As a barber, your primary trade tools are your clippers and trimmers. You must keep them in excellent condition so your customer's experience will be memorable, and there will be no need to replace them often.
Clippers and trimmers are quite a big investment for barbers. They can cost anywhere from $99 and go as high as $650 for a set.
So, as a barber, how can you make the best use of these tools? How can you maintain them so they can work optimally for as long as possible? We'll be covering these in this article, so stick around.
How do you know when it is time to service your clipper?
Here are some telltale signs:
So, you're probably wondering how you can service and maintain the quality of your tools? Here's how...
3 Simple Ways To Maintain Your Clipper and Trimmer as a Professional Barber.
Brush Your Blades After Every Cut.
Hair build-up is one of the primary reasons your clipper might not run effectively or even last long.
Accumulated hair between the blades will dull the blades and sometimes cause the blade to pinch your clients' skin during a haircut.
Most clipper sets come with a brush you can use to get rid of hair in your clipper's blades.
Most barbers prefer to use a fade brush as a better alternative to the supplied brush because they are larger, and are more effective at getting rid of hair between the blades.
There are a ton of fade brushes out there. Our top picks are the Gold BaBylissPro Barberology Fades & Blades Cleaning Brush or the Black Andis Fade Brush.
You could also use a new toothbrush to keep your blades hair-free.
Tip: It is essential to brush your clipper after every use!
Use Clipper Cooling Spray
A lot of heat is generated between the blades when used. Using a cooling spray is vital for maintaining your clipper.
Most clipper cooling sprays dissipate the heat from the blades and also disinfect and lubricate your clipper, all at the same time.
The Andis Cool Care Plus 5-in-1 clipper spray is an excellent example of a cooling spray that disinfects, lubricates, cleans, and prevents your blades from rusting.
Oil Your Clippers Regularly
Earlier, we mentioned that hair build-up was one of the principal culprits of clipper damage. The second reason is insufficient lubrication. A poorly lubricated clipper will need to be replaced soon. It is essential to brush and oil your clipper after every use. You can use a product like Andis Clipper Oil which will take less than 30 seconds.
Here's how to do it:
After brushing hair from your clipper, use the 5-point oiling system.
Tip: There are other oil alternatives if you run out of clipper oil. A lightweight alternative to clipper oil is vegetable or olive oil (not the extra virgin oil--it cannot withstand high heat). You can also use oil that comes with other gadgets in your house, as they are similar.
DO NOT use heavier oils like grease, motor oil, and other heavy oils intended for heavy machinery.
It is ideal to have extra bottles of clipper oil so you don't have to use unsuitable oils.
Maintaining your clipper is vital to keeping your clipper running for longer, but as a professional barber, keeping your clipper sanitary is essential for proper hygiene.
Here are ways you can keep your clippers clean
The rule of thumb is that you should do some deep cleaning at the end of every workweek. We recommend every 2-days if you already do a lot of quick cleaning in-between. You can use many solutions for deep cleaning your blades.
To deep clean, the first thing to do is to unscrew the blades off your clipper.
Solutions you can use to disinfect your barbering tools thoroughly:
Note: Do not use water as a substitute for cleaning your clippers. Your blades will rust.
Quick cleaning is done between haircuts. A quick clean is necessary to get rid of hair and dirt and whatever nastiness lies between the blades before using them on another customer.
Remember to lubricate your clipper after every clean and after every use. While the clipper is on, apply some oil, and let it spread out evenly. Taking care of your clipper and trimmer should be a daily part of your routine as a professional barber.
Some of these steps can also clean other tools. Follow these simple steps above, and your clipper and the trimmer will last you a long time.