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I’ve heard that some barbers are having trouble with their UK Andis T Outliners, struggling to get the performance that they expect from them. In order to make sure that you can get the best possible performance from your trimmer, I’ve put together this quick guide that should help you sort things out.

In most cases, issues with the Andis T Outliners are caused by the wrong tension – meaning how tightly the two blades are being squeezed together. Sometimes this tension is in the wrong position, causing the blades to become poorly aligned, and it turn meaning that the clipper just doesn’t cut as it should.

Luckily, this is something that you can fix without having to get a replacement, by performing a tension adjustment on your tool. You’ll need a small Phillips screwdriver, an alcohol or aftershave that will cut away grease, some threadlocker to secure the screw in place, and a cotton bud. Here are the steps:

  • Remove the four screws at the back of the clipper – and make sure you keep them safe while they’re removed!
  • Lay the outliner flat and gently remove the back, being extremely careful with the wires as you do so.
  • Locate the tension spring and tension screw – a hooked shape with a screw running through it sitting directly beneath the blade. Here’s what you should be looking at:

 

  • Turn the screw to adjust the tension spring, bringing it higher until there is a smaller gap showing – generally speaking this should be just slightly more than a slither, as in the picture below, however the most important thing is to find the tension that feels right for you: keep adjusting until it works!

 

  • Now look for a small notch cut away from the arm: rest the black wire here. You’ll also find a mould which should be carefully replaced as you replace the back of the clipper. If the red and white wires are poking out, use your screwdriver to gently tuck them back in.
  • Before tightening the clipper back up, test its performance and see whether you’re happy with the results. Keep testing higher tension until you find the ideal results for your cutting style!
  • Once you’ve found the optimum position, carefully unfold the back of the clipper away – now it’s time to lock the tension in place!
  • Start by using the alcohol and cotton bud to clean the tension spring and tension screw, cutting away any grease or oil that may have built up.
  • Take the threadlocker and use it to form one clean line across the screw. If you ever need to adjust the tension again, you will be able to break this bond with a screwdriver – in the meantime it will hold things securely in place.
  • Once again, replace the wire and mould, fold the two halves of the clipper back together and replace the screws.

Once that has been completed, the final step is simply to wait ten minutes for your threadlocker to set – once that is done you may also want to re-oil your blades. And that’s it: now you’ll be able to get the right performance from your T Outliner!

I know this is an issue affecting a lot of you, as you’ve been letting me know about the problem on Instagram, so I hope this post has been helpful. Want to see more tips and tricks like this one? All you need to do is follow me on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

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Harry Green Gentlemans Barbers Shop: Harry and Rhy Talk Barbering

Double the trouble, double the skill – this time, I sit down with Harry and Rhys of Harry Greens Gentlemans Barbershop in Maldon, to talk to them about their journeys in the barbering industry. Harry started young: from a young age, the barbering industry seemed cool to him every time he went to a local barbershop and in general. “I came out of college when I was eighteen and had nothing lined up,” Harry explains. “My old man sorted out a job for me with a local shop and from there I just kept on moving forward. I went to school to do women’s hair, but it didn’t really click with me, so I sank back into barbering and there you go.”

 

Rhys, funnily enough, began his journey when Harry initially setup shop. He came in to work as an apprentice to Harry when he was turning twenty-four and stuck in a job he hated. “I saw how passionate Harry was about the industry and got in as an apprentice. From there, we’ve had the shop ready within a year and have been building it up collectively.” The true story of two partners in crime!

 

Harry and Rhys both are noted, and praised for, their styling. With an Instagram filled with examples of their work, the two have gained quite a following, especially for newcomers. When asked about their styles, both answer that they take the traditional and give it an urban twist. Clean fades and lines is one example, and the two styles mesh up almost exactly due to Harry’s training. “Doing a bit of women’s hair helped a lot with the techniques,” Harry explains. “We also get loads of inspiration from people like J Fades, amongst others when it comes to styling – you’ve got to stay on top of your game, and learning from other people is a must in the industry.”

 

Both gentlemen take improvement seriously. Harry talks about how he sees going to shows such as the Great British Barber Bash to be a fantastic way to stay on top of his game, as well as network. He and Rhys agree that they are always picking up new information, new techniques at shows, and it does a fantastic job in keeping their styles more than up to standards.

As big as shows are for the both of them, they unsurprisingly quote their greatest moments in barbering as both happening at the Great British Barber Bash: Harry for making it to the final round in the competition and Rhys for all the people who told them how he and Harry inspired them.

 

It is no surprise with all of that in mind that the fantastic duo has plans in the pipeworks for future education opportunities. Harry talks about possibly doing one day workshops or seminars in order to pass on what they have learned to interested parties. “We’ve had people approach us and ask about training and education, and Rhys and I really see ourselves getting more into it in the new year. I think a lot of people could benefit from us doing training courses, and the feedback on the idea has been amazing thus far.” You heard it here, folks, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

Tom Chapman was another person who approached Harry and Rhys, though this time it was not about training, per se. Instead, he wanted them to come aboard the Lion’s Barber Collective, a group of barbers that is based on recognizing mental illness and suicide in young men and helping to understand and prevent it. Harry tells me that there are plans to eventually push it over to the states and claims that it will be an absolutely massive thing in 2016 – another thing to keep an eye on, folks.

 

Given that Instagram has done an amazing job of showcasing their talent, neither of them have a lot of complaints on the platform. “You can’t show off the whole haircut in the picture is a fault, I suppose,” Harry laughs. Rhys is a bit more to the point: “There’s a lot of people who are ready to criticize our work when they don’t have any of their own posted. Its fine, of course, we are here to be criticized, but it is something that can become annoying at times when it’s non-constructive.”

 

On the opposite side, neither of them have a complaint for American clippers. In fact, both of them are exceptionally happy that they have had the chance to experiment with the clippers and hope that they begin to come to the UK more in the coming year. “It’s definitely improved my performance,” Harry admits. “There’s just so much more variety when it comes to American clippers, motors, blades, all of that. If we could get anything more out of UK barbers, we’d definitely want to see more variety!” They advise other barbers out there to definitely give American clippers a go.

Speaking of products, Harry and Rhys comment that they do have their own product line, namely beard oil and salt sprays that are currently in shop only. However, they do have mockups for future t-shirts posted on their Instagram and they are thinking of taking their products to an online shop in the future; 2016 is going to be an interesting year for these two!

 

As for where Harry and Rhys see themselves in the future, it is with big plans in mind: more barber shows and chances to be involved with them as well as getting their plans on educating other up and comers into full swing. As said earlier, 2016 is sure to be an interesting year for this dynamic duo and I, like many others, cannot wait to see what Harry Greens Gentlemans Barbershop does next!

 

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Champ The Barber, Talks About His Charitable Act In Columbia

Some might say it is cliché to call Ian aka Champ who runs Champ’s Barbers, well, a champ! However, on his recent visit to Columbia he spent what should have been a two week  holiday giving back to the poorest of the poor in an extended, four weeks of hard work. Though Champ was born in the UK, his parents originate from Columbia and he holds a very high interest and respect for his culture. His visits usually have him bringing his barber tools to give his family haircuts. This time, they ended up helping him bring the spirit of barber love and brotherhood to those in need.

 

“A lot of them start on the top of the valley, up in the mountain, when they come to Columbia for a new life or to start over, and that’s where the poorest live. There’s not great electricity or water there, so that is where I basically started.” He tells me this as he relates his incredible story: “I started out in those slums, basically going wherever I was needed. The first place was a churchyard and the priest went out and told locals that there was someone willing to cut their hair. I had so many kids coming in. It was challenging, of course – like I said, there was a poor setup for the electricity and with the sun beating down on me, and all I wanted was water.” Champ pauses and smiles a little before he adds, “But it was all about making the kids smile, so of course I had to keep going.”

 

There is no doubt the experience was one that was memorable, and touched his heart. Champ recalls the haircut he remembers the most vividly and how it touched him: “There’s this area under a bridge where there are some fifteen-hundred homeless people living. No one really talks to them and ignore them. I headed down there for a solid day and I remember working on this man who hadn’t had his hair cut in fifteen years – he had so many incredible stories to tell. The people were all banding together to help, and that’s a big part of the culture in Columbia. Even in the disparaged area, even with the violent gang activity right outside your door sometimes, everyone was still trying to band together to help my effort.”

 

Not surprisingly, gang activity occurs even between the various barbers in Columbia. When Champ doubled his efforts to get the other local barbers on board with his idea, many revealed that they were not allowed in certain areas due to rival gangs. “I told them let me take their apprentices, then.” Champ explains, “-and I took the apprentices and got them helping me out. The barbers in Columbia aren’t really up on social media outside of using their Facebooks for personal reasons, maybe. So I showed them some sites to get them more on board with the idea of barber love, life and brotherhood, you know? It’s crazy how successful it was – I had two barbers who hadn’t worked together in two years in the same place, talking and planning with me!”

 

A local Columbia television channel even came out on the last day Champ was in the area and took him to one of the bigger schools in the area. It goes without saying that his efforts and kindness are being recognized more and more. Champ even tells me that barbers in Columbia are starting to take it on themselves to keep doing what he started and it has taken off. Question is: are there any plans for something like his unofficial program in the UK?

 

“We have something in the works for a similar idea in the UK, definitely!” Champ laughs. “I’d like to get more barbers on board, hit the streets of London and Brighton maybe and get some friends on board.” Perhaps the only setback is that Champ doesn’t have an official name for his program or the charity at the time – it hardly seems to need one, though. Might I suggest “Barber Champs”? I’m sure he’ll come up with something more creative soon enough!

 

“I’ll be heading back to Columbia soon, actually. There’s a big barber battle scheduled and they wanted me to be there.” He grins a bit, “A friendly battle, of course!” It wouldn’t be barber life if it were anything but!

 

From his touching experience that were basically impromptu in Columbia, Champ really shines through his own nickname by continuing to pursue this charity idea. His commitment to his vision of what he sees as the meaning of the barber life, barber love and barber brotherhood has become so strong that it not only has inspired would-be enemies to come together but for barbers from all different walks to jump on and come to the aid of those in need.

 

The lesson here is simple: those that put their energy into what they love the most can make a huge difference.

 

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