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Tuning & Service your Andis Masters for kick ass performances

This is Larry the Barberman coming at you from barbers.tv with some more ninja tips for your barbering equipment. Today, I want to demonstrate how to perform a full service on an Andis Masters hair clipper. The particular Andis Masters hair clipper that I am working with today has been dropped, so naturally it is suffering from a lousy performance. What I intend to show you is both how it performs now and how it will perform later after we do the full service.

In the video, I demonstrate with a piece of hair. You can see my perspective from another camera, and what you will notice is that the Andis Masters hair clipper has very little cutting power, and its performance is severely lacking. Even after we adjust the power screw, which you can see in the demonstration, and which normally gives it more power, it is not actually causing any kind of change. What that tells me is that the mechanism is out of line.

 

Our first step to perform the service will require a flat head screwdriver so we can open up the Andis Masters. You can see the two screws on the hair clipper in the video – remove them and set them in an area where you will not lose them. I always recommend using a rubber mat, personally. If you lose your screws, you’ll no doubt have to order more from the manufacturer, which will lose you time and, by association, money. To show you a bit of clipper architecture, the part you will first see in this video is the clipper armature. This is the part that is responsible for moving the blade. The next part you will see is the tension screw. As I mentioned before, because the power screw wasn’t responding, that led me to conclude that the tension is out.

Now, when I say tension, what do I mean? In this case, the tension is how tightly squeezed together the bottom blade is, which is the cutting blade, from the comb blade. If the tension is too tight, you won’t be able to move the blades. If it is too loose, it will impair the cutting because hair will get inbetween the two blades, even without hair being present. The objective today is to get the tension to the perfect amount and get the power up so it starts to cut properly once more.

 

Because the clipper has been dropped, our second step is to reset the position of the mechanism. For this, you will be using a pointed pair of pliers. As shown in the video, you will guide the pointed pliers into the two holes, and turn it clockwise to get it to the point where it stops moving. Funnily enough, it stops at twelve o’ clock in the video. Now, what I need to do next is turn it counterclockwise one rotation to reset the mechanism – so that is one full turn until it is back on twelve o’clock, or whatever area it landed on for you.

 

With the mechanism in the right place, we are next going to adjust the tension. To adjust the tension, we first need to loosen the screw as shown in the video, which is the tension screw. Next, we will turn the machine one. We want to use our flat head screwdriver, and get it underneath the fork – that is what holds the blade. As you can see in the demonstration, has two Torx screws. Underneath that is a black piece of metal, which is the fork, and it is what holds the blade. We are going to put the screwdriver underneath it and lift upwards. Now that we have loosened the tension screw and lifted it up, we want it to make a loud rattling noise, as you can hear in the video. When you have it making the noise, we want to turn the tension screw until the noise goes away; that is the sweet point for tension. So, keep turning it clockwise until you hear a powerful humming noise, and we are good!

 

Next, turn the machine off. It is time to reassemble it, and play with the power screw so we can get the best maximum power. You’ll remember me mentioning the power screw earlier when deciphering the issue. What we want to do is bring the armature closer to the motor to give the hair clipper more power. Mind, if it gets too close, it will make a loud noise. What we want to do then is turn it the other way to take it off the arm until it stops making said noise. At that point, we know we have maximum power. That means it will be right on the motor. We want it there, and we also want the cutting blades to be covering every single tooth.

 

Now, we return back to our piece of hair. Before our adjustments, it wasn’t cutting at all: there was little sound and the blades were barely moving. As a ninja tip, I also recommend a drop of oil to give it even more of a boost. As you can see in the video, once we give it another attempt, it is cutting beautifully now. There you go! One full service of the Andis Masters by Larry the Barberman. I hope you found this demonstration useful!

 

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Korean Female Barber: Competition Winner Talks Barbering with Larry…

I sit down today at IBS with Emily Son aka Bonohi from Mojo Barbershop. From Hawaii, she is an award winning Korean barber, and I just had to do an interview to find out about her journey and where she is heading in barbering; it is my honor to be her first interview.

 

Asked on how she got started, Bonohi tells me, “I just started. I wanted to do something that was my own, and make money. I got really into it when I discovered Instagram. I would wake-up and spend the day watching videos on Instagram and think, “Wow! How do they do this? How can I do this?” When I see a blurry fade, a really nice fade, I wanted to learn how to do it. To be here is so inspiring, to have met you and other celebrities is just – it’s wow!” At the very beginning of her journey, Bonohi tells me how she got started. “I met my ex-husband in Korea. He was in the military, and got stationed in Hawaii. It didn’t work out, and I was ready to go back to Korea but thought, “I came all the way here” and I wanted to make the most of it. I was doing nothing at the time besides crying a lot, but I knew I wanted to do something, to make at least one dollar before I left.” In the upcoming month of August, she will have been barbering for two years.

I have to commend Bonohi – it was a make-or-break stage for her at a time when her English wasn’t very good, and she had to make barbering work for her.

 

Her fascination with skin fades shines through when I ask her what sort of styles she likes doing at the moment. “I really like doing bald skin fades, and shiny blurry fades,” she reveals. “One of my old coworkers had a shiny fade, and I told him it looked like a disco ball. I am getting there, bit by bit, but I really want to do the shiny fade.”

 

The subject turns to her win in Las Vegas. “I always wanted to do a barber competition, but not now,” Bonohi explains. “My clients told me I should do it. When I decided to go to Las Vegas, I saw Beautiful Barbers – they are a pre-made barber group and I saw their ad, so I thought if it was a female barbering competition, maybe I can do it. I was shocked to discover there was no female barber competition, and I would be going up against men and women. I thought, “There’s no way I can do this”, but I still wanted to try. I don’t even remember how I did that haircut. After that, everybody recognized me, even other barbers. Clients talk about me and customers are like, “I hear my friends say you got the trophy from Vegas”. I am like, yeah. Sometimes I audit myself so much.” Bonohi is a barber that constantly pushes herself to do more, and do better. Many think, initially, that she is a cosmetologist so there is always that extra stretch to prove that she is just as much a barber as a male barber.

“Every time I talk to someone, I show them my Instagram first: I am the barber, this is my haircut, and they usually accept it. Otherwise, they might think I am just some Asian girl walking around the IBS – I don’t care about that, though. When I show them my Instagram, they look at me differently, and I enjoy that feeling of being recognized as a barber.”

 

When it comes to being a female barber, I ask her how her parents feel about the matter. “There are not many women in barber shops. They see me, and they might not trust me to cut their hair because I am a woman. I think it is good to be female in a shop. There is not enough of us.” Bonohi relates a story, “A while ago, there was one guy that came in – this was before I worked at Mojo – he got a phone call from his friend saying not to get his hair cut by me. He had seen me cut hair and they argued for a while; I was really trying hard to land that haircut. As for my parents, they were kind of worried at first because barbershops are not very big in Korea. Mostly, there are a lot of guys that go to salons for haircuts. I just kept telling them I was doing well, pulling in money, and after I won the trophy my Dad was telling everyone. They are really proud of me.”

 

Bonohi lives her proudest moment every day when it comes to barbering. She eats, drinks and sleeps barbering, and is a true member of the barber life. Asked about her greatest moment, she tells me that it is probably right now at IBS, though the win at Vegas was also a very big defining moment for her. “I won that and suddenly they posted my picture on Barbershop Connect – I was jumping around and screaming with joy,” she laughs.

 

Tool-wise, she tells me that she tries to buy clippers from every brand that she can get her hands on. “I watch my apps because I didn’t go to barber school: YouTube, Instagram and all of them use different clippers. When I saw the glory fade tool and all of the users were using the Wahl, I bought the Wahl.” As for her personal preferences and tool kit, she tells me that she prefers the Oster 76, the Andis Edge, the GTX blade and deep tooth. For razors, she prefers the Feather Artist with a bigger blade. She also admits that she has grown a lot more comfortable with shaves than she was initially.

 

Bonohi explains her shave process next, “I use the Elegance, Proraso products, which we have in the shop. Our shop has a lot of products. I use the Proraso as a pre-shave application first, then use a hot towel and extra shaving cream. I go with the grain first before trying to go against. If their skin is sensitive, I stop and ask them if they want to do a closer shave, and if so, that’s fine. I try to communicate with them as best as I can because I am not really an expert at shaving like other guys.”

 

As for her plans for the future, she tells me she would enjoy doing more Barber Cons and getting the opportunity to speak with people. Educational opportunities might be in her future as well, so be sure and keep your eyes peeled for more news on this fantastic female barber!

 

Her parting advice to women who want to get into barbering: “I don’t want to be sexualized in shops, because most of my clients and coworkers are men. Just keep conversations open and light, and be proud of who you are. Be professional.” For her first interview, Bonohi has imparted some excellent lessons for all of us who live the barber life, and I commend her for her dedication to the craft.

 

 

To keep up with Bonohi  you can follow her on Instagram @bonohi and visit the Mojo Barbershop site at: http://mojobarbershop.com/.

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How To Mix Barbercide Correctly

I am coming at you today with some more Barberman tips and tricks – this time, to show you how to mix Barbicide solution. Barbicide, for those who don’t know, is an essential part of every barbershop environment to ensure that hygiene is kept solid and cross-contamination is stopped.

On this particular day, we are going to discuss mixing nine-hundred and forty-six milliliters of Barbicide, which requires fifty-nine milliliters of neat Barbicide itself. There are a few things to keep in mind:

Firstly, when we finish mixing the Barbicide, the colour of it should be the same color as the rubber ring (demonstrated in the video) at the bottom of the jar. That ring is not there just for fun, it is to help in color coding your Barbercide.

Second, once the Barbercide is actually mixed, your: brushes, combs, razor and other equipment will need to be immersed in the solution for at least ten minutes for the solution to be effective.

 

In the video, I have premeasured nine-hundred and forty-six milliliters of water to pour into our mixing jar; this is cold water, mind. Once poured, it will roughly come up to the point of the jar as a reference for our measurement. In the video, I am using measuring jugs. However, that is not always necessary in a barbershop environment. If I remove the lid from the solution, which is a four-hundred and seventy-four milliliter of Barbicide neat, you can use the lid as a measuring cup. That would mean six dips with the lid, plus a little drop for good measure, in this case. That’s a little ninja Barberman trick – another crazy barbering hack from the crazy Barberman!

 

After our measuring and mixing, you can see that the color of the Barbicide in the video accurately matches the ring at the bottom. Now, you can throw in all of your equipment that is in need of cleaning – remember to leave them in the solution for ten minutes, and rinse them with cold water once they are pulled out until you get a bit of tissue, and then dry your equipment off. With that, you’re good to go!

 

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Barbercide –  Instagram

In this tutorial, I show you my simple tips and tricks – along with a ninja Barberman hack – for properly mixing Barbercide, an important component in any barbershop environment.

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Nomad Barber Miguel Shares His Barbering Life Story …

The Nomad Barber, Miguel, has many interesting stories about his ventures around the world. Fortunately for me, I had a chance to sit down with the international barber journalist to get his story.

Miguel began his journey shortly after he left school at sixteen years of age. At the time, he was faced with a struggle many of us face after school in not knowing what he wanted to do with his career. With that, he went to Connexions to see if they might offer some guidance. The man advising him mentioned barbering, and Miguel thought it might be a good trade to get in, referencing a friend’s father who had made a good life for himself. Miguel admits he also liked the idea of not having to go to university. “I had a major problem concentrating,” he admits.

So, his journey into barbering began in Liverpool at a shop called Voodoo, which Miguel explains was more like a men’s salon. “We did a lot of colors. I just knew it wasn’t for me, so I moved on to Joe Cummings Men’s Hair, which was more of a traditional barbershop.” From there, the wanderlust began to kick in and Miguel headed for Australia for a bit before eventually returning to London.

When it came to what would eventually become his world tours, Miguel knew he needed to do more traveling before he opened his own shop. When he eventually won the American Crew award, he found himself wanting to be a part of the barbering industry while still incorporating his desire to travel. He had a love of documentaries, films, photography, and wanted to combine all of those into making his own unique path in barbering. “From there, things just sort of fell into place.” Miguel tells me with a laugh, “At the beginning, everything was totally improvised.”

Miguel’s photography has captured the hearts and interest of fans from all over the world. When talking to him about how he picked up his camera skills, Miguel answers, “I wound up doing a six week course on Gumtree with a lady. There, I learned how to: shoot manually, arrange studio lighting, how to handle and hold the camera properly, how to use different lens, and all of that. I’ve been learning ever since.”  His eventual aim, when asked about doing more major tours, is to build the Nomad Barber brand and create something more cinematic and stylized; something wholly new in the world of barbering.

Once he got traveling out of the way, Miguel went on to open the Nomad Barber LDN, as well as a second shop that is in its beginning stages in Berlin. “We found a great opportunity there in that there wasn’t a lot of traditional men’s barbershops in the area. The guys here will be on rotation in the shop as well. We’re hoping it’s going to be fun,” he says with a smile. At present, Miguel spends two to three days on the floor in his London shop. “I used to be here almost all the time, but with everything else going on, my mind just wasn’t in it. I’d be here all day, knowing that I would be up at 2 or 3am uploading videos on my laptop. I wanted to have my mind fully in what I was doing, so I needed to cut down my time, for my health and to be fairer to my work.” Now, Miguel still sees his regular clients and is able to evenly divide his time between his work in the shop and his work outside of it.

He tells me that his online appointment software has also played a big part in helping him manage his time. “It’s so much easier having an online based system. The bigger systems costs added up over the course of a year, and instead of paying that you could just pay some thirty pound per month for an online booking system. The only issue we’ve had is that sometimes when people book there are gaps left that are difficult to fill. Other than that, it’s an efficient system and it’s helped me balance my work load tremendously.”

The response to his videos and Instagram have been explosively positive. Beginning with the “Cosmic Barber” series, a rather eccentric gent who used healing energies in his barbering as well as the winner of Miguel’s strangest barbering technique he’s yet seen, his Youtube channel has grown in subscribers. “I started my Instagram on 1st January, 2013. At first, I just followed a lot of barbers and interacted with them in various ways. After I won the American Crew award, it really helped kick start things – I started posting more pictures, and discovered more and more barbers. When I posted pictures of street barbers and their work from all over the world, it really started growing. I’d have people messaging me constantly when I was on my trips and asking when the new videos would be out. I don’t think they realize that we aren’t getting paid for the travel, and we’re pretty much editing on the train and taking overnight buses so we don’t have to pay for a hotel,” Miguel laughs.

As a result of the popularity of his videos he has gotten many different opportunities presented to him. “I get a lot of emails from brands or people asking me to do education, events or to talk about their brands. If I’m going to be doing promotions, I want it to be for my own products. I don’t want to be a sellout.” He explains that he has something in the works, but is first trying to build up the brand so that his product line, a full line with wet products, I determined, will premier as he dictates.

With so many different areas that Miguel travels, I ask him about the styles that stuck out in his mind from various barber cultures. With a laugh, Miguel tells me that social media has been bringing a lot of Western styles to areas such as Singapore and India through pages such as #BarbershopConnect. “A lot of the younger people have cuts like you would see here,” he explains. “You’ll see the occasional parted pompadour or skin fade, but it really is incredible how social media has brought these styles to areas that had been isolated from Western barbering before.”

Naturally, I had to ask him on what his favorite places to visit were. “I recently went to Mexico and Guatemala,” he tells me. “I loved being there. I think because I come from a Latin background that it made it much more exciting to be there. India was fantastic as well. I loved the Middle East. I got to visit the Northern parts of Iraq and it was just amazing up there. Honestly, it’s hard to pick just one place.”

The varying barber cultures and techniques have become integrated into the services and décor at The Nomad Barber LDN. Speaking on services they offer, Miguel explains, “We like to keep to the simple things and offer the whole service. We offer massages at the end of shaves, which was inspired by how they practice shaving in India. I’m honestly fascinated by how they do shaves in India and Italy, and how fast and precise they are. It’s not necessarily the craziest thing you will ever see, but if you watch my videos where they do shaves, you can see how fast they are. It really adds to the experience overall.”

His most satisfying moments come from emails he receives from individuals inspired by his work. “It makes me realize the importance of what I am doing. The downside is that there are so many people who are getting into barbering for the wrong reasons – they want an easy ride, but they aren’t willing to learn all aspects of the business. The barbering industry is getting better and better as people come together. It is unbelievable how respected it is in comparison to the past. The American Crew Face Off 2013 award, as well as being named HJ’s Barber of the Year, put a lot of pressure on him, according to Miguel. He also made it as a Wahl finalist this past year for doing an afro, which he had only done three times before. “I felt like they expected more from me because of my Instagram following.”

So, what does the Nomad Barber have planned for the future?  “I’d like to travel, starting June, with one month on and the next off. I’m trying to make it to fifty countries visited by the end of the year: Italy, Brazil, Morocco, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, maybe back to Australia. Maybe Russia? Definitely the US. Other parts of South America, as well.” There is no doubt that the Nomad Barber brand will continue to grow, and that Miguel will continue to inspire barbers all across the world.

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I sit down with Miguel Gutierrez @thenomadbarber to hear all about his journey into barbering, his journeys across the globe and what this inspiring wanderer has planned for the future.

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How To Prolong The Life Of Your Cordless: Shavers, Clipper And Trimmers

I am coming at you today with some more Barberman tips and tricks – this time, to show you how extend the battery life of all of your cordless equipment. When we talk about cordless equipment, I am referring hair clippers, hair trimmers and shavers. These devices typically come with one of two kinds of batteries: a nickel cadmium battery or a nickel metal hydrite batter.

In my video demonstration, I have brought gravel, Barbercide jars and Barbercide liquid, to help demonstrate how these batteries work in terms of usage.

 

Many barbers think they are being smart by charging their equipment before the battery has drained entirely. For example, they will do one haircut and then plug their clipper back in so it can charge back up. While you might think this is the best method, it is actually a method that is causing your equipment’s batteries to lose their longevity. How? This is done via something called the memory effect. To put this simply, when you plug in your equipment before their batteries have fully trained, they experience a slow buildup of crystals that come from the chemicals of the batteries. These crystals fill up the area where the power would normally be refilled and as such you lose space for your battery to refill its power.

 

To demonstrate, I have taken the bits of gravel before me and poured it into the Barbercide jar. The liquid represents the battery’s recharge room and the gravel represents the crystals. As I fill the bottom with gravel, you can clearly see that it loses more and more room to hold power.

 

So, what is the answer to this? Simply let your equipment completely empty of power before you put it on the charger. If you find that you can’t wait during that recharge period, my Barberman tip is to get a second copy of your equipment: second clipper, second trimmer and second shaver. This way, you will be able to rotate them out as needed, and this method will prolong the battery life of your equipment for a much greater period. Another solution is in lithium batteries, which are of much better quality and less prone to the memory effect.

 

 

 

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In this demonstration, I will show you what the memory effect is and how it affects the lifespan of your cordless equipment’s batteries, as well as what you can do to prolong the battery life. To really get the most out of your equipment, you won’t want to miss it!

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How To Service/Tune Your Wahl Seniors To Stop It Pulling Hair

This is Larry the Barber Man of Barbers.tv coming at you with some ninja tricks for the Wahl Senior, and when it pulls your client’s hair and cuts in a patchy fashion. Really, this can happen for a number of reasons:

  1. Slanted blades
  2. The power screw causing the machine to be improperly powered, or
  3. The blades that haven’t been oiled.
  4. The blade tension is off

 

By process of elimination, I have determined that the issue with today’s Wahl Senior lies in the tension. The tension of the clipper, to put it simply, is how tightly squeezed together the cutting blade is from the comb blade. If the tension is too low on the clipper, this allows hair to get in between the blades and that can impair the cutting of the clipper – I believe this to be the case with this particular clipper.

Conversely, if the tension is too tight, that would actually stop the blades’ ability to move. With that said, let’s get down to how to adjust the tension of a hair clipper or hair clipper blade. In my video, I experiment with a bit of human hair and you can see that it is tugging and pulling on it. That kind of performance is no good to anyone, so let’s get into it.

 

We will begin by undoing the three screws on the belly so that we can get inside the clipper. As a pro-tip, it’s always good to do this sort of work on a corrugated rubber mat or towel so that you do not lose any screws.

After that, loosen the two screws on the side of the clipper, which you will need a special attachment for as demonstrated in the video Torx or star screw. When you loosen these, they actually turn in the opposite direction as most screws to do so.

These loosen and tighten the tension to the armature to the blades, which is what essentially makes the arm that causes the blades to move right and left. At present, the position it is in is what is causing the poor tension. To create the tension, what we need to do is push down on the right hand of the armature.

 

Imagine that the armature is a scale, and you are wanting to reach a two pound reading when you push it down. You’ll feel it push back against you, but you want to hold on to reach that proverbial two pound scale reading. Remember: if the tension is too tight, the blades will not be able to move. You want a nice tightness without overdoing it. With that done, what we need to do is go ahead and bolt that straight up once more. At present, it should cut through hair like a hot knife in butter. After a few experiments, you can see that it is running much more smoothly.

 

For one final experiment, I want to up the power on the Wahl Senior. For this, we want to turn to the power screw as demonstrated in the video. What we basically need to do is bring the armature closer to the motor. The closer the arm is brought towards the motor, the more power you’ll get in your clipper. When it is knocking, you know the arm is on the motor, so just release it off of it very slightly and now the clipper is running at maximum power.

 

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Barbers Interview: Garry Jackson Of Holywood’s Garry’s Barbershop

I sit down today with who I consider to be a fashion icon, Garry Jackson of Garry’s Barbershop in Hollywood County, Northern Ireland. Of course, I want to know all about Garry’s journey into barbering, especially considering his thirty years of experience as well as his recent role as a model at the Belfast Fashion Week.

As for his beginnings, Garry tells me, “I was always, and still am, a little punk. I’ve always been hair oriented, and I used to cut a lot of my mate’s hair when we were younger; never thought about a career in it, though. Long story short, I lived in London for six years and worked as a barman. I came back home to Northern Ireland in 1987, and I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do with myself. I was actually in the barber’s shop one day and had a lightbulb moment. I asked the guy in the shop named Zach’s if he taught anyone. He didn’t need anyone at the time, however he did say I could come in on my day off with a mate and he would walk me through haircuts.” Garry did this for six months, grabbing anyone he could to bring along. He would go on to another barbershop called the Continental Barbershop in Belfast, and working as a trainee under a barber called Ted Johnson. “I was very fortunate,” Garry concludes.

 

I ask him next what kind of styles he is specializing in, at present. He tells me, “We’re a community barbershop. We look after everyone – I think our youngest customer is six months old. You can actually check out the video of that child getting their haircut on our Youtube channel. Still, we serve six months right through ninety-six; we cater to everyone, thus we do what is the most popular, such as fades. Longer haircuts are starting to edge their way back in, but the fade is still on top.”

When it comes to the design of the shop, Garry tells me that it has evolved over his thirty years of service. “I’ve recently given the place a bit of a refurbishment. Nice, original Belmont chairs, took away a pillar that was here. We’re pretty much up to capacity now.”

Of course, it isn’t just the shop that draws in customers. Asked what he thinks separates him from every other barbershop in the area, Garry answers, “Anyone that knows me knows that I am passionate. I love my job. Ninety-nine percent of my customers are good as gold, and I have so many genuine, life-long friends through my work. I always impress upon my staff to treat people the way they want to be treated. Everyone deserves respect.”

 

Garry clearly enjoys being at the heart of his community. He takes part in a festival organized by his wife called the Hollywood Harmony Festival, as well as sponsoring a local kid’s football team. Garry elaborates more on the festival and football team, “I would like to incorporate barbering into the festival basically by getting sponsorship. Having a wee pop-up barbershop, you know? I’m in the ideal position to get sponsorship. As for the team, they’re only young kids.”

 

The subject turns to his recent stint with modeling. “Last September, I got a call from a lovely lade named Cathy Martin who has a modeling and PR agency. She organizes Belfast Fashion Week, in short. She calls me up and asks me if I’d like to do a bit of modeling. Now, at the time, I’m thinking, “Modeling? I’m fifty-two years old!” Still, Cathy was insistent that they were looking for. They had a big campaign for a shopping centre called Forestside Shopping Centre and wanted me to be on the billboards. I thought it was a one-off, and that was that. The next thing I know, newspapers, the local radio station here were both getting in touch with me, saying the Belfast Fashion Week was coming up and, for the first time ever, they were going to have a show at the event called 50 over 50’s – where they are putting over 50’s models on stage, modeling clothes, and I was asked to be a part of it. I thought, “Yeah, why not? I’ll strut my stuff on a catwalk”.”

 

Despite paying his dues for three decades, Garry was actually a non-believer in social media and its effect on business. “I never thought I had the energy for it,” he explains. “I did get enlightened after bringing on a trainee who knew his way around social media. Now, the internet has made a massive difference in our business. We have a full-capacity shop – the “it” chairs are on-the-go. We’re getting a lot of people who travel far and wide to come and see us. We’re spreading out, reaching out to a lot of people that we wouldn’t have done before if it weren’t for social media.”

 

No matter how many years he puts in, Garry tells me hasn’t once gotten fed up with what he does. It is nothing short of inspiring to know that three decades has made no dent in his passion or drive, and has only increased it. His greatest moment is when a client comes in after chemo and his cancer is in remission, and he needs a haircut because his hair is growing back. Truly, Garry’s dedication to his customers knows no limits.

As his parting words, he offers advice to others who want to get into barbering: “Get into a good workplace, a place where you can really learn everything you need to and more. Treat your customers well – if somebody comes into my shop, I want them to leave feeling better about themselves. It’s a gift from the gods.”

 

“Thirty years ago, I could never have imagined today,” he adds. “We’re going down to a funky venue called the Oh Yeah Centre, and we’re bringing together three-hundred barbers from all over Ireland. Big respect to Garry Spencer – I could never have imagined bringing so many people together. He’s bringing the community together, and I am thoroughly looking forward today.”

 

 

To keep up with Garry and his exploits, you can follow him on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/GarrysBarbers and check out his Youtube channel at: Garrys Barber Shop. There is always something going on, so be sure and keep your eyes peeled!

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