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The 2018 essential barber tools: what you need & how much you should charge

Lauren Rae
by Lauren Rae
Published on 6 February, 2018

barber's tools

An art form in its own right, barbering well demands a number of tools.

From the hair clippers to the T-blade trimmers, it pays to have the best barber tools. But where to start?

Lucky for you, we’ve singled out the top-notch products every serious barber should have in his tool kit in 2018.

Clippers

When it comes to clippers, you want versatility. It’s a good idea to keep a varied set so you can maneuver comfortably. For your detachable clippers, we recommend the detachable ‘Oster 76 Classic.’

Most of the barbers we talk to like also having a cordless adjustable pair of clippers for those harder to reach places; they recommend The Wahl Cordless Magic Clip.

If you’re after a trimmer that specialises in close-cutting, check out the Andis T-Outliner Trimmer. Its powerful magnetic motor has carbon-steel blades and is ideal for fades, outlines and dry shaves.

Bristle Brushes

A good brush is one that both combs and conditions, and also doesn’t tug on your clients’ hair.

A boar bristle brush in particular has a number of benefits making it the ideal choice for a barbershop. It naturally conditions hair, improves its texture, reduces frizz, and stimulates the scalp. A lot of the time it does enough that you don’t need to apply any product to give your clients’ hair shape.

The Sibel Classic 74 Hair Brush is 100% boar bristle and available on Amazon for £5.95.

a barber doing his job

A Close Shave

For a closer shave and an enviably sharp trim, you’ll need a straight edge razor.

The Equinox Straight Edge Razor is just £15 a pair, making them quite the steely steal.

For a close cut, every barber needs an array of different shears in their toolkit. One for blending and texturizing, a pair of smaller scissors and a pair of heavy duty shears. To this end, Equinox have also created a range called the Equinox Razor Edge, which you can buy for fewer than £25.

Blow Dryer

Driers can be expensive, but the cheap ones wear out quickly with repeated use.

Coming in at 2000 watts, the BaBylissPRO Ceramix Xtreme Dryer protects your clients’ coiffures from heat damage with an adjustable temperature setting, so you can customise the heat for the job at hand.

Finishing Touches

Let’s start with the ending: the hot towel.

While many barbershops heat their towels in whatever’s available (a microwave etc.), why not invest in a gadget that does the job proper?

The Skinmate Compact Hot Towel Cabinet warms each towel to the perfect temperature while you tend to your clients, so you never have to miss a beat (or shave a microwave with a towel) again.

The best barber tool: charging the right price

At UENI, we’ve built more than a million websites for small business owners throughout Europe. All this data gives us a lot of insight.

We’ve put together the average cost-per-cut by country for you, so you can make sure you charge enough for your services.

Because knowledge is the best tool for any business:

infographic about the average cost of a haircut in Europe

Lauren Rae
Lauren Rae
Lauren studied journalism to be the next Wilhelmina Slater (but perhaps with a less diverse wardrobe). Lauren is an expert on all things style. Her work features on Cosmopolitan, Elle Magazine, and Refinery 29, among others.
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