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Barber Interview: Chris moon Of Kutz Barbershop Talks Barbering…

I had a chance to talk to one barber Chris Moon, here in Glasgow. Chris is the owner of the Kutz Barbershop in Newcastle area. His family has been in the barber industry since 1938. He also sits on the barber council and used to be a competition barber. Having a shop in the family since 1938, Chris says he is in partnership with his dad, his brother and his step-dad. “The four of us are a very small family, but a very tight-knit family and we all work together”, he says.

 

Chris tells us that their barbering business started off with his grandfather in 1938. His grandfather started off in a small barber shop and thereafter expanded so that they own three shops now. Chris says that his father took over from their grandfather and his mother was a hairdresser until, unfortunately, she passed away. He says that the whole thing is kind of family oriented, so it was inevitable that he would become an excellent barber.

 

Due to their long history and heritage Kutz Barber Shop are fundamentally a traditional barber shop. The insides of the shop is filled with traditional wood furnishing. Chris goes on to explain that they don’t do traditional styles exclusively, but also modern drop fades and all that.

“We kind of play on the 1938 bit, that’s in our logo, so that’s what we’re really proud of and our head heritage is what has made us what we are today”.

 

When asked which one service attracts people the most to his barber shop, Chris says, “I think it’s the atmosphere. We’ve got a really good core team, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the staff we’ve got, our staff is the most important thing, because without them we have no business”. Although his family is made of great barbers, Chris believes that teamwork is the key to their great success. “I think that’s why people come to us because we’re a great team, the whole atmosphere and all of our shops are the same, no matter which one you go to, you get the same service from every single member of staff”.

 

Chris Moon goes on to tell me, he does not specialize in any single haircut. Being the good barber and hairdresser that he is, he knows that all customers are different. He understands that people change and so do trends. That is why he never wanted to be a one-trick pony but rather great at as many things as possible.

 

When asked about what goes on in the barber council, he tells me that he has had a chance to work with some of the biggest people in the industry including educators, Parada companies and the likes of Rachael from Modern Barber magazine. They all sit on the council and come up with great ideas on how to improve services for the guys on the streets. The barber council’s main goal is to ensure that the customers get quality services for what they pay for. “We’re in the fashion industry, fundamentally we’re in the fashion industry, and I think that’s forgotten sometimes, fashion isn’t about wearing an all-sequined t-shirt, or flashy shirt, fashion is every aspect of what you wear and how you look. So, the barber council is there to raise standards and make it better now in the industry”, he says. Although it is going to take time, Chris is determined to set the standards higher for everyone.

 

He further tells me that Kutz Barbershop is state registered and it shows that his team is well educated and they have high standards in their shop. He ensures that his shop is tidy and that everything is sterilized. Chris gives us an example of a barber who has just watched a YouTubevideo and decided that he is pro enough to have his own shop. He looks at it from the shoes of a customer who wants to become amazing, so he goes to the barbershop only to get a bad haircut. Such is the kind of customer understanding that sets him apart from other barbers. Chris speaks passionately about his job as he goes on to tell me how a customer should step out of the barber shop looking so much better than they went in. “Especially if they look amazing, they need to look ten times better than they already do, that’s what good barbers do; they make you feel good and look better because again, like I said earlier, it’s a fashion.”

 

Since he is on the barber council, I thought it would be good to ask Chris about his take on the reasons behind staggering state registration. He says there are not enough people who know about it yet. He thinks a lot of people who own barber shops honestly do not know enough about what the council is trying to achieve and about state registration. He hopes to get everyone in the country influenced to move in the same direction. Chris understands that this goal will take time, but he is optimistic that the time will come as long as he keeps on educating and informing everyone.

 

When asked about what he was personally doing about the situation, he confidently tells me, “I’m working bloody hard.” Chris further informs me that his immediate action is informing his customers that he is state registered and letting them know about his position in the council, standing for higher standards. He has gotten his staff on the same page and he hopes the rest will follow in the same footsteps.

 

Chris remembers that he has had a lot of good moments throughout his career as a barber. He says the highlight of his career is when he made it to award standard international. He found it unbelievable standing at the stage alongside other talented artistic guys. That is where he met his longtime friend John Bourne, who is a great barber and has taught him a lot. He goes further to talk about how much he learnt from that experience within a very short time. He says he got a lot of tips about his job, which helped him focus on where and how he wanted his barber shop to be. The two of them are very talented in their profession. Furthermore, he has had a chance to make a few new friends like Clarke and Lindy Roth. Chris now has friends all over the country. That is what he especially likes about his job; he can travel and meet people who give him new great ideas which he can incorporate into his shop.

 

He has been in a few competitions throughout his time, which he says that although he did not actually win, he has always made it to the finals. In one of the national finals, he was runners up to Passer, who went on to win it. He says that he learnt a ton, being on the stage and showcasing his talent. Chris likes a challenge because it gives him new opportunities to learn and to become better at what he does best. “The competition is what most barbers should enter, they have to enter them because if you can get into the finals, it shows customers that you’re not just good at what you do in the salon, the people are appreciating what you do”, he says. It is all about being professionally recognized. Once you are professionally recognized, you have solid social and professional proof that you are the best at your job. Chris says that is what customers want to see. It gives them a reason to visit your shop they can see that you are doing something right and other people in the country are recognizing it.

 

“I think there is a lot of negativity in areas, that’s what I don’t like. I think everyone needs to be together as a unit, and working together, bringing standards higher, you know, that’s what it’s all about- we need standards higher and England’s got to work together”, Chris tells us when he is asked about the things he would like to see change. He believes in the whole system working in unison because issues arise when you start pulling things apart. The talented barber would like to have every barber on the same page, maintaining the highest standards possible in serving their customers. Although everyone wants to make money, Chris strongly believes in delivering quality services beforehand. “We’ve all got mortgages to pay, cars to pay, families to look after, you want to earn money, yes, and no one’s going to say otherwise, but I just want everyone on the same page, pull it together and raise the standards”

 

Chris has already achieved a lot in his career. So, what is next for him? When asked, he says, “I just want to concentrate on cuts, cuts are my main priority, and making our customers happy, that’s the next thing, and that’s always been the thing, nothing else. He also says that he prioritizes working with his brother, dad and his step-mom, building their business and making it better. He says it is amazing to work with his family members but should he be asked to do other things, he would do them. He is quite the outgoing type and finds joy in delivering excellent services in whatever he chooses to do.

 

In closing, the advice from Chris to a young barber coming into the business is, “never stop learning. The only time you stop learning is when you’re six feet under, learn everyday”. He goes on to quote his dad who said to him, “if you can take this much from a bad barber and this much from a good barber and put it together, you will be a talented guy”. He believes that one can learn something even from guys who are not the best in the industry, so he just has to learn from everyone.

 

For anyone desiring to stop working for someone and to start their own business, Chris advises that you take the leap. He says it is difficult to start your own business but you will never know if you don’t try. “Find the right location, make sure that you’re happy with everything, don’t do it until you’re happy and you feel comfortable. When you feel comfortable, you know when it’s the right time.” He says.

 

That was the final part of my interview with the talented barber and proud owner of Kutz Barbershop, Chris Moon. I wish Chris more success in upholding the high standards of the services offered in his barbershop.

 

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Barber: Danny Amorin Of Klippers Barbershop Interview with Larry

Today, I am in New Jersey with multi-shop owner Danny Amorim. Not only does he own multiple shops, Danny is also an educator for the Andis Barbering Company as well as a host organizer and judge of barbering battles in the USA. In true Barberman fashion, I came to get his story about his journey into barbering and what is next for him.

 

What began Danny’s adventure? “Truthfully,” he answers, “it just kind of happened. I started cutting hair because I needed a haircut. Then, I went from cutting my own hair to cutting the hair of people in the neighborhood and making a few bucks on the side. When I graduated high school, I didn’t really want to go to college. My work ethic was there, but I didn’t yet know what my niche was. I lost my job at the time a few days before a gentleman that I knew was opening up a barbershop, so I gave it a shot and here I am.”

 

And how was it that he came to own his own shop, is my next question. “I started working for someone fresh out of high school in 1998. I worked for that gentleman for about three to three and a half years. He was actually buying this building here, and he sold me his first location. It wasn’t great at first, but I made it something to call my own. It started from four chairs and a small space to three shops now.”

 

Aside from Danny’s incredible work ethic, what is it that makes The Klippers Barbershop different than other shops in the area? Danny tells me, “We try to keep our professionalism as high as possible, because seriousness is a key quality to me. We continue to go to trade shows, do education, stay up to date with all the newest stuff, etc. We’re always giving our best in quality and marketing. Since we’ve been one of the longest lasting barbershops in this city, it’s helped with the relevancy of everything. We’re a household name now, I’ll put it that way.”

 

Not only is Danny a household name, he has also gotten himself a gig working with Andis, as mentioned before. I ask him why he believes he was chosen: “That was me barbering myself out of the barbershop,” he admits. “I’m already in here five days a week and working ten to twelve hour days. I’ve tried to raise the prices and rates a few times, but it got to the point where I wanted and needed more. I ventured off and starting going to trade shows and taking educational classes. I got into working off platforms and intrigued me. I felt as if I could do it too. I started dabbling in it, and going continuously around to shows, shaking hands and networking, and they gave me a trial date one day. That’s where I’m at.”

While Danny educates for Andis, he also has his own series of educational DVDs. “The Art of Barbering”, was something he was asked to do. “Since I was doing so much education, doing a ton of classes, one of the main things that students asked me for was continuous education. They’d ask if I had a DVD. I felt like I needed to fill that void, so I shot a couple of DVDs. Altogether, I have about ten different videos that are all step-by-step instruction in different things. Just this weekend, I was in New York and working with someone from the UK. They have a certain way in which they cut hair, and I have my own. It’s good to pick up little things like that, and I try to inquire into those things so I can instill the educational aspect of it in about two and a half hours’ worth of DVD education.” For those looking to purchase the DVDs themselves, you can find Danny’s online store at: klippersbarbershop.com. Along with the DVDs, he has plenty more in the way of product including numerous fashion items for barbers.

 

The subject then turns to social media, and how Danny feels it has played a part in his business. “Social media is huge,” he tells me. “Years ago, I built a clientele from handing out business cards. Now, with the click of a button, you can reach people all over the world. How I began to create YouTube videos. From those videos, I could put them everywhere on my Facebook page to raise more awareness and do more subliminal marketing. I have tons of stuff on YouTube that you can check out, and it’s not something I’m selling. It’s more inspirational and motivational stuff for barbers. Now we have Instagram. Instagram is all pictures, so you can continuously post pictures of haircuts – it’s a great marketing tool. I’m here today because I use my social media wisely.”

“As far as posts that have excelled or given a kick to my following,” he continues from my next question. “Sometimes, it could just be a motivational post that I do that gives people that energy, that pump – the people that want to do more. Sometimes, it’ll just be a haircut I’m posting, a before-and-after. Sometimes, it can just be one of my motivational speeches and, again, it gives people that ‘oomph’. It helps them realize that with passion, energy and persistence, things can get done.”

And what is the philosophy behind his motivational speeches and posts, his business in general? “You have to put in to get out. Nothing is given, it’s always earned. I just spoke to a barber over the weekend in New York who was thinking about moving from Florida to New York, and he asked how much he could make. I told him that he could make as much as you want to. No one can force him to come into work early or not take phone breaks. It’s up to him to raise the bar and make as much money as they want to. They have to be willing to sacrifice, but if you invest the time, and manage your time well, you can get there.”

 

Being from the UK, where there are no barber battles, I ask him to give me the run down on how they work. “Barber battles are awesome,” he laughs. “I’ve competed for years. We have different categories, whether it is doing the fastest fade where you have to do a flawless fade in fifteen minutes, or freestyles where you can do whatever you want. We also have duplicate challenges where every single barber has to duplicate a picture. The barber who does it the closest to identical wins everything. Really, it’s about using the platform wisely. I’ve seen people win first place and never remember who they are. So, if you are in a battle, utilize the platform. Shoot a video, post pictures, show off being an award-winning barber.”

As for the prizes involved, he goes on to explains, “Normally, Andis sponsors our tour, so they’re getting some of the latest and best new clippers that can range into the hundreds price wise. They’re also getting $500,000 cash. Sometimes, we have a pot where the duplication winner-gets-all, so if twenty guys compete and it’s a $100 dollar admission, it becomes a $2,000 pot. Those are the set formulas in those cases, anyways. Normally, your going rate is about $500-$1,000 cash, but it really depends on which barber battle you’re going to. The bigger battles have bigger prizes, obviously.”

As for his educational tours, Danny has had the opportunity to visit many international locations. I ask him about some of them, and he answers: “I normally do a lot of stuff for the Andis Company, and they sometimes send me to Puerto Rico or Mexico. I’m Portuguese, so I booked Portugal, and I plan on going to Brazil soon, as well as Columbia. We’re just trying to coordinate everything at the moment. The embracement and quality of life in other regions is just awesome to experience.”

 

And what is his greatest moment in barbering? Danny relates back to opening his first shop, turning the key and walking into a place that was all his own.

 

Finally, what is his advice to other up-and-comers out there? “You’re going to have to sacrifice and work your ass off,” he tells me. “You have to offer more than the next guy. You have to want to do more than the next guy, sacrifice more, stay up late, etc. There’s no shortcuts. It’s all about persistence.”

 

As for what is next for Danny and Klipper Barbershop, he tells me: “I’m at my third location now. I’m going to keep on working with Andis, and I do the Xotics Hair Battle Tour. I just got on to get Blue Moon, which is a product company that I have been traveling all over the country with. I’m looking to do my own educational tour and basically keep trying to inspire barbers all over the world.”

 

Strong words from a man that works hard every day to inspire others. I know I certainly have been inspired speaking with Danny.

 

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Barber Interview: Daimon Johnson Of Cut Throat London Talk Barbering…

Today, I get the chance to speak to Daimon Johnson of Cut Throat London in Peckham. Cut Throat London is a shop that is very minimal, trendy, and slick to a point barber shop that is also mixed gendered. Naturally, I want to get the scoop on Daimon’s journey into barbering and where he plans on heading in the future. We start, of course, at the beginning.

Asked about the beginning of his journey, Daimon explains, “My story is a little bit different. To cut a long story short, I was kind of made homeless up north, and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I fled to my hometown with a bag of clothes, and no idea what to do. I always had an interest in men’s style and fashion, and men’s hair is obviously a part of that. One day, I was in a friend’s barber shop and watched the head barber do a whole haircut: scissor over comb, very Italian, and very particular. I thought it looked like a real skill I could get down with it – it ticked every box in terms of learning a trade for me. I came to London, started training under a couple of guys who then went on to form the London School of Barbering and Gents. That’s it, really. Since then, I’ve been grafting and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

He reveals that it has been about six years ago since he began back in 2010. I ask him if he was academy taught or self-taught to gauge his phenomenal skills. “It wasn’t really an academy at the time,” he tells me. “Like I said, Michael from the London School of Barbering went off and did his own thing, but before that, he taught me in central London. It was at that primordial stage before London really had any academy, and before barbering started becoming a legitimate choice for people as a career. I hit it on the right side.”

 

Asked about what styles he is specializing in at the moment, Daimon reveals that he enjoys being a jack-of-all-trades. “I like to be good at everything. I like to push myself to do stuff that is well out of my comfort zone. I’ve learned a lot more since being in Peckham because we have such a wide demographic of people and styles, as well as people more willing to do unusual things with their hair, which is great. Before here, I tended to lean more towards classic styles: more ‘20s and ‘50s styles. Nowadays, I’m doing a lot of ‘90s stuff, which is quite unusual: severe undercuts, a lot of steps, a lot of curtains, and things like that. We’re quite ‘80s and ‘90s vibes in here just because James and I are kind of stuck in the past.”

I bring up the longer hair in the ‘80s and how it seems to be making a comeback. Daimon agrees with me, “We’re seeing a lot of trends happening, and we’re seeing a lot of longer hair on guys. The beards, I’ve noticed, have been getting smaller and smaller. You’re getting guys with massive lumberjack beards and they’re now going to a nice cropped and tidier aesthetic.”

 

As I brought up earlier, Daimon’s shop has a very minimal and trendy look to it. I ask him about what led to the shop’s aesthetics. “That’s a good question,” he tells me. “There’s one thing I can’t stand, and that’s gimmicks. I don’t like the starch or razor blade motifs. I wanted a space that was really comfortable and would suit everybody. I want every single person who walks in the door to be cared for, and I want them all to feel equally as comfortable.”

 

The subject then turns to the allowance of women in his shop. “We’re quite adamant that a barbershop is a place for a woman. We definitely cater for all genders and walks of life. We don’t want the shop to feel masculine or feminine. We have a mixture of disciplines here. I’m a barber by trade, so I don’t tend to cut long hair at all, but the people that work here are skilled in different areas, so when someone comes in we can pair them up with the best person for the job.” As for the name of the shop, Daimon reveals it is named after the street they are on, which used to be called Cut Throat Lane or Cut Throat Alley for the highwaymen that robbed people in old Peckham.

 

Daimon also has a line of pomades that are his own creation. I ask for the backstory on those and he tells me, “One day, my brother Leo and I went for coffee while I was freelancing and doing business stuff. I remember thinking how easy it would be to create a product, because I felt like there wasn’t really anything out on the market in the UK that catered to what I was looking for our of a hair product. We basically said, “Let’s do it, then”. We went home and got pots and pans out and came up with that first formula with a little help from someone else. We had a few ingredients that we wanted to use that we knew had been used before. We got a nice, unique formula made, got a bunch of jars, had labels made for them – it all happened very quickly. Next thing we knew, there were rave reviews on forums all over the world. It just blew up.” His products also include a cow horn comb, which he demonstrates. They are typically designed from the horn of the cow, and do not cause any friction when running through hair.

I ask him how he went from mixing pomade in pots and pans to his latest discovery, and whether it was done via his Facebook group. Daimon tells me, “It’s just hard work, really, but social media does play a part. We had a couple of really good reviews in America. We had a particular guy called The Pump that is well-known in the states and divides a lot of opinions on products like it. Then, we started a Facebook group called Everything Pomade. It’s got thousands and thousands of followers now – I just can’t believe it. People from all over the world come together and talk about their hair grease. Not that we started it or anything, but people started making their own versions of things from home and they were making these really amazing products that never have the financial backing to make it big.” Considering the regulations and testing required, Daimon admits he was in the right spot.

 

As for education, Daimon has plans for the future. “My partners and I are close to moving down under, and I’d like to perhaps set up some sort of academy or a nice shop where I can do some really nice things. There’s definitely a scope for it. We’ve done great things with this shop, and I really want it to continue on. The thing is, with New Zealand and Australia, I noticed that there’s a lot of good ideas and a lot of good people, but they don’t execute their ideas in the right sort of way. The branding is kind of off point, but the opportunity is there. You have to think of yourself as a consumer, I suppose.”

 

And what is Daimon liking about the industry, at the moment? “There’s a lot of things I like about it, really. It’s amazing to see so many incredibly talented people on Instagram and whatnot – they inspire me to carry on doing what I’m doing. It’s a bit overkill in some areas, though. There’s a lot of crap going on as well.”

Asked about said crap, he explains, “I think the whole “masculine” attitude sucks. Maybe I’m a feminist, I don’t know, but I can’t stand behind the idea of barbershops being only for men or barbering being only for men. I want to see things merge and for the lines to blur a bit more, because it’s not just male and female, its race as well. I’m not seeing enough white barbers doing Afro hair, I’m not seeing enough Afro barbers doing white hair – I want to see more of that, more merging. It’s 2016.”

 

Daimon recently went down the American taper route. I ask him why he felt the need to do this. “I didn’t want to use Super Tapers anymore. They’re just not powerful enough. I like being able to have a kit that I can do different things with. I need something that does bulk work, and just an arsenal of a toolkit that does everything. I read a lot of things, particularly about the Andis Masters, which I’ve always loved because you can do a ton of techniques on the clippers. Everybody in America uses them, and I’ve always wanted a pair. I got some of them off of your good self, Larry, and I’ve been using them ever since.” I ask if he feels as if they have upped his game, and he tells me, “Definitely. Since then, I’ve customized my kit to get the best out of every piece that I use. There are still some things I want, and I think I’ll continue collecting things because, if you’re passionate about barbering in general, it is good to have a knowledge of different kits and tools.”

 

I was flipping through a Belmont Maker’s brochure recently, and saw that Daimon had actually been featured. Daimon also tells me that they’ve gone on to make a video. I ask Daimon why he felt Belmont chose him to be a part of their marketing, and he gives me a fantastic answer. “Because we’re just awesome, basically. A client of mine, his partner works with Belmont, she saw the shop and was really impressed with the way it looks. They got a whole camera crew in and did a day’s shoot. They’ve done this really beautiful video that tells the story about our shop – you should check that out through Belmont’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. They basically used to champion their UK market, which is obviously very flattering.”

 

He also talks about a pop-up shop event that he and his crew did awhile aho. “We did a thing for CalAid, which was for the refugee crisis in Calais. We put a chair in Copeland Park while the buses rolled in and cut hair for donations. We’d like to do more of that this summer, maybe get some DJs in on Saturdays. We’re big on our music here.”

 

And what is next for Daimon? “I think what is next for me is adventures in other lands. Priorities first: family first and then we’ll think about a decent scale project down under, I think.” With a thank for you for his time, I bid farewell to this enterprising barber who lives the barber life in all new ways.

 

 

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BarberNV: Barber Of The Month – Baldy’s Interview With Larry

I’m here with a barber that needs no introduction, but I’ll introduce him anyways: Baldy of Baldy’s Barbers, multi-shop owner and international educator for Andis, as well as nominee for Barber of the Month for BarberNV. With his impressive resume, I wanted to get the latest on his story since our interview last year. Needless to say, he does not disappoint.

 

Our conversation first turns to registration of barbers within the UK. Baldy is one of few barbers who has joined the #get registered movement, and is indeed state registered. I ask him about his experience with state registration, and feelings towards UK barbers being unregulated, at present. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be associated to something. I think for someone like me that has no qualifications, I think it’s ideal to be registered somewhere, to have an association behind you. I think it’s good that your clients can come in, and go, “Alright! They’re state registered.” At some point, it’d be nice if the various associations could merge together and make it more compulsory. I don’t see why a representative from each couldn’t form a board.”

 

“The reactions I got in America, when I told them that there are no regulations in the UK, well, they honestly saw it as a bit weird. Out there, you have to have a barber license for barbering, then you have stylists, who can’t use an open razor because they aren’t licensed to do it. You tell them that anyone can open a barber shop, which is both good and bad, and they obviously have a lot of questions. As for the criteria I would suggest, I would think proof that you’d been in the industry six years or longer would suffice – older blokes would get grandfathered in. When they’re starting school, newcomers will know they need to be pre-registered. That gives people enough time to get themselves in the right mindset.”

 

“The industry is fantastic,” he continues. “For someone like me to go out to New York or IBS – it was something that I dreamt about doing when I was young. For us, we get to use fantastic gear, the best equipment that there is, and I get to tell my story. You put a part of yourself into everything that you do: career, education, dreams, and everyday life. The more people that want to listen, the more I’m going to tell them.”

 

The conversation transitions to his international UK presentation in New York featuring himself and Keiron. “Since we’ve been with Andis, which was a year ago, it’s been quite action packed. We’ve done lots of different events, presentations and appearances in the UK, and I was asked to do a live interview at Barber UK last year on the BBA stage. I said, “Yeah, I’ll do it. I’ve done worse.” Keiron, my stage partner, came up with me and we absolutely smashed it. We literally came off the stage to Karen, the vice president of Andis, waving us over to ask us if we fancied doing America next year. We said sure, and thought nothing of it. As the years went on, though, it got to the point where it was starting to look like going to New York was becoming a reality. We had a choice: either Orlando or New York. In hindsight, I’m glad we chose New York. We had such a great reception from people. We had people coming up and say, “Oh, I know who you are!” It was strange, but so fantastic. Actually took the opportunity to swap numbers with some really cool people. I was at the Andis stand with Keiron, and across from us was the Layrite stand where Julius was. Julius, an extremely well known barber, and the even more famous Donnie Hawley, was demoing the Layrite product line. It was super exciting to see and chat with them a bit.”

 

I remind Baldy of our trip to ground zero on his off time, and he recalls looking up at the sky scrapers and thinking “I’m just a barber.” It was an awe-inspiring moment, and absolutely worth being a part of our discussion. “That’s the thing. We’re barbers,” he explains. “You’ve got to stay grounded, because this is my everyday job. I come here every day, and I charge twelve pound fifty to walk in my door and go, “There you go, mate. There’s a nice haircut, thanks very much, and see you in a few weeks”.

 

Baldy has been barbering for thirty years, which I feel is a big part in why he has been nominated for BarberNV’s Barber of the Month; it is hard to stack that kind of experience. As I tell him about the time he has clocked, I explain: “To get a degree it takes three or four years. To become a professor, it takes eight years. You, must be a grand professor in your game, and as much as you have to stay grounded, you have to think about your experience. You know how to market a business. You know to keep a customer happy, and you know when they have problems.”

“That’s part of my everyday life, and it helps that we treat our shop a bit like a stage” Baldy replies. “It’s the same when we go on stage. We go up there, and tell the audience, “We’re going to bring you into the barbershop.”  People will associate with it, and they’ll know that’s what it is like in the shop. We go on that basis and then chuck in some technical knowhow; little things like that. When I came off the stage once, I spoke to Simon Shaw, who told me, “Do you know what I really liked? It is like a barber shop. It’s a good concept the way you do things.””

 

Since the last time I spoke with Baldy, he has visited the London School of Barbering on several occasions.  From his time there, he reveals, “I think what they do down there is great. The ability that they teach to people over a short period of time is fantastic, and it’s good for us to go down and see what other people are doing. I like that they get guest barbers in. I’ve changed the way I’m cutting after going new places and seeing how others are doing it. I’ve watched Danny Arborin, who was an ambassador on stage for Andis at IBS, for some time and the way they do their fades with a slightly softer look is really cool – I’ve started cutting my own fades more like that. The blurry fades are softer, whereas waves might be a bit sharper. I honestly think it depends on how high you are wanting to go, so the transition from, say, the temples downwards. We do a thing called the skull fade, which everyone knows about by now. We would ordinarily take it up quite high – that’s our thing, that’s how we do things. We leave a slight wave line in it, and it starts lower and builds up. It leaves a heavier shadow on the templates, and you get a sharper look, more contrast.”

 

What is next for Baldy, I ask, curious to see what the Andis educator will be up to. “Right now, I’m just going with the flow. There’s certain companies I want to work more with. If people contact me to do something, and it’s feasible, then I’ll probably do it. I love the pop-up barber shop stuff, and I love doing commercial week.  I have some other stuff in the pipeline.” Curious fans should be advised to keep an eye on his Instagram @baldysbarbers for exciting news, and possible product presentations down the line.

 

As for his parting advice to those who want to reach the same place he has out there, Baldy advices: You have to work at things, get good at what you do, first. Contact people in your industry, go and work with others that you can learn from, or who are doing similar things. It’s not about the money. It’s about getting to where you need to be. Pick up knowledge where you can, and get yourself out there. It won’t happen overnight, but keep at it and you’re sure to get somewhere.” With that, I thank him for his time. It is easy to see why BarberNV nominated him – Baldy is a truly inspiring barber, and I know many are excited to see what he will do next.

 

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5 Lazy Barbers Hair Clipper Hacks That Will Change Your Barberlife

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!

Hack 1:

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.

Hack 2:

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?

Hack 3:

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.

Hack 4:

 

            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!

Hack 5:

 

            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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