Cut by @marcusph333
B.O.M: Do you prefer cutting in the shop or on the road?
B.: Well, nothing against cutting in the shop, but I love being on the road. I make sure it’s worth my time by doing business with people that can afford my rate. When you deal with an industry that travels a lot, having a steady barber just makes their life easier. In a shop, a lot of the pricing for a haircut is based off of a national standard or the area you live in. On the road, I could cut 15 or 16 heads for two or three hundred a piece; depending on the job.
B.O.M: Who or what influenced you to be a barber?
B.: It was the one thing I knew I was good at; early on. It came natural to me, and the more I cut the better I got. I liked the fact that it was something that people would always have a need for. Cutting hair gave me structure and before I knew it, I had clientele.
B.O.M: Did you ever have a problem getting your money with everything going on out there?
B.: Of course I would never say yes to that question. Out of all the people getting paid, I knew I was last on the totem pole; but I understood my position. I knew out of all the millions that were being negotiated around me; my few grand could get overlooked now and then. In the meanwhile, I was on G5 jets , living life and having experiences of a lifetime. So sometimes my money came late, but they always took care of me
B.O.M: What tools did you keep with you to get the job done?
B.: I had to have my main pair of (andis) outliners, you know; the go-to pair. You have to take care of those at all times, especially while on tour, it’s all about that shape up man. I also had some Oster Fast Feeds, a 1 ½ inch metal guard, a fade brush, and a couple of backup clippers; just in case my main ones got hot.
B.O.M: How did you determine the rate you charged them for your services?
B.: For the N.B.A, I charge by the player. For Y.M.C.B, I had an agreement with their manager Tez. But then I started cutting so many people that he had to put a cap on
it to make sure he stayed within the budget.
B.O.M: How did you manage to save money while being surrounded by temptation?
B.: I never really had to spend any money. I basically became part of the team. They took care of my room, any parties I was V.I.P, I had limo service at my convenience. Pretty much anything they had access to, I had access to.
B.O.M: Were you mainly cutting in hotels?
B.: I was mainly in hotels with the Cavs, but with Young Money I was backstage most of the time. The lighting was pretty good in those rooms, plus there were make-up artists and other stylists in there too. There was a time I had about 8 of the Cavs in hotel suite waiting for haircuts. I had my chair in the bathroom, music playing while I’m cutting hair. Everyone was in the main room of the suite just chilling, joking around and having a good time. That moment reminded me why I love what I do.
B.O.M: Thanks for the barber love and continued success!
True Skills Barbershop Gives Back:
If you had to choose between getting gas for your car and feeding your family, which would you choose? This is the concern of 36% of Americans nationwide. Organizations such as Hunger In America and more locally Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) rely on volunteers to package food for families daily. On November 19, 2014 the team from True Skills Barbershop (TSB) of Marietta, Ga. decided to give back in a major way by volunteering at ACFB.
ACFB has a sector of community service called the Product Rescue Center. This gives volunteers the opportunity to help package all types of perishable and non-perishable goods to be sorted for quality and packaged for dispersal. Each item is inspected for quality; from the checking of the expiration date, to the nutritional value. In addition there is up-tempo music being played while there and experienced staff on hand to make the process goes by with ease and pleasure. In the middle of the community service time volunteers are able to be further educated on the impact that food banks across the nation have on families in need.
As a team, TSB was able to sort 11,137 pounds of food of which 9,280 people can be fed with. At ACFB if there are no volunteers, there is no food packaging. In closing, with the help of one person at a time the world can be made into a better place and help end hunger. For volunteer information please visit www.acfb.org for local opportunity or www.feedingamerica.org to find opportunity near you.
by Lori D. Johnson
If you are new to the barber industry or an established veteran, there may be a time when you second guess your shop choice. Here are 7 reasons that you may want to leave….
1. Booth rent or commission fee is too high-If at the end of the week, all you have is your booth rent and enough for a happy meal; it may be time to leave.
2. No walk in traffic- If you come to work everyday and market yourself for a month and you still have not seen a walk in; it may be time to leave.
3. Too many barbers- If your shop looks like the DMV at the first of the month…. If you been at your shop for 6 months and you still don’t know half of the barbers in your shop names…
4. Shop atmosphere is negative-If you feel like you have to be armed when you go to work… If you co-workers constantly steal your products and equipment and yo are afraid of getting shanked when your back is turned…
5. Shop location sucks… If Google Maps asks you “Where the hell is that” when you put in your shop address… If you haven’t seen a new house, apt, store, or school being built in your area in the last 3 years….might be time to leave
6. Haircut prices are too low.- If $5 Fridays is the standard in your shop… RUN from your shop
7. The shop owner has no clue….- If the shop owner thinks its a good idea for you to pay booth rent twice a week…..
Think about you shop choices. It’s a career, not a hustle.
Clean clippers are critical in proper hygiene and customer satisfaction. Taking the extra steps to properly maintain your clippers will help prevent the growth and transfer of bacteria from one customer to the next. To ensure that each customer leaves without irritated hairlines, infected razor bumps, or other skin disorders, take
the necessary precautions. A bad reputation getting around about you having “dirty” clippers will be hard to live down. One minute of your time between haircuts is well worth the trouble. Spend the money and take the time for yourself, your equipment, and your customers.
There are numerous multipurpose products on the market that act as an all-in-one clipper blade disinfectant, coolant, and lubricant, such as Wahl’s Blade Ice, Andis’ Cool-Care Plus, Oster’s Clean N’ Care, Laube’s Mr. Lube N’ Cool, Clippercide’s Aerosol Spray, etc. Although these products are useful to keep on hand during a busy day, proper manual cleaning and maintenance is indispensable.
Between Each Client
• Brush off your clippers with a clipper brush, such as Wahl’s H-42 Clipper Brush, to remove hair from the clipper, clipper parts, and blade. It’s not necessary to remove blades, but it is important to use a brush specifically designed for clippers to avoid damage to the blade. Your clipper brush should also be sterilized regularly with a disinfectant.
• Disinfect your clippers with a spray cleaner, such as H-42’s Virucidal Anti-Bacterial Clean Clippers, which allows you to clean and lubricate without removing your blade. Be sure to use one that is said to kill the HIV-1 virus and dries quickly to prevent mildew from forming.
• Between every three to five cuts, apply a lubricating oil on your clipper blade and moving parts to prevent rust and blade deterioration. Place one drop on the blade teeth and rail, moving the blade back and forth to work it in. Hold the blade upside-down so the oil can run through the blade, then wipe off excess with a clean, dry cloth. “Less is more” is a good rule of thumb when applying oil on your clippers. Usually, any brand of clipper oil will work with all brands and/or models of clippers, unless otherwise stated on the label.
Once a Week
• Dip your clippers in a virucidal cleaner, such as Mar-V-Cide or Barbicide. Leave your clipper in the solution for about 15 to 20 seconds, then wipe off excess and apply some oil on the blade.
• Remove your blade to check for rust or build up.
Once a Year
• In order to keep your motor running at maximum potential, and to prevent electric shorts, you should completely disassemble your clipper once a year. The most important step is to lubricate the inner parts of your clipper, but you should also check for worn or damaged parts and product build up or hair. Remember, you can hire a clipper repair technician to do this if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself. If your clipper isn’t worth this extra effort, buy a new one.
Establishing a routine with your clipper cleaning is very important. Your customers will appreciate all the precautions you take. The reward is years of loyal customers that are clear of any infections and skin irritations. Safety is crucial to the health of the professional and the client.