also because he’s heard the “heavy-hitters” of the industry say that it’s the only converter you should go to – thanks Tim! I highly recommend checking out Tim’s Instagram page and following him if you want to see great barbering content: https://instagram.com/tim_cagle/. You can also follow me at https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman/, or email me directly at info@larrythebarberman.com.

 

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Karen Quigley talks barbering and U.S. hair clipper voltage converters (220v to 110v 60hz)

Karen Quigley started training to cut hair when she was just 16, and although women’s hairdressing really didn’t suit her, men’s barbering was something she really enjoyed. Now she is able to work for herself, running Byron’s Barbershop – a role that she absolutely loves.

As a female barber in the 70s, Karen found that she had several advantages; when the fashion brought in longer styles and highlights, she had the skills from hairdressing. Right now, those hairdressing skills are coming in really handy for cutting the popular pompadour style, which has become the style that Karen is all about! She loves the fact that she can blow dry the pompadour to the height that she wants to get it to without having to rely on hair products.

Karen loves taking inspiration from other barbers on Instagram, following both up and coming youngsters and the vintage barbers. Her current favourite is definitely Carl Classic, from Smiths Barbers, although she also loves following Total Barber and the London Academy of Barbers to see the new professionals and new styles. After 40 years in the business, Karen has seen a lot of changes in the barbering world – going through “some of the worst hairstyles imaginable!” Now she thinks that it’s probably the best time for barbering in the UK, with great styles and – most importantly – a whole lot of passion. I found it especially inspiring to hear how Karen has loved every moment of her job, never once getting tired of it throughout her entire set of 40 years. She told me: “even if I won the lottery I’d still be here!”

She’s also seen the way that barbers are cutting hair change, and confesses that she still can’t get to grips with the idea of starting at the bottom of a fade. For Karen it makes more sense to do it the way she was taught –start with the longer hair and work down – although she certainly doesn’t object to younger barbers finding new ways to cut hair! She gets her inspiration from having lovely clientele, and from always learning from the new barbers that join her shop. I also asked her if she has a “Ninja Trick” to pass on to the new generation, and she gave me some fantastic words of wisdom: “Not a ninja trick as such, I would just say have respect for your clients, look after your clients… keep your shop friendly and be polite. Customer service will keep you up there.”

Recently Byron’s Barbershop has switched to American clippers, and the change has been enormous. The US clippers offer a completely different barbering experience, and Karen believes that they can give a lot more confidence, especially when it comes to fading. She would never go back to her old clippers now, and adds that the Frequency60hz converter is essential for taking the noise level down and ensuring that everything is safe. Her message to other barbers is that if you choose American clippers with a Frequency60hz converter, “you won’t look back”.

As a final question I wanted to hear about Karen’s funniest stories from 40 years of barbering. She told me that often the funniest moment comes from people trying to describe what they want – from the French colleague who used to ask clients “how do have it off” to the men who come in and ask for a “medium” haircut, there are a lot of opportunities for things to get lost in translation!

If you want to get the full benefit of Karen’s experience then you absolutely need to be following her on Instagram: https://instagram.com/byronsbarbershop/. You can also follow me at https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman/, or contact me directly at info@larrythebarberman.com for more info about the Frequency60hz converter.

 

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Khalil Malamug Talks Barbering And Hair Clipper Voltage Converters

 

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In February this year I was at the Brighton Tattoo Convention as part of the Barberlife Expo -run by AONO and supported by HBAD – spreading the word about the fantastic Frequency60Hz Converter. As part of the Barberlife Expo some of America’s top barbers were cutting hair, so I took the opportunity to chat with them about their profession… one such barber was Khalil Malamug.

Khalil, a barber based in New Jersey, told me that his career in barbering started with falling in love with the environment of the barbershop as a kid. That great vibe sparked off an interest which stayed with him! He wouldn’t describe himself as having one particular style, but has grown and changed as the fashions and preferred styles have shifted – now he calls himself an overall barber, who specialises in just about every kind of cut.

His satisfaction comes from waking up every morning and knowing that he has the profession he chose, and the freedom to whatever he wants within the barbering world. Khalil also stressed how important it is for him to see the smile on a customer’s face at the end of a cut: “being able to make them smile and make them feel good, and give them the self-confidence to bring their feeling.”

Khalil told me that he was all too aware of the problems that can come from trying to power American clippers without using the Frequency60Hz converter to get the correct performance. He said that the difference in power can have an effect on speed and the ability to properly execute certain styles – but with the Frequency60Hz converter “it really feels like I’m at home … I have my home in my hands.” For an American barber used to using certain clippers and performing certain cuts the importance of being able to bring these tools abroad can’t be underestimated, and that’s why Khalil also had this message for other US barbers considering purchasing the Frequency60Hz converter: “there is no consideration, you’ve got to buy it. You want to be able to perform everywhere you go … you definitely want to buy something that will support your craft.”

Anybody who is interested in Khalil’s brilliant work should follow him on Instagram: https://instagram.com/razorsharpchief/. You can also follow me on Instagram, https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman/, or contact me directly at info@larrythebarberman.com if you want to know more about the converter and how it can benefit your barbering!

 

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Frank Rimer talks barbering and U.S. Hair Clippers

Frank Rimer is the London based barber also well known by his Instagram pseudonym – Frank Glorified. When I caught up with him at the shop he works in, Sharps London, one of the first things I asked him about was how he came up with that catchy name. Like a lot of the best things it was a moment of spontaneous inspiration: Frank told me that he wanted to give himself a slightly catchier name than ‘Rimer’, so he went with Glorified and it just seemed to stick.

He also told me about his journey into barbering – he started as a unisex barber in his home town of Maidstone, Kent, worked in that area of the business for over 10 years, and finally made the switch to full time barbering around a year and a half ago. Frank finds it difficult to define his style as he likes to stay versatile and keep on top of the latest trends, however he takes a lot of his inspiration from trends and cuts that emphasise hard angles, clean fades and sharp lines, such as rockabilly pompadours and afro styles.

Thy Barber is Frank Glorified’s original barbering brand, involving pop up barbershops across London, doing events like car shows and bike shows. Thanks to popular demand, he has also started working on educating the next generation of top barbers, and this will be the focus of his new collaborative project, The Art of Barbering. He gets the most satisfaction from seeing a client return to him after really enjoying the experience of their first cut – not just appreciating the art of his barbering but also the vibe of the shop, the banter and the chance to get away from the stresses of everyday life.

Probably the most enjoyable aspect of barbering for Frank is the ability to travel with his work, and he told me that “it really is one of those things where you can call it a trade, because you can take that set of scissors or those clippers with you anywhere in the world with a bit of pocket money, and that will see you through.” One of the countries that Frank’s travelling took him too was Canada, and there he was able to compare the power from the Frequency60hz converter with a genuine 110v/60hz power supply – and it seems that the frequency 60hz product was doing its job, as he could barely tell the difference!

Frank prefers to use American clippers because they are more durable, more powerful and stronger – with UK clippers he was having to change the blades and replace the clippers themselves far more regularly. However, before he made the switch to the Frequency60hz converter he found that his Fast Feeds clipper would sometimes snag and although he acknowledges that it’s best not to cut wet hair, on the occasions when this was necessary his clippers would also snag. Once he made the switch, these problems were eliminated – and he also likes the slim, easily transportable design of the converter.

Here’s his final word on the Frequency60Hz converter:

“I think that if you were to use a normal converter it’s going to eventually break your clipper, because of the rattling… I think the housings going to break and all the nuts and bolts might come loose. I think if you’re using one of these converters here, they’re running true – it’s actually going to make your clippers last a lot longer.”

If you want to know more about Frank Glorious, catch him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/frank_glorified, a great place to find barbering inspiration! You can also find me on Instagram, http://www.instagram.com/larrythebarberman, or email me directly at info@larrythebarberman.com

 

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Dane Hesse Talks Barbering and Hair Clipper Converters

I had the chance to interview the renowned barber Dane Hesse earlier this year, at the Brighton Tattoo Convention. We were both there as part of the Barberlife Expo team, run by Paul Hewitt and supported by Brad Cowan. Dane was showing off his skills by occupying one of their 8 barber chairs, and I was spreading the word about the Frequency60Hz converter.

For Dane, getting into barbering was a matter of being in the right place at the right time: he’d been planning on going to law school to pursue a very different career, before interacting with an old lawyer at his local barbershop made him realise it wouldn’t be the right path for him. Instead he turned to barbering, and after training up he was able to make a name for himself by working with traditional American haircuts. Since then he has evolved, and now offers the full range of styles – whatever a customer wants.

He told me that he gets the most satisfaction from hearing from old clients who’ve moved away and been unable to find a barber who offers anything that comes close to his skill – the proof that he’s one of the best in the business. I also spoke to him about his experience of the Expo, which he felt was one of the highlights of his career to date, offering the chance to mix with other fantastic barbers. The ability to learn from other barbers, and share his knowledge with them was an experience which Dane truly appreciated.

As an American barber with no experience of cutting outside the USA, Dane was worried about finding that his clippers wouldn’t work as they should. He’d heard the horror stories about how difficult it can be to power American clippers correctly when abroad, and it was my pleasure to be able to offer up the Frequency60Hz converter as a solution for this problem! Dane found that the Frequency60Hz converter not only gave him the confidence and speed to cut in his preferred style, but also compared favourably to some of his options back in the USA. The ability to use it in a car, for instance, would help him when travelling around America.

I highly recommend following Dane on Instagram to see the great shots of the styles he cuts and other interesting pics: https://instagram.com/pigbarber/, you can also check out his website. If you want to know more about my work, find me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman/, or email me direct: info@larrythebarberman.com. Dane leaves me with this message for any American barbers still on the fence about the Frequency60Hz converter: “buy it”!

 

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Shane Nesbitt Talks Barbering and Hairclipper Converters with Larry The Barberman‏

The Barberlife Expo is a great event designed by Paul Hewitt of AONO and supported by Brad Cowan of Harry Blades and Angry Daves’ barbershop, bringing many great barbers together in one place. One such barber was Trent Magnano, and when he wasn’t busy cutting hair he was kind enough to give me an insight into his world.

Trent started cutting hair when he was 17, and although initially he focussed on women’s hair he found that barbering was more interesting to him, and something which he had more of a natural talent. At the young age of 23 he opened his first barbershop in Hollywood, and since then he has run a private studio and worked part time at another barbershop, Frank’s Chop Shop.

Trent Magnano has brought the skills that he learned as a women’s hairdresser with him into the barbering world, and now he uses those to deliver his own special style which blends the two. He loves barbering because every day he is able to create many finished pieces of work – finished works of art. He told me: “every day I get 15 guys who shake my hand, like the way the look… that gives me a lot of satisfaction.” Recently he was able to work on a music video, styling a rapper who he greatly admires, and he lists this as one of his greatest achievements. He’s also proud to have been able to start working more on the education of other barbers, helping young talent develop their skills.

I was at the convention to share the fantastic Frequency60Hz converter, and this great product was able to smooth Trent’s transition from cutting hair in America to cutting in the UK. With the converter he found that the clippers worked exactly as they would of in the USA, and he faced none of the problems which other American barbers have often had when trying to operate their clippers across the world. His message to other barbers is that if you’re going to travel with your clippers then you’ll need a converter – you might as well make sure it’s the right converter. The Frequency60Hz converter has plenty of other benefits, including a slim and non-intrusive design!

You can find me on Instagram by heading to http://www.instagram.com/larrythebarberman, and you can also find out more about the Frequency60Hz converter by contacting me directly at info@larrythebarberman.com.

I also recommend checking out Trent’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/grindstonecollective/ – follow him there for great barbering content and go to his website for more of his work.

 

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Larry the Barber Man interviews Trent Magnano

The Barberlife Expo is a great event designed by Paul Hewitt of AONO and supported by Brad Cowan of Harry Blades and Angry Daves’ barbershop, bringing many great barbers together in one place. One such barber was Trent Magnano, and when he wasn’t busy cutting hair he was kind enough to give me an insight into his world.

Trent started cutting hair when he was 17, and although initially he focussed on women’s hair he found that barbering was more interesting to him, and something which he had more of a natural talent. At the young age of 23 he opened his first barbershop in Hollywood, and since then he has run a private studio and worked part time at another barbershop, Frank’s Chop Shop.

Trent Magnano has brought the skills that he learned as a women’s hairdresser with him into the barbering world, and now he uses those to deliver his own special style which blends the two. He loves barbering because every day he is able to create many finished pieces of work – finished works of art. He told me: “every day I get 15 guys who shake my hand, like the way the look… that gives me a lot of satisfaction.” Recently he was able to work on a music video, styling a rapper who he greatly admires, and he lists this as one of his greatest achievements. He’s also proud to have been able to start working more on the education of other barbers, helping young talent develop their skills.

I was at the convention to share the fantastic Frequency60Hz converter, and this great product was able to smooth Trent’s transition from cutting hair in America to cutting in the UK. With the converter he found that the clippers worked exactly as they would of in the USA, and he faced none of the problems which other American barbers have often had when trying to operate their clippers across the world. His message to other barbers is that if you’re going to travel with your clippers then you’ll need a converter – you might as well make sure it’s the right converter. The Frequency60Hz converter has plenty of other benefits, including a slim and non-intrusive design!

You can find me on Instagram by heading to http://www.instagram.com/larrythebarberman, and you can also find out more about the Frequency60Hz converter by contacting me directly at info@larrythebarberman.com.

I also recommend checking out Trent’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/grindstonecollective/ – follow him there for great barbering content and go to his website for more of his work.

 

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Interview with Brian Burt by Larry the barberman

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 Interview with Brian Burt by Larry the barberman

I’ve been at this year’s Brighton Tattoo Convention, as part of the Barberlife Expo team. Barberlife is the great event set up by Paul Hewitt of AONO and supported by barber Harry Blades and Angry Daves (HBAD). Whilst there, I got the chance to catch up with the incredible barbers who were part of the Expo, showcasing their skills. One of these top barbers was Brian Burt – a passionate man who learnt many of his skills at a barber college in San Diego, under the mentorship of the great Jim Rogers. He never looked back, and now can boast over 10 years of experience.

He took time out of his busy schedule at the convention to tell me just what it is that he loves about his profession. Of course, it’s never easy to narrow it down to just one style and he confessed that he loves doing “pretty much everything” – he’d even like to branch out into cutting women’s hair in the future! The one thing which Brian does find particularly rewarding is the experience of bonding with his clients, and he told me that:

“It’s just a haircut, but they seek you out. Today I had a guy come down from London to get his hair cut by me, and to me it’s just a haircut but to him… I get it, it’s more than that. We bonded, and the bonding I guess would be where I get the most inspiration from.”

Brian also works as an educator, passing his talent on to other aspiring professionals, and helping people build up confidence in their skills. It sounds like he’s had a fulfilling 10 years in the industry, but when I asked him what his biggest achievement to date his he says it’s only come recently: the ability to travel. He’s recently taken advantage of social media to make connections with other barbers and travel to many different locations including the UK and Australia – an experience which has given him a “second wind”.

Even when abroad, Brian still likes to make use of his American Hair Clippers – and this is where I was able to help make his job much easier! I was at the Convention to spread word about the Frequency60Hz converter, and offer the barbers showcasing their talent there – such as Brian – the chance to use it. The converter allows US hair clippers to operate at the correct speed and power. Brian told me how “you don’t realise until you travel how the power, the frequency sucks – our American clippers don’t work.” With the Frequency60Hz converter “it’s just like America, it’s actually better than America! My Wahl Senior now has more power than it does in the wall in America – it’s vibrating my hand!”

He also likes the sleek design of the converter, and the fact that it allows him to keep up with a fast-paced life… the American way.

You can find out tons more about Brian Burt and his work by either checking out his website or following him on Instagram @barberbrianburt. I’m also on Instagram as Larry the Barber Man, find me at http://www.instagram.com/larrythebarberman, and if you want to get in touch about the converter or with any other queries you can do so at info@larrythebarberman.com  or visit: http://www.frequency60hz.com  In the meantime, Brian leaves us with this parting message: the Frequency60Hz converter is “the cheapest way to be happy”.

 

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