Guest Barbering (11/18 & 11/19 CHI)

Truly blessed and thankful for everyone in my life. I will be guest barbering at New Barbershop (2025 N Damen) today and Jesse’s Barbershop (4851 W Irving Pk Rd) on Monday. Each day booked up within the hour of each day. Truly thankful. Big thanks to both shops allowing me to be a guest. 👏🏻💈

This is Jesse… he was the first barber I met in Chicago officially during my second rodeo through Chicago. It took about 3-4 haircuts with him until I told him I “use to” be a barber. At the time I was working in advertising and marketing. It took almost a decade (maybe a decade and half?) to finally work next to him in his beautiful shop at Six Corners. It’s been a pleasure sir. 

In Remembrance: Johnny Lopera

When I first met @johnnylopes from Cigar City Barbershop more than a few years ago, I drove a few hours while vacationing with my wife’s family to meet this guy. Upon arrival, I was lost standing outside a giant old cigar factory. That day I would never forget as Johnny was excited to meet one of the guys he said he looked up to in the barbering industry and I blushed for the first time. Johnny taught me a very valuable thing in life that day… “stop calling your customers, customers. Take that next step and make them your clients”. This kid right out of barber school teaching me something as important as this. What a prick! but ever since then, I loved this kid more and more every week. Johnny was in some way my best barber friend across the country. We spoke all the time about business and he was always trying to get me to move to Tampa. I told him I was the worst Mexican ever as I sweat at anything over 60 degrees. I was excited for Johnny as he remodeled his house, had a beautiful family, moved his shop and we texted back and forth on layouts and POS systems. You were on fuckin’ vacation and came played a charity kickball with me in Chicago. Today is a nightmare and I wish I could of said goodbye my friend. Gonna miss you. Truly am. Blessed to have known you in my life sir. @ Cigar City Barbershop

We miss you Johnny!

Know Your Tools and the Right Motor For the Job

The Right Motor

I’ve been using Andis tools since the dawn of my first step into the barbering industry. My first introduction to Andis was a set of Master clippers that I received during barber school in 2003-2004, which was the only set of clippers provided by the school in our kits.  Like the difference between a Honda and Harley Davidson motorcycle, you feel the difference. Not to say either is wrong, but it’s a preference of choice on how it feels, handles, and works.

What I love about Andis is that Andis tools utilize expertly developed motor technology designed to complement the application, ensuring maximum performance. When you handle an Andis tool, it like holding a piece of machine in your hands and makes you feel unstoppable. The question isn’t so much which clipper motor is best? Instead you should be asking which motor will suit my cutting needs for the job in front of me.

What is a Magnetic Motor?

Reliable Power & High Blade Speed

Magnetic motors are one of the most inexpensive clippers on the market. The clippers run at a high speed resulting in smooth cuts, which makes it great for dry cutting in more traditional barbering. Light textures of the hair will feed and cut well with magnetic motor clippers. With less moving parts,  magnetic motors are so simple, (and yet reliable) and the longest lasting of all the motors on the market. A magnetic motor literally  consist of a spring and an electomagnet working in tandem to vibrate the blade back and forth which makes it great for tapering and beard trims. How do you know if it’s magnetic!? You will hear a clicking noise when you turn it on! Keep in mind even though magnetic motors run at high speed, it will have a lower blade torque.

Magnetic Motor

Pivot Motors

High Power & Lower Blade Speed

Pivot motors have a lower blade speed than magnetic motors but are twice as powerful in blade torque. Higher blade torque makes pivot motors great for  cutting thick or heavy hair and great resource in wet cutting.  Very similar to magnetic motors but pivot motors uses two electromagnets and no spring. This added power makes cutting through wet hair a breeze. Pivot motors are whisper quiet, cool running and long lasting and ideal for everyday cutting by a professional.

Pivot Motor

Rotary Motors

High Power & High Blade Speed

Rotary motors are the engine behind the most powerful clippers on the market  (often used in Dog and Horse grooming as well) and comes in AC and DC powered units. Rotary motors have an equal amount of power and blade speed and often with the ability of using multiple blade speeds. Their balance between power, speed, size and weight makes them extremely versatile and perfect for heavy-duty cutting and removing bulk. However keep in mind, many DC rotary motors are cordless (powered by batteries), the DC rotary motors are little less powerful than the AC motors but gives you the freedom of cordless.

Rotary Motor

Guest Barbering (5/4 & 5/5 PGH)

Just a reminder, I will be out of @ironheritagesupplyco The first week of May and I will be guest barbering at Graham’s Barber Shop in Pittsburgh!!! Head over and schedule a haircut, beard trim or shave now at @grahams_barber_shop 💈 hope to see you guys soon!!! 💈