Precision Clipper Cutting #1
Bob introduces you to the basic tools of the trade. He shows and tells you about his:
You’ll learn a very important little ‘secret’ about Oster blades, with length, clipper number. See, when stamping the ‘number’ on their blades, the Oster folks use numbers OTHER than the length the blade leaves the hair, and that can be VERY confusing. But when cutting on this video, Bob tells the Oster number (or ‘name’), AS WELL AS the final-length of hair left from the blade.
- Oster detachable-blade clipper system with 10 attachments
- Wahl adjustable-blade clipper with 8 attachments – the lowest-priced, quality system
- Oster finisher/clipper
- Dark combs and light combs...why use one instead of the other?
- Comb style and model number
- Six different combs
From the Oster equipment, you’ll move on to the Wahl & Andis adjustable-blade clippers and hear them described so that you know EXACTLY what you’re looking at...Do you know who makes attachments that fit BOTH the Andis AND the Wahl clippers? If not…don’t worry, because Bob tells you that secret, too, in “Precision Clipper Cutting #1”.
You’ll see the handy little Oster finisher/clipper – a ‘must-have’ tool for any expert clipper cutter.
Bob takes you through a whole list of tips and tricks that will help you work with different clippers, and work through their most-common problems:
Bob explains that there are two types of clipper cutting:
- how to identify the noise that TELLS you that your clippers need to be adjusted…..then you’ll learn how to make that adjustment!!
- the FIRST thing you should do when clippers don’t cut well. (This simple maintenance procedure not only improves how your clippers cut, but can help prolong the life of your clippers, too!)
- how to adjust the blades on Andis adjustable-blade clippers.
- he tells you that Oster clippers seem to have more problems than adjustable-blade clippers, but the cutting quality from the Oster makes them worth the additional trouble.
- what parts you should keep on hand for your Osters
- how to replace the brushes and the on-off switch if your Oster clippers slow down or even stop completely
- how to clean your Oster blades if you’ve moved too fast through the hair and jammed your blades
- how to align your Oster blades
Direct Contact Clipping
Clipper Over Comb Method
- The bottom of the clipper blade touches the scalp , like the “Buzz Cut”
- Only the TIPS of the blades touch the scalp…blocking sideburns, outlining
When do you use Direct-Contact clipping? When do you use Clipper-over-comb? What is the important skill in clipper-over-comb? Sound confusing? It isn’t confusing at all when you hear Bob explain it and you see it on his video!
- Horizontal Method…comb touches or is near scalp, clipper travels right-to-left or vice versa
- Vertical Method…clipper moves Upward. Comb can be fixed, or stationary
Next, Bob moves on to explain what the ‘grain’ of the hair is. He explains why the grain is so important, why it is hard to determine the grain on some poeple and what the typical grain patterns are. Bob has some excellent diagrams drawn to show these types to you as he explains the growth patterns.
Now Bob gets into the actual cuts. He shows you the:
Buzz-Cut, sometimes known as a ”burr” or “butch". You’ll learn the 5 steps to this haircut. Bob tells you the steps, then goes into the cut and explains point-by-point, blade-by-blade, how to move the clippers through the strokes. He then recaps with the specific blades he used, and where /when he used them.
Ivy League cuts –popular since the 50’s: the Harvard and the Princeton.
- Buzz-Cut variations – Bob explains how you could use different blades to make different versions of the buzz-cut
- Extra-Long Buzz Cut. Again, which blades to use, different clipper manufacturers, different blades, different parts of the head
- 1/2 " Buzz-Cut..starting with a long comb-over on a man with thinning hair. The hair on this man’s lower part grows in several directions…Bob shows you how to move your clippers in different directions to get the hair cut right.
The 3-Blade-Fade. This haircut used to be the “Clipper-All-Around” cut. Depending on how it is cut, some folks today call it “High-n-Tight”. Whatever you call it, it’s a nice short tapered haircut…some cut very short, some longer.
- The "Harvard", the longer of the Ivy League cuts….there are two Harvard cuts. On this first ‘Harvard’ cut, Bob moves along, same as before…which blade, which attachment, how to cut. But then he shows you something special: you’ll learn what gives this haircut the ‘abrupt’ taper that you want on a “Harvard” haircut
- The "Princeton"…a nice short easy-to-care-for haircut. This is a GREAT haircut for folks that have a troublesome ‘stand-up’ cowlick. Before the clippers start you’ll learn Bob’s eight-step standard procedure for the ‘Princeton’…which blade, where to use it. With great diagrams as he explains it all. THEN he moves into the haircut, tells the blade he uses and shows to use it. Bob finishes the ‘Princeton’ with his scissors…If you want to know WHERE he uses the scissors to finish…you’ve gotta watch the video! The first Princeton is cut short. Then a LONG Princeton follows, with a 2”-long top. He finishes up with some still shots of SIX different Princeton cuts as Bob tells you, for each picture, the length of the sides and tops so you can know what you lengths you’ll want to use to get different looks for your clients.
- As before, Bob begins with 5-step chart telling you which blades to use, and where to use them. You’ll learn about a very common mistake to avoid when switching from “direct contact” to “clipper-over-comb” cutting. Bob gives you a tip to help avoid arm/hand fatigue. After you’ve been through with the 1” clippers, why are there still some longer-hairs left and how do you cut them? Let Bob show you why…and how.
- The second haircut is an ‘extra-short’ fade cut…EXTREMELY-short sides and back.
- Third– an EXTRA-LONG 3-blade cut. Bob explains the clippers, the blades, the strokes, then he moves into using his scissors. He explains how he uses his fingers in this scissor work, but he has already told you why earlier in the video. This segment ends with more still shots and Bob telling you which blades he used to achieve the various lengths. There are four of these still-shot examples.