Welcome to the first blog in a series of posts about barber tools, supplies, and equipment. Everyone has heard the saying “You are what you eat”. The same is true for your tools. You are only as good as your tools. It is impossible to give a great men’s haircut without the proper tools. You may get by with a good haircut once in a while with average tools but who wants to settle for good when greatness is possible.
Barber tools fall in to three main categories: Clippers, combs, and scissors. You must have a combination of all three to have a complete kit.
For the clippers we recommend having three. A powerful detachable blade clipper will help you remove a lot of thick hair or wet hair at once. It will also aid in cutting fade haircuts easier because the power will help to avoid leaving lines to blend out. The next clipper will be an adjustable clipper, which are perfect for cutting tapered/faded hairlines. You can easily get 4-5 blade sizes just by moving the lever. The last clipper you will need is a trimmer. This will be used for cutting outlines and shaving neck hair.
We recommend having three pairs of scissors. You will need a smaller scissor for cutting hair over your fingers which should be 5-6 ½ inches in length. A larger scissor is needed for cutting hair with the scissor over the comb technique. This scissor should be 6 ½ -8 ½ inches in length. A longer scissor allows for better control of the hair. The last scissor needed is a 40-44 tooth blending scissor. This will allow you to either blend or texturize the haircut for the perfect finish.
You will need both clipper combs and scissor combs. Your clipper comb should have a handle and the teeth should be smooth so the clipper will not get stuck on the grooves. A medium size and a larger one (flat top comb) will do the trick. You should also have a larger scissor comb for handling a lot of thick hair and a small one (finishing comb) or the fine work around the ears and on the hairline.
With the proper tools and education the sky is the limit.
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