Today, I chat with Aileen Nunez and Bruce Bock from the Andis team. Aileen is the international education manager for Andis, and manages all education activities as well as eighteen talented individuals throughout the world. Bruce is a marketing and communications manager that handles all of the PR, social media and means to handle Andis’ brand. Getting both of these stellar folks together gave me the perfect opportunity to ask a question I am sure many of my UK friends wonder: when will the UK be getting similar equipment to the American Andis line?
Bruce speaks up first. “I can kind of shed some light on that, Larry. We know there’s been a huge demand for Andis clippers and trimmers in the UK market, and we’ve been listening to those needs. We have several exciting things under development that are probably going to roll out mid-summer and later into next year.” When it comes to what is already available in the UK, Bruce talks about a US Pro high-speed magnetic motor clipper, as well as a US Fade model. They are essentially looking to expand upon those two tools that have been in the market for over a year now.
I direct my next question to Aileen and she talks about the ProFoil Lithium Titanium shaver which was recently brought out. “I love it because it’s a cordless and lasts for ninety minutes of run time.” Aileen smiles, “This is great for barbers and stylists, because stylists can’t use a straight razor, so they need a way to get as close as possible. We also have the Supra ZR and the D8 in the UK market.”
Of course, the real question at hand is when will the UK be seeing the much loved Andis T-Outliner available? “We’ll have some really exciting things happening this year,” Aileen answers. When I ask her for dates, she adds, “Nice try, but nothing yet!”
As for other US equipment nearing its debut, Bruce talks about the Pulse ZR detachable blade clipper. This lovely machine comes with a high-speed lithium ion battery for maximum power: two hours of run time, five speeds, and generally shaping up to be a versatile and powerful tool.
It’s clear that Andis is going to have a lot to show the UK next time it comes around, which will be Barber UK and Barber Connect later in the spring. Aileen adds that they’ll be at Saloon International as well. Keep your eyes peeled, folks! Andis is sure to have some exciting things to share coming later this year!
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This is Larry the Barberman of barbers.tv coming at you with my five favorite hacks for getting the maximum performance out of your hair clippers with minimal tools and minimal time. As barbers, we all have those lazy days where dragging out the massive tool kits and disassembling our hair clippers just seems like a drag. Thumbs up from everyone who can agree with that statement!
My first lazy hack, my favorite one: do you find there are times where you need to get the blade clean on your hair clippers and trimmers, but you can’t be bothered to get out a screwdriver to remove the blades from the trimmer or clipper. If that is the case, this simple hack is for you. All you need is some sanitation spray, some clipper oil, a pipe cleaner and a hairbrush of your choice.
Once you have all of those items, all you need to do is first brush down your hair clipper or trimmer on the front or sides to remove all of the loose hair. After that, get the pipe cleaner and fold it in half to double the cleaning area. On the side of your clipper, or trimmer, you will notice that there is a gap between the cutting blade and the common blade. Insert the pipe cleaner here and drop it slightly so that it can also clean the bottom. Move that in and out of the blades to get them properly clean. After you’ve done that, remove the pipe cleaner, and reach for the sanitation spray. First, turn on the clipper or trimmer, and spray the top as well as down the sides. What that does is sanitize the inside of the blade, and it also removes and loose hair that the pipe cleaner might have missed. Once you’ve done that, use your bed of tissues to wipe down the excess lubrication and sanitation spray. Turn on the hair clipper or trimmer once more and place some of the blade oul to the right, center and to the left so that the oil doesn’t run down into the actual unit. When you are done, just wipe off any excess oil and you’re done! That’s why it is my favorite – simple and clean.
On to my second favorite lazy hack. Have you ever been to the USA, purchased some US hair clippers or trimmers, and then plugged them into a standard transformer (as shown in the video) only to experience a horrific noise. These transformers are 240 volts to 110 volts with a 40 hertz cycle, thus they are losing out on their full performance. All you need to do is plug it into a Frequcny60hz converter, which basically converts the UK and European voltage of 230 to 240 volts down to 120 volts, with a 60 hertz cycle; essentially making it as if you had plugged it directly into a US power outlet. Seamless performance and a perfect purring noise without the hassle of transformers – what could be better?
Do you sometimes find that your hair clipper or trimmer has issues with the power cutting out intermittently, and just a simple bit of pressure from your thumb on the power switch makes it come alive again? Fortunately, this hack is very simple. All you need is some tissue, which you can see in the video I have used to create a soft bed underneath the affected clipper. You will also need some contact cleaner, a screwdriver, and a standard Phillips screwdriver. With those in hand, let’s get started.
First and foremost, in the case of the Wahl Senior I am using, we need to remove three screws. I recommend having a corrugated rubber mat so you do not lose your screws. With the front casing removed, we now have access to the switch. What we then do is just pop the switch out. Please ensure that the power is off. Now, these switches can often get clogged from dirt in between the switch. What you want to do now is use the contact cleaner and blast out all the hair and dirt that may have gotten lodged in between the conductor, which stops the clipper or trimmer from working effectively. What I do is pull the switch to either the left or right first and put the straw from the contact cleaner in the opposite side of the switch before giving it a good few blasts. You’re going to no doubt see hair and dirt coming out. Flip the switch to the other side and repeat this process. Just a tissue to wipe up the excess and we can move on to the next step.
Once that is done, simply pop the switch back into position. You want to make sure that it sits in the housing correctly, and is nice and snug. Once it is in, put the belly back on your clipper and, once the housing is back on, we can plug in the clipper and turn it on. I recommend letting a good five minutes elapse , but you will see that that clipper or trimmer is now running nice and smooth, no matter how much you wiggle the switch.
This one is for folks who persistently find that the lever arm is loose on their: Wahl Super Taper, Wahl Senior, Wahl Icon or any other Wahl that has the same shape as the aforementioned. All you need to do to remedy this problem is gather: a Philips screwdriver, some cotton swabs, contact cleaner, and (optionally) a hair blower.
First, we need to loosen the screw and set it aside. What I want to do now with the hair blower is basically blast out the hole, as shown in the video, to free any loose debris that may be lodged inside of the frame.
Second, we will want to use the contact cleaner, which is an alcohol based cleaner, to blade the inside of the hole to get any remaining dirt or debris. Just insert the straw and blast away. Now, we know that the contact is clean. Half the reason that this inconsistent power issue happens is due to loose fillings occasionally getting lodged in the area during the manufacturing process. The objective of this hack is basically to put a strong lock on the device so that it doesn’t happen again.
Now, we use the cotton swab to, again, clean out all of the area so we are sure there is no grease or anything still clinging on. Next, we’ll want to reach for the thread locker. Thread locker is basically a glue for screws and threads to lock. Well reach for the screw and the lever, and do a simple application of the thread locker by putting one line of it across the thread. With that done, we’ll put the thread locker screw back in.
Coming to the actual lever, you will notice that there is a notch. This notch needs to be lined up with the female notch, which is in the lever itself. First, we need to find it, as you can see in the video. Once you’ve found it, you basically start gently screwing it in with fairly firm pressure and slow movements. Afterwards, have a quick check that the lever is working: you’ll know that the female thread has met the male thread when all is good, so just give it one last tighten and then let it stand to dry. I recommend five to six minutes, and then you are good!
My finale lazy hack is just a little trick to tighten the tension in your hair clipper or trimmer to increase the performance. If you have clients complain that their hair is being pulled, especially when you are using the Wahl Senior, Super Taper, or Icon, even though you know the blades are sharp, than this hack is for you. Nine times out of ten, it is caused by the tension being off. When I say tension, I mean how tightly the top blade is pressed to the bottom: too tight and the blades will not move. Too loose and the performance will be impaired. Fortunately, this is an easy hack.
All you need for this hack is a Phillips screwdriver. Again, I would recommend doing all of this on a corrugated rubber mat for the sake of your screws. Once the casing is off, I’m just going to give the inside a basic clean – it’s always a good idea when you have your clipper or trimmer open. As you can see in the video, I just bring the sponge back. Now, to increase the tension of this clipper without undoing the rest of it, the hack is very simple.
This particular clipper is the Wahl Senior. You can see in the video which part is the belly and which part is the back. What you want to do is lie the clipper on its back. You can see in the video that there is a metal stump. What you want to do is use your thumb to pull it back slightly, until you feel a tiny bend and the metal arm attached to it. It’s as simple as that. That will give you a tension kick. Once you’ve felt it bend slightly, replace your blade as well as your common blade.
What’ve we done is pulled the stump up so that the cutting blade is more tightly squeezed to the cutting blade. This is a common problem that, fortunately, has an easy fix. In one of my other videos, I’ll go through the full procedure for increasing the tension, as it is a lot more involved than what I’ve shown you here.
This is the fifth and final hack from Larry the Barberman for lazy barbers out there. Utilize them and your barbering game is sure to improve!
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My name is Larry Campbell, but you’ll probably know me as Larry the Barber Man – the go to guy for International Converters and great American hair clippers. I’d love to tell you a little bit more about myself, and how I came to get involved in the world of barbering!
The thing that first hooked my interest was discovering the superior quality of U.S. hair clippers. Many years ago I was a frequent traveller, visiting America every six weeks, and this gave me my first chance to experience U.S. clippers – so I started off as a customer, purchasing them to use myself, on my own hair. After initially getting the taste for them I found myself back in America last year, working on a job as a wedding photographer. Again, I had the chance to buy American clippers and, again, I found myself loving the quality of the hair cut I was getting – I keep my head bald, and with the U.K. clippers seemed to find myself constantly cutting my head open!
Of course, back in England there was no way for me to use the clippers effectively, since the power supply offers 50hz, not the 60hz that these clippers need to run properly. I decided to make use of the skills that I had from qualifying with a National Certificate in Electronics and then working as a service engineer for Richer Sounds – I would design a product to solve my problem. Thus the Frequency60hz International Voltage and Frequency Converter was born. This allows barbers anywhere in the world to use US hair Clippers without any of the loud noises or poor performance that you’d normally see. I initially meant it for travellers, but barbers really seem to love it, so here I am!
Once I found myself part of the barbering world I started using the Instagram name U.S. Pro Barber Supplies, until the master barber Kieron Price pulled me to the side and told me that the simply wasn’t going to work for me – it wasn’t memorable enough, and instead he’d been calling me ‘Larry Converter’! I decided to take Kieron’s advice, and discussed it with a close friend, the best-selling business author Shaa Wasmund, recently honoured with an MBE. She gave me a classic title that people could remember: The Barber Man. I simply added Larry!
For me, talking about all aspects of barbering is an important part of my work – that includes pro barbers, clippers and current trends. I’ve come to feel like I am really part of the barbering community, and I am absolutely loving every minute. I believe that if you love doing something then you should make it an ongoing journey, always adding value to that interest. I do this by using my strengths to educate the barbering community – it’s great to see the benefits that I can bring to barbers of all levels by opening their eyes to the endless possibilities now available to them. This can only be achieved by talking about everything associated with the Frequency60hz Converter, and of course that has to include the clippers!
Instagram has become one of my main platforms for spreading the word about my product and networking with other barbers – the community there is huge. It has been instrumental for letting people know about the freedom that can be achieved by using the Frequency60hz converter to power U.S. hair clippers anywhere outside of America. I get countless messages from barbers, and it is truly gratifying to hear how having had the freedom to use U.S. hair clippers in their own part of the world has literally changed the barbering game for them. Knowing that I’m helping barbers in this way will always bring me great satisfaction! If you want to keep up with my work then I strongly encourage you to check out my Instagram page, as that’s where you’ll find the most up to the minute info: https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman.
Whether you’re a professional barber or just an everyday hair clipper user, you no doubt have a favourite hair clipping tool. And once you’ve found a reliable and durable clipper that you love, nothing else will do. For many professional barbers, their preferred clippers are American models.
Unfortunately, clippers manufactured for use in the U.S. can be a hassle because of differences in electricity outputs in Europe. If you don’t use the correct power converter, the motor will operate improperly and the tool won’t work well. You also run the risk if ruining your hair clipper completely. This can easily be remedied by investing in a quality voltage and frequency converter, such as the Frequency60Hz international voltage and frequency converter.
If you are overwhelmed by the number of clippers on the market and don’t know how to pick the best one to use in Europe, you’re in good company. A lot of people have trouble weeding out the good from the bad. That’s why I’ve come up with this blog to help you find the best clipper—the one that’s right for you.
What is a hair clipper?
A hair clipper cuts a large volume of hair, as opposed to a hair trimmer that cuts a small amount of hair at a time. Hair clippers are used to remove a lot of hair at once (bulk cutting), but a hair trimmer is designed for simpler tasks like detailing, tapering, and refining. Neither should be confused with a shaver, which is used to remove hair closer to the skin.
Why choose a U.S. hair clipper over a U.K. hair clipper?
It’s widely known that American hair clippers are superior hair cutting tools. They provide the very best performance and the very best results. That’s because they are manufactured with better material in the USA and not China and they operate on a 60hz cycle as opposed to a 50hz cycle.
You’ll also find that the range of clippers available in the U.S. is greater than the selection in Europe. With a wider range of tools, you also get a broader range of blades to do a variety of barbering duties, which translates to better fades, better lines, and cleaner cuts.
Understanding your clipper’s motor
A professional barber especially needs a powerful motor that won’t fail, no matter how hard the clipper works. That’s why is so important for you to understand what kind of motor is powering your clippers, and what kind of motor you need for the work you intend to do.
Electric hair clippers have either a magnetic motor, a pivot motor or a rotary motor. Magnetic motors are the most common and are satisfactory for general, everyday use. But sometimes magnetic motors will vibrate and create noise because the blades move very fast. This, of course, lends itself well to a smooth cut. A pivot motor is a better choice to cut thicker, heavier hair because the blade has a higher force. This allows it to have a more precise cut. A rotary motor has a higher torque and a high speed blade speed. It’s versatile enough to be use on wet or thick hair, which makes it the preferred motor for professional use.
Choosing the right attachment guide
Attachment guides are guide combs that range from 1/16 of an inch to one inch. Once it’s been decided how short the hair should be cut, the appropriate guide is attached to the electric clipper to ensure an even cut.
Which blade should I use?
The sizes of hair clipper blades range from 0.2mm to 13mm and are made of high-carbon steel (though some are made of certified zirconium oxide, which conducts less heat, while others are made of titanium). Most, if not all, are designed to be self-sharpening.
When you are shopping for a new hair clipper, be sure to educate yourself on the attachments and accessories that come with the tool. Choosing a hair clipper that comes with multiple blades and attachment guides provides versatility, but only if you understand the numbers. For those choosing a hair clipper for professional use, you must understand the capabilities of each blade and how to select the appropriate attachment guide for each specific client.
Maintenance is key
To ensure your hair clipper runs at peak performance, you must invest some time in regular maintenance. You’ll find most of the things you need to maintain your hair clipper right in the box, including lubricant, a brush, and an operator’s manual.
Hair clipper blades operate much like scissors (though at a much faster speed). It’s common for the blades to overheat, particularly if they haven’t been well lubricated first. Make sure you lubricate the blades of your hair clipper often to ensure the blades cut smoothly and the minimize friction, which can cause the unit to overheat. Never substitute cooking oil for blade lubricant, and always make sure you clean your blades with a small brush before applying no more than three drops of lubricant. Remember to wipe the blade with a dry cloth afterwards.
Get comfortable and choose wisely
Hair clippers’ designs vary quite a bit. Find the one that is comfortable for you to hold and use. What you’re looking for is a tool that is ergonomically designed. If you aren’t comfortable holding it, you’ll have a hard time using it.
And choose your hair clipper wisely. Consider how you’ll be using it and how often. If you’re only going to be using the clipper on yourself a handful of times a year, you likely don’t need the same model a professional barber would use.
The top 5 corded hair clippers
Oster 76076-010 Classic 76 Professional Hair Clipper
With its Cryogen-x blades and powerful universal motor, the Oster 76076-010 is the perfect clipper for barbers. It’s a well-built and well-engineered hair clipper with a powerful universal motor can cut through dry or wet and thick, high density hair. It comes with two detachable blades (#000 and #1) that are quick and easy to change and adjust, plus lubricant, clipper grease, a blade guard, and a cleaning brush. The Classic 76’s heavy duty performance stands above other clippers in terms of reliability and durability, making it a perfect choice for anyone who will be using it regularly.
Oster Professional 76023-510 Fast Feed Clipper with Adjustable Blade
The Oster Profesional 76023-510 is lighter than the Oster Classic 76 which makes it more user friendly and a better choice for novices and semi-professionals. It has a silent pivot motor and performs well with adjustable blades (1/50-inch to 3/32-inch), but it’s not intended for cutting and shaving mustaches or beards.
In terms of quality and longevity, this clipper scores well. In addition to quiet operation, a slower blade speed means the tool runs cool, even for several minutes. It’s best for short to medium length hair and can be used on wet or dry hair.
Andis Master Clipper (01557)
With a powerful magnetic motor and high-quality carbon steel blades, the Andis Master Clipper (01557) is a great choice for professionals just starting out. It’s best for short, thick, dry hair—but be prepared to apply oil before each use: the carbon steel blades will heat up quickly and you’ll need to stay on top of that.
Wahl Senior 5 star series
If you’re in the market for strong, durable clippers, the Walk Senior 5 Star series is what you’re looking for. With an adjustable, angled blade, you’ll have no problem with close cuts and perfect results. Best of all, they are reliable and will last the whole day without a hiccup.
Andis Phat Masters
With a powerful, magnetic motor that generates 14,000 cutting strokes per minute, the Andis Phat Masters is ideal for shorter cuts and fading and can even handle longer hair lengths up to a #2 blade. There’s no need for multiple blades with this versatile unit: A single lever adjusts the clipper blades from #1A to #2.
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