Learn what to do as I return to the studio with a new tutorial video!
WHY YOUR CLIPPERS ARE HOT, NOT RUNNING RIGHT AND HAVE DISCOLORED BLADES
My popular Larry the Barberman ‘Tutorial Videos’ are back! As you know, I have been traveling the globe for months, bringing you interviews with world-famous, very successful barbers – getting their back stories, their takes on the state of our industry, and their hints on building barbering success. It was immensely educational, and I am loving all the feedback I get from you on these amazingly talented people and their stories. If you haven’t seen them all, head over to my YouTube @Larrythebarbeman and find the ones you’ve missed!
Nevertheless, I’m happy to be back in the studio, making my hands-on tutorials about the tools of the trade, their care, and proper use.
So, let’s get started!
Today, I am addressing questions I get from clients who say their clippers or trimmers are not working correctly. The clippers seem hot and the blades dull or discolored. Upon investigation, I‘ve found the culprit: many barbers are not familiar with the proper way to OIL THEIR CLIPPERS!
On my new video @larrythebarberman, I use an Andis T Outliner to demonstrate proper oiling procedures and talk about why they are so important.
Coolant and Disinfectants Are NOT Oil
First, people mistake COOLANTS and DISINFECTANTS for clipper oils. Let’s be clear right now: These products are NOT oil and do not take the place of oil. They may contain a drop or two of oil, but they are mostly water, meaning they have a lower viscosity than clipper oil and will not lubricate the blades sufficiently.
I see far too many barbers who, when I ask them to show me the oil they are using, produce the little tube that comes out of the box with brand new clippers! That tells me immediately they are neglecting basic maintenance. That little tube shouldn’t last more than a few dozen cuts AT MOST since you should be adding two or three drops of oil to your clipper blades after each use.
With improperly lubricated blades rubbing against each other at a rate of 6,000 oscillations a minute, friction will produce tremendous heat, turning the metal black or blue and wearing out the blades much sooner than you expect. Imagine running your car on just a few spoonsful of oil; the engine would break down in no time! Many barbers are doing the equivalent with their very valuable clippers and trimmers.
Ironically, clipper oil is much cheaper than coolant or disinfectant, so in addition to misusing those products and possibly shortening the life of your clipper, you may be spending more than you need to!
You must oil clippers regularly, but it only takes a minute or two
After each haircut or every two haircuts at most, take one minute and properly oil your clipper. Here’s how:
1) Disinfect your clipper with disinfectant. I suggest you USE TISSUE PAPER instead of a towel to wipe the disinfectant from the blades since you can quickly toss a tissue to the bin, whereas a towel will gather hair, gunk and disinfectant and will need a thorough cleaning before you can use it again.
2) Clean out the blades. Any brush will do, but I always USE A TOOTHBRUSH. After all, blades have teeth, too! A toothbrush is just the right size and stiffness to get the job done. I suggest using a PIPE CLEANER get between the blades, pushing out dirt and gunk.
3) Apply three drops of oil. With the clipper clean and running, apply one drop of oil at each end and one drop in the middle. Tilt the clipper to and fro to allow the oil to distribute evenly.
DO NOT use a solid, single line of oil across the blades. That is much too much! Over-oiling will cause hair, oils, gunk, and goo to stick to the blades, making your clipper or trimmer hard to work with and unsanitary.
NOTE: Some people put a drop down the track, and that’s fine, though I don’t think it’s necessary.
4) Let the clipper run while you wipe it down with tissue. Toss the tissue away and – congratulations! You have a properly-oiled tool ready to give you thousands of great cuts!
You can see me demonstrate these techniques on my YouTube @larrythebarberman.
It feels great to be back in the studio making videos again! I am focused on bringing you a fresh topic, helping you (and your equipment) stay sharp and on top of your game.
Please enjoy, and ‘til next time, happy barbering!