Today you going to learn how to oil hair clippers for best performance And long Life I am addressing questions I get from clients who say their hair clippers or trimmers are not working correctly. The hair clippers seem hot and the blades dull or discolored. Upon investigation, I‘ve found the culprit: many barbers are not familiar with HOW TO OIL HAIR CLIPPERS!
On my new video @larrythebarberman, I use an Andis T Outliner to demonstrate proper oil hair clipper
procedures and talk about why they are so important.
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How To Oil Hair Clippers: Coolant and Disinfectants Are NOT Hair Clipper Oil
First, people mistake COOLANTS and DISINFECTANTS for clipper oils. Let’s be clear right now: These products are NOT oil and do not take the place of hair clipper oil. They may contain a drop or two of oil, but they are mostly water, meaning they have a lower viscosity than clipper oil and will not lubricate the blades sufficiently.
I see far too many barbers who, when I ask them to show me the oil they are using, produce the little tube that comes out of the box with brand new clippers! That tells me immediately they are neglecting basic maintenance. That little tube shouldn’t last more than a few dozen cuts AT MOST since you should be adding two or three drops of oil to your clipper blades after each use.
With improperly lubricated blades rubbing against each other at a rate of 6,000 oscillations a minute, friction will produce tremendous heat, turning the metal black or blue and wearing out the blades much sooner than you expect. Imagine running your car on just a few spoonsful of oil; the engine would break down in no time! Many barbers are doing the equivalent with their very valuable clippers and trimmers.
Ironically, clipper oil is much cheaper than coolant or disinfectant, so in addition to misusing those products and possibly shortening the life of your clipper, you may be spending more than you need to!
How to oil hair clippers: You must oil hair clippers regularly, but it only takes a minute or two
After each haircut or every two haircuts at most, take one minute and properly oil your hair clippers. Here’s how:
1) Disinfect your clipper with disinfectant. I suggest you USE TISSUE PAPER instead of a towel to wipe the disinfectant from the blades since you can quickly toss a tissue to the bin, whereas a towel will gather hair, gunk, and disinfectant and will need a thorough cleaning before you can use it again.
2) Clean out the blades. Any brush will do, but I always USE A TOOTHBRUSH. After all, blades have teeth, too! A toothbrush is just the right size and stiffness to get the job done. I suggest using a PIPE CLEANER get between the blades, pushing out dirt and gunk.
3) Apply three drops of oil. With the clipper clean and running, apply one drop of oil at each end and one drop in the middle. Tilt the clipper to and fro to allow the oil to distribute evenly.
DO NOT use a solid, single line of oil across the blades. That is much too much! Over-oiling will cause hair, oils, gunk, and goo to stick to the blades, making your clipper or trimmer hard to work with and unsanitary.
NOTE: Some people put a drop-down the track, and that’s fine, though I don’t think it’s necessary.
4) Let the clipper run while you wipe it down with a tissue. Toss the tissue away and – congratulations! You have a properly-oiled tool ready to give you thousands of great cuts!
You can see me demonstrate these techniques on my YouTube @larrythebarberman.
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Please enjoy, and ‘til next time, happy barbering!