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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