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USING THE RIGHT TOOLS TO MAINTAIN YOUR CLIPPERS AND TRIMMERS. PLUS: A HANDY HACK FOR WORKING WITH DAMAGED SCREWS

Barbers frequently ask me to make videos about maintenance and repair issues, which I am happy to do!  I believe it is just as important that I share tips on how to avoid damaging your tools so that your equipment gives you the long, faithful service you expect.

Today, we will talk about your bread and butter: clippers and trimmers. If these are not performing well your work flow will be scuppered, customers may be irritated, and money will not be made!

First, it is important to have an array of screw driving tools, not just one screwdriver that you try to use on everything. Using a too-small screwdriver will destroy the pattern atop a screw, making it almost impossible to remove quickly.

One Screwdriver Size does NOT fit all

Imagine a busy Saturday when you need to zero gap your clipper, and you go with a too-small screwdriver, damaging the screw top and being unable to loosen it at all. It’s just that easy to spoil the tools that make your money, kill your workflow and kill the income going into your pocket.  This will mess up your big money-making day.

On the other hand, if you try to zero gap a trimmer, which takes a smaller screw, that same screwdriver is too big. You will damage the trimmer screws and lose the delicate touch you need to loosen the screws only lightly, so the tightness of the blade keeps them in position. It’s like trying to use your phone while wearing work gloves!

Even when you have the zero gap, you need to gently retighten the screws, first one side, then the other; back and forth; left then right; left then right. If the screwdriver is too big, you have to put too much downward pressure on it, causing the blade to move.  Very frustrating, and another reason you need the right tools.

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I urge you invest in quality tools, not just any tools.  I’ve found excellent ‘Tool Hub’ tools on E-bay, such as a set of screwdrivers with a broad array of Phillips and flatheads.  You need a larger flathead screwdriver for the power screw on the side of the clipper, which you adjust to get the arm closer to the motor. You need a quality flathead screwdriver to do the job.

The ‘Tool Hub’ set also has an array of Phillips heads so you can find the correct one that makes snug contact with the screw head.

You also want to ensure your screwdrivers have a good gripping handle because when it comes to zero gapping, you need a good grip as well as a snug fit with the screw head.

This set also features an array of medium screwdrivers perfect for adjusting hair clippers – a Master or Fademaster or the Senior or Wahl Super Taper.  Check it out at this link: (LARRY: INSERT LINK HERE)

For making adjustments on a trimmer’s smaller, finer screws, I’ve found another perfect precision kit with interchangeable flathead and Philips attachments and a telescopic handle, which helps with a host of jobs. It even comes with a magnifying glass, so when you position for a zero gap, you can look along the blade without killing your eyes. I strongly suggest you get this kit. (LARRY: INSERT LINK HERE)

Insider Hack: How to Remove Damaged Screws From Your Clipper and Trimmer

Back in the old days, barbers had to sharpen their cut throat razors using a whetstone and oil and a strop. We have it much easier with today’s excellent electric trimmers and clippers. All we need to know is how to tune these things with a screw driver; no heavy manual labor. It’s a relatively easy job, but it demands that you use the right tools.

Now, here’s today’s Larry the Barberman Insider Hack:  If you used the wrong screwdriver and hollowed out the tops of the screws, ordering a new one from the manufacturer is a long and expensive process, perhaps as much as £10  just for delivery – and just for one screw!

But temporarily, all you need is a rubber band.  Here’s how it works: Place the rubber band over the screw head you have destroyed and push it down into the screw with a screwdriver, using lots of pressure.  Under pressure, the rubber band will mold itself to the contours of the damaged screw in a kind of super grip, like when you can’t open a stubborn bottle with your hand and improve the grip by putting a tea towel over it.  It works!

That’s it for today’s How-To blog. Once again, based on what I’ve seen in barbershops all over the world, I strongly recommend you get the right tool for every screw in every clipper- and keep your work flow going!

‘Til next time, happy barbering!

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Danny Robinson started his barbering career with few opportunities – but that’s never kept him down.  He now owns two successful Oldham shops – Danny and Co Barbers – and also holds the Men’s Hairdressing Federation Young Fed title while on the road as European Artistic Ambassador for the Oster clipper company.

Any one of these achievements would land Danny on my list of incredible barbers, but his multi-faceted successes – and his fight to break into the industry – make him a compelling figure I knew I had to meet.

Humble Origins lead to TV

As I always like to start at the beginning, and Danny told me his beginnings were humble indeed.

“I’m from a single-parent background,” Danny says. “My Mum brought me up on her own when she was just 15.”

If you think Danny’s face might be a bit familiar, there is a reason.  The acting bug found him in his humble abode – and bit hard!

“Throughout school, barbering was never something I wanted to do,” he told me. “Instead I went to Manchester and studied at a performing arts school, landed a TV agent and went on to get loads of TV credits on shows like Shameless and Spooks.”

But the lure of the bright lights didn’t last.

“I started to fall out of love with it. It’s a very fickle industry – you can quickly move to the bottom of the pile and find you’re just waiting by the phone for auditions for scrap roles,” he said.

“It was my Mum who pushed me into getting a fall-back job, and she always noticed that I’d enjoyed messing around with my hair, so she suggested barbering.”

Initial foray into Women’s Hair

Danny started working with women’s hair, but it wasn’t the right fit.  “Women were scared to death of someone across from them in a La Coste tracksuit with a pair of scissors!” he laughs.

“The salon pushed me towards the men’s side and I enjoyed it; I found I had things in common with the clients, so it progressed quickly.”

From there Danny began a 5-year journey to find his identity in the industry. “I went from shop to shop, eventually breaking away from Manchester City Centre as you couldn’t make much money in a salaried role,” he told me.   “I worked on a self-employed ‘rent-a-chair’ basis at a local shop in Oldham and stayed there for 5 years learning my trade there. My old boss showed me the ropes, and taught me the business side.”

Breaking into Business

Having steady work at a job he enjoyed might be enough for most people, but not Danny.

“I’ve always had to stand on my own two feet,” he said. “ I think I’ve got a little bit of a reputation in the industry -I say what I think and I don’t hold anything back.  That’s because of my background; I’ve had to learn to fight, to stand out.

“In the end I thought ‘Look, I’ve been working in the same shop for 5 years, lining the owner’s pockets, pretty much running the shop when he’s not there.’ A lot of the clients were coming in for me, and so I realized I could do it myself.”

Gas Explosion Creates an Opportunity

Danny’s search for his own place was made attainable by…a gas explosion.  “(The explosion was ) nearby, blowing up a lot of buildings in the area,” he related to me. “This shop was quite rundown, so I bought it cheap. Renting my chair cost more than running the shop!”

“From there I guess you could say the rest is history: it just rocketed off.”

Danny is always shifting his sights to the next level, and once he had his own shop and excellent barber skills, he began looking at the bigger industry picture, entering competitions and following big names on social media.

A career-defining victory soon came his way: being named one of Men’s Hairdressing Federation’s ‘Young Feds’.  How did it happen?  Danny acting training paid off: he focused on image and presentation.

“I’d figured out that iPhone could only get you so far, so I started putting up pictures using a high-end camera. This meant that, three years ago, my work just popped out because… it looked so professional. Especially at competitions, it got me noticed very quickly. Now it’s the norm, but it wasn’t then.”

Danny’s savvy self-marketing got him the final of the Simon Shaw Search for a Star contest, where he was noticed by Joe Sloan from the Men’s Hairdressing Federation. They eventually met at the Shaw Salon International Competition, which is where I also met Danny for the first time.

“I completely reworked (model) Abdul’s hair (at the competition), doing a completely different look on a different stand, completely mixed it up. Adam and Joe Sloan loved it, like ‘Wow, this is unreal!”’

Once again, Danny’s performance training paid off. “Because I come from an acting background, I could get a crowd going around me. Adam and Joe saw this…and asked me to come down and replicate the cut on camera.”

Two weeks later, Adam and Joe Sloan called to tell Danny one of their four Young Fed winners had to drop out, and they had chosen to award him the position.

He also named the cut he’d created at the International Competition “The Bombay Pompadour,” and it completely blew up on social media.  Danny was on his way.

With doors opening, Danny was soon cutting hair for celebrities such as Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Stomzy, Matt Bellamy from Muse and the international Drum & Bass DJ Wilkinson.

And great things just kept happening.

Stepping Up to the Oster Ambassadorship

Every barber covets the chance to serve as a brand ambassador, and Danny recently became the  European Artistic Ambassador for Oster clippers. He says he fell in love with Oster’s clippers – specifically the Oster ’97 – at an American Crew course:

“American Crew are known for using nothing but Oster ’97 clippers, so I bought a pair and absolutely loved them, thought it was one of the greatest machines I’d ever held,” he recalls.

“I worked them to death, but I didn’t know you had to change the carbon fibre brushes and thought they’d broke!  So, I sent them back over to the distributor,”

Danny met Oster’s Maria Stafford and began sending her pictures of his work and accomplishments, noting he could help Oster in the underserved UK market.

They met again at Pro Hair.

“I did a haircut with a pair of Pro Powers and she asked me to jump on their stand and do a cut,” he said.  Danny began doing shows free of charge “because I believe in the products, and helping Oster bring brand awareness to the UK.”

Oster soon brought Danny on as paid rep.  He loves the products, saying of the Oster ’97  (or ’76 in America):  “The key word is clean – you get clean, clean cuts. It’s your all-in-one clipper, and every barbershop should have one.”

This wouldn’t be a proper Larry the Barber Man interview if I didn’t end by sharing Danny’s advice, and his success lends extra weight to his wise words:

“Always develop yourself – don’t just look at Instagram. A lot of it is smoke and mirrors. Stop looking up to American barbers and look at the great talent we have here in this country.

“Think outside the box. Look at my photography work  –  it’s different to everyone else’s.  Be creative, and be you – every top barber is the best at being themselves, so you need to be you”.

I hope you put these words into practice in your career, and remember:  there is always support, advice and inspiration for barbers at my YouTube channel Barbers.TV, or my @LarrytheBarberMan Instagram profile.

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Barbering Educator: Vishal of VBD Education, Talks Barbering

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care – a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that is also used by VBD Education creator, Vishal Baharani.

Vishal got his start as a barber when he was twenty-one years old, but like many other greats, did not have much of an interest in barbering or hairdressing. His early life was actually filled more with music, such as playing the cello – it would be his love for music that would coincidentally transition from musical art to visual art in the way of his styles, cuts and love for the barber life.

 

Noticeably, Vishal also wears quite a few tattoos and has several members in his family that are dedicated tattoo artists, and he wears his tattoos with pride. “A friend gave me my first tattoo at fifteen years of age – they’re a reflection of my journey, a temple to hold all of my values.” He points out a few and explains them to me: “Familia is family, there is “Love” here,” he then points to his forehead, “and this is Sanskrit. It means “love and be loved”. It is clear that tattoos play a huge role in his style and life. His clippers even come decorated with tattoos; his signature, of sorts.

 

Going through his education and training to become a barber, he would also discover his love for education. “Education is the most important thing for a person to have. Education is the difference between humans and animals, it plays a big part in how we treat people,” he explains. Vishal also elaborates that he did seminars in school for other students while attending. From there, he tells me, he knew that teaching was an absolute must in his life and that decision would ultimately lead to the academy that has changed thousands of lives, VBD Education.

 

VBD Education has done tours throughout Europe, and has plans on heading to Argentina as well as the states at some point in the near future. After experiencing a seminar for myself, I can definitely see what so many students have been getting out of it. He tells me that a big influence on how he works was the fact that he was trained by people from the United States in barbering. In fact, he expresses that he thinks it is the best country for the idea of barber life, and his choice in clippers clearly reflects that sentiment! Wielding his Oster Model 10 and a Wahl Five Senior typically, Vishal laughs and admits, “I can use European clippers, but I just don’t like to. Comparing them to the American models, you can see a big difference and it just feels more natural.”

 

During the seminar I attended, Vishal was kind enough to do his demonstrations alongside Paul Hewitt, AONO and Shane Nesbitt, Shane’s Barber Shop, using the Frequency 60hz to power his American clippers in the Spanish academy. “My experience was quite good. Technology can adapt any kind of clipper to my journeys, and it’s something I can use to keep delivering classic haircuts”. He’s equally pleased about Paul and Shane being on board, commenting on how excited he is that they think similarly to him and hold a lot of the same values. “It’s about the message, not the messenger,” Vishal states. “I want to get out there and spread these ideas and values of barber life and having Shane and Paul on board has just taken it to an all new level”.

 

So, what words does he impart with for people who might on the fence about attending a VBD Education seminar or master class? “We reassure signing on by showing that you can come to a VBD seminar, and it will open up a new way to see what barbering really is: the values, history, etc., so you can feel more confident. Passion for barbering, when you have knowledge, you have options, when you have options, you can choose “. From a man who balances a keen understanding of barbering, fashion and trends, the value in attendance is evident. One of the biggest advantage that is often raved about is how Vishal teaches not only the right skills and mindset a barber should have, but also brings in fashion as a way to help them see the perspective of the customer and how to reach them on a meaningful level.

 

If anyone is on the fence, you shouldn’t be. With Shane and Paul on hand, Vishal’s VBD Education tour is aiming to reach more people than ever and bring about a great new sense of what it means to be part of the barber life.

 

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Champ’s London Barbers: Talk Barbering and Equipment

Champ’s Barbers is a friendly well-sized barbershop with five highly skilled barbers at the ready to deliver the haircut you are looking for. This great shop is situated just five minutes by foot from Oxford circus underground tube station in London England.

When entering the shop you a greeted with a bright smile and a warm handshake from the shops owner “Champ”, as he likes to be called depending what stage he is at with a haircut.

Champ’s shop has so much boxing memorabilia is it like walking into a stunningly pleasant left hook to the body and right cross to the head. There isn’t time to get through the many things to see in one visit because it is similar to having visited a boxing museum. Champ is obsessed with being the best and surrounding himself with the best there is.

I think this is the reason his shop works 90% with American clippers as it has been said by many they are far superior to the hair clippers and trimmers produced in Europe and the rest of the world.

In the past this fixation with American tools caused slight limitations, for Champ and his merry men would not always get the greatest performance from the previously used brand of 240v to 110v power converters. There were frequency differences between the American 60 hertz And Europe’s 50 hertz, at all five of the barbers cutting stations.

Since Champ’s Barbers have discovered the accuracy of the Frequency 60hz 240v to 110v 60hz voltage and frequency converter all five of the men’s previous brands have been removed from their workstations. Replaced with the Frequency60hz converters, the barbers are free to power any U.S. hair clipper or trimmer they please.
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The Best Voltage converter 220 to 110 for Andis Clippers

The electronics market is flooded with diverse hair clippers but when it comes to performance they fail terribly. The majority of American visitors to Europe are the most affected when using their beloved hair clipping tool. This is due to the frequency and voltage difference between the two locations. Using our voltage converter 220 to 110, the worry ceases because it also changes the frequency from 50 Hz to the required 60 Hz for best functionality.

Developed to cater to the needs of the American travelling overseas, the frequency 60 Hz has the capacity to deliver both voltage and frequency conversions, to suit your needs. Whether using the Andis Clipper or any other quality hair trimmer, the performance will always impress you. The voltage and frequency dissimilarity is to be blamed for underperformance and irritating unending noise when using your hair clipper tool.

Delivering a great deal of voltage and frequency conversion, the voltage converter 220 to 110 excites its users with its impeccable flexibility in its functionality. Most developers failed to incorporate this aspect of frequency and voltage adjustments to be used comfortably in all regions, but we have the best solution for that. Our voltage converter is portable, easy to use and above all delivers a top notch performance. Unlike those who risk damaging their tools by trying to modify them, our Frequency 60 Hz saves you such risks.

Simplicity has been incorporated in our gadget in terms of use. All you have to do is connect your Andis clipper to the ideal voltage converter applicable to the new region and expect a sound performance.

Guarantee yourself uninterrupted performance while using the voltage converter 220 to 110 designed to work best for your hair trimming tool whenever you are on the globe. Do not try to adjust your hair trimming tool in an attempt to have it perform as desired, this may lead to damage or under-performance.

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