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Hair Clippers: The Ultimate Guide To Powering Any Clipper Any Where In The World Correctly( 240v to 110v)

The objective of this tutorial is to show you how to power your clippers seamlessly in your country. But let’s get started with a quick science lesson to give you the basics of voltage, currents and frequency. With an understanding of these three things, you’ll have the ability to read any label on any clipper and then take the correct action to get that clipper working without any issues.

Voltage: When we want to power clippers in countries across Europe and South America, the voltage supplied will be anywhere between 220V and 240V. All of these voltages are compatible, which means that you can safely and effectively power a 220 or 230v clipper from a 240v socket or visa versa.

Current: In almost all cases, the current that is passed into the clippers is what’s known as an alternating current (AC). This means that the current is passed back and forth from positive to negative and so on. In simpler terms, you can think of it as rapidly turning on and off, multiple times per second.

Frequency: The final element to be aware of is frequency. Frequency is the number of cycles between on and off per second, referred to as hertz. In the UK, the frequency is 50Hz, which means that there are 50 cycles per second. Of course, because the electricity is moving so quickly, it creates the illusion that there is a constant supply of energy. In America, the typical voltage is 120v and the frequency is 60Hz.

 

Now let’s talk about some of the different tools that are available for helping you with powering your clipper. The first is a step down transformer – this takes the voltage from 240 volts down to 110 volts. It delivers a continuous frequency of 50Hertz. The second thing is an adapter which, in simplistic terms, is a plug changer. You use the adapter to ensure that the plug on your clipper fits into the power outlet. There is no voltage change or frequency change taking place.

The final device is the frequency 60Hz converter. This device takes the voltage down from 220-240v to 110-120v and lifts the frequency from 50Hz to 60Hz. That allows your clippers to run seamlessly. With these three devices, you can power more or less any hair clipper from anywhere in the world. To show you how, I’m going to talk you through a range of different popular tools.

 

Andis Pro Alloy

Let’s start simply with the Andis Pro Alloy, a UK hair clipper. First and foremost, you’ll want to turn it over and check the specifications: this requires 230 volts and 50Hz. As I mentioned before, all voltage outputs between 220 and 240 will be fine. This means that you can simply plug the clipper in and go.

 

Wahl Super Taper

Slightly more complicated is powering the European version of the Wahl Super Taper. Once again, check the specifications – again, this shows that you’ll need 230 volts and 50Hz. The only complication here is the fact that it has a European plug, which won’t go into a UK power outlet. This means that we’ll need the adapter – and you should be able to buy an adapter for whatever type of socket used in your own country when necessary.

 

Andis Fade Master

With the Andis Fade Master things are slightly different: checking the specifications I can see that this clipper needs 120 volts of power with a 60Hz cycle. This means that we need to take the voltage down to stop the clipper from blowing up whilst also, ideally, bringing the frequency up.

One option would be to use the standard transformer. This will bring the voltage down, whilst still giving a 50Hz frequency. But if you do that, you’re going to hear a terrible noise coming from your clipper – check out the video to see exactly what I mean. That’s because the Fade Master has a magnetic motor, making it entirely dependent on receiving the right frequency. The alternative is to use the Frequency 60Hz converter. This will take the voltage down to 120, whilst also lifting the frequency, causing the Fade Master to run nice and smoothly, just as if you were running it from America: check out the video to see the difference for yourself!

 

Cordless Trimmers and Clippers

When you’re powering cordless clippers, things are slightly different. The first thing to be aware of is the fact that cordless clippers are not frequency dependent. However, you still need to be careful to ensure that you are powering them correctly.

With a Wahl Cordless Clipper, you have a strict power requirement of 120 volts. This means that you need to use a standard transformer to bring the voltage down – you can buy one which also acts as a UK to US adapter. This will charge the clipper without risk of it blowing up.

With an Andis Cordless Trimmer such as the Slimline Pro Li, the label tells you that it can run on a power supply with 100-240 volts on 50 or 60Hz. This is great because it means that you can run it successfully on any power supply across the world so long as you have the correct plug adapter. It’s also perfectly fine to still use the transformer if this is the only adapter that you have. Again, that will allow you to charge you Slimline Pro Li safely and effectively.

 

I hope you found this demonstration helpful! If you do have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch. The most important thing is that, now you can read the clipper’s label clearly yourself, you’ll be able to understand what any clipper’s power requirements are.

You can also take a look at this older video if you’d like to understand more about why some US clippers make that terrible racket when not powered correctly – and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for even more great tips.

 

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Barber: Harry Pirate’s Inspirational Interview With Larry The Barber

From one cutthroat business to another, Harry Pirate has been a chef and a music producer in past lives – but now he’s found his calling as a barber, and the proud owner of the Pirate Barbershop in Bromley. In this interview, he tells me about how his career developed and gives advice for the next generation of barbers.

After bumping into Harry Pirate on a few different occasions, I decided it was time to get to know this passionate barber a little better. Although he has only been barbering professionally for around 3 years, he’s been cutting hair since he was 17 – although it took a few career changes before he realised that this was what he wanted to do with his life:
“So I’m a qualified chef, and I worked in all the big restaurants in town – that got really stressful and I hated it in the end, I was stressed out all the time. So I got out of that, and worked in the music industry for around 6 years as a producer, doing a lot of different stuff with a lot of affiliated musicians. I enjoyed it at first, but it felt like I was getting to a point where I was giving my whole heart to people and getting nothing back. The money dried up because more and more people were producing cheap music, and I also found that the industry in general is very dog eat dog, with a lot of fake people. I’m not that guy, so I walked away from it and never looked back”.
Having been cutting hair backstage while touring as a music producer, this was already something that Harry loved, so it seemed like the logical next step: “A, I could make more money. B, I was meeting different people every day, not stuck in the same circles of people who are just out for themselves. And C, it made me happy”. After losing inspiration with his music, this became Harry’s new outlet, and he knew that he needed to do it properly. This led Harry to go for professional qualifications at the excellent London School of Barbering.
As many of you will know, I was recently lucky enough to experience the London School of Barbering’s shaving course, and Harry seems to have had a similarly excellent experience there:
“I had a great time, and that’s where I met H, my shop manager too. I haven’t looked back. I found out I’d picked up so many bad habits; they give you a great base and after that when you go out to a barbershop you do fall back into those bad habits but with an educated mind – so you can turn bad habits into good habits. They turned me from being a barber that loved what I was doing, to being a barber that loved what I was doing”.
He adds that YouTube can also be a great tool for learning, and there are plenty of educational videos out there including everything from information about clippers to tutorials for perfecting a particular technique. If you’re interested in self-taught barbering, Harry has a video outlining some of his favourite educational YouTubers out there – and don’t forget to check out my Barbers.TV YouTube channel for tips and tricks.
On Board the Pirate Ship
Before opening the Pirate Barbershop, Harry was working at Ruffians – but although he has nothing but good things to say about the shop and his time there, it also led him to realise that he needed to do things his own way:
“It’s a great barbershop, love what they do, but it wasn’t my style of barbering, it’s more of a high-end men’s salon. “Here it’s a barbershop, it’s a man-cave. There is swearing, there is rap music playing, there are people drinking beer – it’s a pirate ship and we love it. For me personally, and my style of barbering I needed to get away and do my own thing. We’re a concept barbers, so it’s a one price service. It may be a little bit more expensive, but you get ten times more than at other barbershops in the area.”
No wonder, then, that the shop is already thriving – both with walk-ins off the street and, predominantly, with repeat clients, the true sign that any barbershop is succeeding! They’ve also been building up a range of Pirate products, with an impressive list that includes everything from beard oils and moustache toffees to hand-made soap and bristle bubbles, as well as a new cologne that is just hitting the shelves.
Harry tells me that he is trying to “create a brand rather than just a barbershop”, and he’s also doing this by running a YouTube channel which you can find here. Like me, he loves talking about clippers and gear, sharing reviews that will help other barbers find the right tools for their style of clippers. You’ll also find vlogs, as well as plenty of advice for up and coming barbers; Harry tells me that it’s geared towards people who want to get into barbering but are wondering where to start or how to improve.
Before I leave you with Harry’s words of wisdom for barbers who are new to the trade, I have to take a brief moment to share some of the gear that he loves to use – I never miss an opportunity to talk clippers, after all! After initially using Wahl tools such as the detailer and the magic clip cordless, Harry has found that he much prefers working with Andis clippers:
“Wahl stuff is great and you can do a sick fade, but I prefer Andis now: the guard system is a game changer, especially the old double magnetic guards, they’re brilliant. You can go really high with them, get a lovely transition. I found with the Wahl stuff that the fades weren’t as stretched as they can be. Personally, for my style of barbering, the Andis clippers do it – I also think the build quality is a lot better.” His kit includes the Balding Clipper, Fade Masters and Pro Foil clippers as well as a Blackout clipper and the Pro Mate Precision – both of which I was happy to pass on to Harry as a token of my appreciation for recording this great interview! The American clippers in this list are powered by my frequency 60hz converter, so if you want to try them out then that might be the missing piece of the puzzle: a converter which can power US clippers without any trouble.

So, as promised here is Harry Pirate’s excellent advice for upping your barbering game. As always, you can follow me on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook for more great content – in the meantime, take note of Harry’s wise words and put them into practice whenever you can:
“Don’t step on screws… don’t get electrocuted daily… don’t break your hand… but all jokes aside just work hard, save up money, get a loan if you need to – make it happen, and you will make money. Sort your finances out and if you want a shop just make it happen. I had a great job at Ruffians, I was at one of the greatest shops in the country: I didn’t have bundles of cash, but I made it happen. Grab it and run with it.”

 

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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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Barber: Marc Republic’s Interview With Larry The Barberman

Though his name is easily recognizable, Marc Republic distinguishes himself immediately with a humble story and a progressive attitude both towards barbering, education and what he believes will come next in either industry.

Marc started young: in eleventh grade, between sixteen to seventeen years of age, he got his start by studying cosmetology and managed to finish high school having acquired his license. Despite that, some five years later, he would also have accomplished getting his barber’s license and be working his way up towards a high demand for his services. “I wasn’t popular in school,” he admits, “and my African-American friends wouldn’t trust me to cut their hair, but my Caucasian and Asian friends did – they were more relaxed about it. By the time I got started, though, I had worked with all the different textures and ethnicities in terms of cutting and styling.” He reveals that, by the time he was seventeen, he was doing everything women’s hair and updos, but that by the time he got started in barbering he had gotten his diverse skillset sharp enough that he essentially got started as a professional straight away.

He might not have been popular then, but his shop and classes are certainly roaring now. When asked about the idea behind his shop, about what he was aiming for, Marc tells me that he wanted something “comfortable”. “I wanted everyone to feel welcome there, no matter the age, gender – all demographics. Everything is customized to give it that feeling, from old school barber chairs to old school lather machines, I really wanted to have a place where a grandfather, a son, the father, his wife – anyone, could feel welcome.” When I asked what he loved the most about barbering, he reflected the style of his shop perfectly. “My everyday clientele is the most satisfying part of it. Just seeing repeat customers who appreciate my skills and what I do, being the barber and stylist for generations of a family – that means the world.”

Asking him on what his greatest satisfaction after sixteen years of barbering, styling and educating people was, as a follow-up, his answer was: “Being able to give back. A lot of people get to where they are and they pretend like they did it all by themselves, with no help. I had lots of help getting here, and that is what I want to give back – that ability to help people get their licenses, to learn the skills they need to be successful cosmetologists or barbers; to give them the education that will get them started right out the door, basically.” Though his passion for giving back to the barbering and cosmetology communities was inspiring, I had to ask him his thoughts on UK based education for barbers. Marc gave me a little smile in response and answered, “They’re OK – a bit basic, but alright.” He stuck to his answer even when I told him that the UK doesn’t require licenses. “I designed a program that can get them licensed and taught the skills they need: barbering, advanced barbering, cutting, styling – all of that. You guys are good and all, but I made it so they can get advanced learning and practical training in the same go. I gauge their natural talents, try not to bore them with too much theory, and then I get them out there and get to work.”

Marc’s passion for education, his desire to help students obtain and train for their licenses and the care he has put into his desire to build himself, his brand and keep learning is a prime example of why I love being “the Barberman”.

What about his go-to style? Marc is a man of many trades, knowing how to cut and style for men and women alike. “Last year, on my birthday, I came to London,” he tells me, “and I took this weekend class because I try to aim to learn something new or educate myself on my birthday each year. I picked up the UK crop from it, and brought it back home with me – there were clients requesting comb-overs and I gave them the UK crop or fringe anyways!” A great choice, for sure. His reasoning behind it is that the UK crop or fringe is a style that calls for a lot of different tools and techniques at once. “It feels like a complete cut. You get to work with all different sorts of tools, show off these great textures – it’s just great.”

When I asked him about his tool kit, Marc admitted he was what he called a “fast-cutter”. “I work fast, I cut fast, even though I’m very meticulous about each one. I like to keep my station uncluttered and light, so I stick with my Andis BGR, Andis cordless outliners and a Wahl cordless super taper – I don’t have to worry about tripping over any cords and I can move around the shop fast and keep up my pace.” Marc adds that his Andis BGR is his every day, go-to clipper for bulk cuts and styles. When asked for his opinion on the Wahl Super Taper, he gave it a thumbs up. “If I had to take it with me, though, and plug it in in the UK, I wouldn’t have even been able to before the convertor you invented” he admits; shout-out to the Frequency60hz!

What’s next for the talented Marc Republic? “I’ll be hosting lessons again soon as well as an event at the end of October.” His words to the London School of Barbering? “Bring me in! Set something up!” He laughs, “I’d love to teach in London, really – live like a local for a month, too. I’m hoping to arrange something soon so I can do just that.” And what does Marc see coming on the horizon in general for the industry?

“The merging of cosmetology and barbering, for sure. I see Beattles’ style hairdos coming back in season for men, sort of a longer, natural look coming back –it comes full circle, you know? Back when that sort of do was popular, there were barbers who had no idea how to handle it. Shops were closing left and right; you gotta keep pushing your skills and educating yourself.” Marc advised. “Don’t be close-minded. Develop friendships and relationships with cosmetologists and get those skills ready, because the world is becoming a smaller place and so is the industry.”

Wise words from the educator extraordinaire. To those who want to see more of his work, check out his Instagram @marcrepublic and his site here: http://www.marcrepublic.com/.

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Larry’s Interview With Jak The King Midas Apron Man

If you thought I put a lot of importance in excellent clippers, shears and tools, than you will be blown away by the barber who considers his tools more precious than gold. Jak, otherwise known as King Midas within the barbering industry, started his legacy of fashionable capes and aprons with a realization that his two biggest passions were fashion and barbering; to combine them seemed the best option.

Jak considered that there are many lanes in the barbering industry, and that he wanted to ultimately put something out there that hadn’t been done before. With his urban / hip-hop New York fashion sense and love for barbering, he eventually became King Midas, named after the man who turned everything he touched into gold.

Unlike the fairy tale character, Jak felt that his tools were already golden before he took on his new nickname. “Barbers don’t always live on the straight and narrow,” he admits, “and whenever my life started going a certain way, it was always my clippers and tools that kept me grounded and focused. When I finally wizened up, I realized how powerful and important my tools ultimately were: they provided my income, let me socialize with all sorts of great people and were therapeutic through every time in my life – they’re everything to me.”

With such importance placed on his tools, one wonders if they are actually made of gold (or just the expensive top-of-the-line models)? Jak takes a “not everything that is golden glitters” approach here as well. “My style is reflect in the tools I use – simplistic. They’re about the same ones that I’ve had since barbering school.” He smiles a bit, “My basic tool kit is my Andis Masters, the T-Outliner, the Oster 76 and shears. Sometimes, I use a Wahl, but these are the tools I largely stick with.” What is the style that his legendary tools reflect exactly? His love for passion displays as he admits that he uses an urban / hip-hop style, straight from New York itself, such as flat tops and skin fades.

Even with his nickname being King Midas, the quote on his store page is: “serve your clients like a peasant and they will honor you like a King.” His dedication reflects in how he tries to cater his products, the King Midas capes and aprons, to what barbers ultimately want. “There wasn’t much emphasis on anything more than the clippers,” he tells me. “I created the cape to bring more than that to the table, so that when barbers take pictures of their cuts and styles they can incorporate the capes which they can tailor to reflect them and the style of the shop.” The reception has been fantastic, and he is grateful for the positive feedback he has received.

When he introduced aprons to his product line, the feedback was a bit different. People weren’t initially receptive to aprons, as barber jackets are more of a common standard in the US. “Why go with aprons? I’m a traditional barber,” Jak laughs. “I’ve never gotten a response from a barber jacket, and even when we were using them at the barber academy I thought they were just too bland. I wanted to put something out there that offered more, and better fashion.” It took a bit of time, but the response has greatly improved since customers of his have begun to notice Jak wearing an apron with the King Midas logo. “They really comment a lot about how I’m color coordinated and how good it looks.” Jak hopes that more people will eventually see the passion he has put into the aprons as much as the capes.

Running a busy barber shop and distributing a popular line of products is a tall order – how can he do it? Jak admits that he’s been running on three or four hours of sleep for about two years, but he doesn’t regret the sacrifice of a better night’s sleep. “I’m basically working from the first thing in the morning to late at night, but I don’t mind. I want to be out there and interact with people so I can keep a pulse on what they want to see.  I design my products with them in mind and to show my gratitude – I think about them over anything else, even myself”.

Jak started with a bigger shop initially, but eventually downsized it to a smaller shop with six stations and six chairs. In another show of valuing simplicity and putting others first, he made the decision to make things more manageable and to lower any complications between the barbers and customers. “It’s worked so far,” he laughs.

His attitude towards the people he has made the capes and designs for has paid off in a big way. There are celebrities who have shown an interest in products from their own barbers and stylists putting on one of the capes or aprons on them. “It’s a lot! I want to thank the barbers who put the word out there by using one of my capes or aprons. Now, I’m inadvertently getting all of this love from celebrities who’ve never even met me.” With some of the names being 50 Cent and LeBron James, it is easy to understand how overwhelmed he might be, for certain. If there was one big name he would want wearing one of his products, Jak admits that he could die happy if President Obama was wearing one while he got a cut; nothing wrong with aiming high!

When asked what was next for him and King Midas as a whole when it came to new aprons and capes, Jak told me that he has three aprons on the way eventually. “There’s so much I want to do that, to be honest, I don’t even know what I want to do next for sure. Hopefully, people out there will think the wait is worth it, because I want to deliver something for them that shows that it is for them and to show my thanks.”

Check out some of his urban chic products at his online store, as well as his Facebook: jakpotkingmidas and his Instagram:@barbersarehiphop.

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Larry’s Interview With The Man Behind Instagram @Barbershopconnect

 

 

 

Eric of @barbershopconnect is a social media master in the barbering industry, but in my interview with him at his hotel during Barber’s Lab, an event he hosted in London. I got the chance to hang out with the exceptionally cool Eric all day – in fact, I was his driver.

 

So, how did the social media King get started? “With a slow shop,” he admitted with a laugh. “Back then, I was using Facebook much the same way as everyone else – looking at ex-girlfriend’s pages. Then I started to see all of these barbers who were super involved with Facebook, and they were better than me. I started stealing their haircuts to put on my page to show how good these guys were, and suddenly everyone was coming to me to see other barbers work. That started back in the days of Myspace, and that’s where it all started.”

 

With half a million followers on Instagram alone, Eric’s simple beginnings on social media are excellent evidence of working your way up to something greater. Though, I had to ask him, how does he have any time for barbering? Eric responded that he had a chair in his house that he moved that was free, and initially, his friends would come over to raid his fridge and he would give them cuts there. After he got tired of his food being eaten, Eric gave away the chair for free as well. Now, he admits he doesn’t really do cuts for anyone anymore. “It’s a 24 hour job just maintaining posts – from the time I wake up to when I go to bed, I’m posting from my phone all day.”

 

Maintaining his incredibly high number of posts and content is understandably time consuming. I followed up by asking him what his style was when he was still actively barbering. Eric responded, “I started out learning from my friend, so we were just competing in the shop, trying to be better than the guy next to you. With social media coming along, now there was a higher amount of people to compete against and push you to better your skills.”

 

Eric didn’t get to where he is now just on pure luck, of course. When it comes to deciding what to repost on Instagram, he has a set strategy. “It’s not always about the best haircut. Sometimes, I focus on things that are interesting and will get people talking. Like when I posted a South Style Fade, people were asking what on Earth the style was and questioning my choice, but that style is huge in Texas!” He laughs, “I just think it’s so cool how all these styles from around the world can come together.”

 

“Can you give some ninja tricks for people looking to increase their Instagram following?” I asked. Eric grinned, “My tricks? Timezones, for one. Whether it is people who just got off work or woke up in the morning and grab their phones. I mean, it’s called social media, so you gotta socialize! Don’t be silent – people love when you respond to them, and that’s what it is all about, having a conversation.” When it comes to the best time-zones to post content on Instagram, he advised: “2pm in New York is 10am in L.A; L.A is big on social media, so I try to post then. I try to hit 10am in every time-zone, especially to the big three for the market, New York, L.A and London.”

 

Eric doesn’t just post to Instagram, of course. Like most social media gurus, he takes advantage of multiple platforms: Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. “Snapchat though,” he chuckles, “that’s more a platform for sixteen year olds, so not as big on that one. Instagram is for us middle ages and so, Facebook – your grandma, your aunt are on it. No one wants to be on Facebook anymore because it’s for old people!” Blunt, for sure. What about products? “We have some T-shirts and some basic stuff right now, but we’re working on it,” Eric tells me.

 

The event that provided me the opportunity to hang out with Eric was a fantastic one, for sure. When asked about what the purpose behind his Show Case Barber Lab was, he explained, “I just wanted to come over here to meet people in person that I really admire. They’re seeing the fade game online, and barbers are seeing the kind of cuts we’re posting about here in China. Now, people are wanting cuts from all over, and it is really building up our culture to the entire world. People from all over are PMing me from all over to show their work! It’s crazy to me – they’re coming from places I had never even considered before. It’s a blessing, really.”

 

So, what is next for Barber Shop Connect? Eric stated he wants to see more of his culture spread worldwide. “I love the states, I love New York, but I want to physically meet people and spread that culture. I want to see the world. The best thing about barbering is that I can go on vacation and meet people in person everywhere.”

 

I know that I am just as excited to see barbering culture spread worldwide, and it is one my personal goals to travel and meet barbers from all over as well. I don’t know if I’ll meet anyone who is like Eric, however.

 

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Larry the Barberman Interviews Steve at House Martin Barbers

This time around, I got to talk with Steve who runs House Martin Barbers in Glasgow. I wanted to get his story, advice to other barbers and thoughts on what I represent when I talk about American hair clippers. His insight was amazing.

When we talked about how he got started, Steve told me that he began barbering with his Dad at a young age and got inspired to follow in his footsteps. Using the resources at his disposal, Steve learned from everyone that he could while helping his father and starting cutting hair for his friends; he even started charging them, eventually! He worked hard at his field and taught himself the more he grew, determined to have his own shop someday.

House Martin Barbers would become that shop. It has a lovely, unique design to it that is very different towards most other barber shops. When asked what his thoughts were behind the aesthetic choices, Steve answered that he wanted his shop to feel more classy and comfortable so that customers got a better experience. Delving deeper about what he wants his clients to come away with, he stated that he wanted them to feel like they were welcome from beginning to end. He offers them coffee, water, even whiskey to drink, toiletries after the cut and makes certain they know they are in good hands during their appointment. He and his team use premium products and take the time to educate clients on what they’ve done to achieve the cut and the products used, even how they can use it at home if they like. “I want them to feel like their visit was a knowledgeable one,” Steve commented. It is clear that this barber considers the customer and the cut, even wanting to offer gifts to them after their service.

Walking in on the streets to House Martin Barbers might not be so easy. Due to how intricate and personable each session is, Steve comments that they will take walk-ins if there is room but it is very rare that they can be seen right away. Some might find themselves waiting for hours for a chair to open up, but it doesn’t bother Steve. He feels that it keeps up with the service they strive for and that they can focus more attention on giving the best instead of pushing customers in and out as fast as possible. He’s considering taking on more appointments to make the days more eventful.

Steve considers education important and feels that his own got him to one of his proudest moment, the opening of House Martin Barbers, in question. He’s not certain of the future when it comes to education but indicated that he would definitely like to get involved and pick up even more crafts to help expand his shop: more services for more clients.

Some shops have a style or service they are best known for or enjoy doing the most. When asked, Steve said that they often get requests for shaves, fades and slick-backed styles from gentlemen, though they can handle most of everything thrown at them. Broad requests are no trouble and Steve said that it is all different throughout the day, but they handle it. He sees a large request for classic haircuts, which does fit with the shop nicely.

To keep up with the various requests, I asked him what does he keep in his tool bag to handle each request. His hair clipper of choice is the Wahl Senior, a clipper he says keeps up and makes the job much easier for him. His scissors are a seven inch Kobe pair in black – he said they were quite daunting, initially, but are amazing now that he is used to it and use them all the time. Lastly, he keeps a razor on hand for shaves. His advice to other barbers is to experiment and try new things when it comes to equipment. The key is finding out what works best for them and their client.

I next asked him about his feelings towards the hype for American hair clippers in the UK. Steve answered that he felt it was great for expansion in the barbering community and certainly makes for an excellent conversation piece. He has his favorite in the Wahl Senior line, but encourages others to continue trying new equipment. If anything, he showed gratitude towards the Frequency60hz for helping barbers get more equipment working for them and providing access to Americn hair clippers stirring the barbering community to excitement.

We finished up by me asking what is next for House Martin Barbers. Steve laughed and said the first course of business was to hire on more barbers and make his shop a sort of “hub”. The idea of more customer interaction and future events was on his mind – so be keeping a look out on this classy Glasgow shop in the future!

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Larry The Barberman Interviews Slicks Barbers Glasgow Scotland

Greg and Eric from Slicks Barber Shop recently shared their incredible story with me. Running the stylish, modern shop in Glasgow, Greg and Eric both had some great insight into barbering. Though Slicks Barber Shop was opened relatively recently, in 2013, the shop has proven quite popular. It has taken part in events like Menspire and aspire to be in Barber Connect and Scottland’s Barber Bash. Their plans to participate and grow their business are not anywhere close to finished either.

Asking how they started out, Greg and Eric stated that they had actually known each other for quite some time. Both had an interest in barbering from a young age after visiting a barber shop and state that they taught both themselves and each other a long the way. They worked for four years in the same shop before they eventually decided they wanted to go to Australia as a sort of personal journey. There, they met a barber that had seven shops who took them both under his wing. Greg laughed as he related how they started at the very bottom in the shops: sweeping up hair, fetching coffee, etc. They were each put on trucks to different shops where they eventually learned the craft.

Greg mentioned that the standard of education for barbers was not great at the time when he and Eric were looking to learn. The benefit of their experience in Australia gave them a chance to learn from multiple barbers and even hairdressers for women. The experience proved to be the most valuable in their careers and spurred them on towards opening Slicks. At present, they admitted that they aim to head to London soon to get their proper certifications in order. Eventually, they would like to get a teaching certificate so that they might provide the same experience of learning to others.

Upon looking back, both feel proud of what they have accomplished. They enjoy using each of their experiences as lessons both in barbering and their personal lives. They state that they are always seeking to improve and accomplish more. They will regularly post pictures of their cuts, styles and events to Instagram to inspire themselves to continue doing what they do best.

After asking if they had a preferred cut, or one that they were famous for, Greg and Eric talked about how their experience has led to the style of Slicks. They picked up quite a bit from their informal education in Australia and it has allowed them to tackle a broader request from clients for different cuts, styles and shaves. Fades, tapers and regular haircuts are the standard. They mentioned one of their favorite things to do is shaving, notably with an open razor. Because of their younger age, they explain that they enjoy this because they can relate to younger clientele that request it.

When it comes to their tools and materials, Greg and Eric expressed a desire to keep using natural products. They enjoy giving their customers a more natural looking result at the end of their session and feel that these products are much kinder to sensitive skin or children. Many reviews have praised how they handle children while they are in the shop and promise to come again; the natural approach seems to be working in their favor.

On the subject of hair clippers, both agreed that they preferred the Andis. The Andis line handles powerfully and offers great options for fades such as a measured lever. Overall, they prefer it for broad use to others. When asked about their feelings towards U.S hair clippers, they felt they considered it gave a different “performance” and an entertaining and new way style to their look. They are another pair that consider the U.S hair clippers the best in the world and utilize it to their advantage. I asked them if they were interested in their own eventual line of products and their answer was that they are working on it.

Whatever the future holds for these incredible barbers, Slicks is a true source of inspiration for others looking to get started in barbering. Check out their work on their instagram: http://ink361.com/app/users/ig-529747018/slicksbarbers/photos.

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My Barber Connect Giveaway Result!!

 

This week I hosted a stall at Barber connect.

Barber connect brings barbers from all across the world together at Celtic Manor.

My own stall displaying the Frequency60Hz Converter was busy, at times I had four deep rows of customers. Myself and my close friend Champs the barber were there to answer any questions about the Frequency converter.  Everyone wanted to know how they could use their superior U.S hair clippers in the UK with the help of the Frequency60Hz converter.

Opposite me were Tony and Anthony Copeland, I recently interviewed the father son pair. It was great to see them again. Tony and Anthony had their own stall, performing cuts all day. Tony and Anthony where responsible for the British Barber Battle an excellent competition, the standard of barbering was immense.

Overall barber connect was an amazing experience. There was such a buzz about Celtic Manor. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The energy in the event was unbelievable. While I was there I held this month’s prize draw.

Kevin Luchman helped me with this month’s prize draw. The prize draw drew a big crowd. It was great to see. The heckling of @baldybarbers showing what a fun filled event it was. This month’s draw included the:

  • Oster Model 10
  • Wahl super shaver
  • Oster Finish Line
  • Frequency60Hz converter.

The lucky winner of this draw is @Little_Large

Yourself and your four barbering friends: @kirstpx, @bambam1506, @tomjinks and @jackthebarber are the winners of this month’s prize draw.

Thanks to Kevin for helping me with the draw, all those who entered and the crowd at Barber connect. This was definitely the biggest draw to date.

I had a great time at Barbering connect, it allowed me to promote the Frequency60Hz converter and help those with any questions. Seeing all the other barbers under one roof was truly amazing. I can’t wait till next year.

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Oster 76 General Maintenance

What is the Oster 76?

The Oster 76 is the most powerful kind of hair clippers. It uses a rotary motor. Used for bulk haircuts.

Used by the American army to get through high volumes of haircuts.

Pro barber Fabian of Champs barbers calls it “one of the best hair clippers out there.”

Who is this article for?

This article is for anyone interested in maintaining the:

  • Oster 76 Classic
  • Oster 97 (UK Equivalent)
  • Oster Model 10

Why is this article needed?

I travel across the UK talking to my clients, I ask “How are you maintaining your Oster?” Every single one replies I’m just oiling the blades.”

This machine is hard wearing.

It needs a little bit more than just oiling the blades.

The instruction manual is useless

Oyster does supply an instruction manual. However, the instruction manual is:

  • Dated
  • Linear
  • Contains a lack of visual aids.
  • It’s boring.

What do I need?

You will NOT need any advanced equipment or screwdrivers.

You will need:

  • Clipper oil (I recommend Oster clipping oil)
  • A toothbrush

The Oster 76 Setup

  • At the bottom you have two mesh inlets. Designed to suck cold air in.
  • Air flows through the Oster 76 to the drive mechanism.
  • The hot air escapes through the left and right side vents.
  • The Oster has a sprung ball barring inlet – used to apply oil to the sealed drive mechanism housing.
  • This clipper has detachable blades.
  • You must have a Frequency60hz International Voltage and Frequency Converter, for your clipper to work correctly in the UK.

If your machine does not have oil inside the drive mechanism. It will heat up. This will result in overheating.

Step By Step Tutorial for General Maintenance

Start the general maintenance from the bottom to the top of your clipper. Just like a skin fade.

  1. Ensure the mesh is lint free.

Remove the bottom panel. Inspect the mesh. Blow off any lint or dirt. Or use a toothbrush. Check both sides. Ensure you push the teeth all the way in. Clip it down.

  1. Move up the clipper to the sealed housing.

Take your clipper oil. Squirt some oil into the drive mechanism. To squirt oil simply unspring the small ball barring. This is important as it prevents overheating. Spring the sprung ball barring back when finished.

Get a tissue and wipe down any excessive oil.

  1. The Blade.

You need to ensure the blade is well oiled in order to get the best performance.

Detach the blade. Clean the blade with a toothbrush. Clean out any gunk.

Oil the tracks of the blade. This will give you an even slide. This results in less friction. Which means less heat.

Ensure you put the blade on with the motor running! If you don’t, the plastic lever will end up rounding off.

Turn the machine on. Place the blade on the metal snap in lever. Clip it forward.

  1. Oiling the blade

Place a little clipping oil on the front rail. Give it time to seep down the back rail.  Repeat for the other side. Turn the Oster on – This allows the oil to seep in.

Apply a little bit of oil to the: front, middle and centre of the blade. Leave the machine on for five seconds.

Wipe away excess oil with a tissue.

When should I do General Maintenance?

  • The Blades

The blades should be done every two cuts.

  • Sealed drive mechanism

Sealed drive mechanism needs oil every month.

  • Vents

The vents should be cleaned every month.

Did you find this article helpful? Have you got any tips for maintaining the Oster 76?

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