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Barber School Success Part 4 – Keep Your Barber Tools With You At All Times

In this blog I would like to talk about how to be successful in barber or cosmetology school. The tip for this blog is one the most important things you need to do to be prepared for barber or cosmetology school.

Keep your barber tools with you at all times. It’s not a good idea to let your fellow students borrow your tools. What ultimately will  happen is somebody may break your tools, they may forget to bring them to school to give them back to you, or they might not be in school the next day to give you your tools back to you. This will reflect poorly on you and is not how you want to look in front of your instuctors. Your instructors are the ones who will be recommending you to your future employers.

All of your tools are included in your kit for a reason. You never know when you’re going to need them. Make sure you keep them with you at all times, keep them in good condition, and keep them clean. This is going to show your teachers as well as your classmates that you take what you do and your education very seriously. When people like myself and my colleagues come into your school to recruit your teachers are going to put you at the top of their list.

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How To Cut Hair With Clippers – Clipper Blade Maintenance

The most important thing you can do for your clipper blades is to clean them with a blade wash solution. This will disinfect your clipper blades, lubricate them, as well as kill any germs.

At the end of the day after cutting hair, what you want to do is take the clipper, turn it on, and dip just the cutting surface in this blade wash solution for about 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, with the blade still running, lift the clipper out of the solution, turn the clipper on its side, and let all the hair drip out.

This will allow the blase to move back and forth much easier providing a better cut. It’s also going to extend the life of the cutting surface and the length of time in between sharpenings.

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Barber Tools – How To Hold The Barber Scissor

In this blog I would like to talk to you about your barbering scissor, how to hold it, and how it works.

To start out, I’m going to xplaine how to hold the barber scissor. Put your thumb in the thumb hole, not past your cuticle and your ring finger in the ring finger hole somewhere between your first knuckle and your middle knuckle. When you’re cutting just move your thumb and keep your other fingers stationary. By just moving your thumb the cutting blade only will move. This is how the scissor cuts correctly.  If you drop your elbow and hunch over both blades will move causing your barbering scissor to cut incorrectly.

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Barber Tools and Supplies – Proper Barber Comb and Brush Maintenance

Disinfecting your barber combs and brushes is a very important part of your job as a barber. If you do 20 haircuts in a day your barber combs are touching 20 different people. If you don’t clean them properly you will have 20 different hair clippings on them by the end of the day. There is nothing worse than a customer sitting in your barber chair and seeing dirty combs on the counter. As we have discussed in previous written and video barber blogs your customer is forming their opinion of you and the service they are about to receive before you cut one strand of hair.

In between every customer rinse all of your combs that you just used with warm water and soap. Rinse the soap completely off and immerse them in a germicide and disinfectant solution such as hydrocide or barbericide. Make sure whatever you use it kills all germs and diseases including HIV.

When you are going to use the barber comb or brush on the next customer make sure to rinse it off in warm water and dry the comb off. Do not take the comb out of the germicide/disinfectant solution and comb your customer’s hair. The barber comb or brush should be completely dry without any of the germicide/disinfectant left on it.

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Clipper Cutting – Clipper Models, Clipper Companies, Clipper Advice

So you want to become a barber or cut hair like one. What next? First of all you need an excellent barber education. Next, you need to learn about the best barber tools and how to use them correctly.

There are three different types of clippers you will need to be efficient in barbering/men’s haircutting:

1. The detachable blade clipper – This clipper has a strong motor with metal blades that are removable. The advantage of these clippers is they are very powerful and will move through thick wet hair with ease.
They are excellent for fades and tapers. As you use an arcing motion away from the head the blades will still cut avoiding sharp lines of demarcation.
2. The adjustable clipper – An adjustable clipper has a lever on the side that adjusts the blade size. This type of clipper is ideal for tapered hairlines and skin length fades because you are not constantly changing blades. They are also great for clipper over comb or cutting with an attachment on light to medium density hair.
3. The trimmer – This is the clipper you will use for outlining, edging, and shaving the neck and sideburn area. It has a 00000 blade which is the closest cut before using a straight razor. They come with a narrow blade (size of the clipper casing) or a t-blade (wider than the clipper casing)
Recommendations:

In my experience there are three reputable clipper manufacturers. The clippers in each category listed above that I recommend are:

1. Detachable blade clippers – The Classic 76 made by Oster Clippers and the BGRC made by Andis Clippers
2. The adjustable clippers – The Fast Feed made by Oster Clippers, The Master or The Envy made by Andis Clippers, The Designer made by Wahl Clippers
3. Trimmers – The T-finisher by Oster Clippers, The Black Flame or Outliner II with a t-blade made by Andis Clippers

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Barber Supplies, Barber Tools, and Barber Equipment – Part 5: Barbering Scissors Part 2:

The scissor to the barber is the number one tool you need to learn how to use when learning to become a barber. Becoming proficient with your scissor cutting will give you an understanding of the principles of haircutting like no other tools. There was a time not too long ago that the electric clipper did not exist.

In this blog I am going to talk about the thinning/texturizing barber scissor and the purpose of the different number of cutting teeth and handle designs of each. A good barber thinning/texturizing scissor ranges in number of cutting teeth from 15, 28, 40, and 44. Different manufacturers make them with slightly different numbers but these are the standard. The lower the number of teeth the more hair the scissor takes out. The higher the number of teeth the less hair the scissor takes out. The handles vary from a straight, offset, or a swivel grip.

You should have two thinning/texturizing scissors in your toolbox: You need a 28 tooth barber thinning/texturizing scissor for the more textured looks. This scissor can be used for the spikier messier tops and for the teen idol type shaggy haircuts. This barber scissor works best with the scissor over finger technique. The 40-44 tooth thinning/texturizing scissors are ideal for blending out fades, blending areas where the hair texture is different, and areas on short haircuts where the surface of the scalp is not even.

The Barber Thinning/Texturizing Scissor Handle: The least expensive scissor comes with a straight handle. The thumb and finger grip are parallel with each other. Moderately priced barber scissors have an ergonomic offset handle. The thumb and the finger grip are offset with the ring finger grip below the thumb grip. The most expensive barber scissors have an offset grip with a swivel handle. The thumb grip is on a swivel as well as offset giving maximum comfort.

A Quick Note about Barber Thinning/Texturizing Scissors: Using these scissors correctly takes some continuing barber education and practice. It is very easy to take out too much hair and leave holes and uneven areas in your haircuts. These scissors should only be used for blending after you have used your scissor and clipper techniques correctly to blend. These scissors should never be used in place of these steps, only to put the finishing touches on your haircuts when necessary.

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Barber Supplies, Barber Tools, and Barber Equipment – Part 4: Barbering Scissors Part 1:

The scissor to the barber is the number one tool you need to learn how to use when learning to become a barber. Becoming proficient with your scissor cutting will give you an understanding of the principles of haircutting like no other tools. There was a time not too long ago that the electric clipper did not exist.

In this blog I am going to talk about the straight barber scissor and the purpose of the different lengths, handle designs, and cutting edges. A good barber scissor ranges in length from 5-8 ½ inches. The handles vary from a straight, offset, or swivel grip. The cutting edges can have a smooth, lightly corrugated, or heavily corrugated edge.

Length of Barber Scissor: The shorter scissor ranging from 5-6 ½ inches are ideal for the scissor over finger technique when layering hair or the blade on skin technique when cutting the bangs or the outline of the haircut around the ear and on the back of the neck.

The Barber Scissor Handle: The least expensive scissor comes with a straight handle. The thumb and finger grip are parallel with each other. Moderately priced barber scissors have an ergonomic offset handle. The thumb and the finger grip are offset with the ring finger grip below the thumb grip. The most expensive barber scissors have an offset grip with a swivel handle. The thumb grip is on a swivel as well as offset giving maximum comfort.

Different Cutting Edges for the Barber Scissor: A straight smooth edge is ideal for layering freshly shampooed hair. A barber scissor with a light corrugation is ideal for the scissor over comb technique on freshly shampooed hair. A heavy corrugation is ideal for dry cutting scissor over fingers or scissor over comb.
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Barber Supplies, Tools, and Equipment – Part 3: Getting the most out of the Adjustable Clipper

Throughout my career as an educator I have taught at barber and cosmetology schools hundreds of times. I was teaching at a new school last week and I was demonstrating a tapered neckline with an adjustable clipper. I was using the terminology opening and closing the blade and I received 2 questions I have not heard before. What does opening and closing the blade mean? And, what is the lever for?

This was a surprise to me as I assumed all students were familiar with an adjustable clipper. This particular school does not have an adjustable clipper in their kit so I feel it is very important that I cover this topic in detail.

The lever adjusts the length of the blade. When the lever is pushed toward the cutting blade it is called closing the blade and will cut the hair shorter. As the lever is pushed away from the cutting blade it is called opening the blade and will leave the hair longer. There are also a few lengths in between depending on the make and model of the clipper which makes the adjustable clipper ideal for skin/bald fades and tapered outlines.

Stay tuned for “Getting the most out of the Adjustable Clipper (continued)” where I will cover the benefits of using this clipper for the clipper over comb haircutting technique.

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Barber Supplies, Tools, and Equipment – Part 2: How to avoid leaving razor burn with your trimmer

Razor burn left on the neck after giving haircut can seriously hurt your customer satisfaction and retention rate. It is an extremely important issue that needs to be addressed early on in your barber education as you learn how to cut men’s hair.

Let me explain what I mean by razor burn. It can be as slight as a light red mark left on the back of the neck or as severe as bright red marks with broken skin. The more sensitive the skin the worse it gets.

Fortunately there is an extremely simple solution. First, you must understand how a clipper blade is designed to cut hair properly. There are two blades. One is stationary (does not move) and the other is mobile (moves back and forth). The stationary blade picks up the hair and holds it and the mobile blade (also known as the cutting blade) moves back and forth and cuts the hair.

Now you understand how the blade works but how do I avoid the razor marks? The answer is very simple. DO NOT drag the clipper in a downward motion after making the outline. Turn the clipper around and shave the hair in an upward motion. This way the hair will feed into the clipper blade properly. The stationary blade will pick up the hair and the mobile blade will cut it.

If you still are unsure look at your trimmer closely. Notice how close the cutting blade is to the stationary blade. Even the lightest pressure to the skin will expose the skin to the cutting blade causing the different levels of razor burn. Experiment by touching your finger to the blade and press down LIGHTLY and you will see what I mean.

I can’t stress enough the importance of learning this lesson early on in your barber education. This one simple yet important tip will increase your customer satisfaction and retention levels in a BIG way.

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Haircutting Techniques Part 1 – How to cut hair when it is too short to short pick up with your fingers

Many times when beginning a career in barbering or men’s haircutting the barber or cosmetologist will struggle the most in one particular situation. This is when giving a haircut the hair is too short to pick up with your fingers and the desired length is to be left longer than using the largest clipper attachment. Now what? or a look of confusion is what I get from the student. In my opinion this is where the truly talented are separated from the average.

There are two haircutting techniques that are used in this situation. The first one is called scissor over comb. This haircutting technique is when the comb slowly moves through the hair picking it up and the scissor held in the opposite hand opens and closes quickly cutting the hair. This is the oldest technique in barbering. (Yes, there was a time when the electric clipper did not exist.) With time and practice this technique will become second nature and you will start using it on longer hair instead of picking it up. You will find this haircutting technique to be much more efficient as well as more accurate than picking up the hair in many sections.

The second haircutting technique is clipper over comb. This works the same as scissor over comb except you are using a clipper. I recommend using an adjustable clipper or detachable blade clipper but never a trimmer. The trimmer is not powerful enough and the blade is too fine causing clipper lines in the haircut. Another benefit too this technique is you can begin the taper around the outline of the haircut after you finish each section. This will drastically increase the efficiency of your haircutting without increasing your hand speed. It is extremely important that the customer never feels like you are rushing them out of your chair.

This is the first blog of a multi-part series on men’s haircutting techniques.

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