Product Review: Andis T-Outliner & GTX Outliner.

First review of the year!

In addition to my first clipper review, I figured instead of reviewing another clipper right off the bat, I’d review a trimmer, so the up-and-coming barbers have a better idea as to the variations of tools they’ll need. Pretty damn helpful, if I do say so myself…

So next up, I’ll be reviewing one of the most popular trimmers by Andis, the T-Outliner, as well as the GTX version. What are the exact differences? Keep reading to find out!

Andis is definitely one of the top brands used by barbers. Chances are, if your barber isn’t using an Andis adjustable clipper or detachable, they’re definitely using one of their liners! From my short, yet, pretty consistent career in barbering, I’ve found my preference in trimmers to be with Andis. While I do have some by Wahl, I end up using my trimmers from Andis a whole lot more often and have several kinds. But, today we’re focusing on the T-Outliners, so let’s stick to it!

The typical T-Outliner you’ll find in stores or online is the one with the grey body and maroon flip switch. There’s also the Outliner II which has the square blade, but I’ve gotten used to maneuvering the corners of the T-blade well enough, that I’m not in dire-need of the square blade. But, it’s all preference. The GTX is part of their Experience line, which has very slight yet noticeable differences between the general line and the Experience line.

Body wise: They are identical in every which way…

One difference you’ll notice between the normal liner and the GTX liner is the blade. While identical in-terms of T-blade or square blade, the teeth on the stationary blade is a lot deeper on the GTX blade. This is supposed to allow a better/cleaner feed of hair through to the cutting blade, which is supposed to cut longer hairs a lot smoother without leaving such a blunt cut. And paired with a powerful magnetic motor, you’ll get just that!

The reason I’m more inclined to use this type of trimmer as opposed to Wahl, is because of the motor. Personally, I’ve preferred the cut of magnetic motored trimmers as opposed to the rotary motored trimmers Wahl offers. And if you’ve read my first clipper review, you’ll know my stance on rotary motor clippers! But, magnetic motor trimmers do get hotter, and quicker, so take that into consideration. If you’re new and are taking your time when cleaning the outline of a haircut, check the heat of the blade so you aren’t searing your client by the time you switch sides. This is why you’ll typically see 2-3 of this style trimmer at a barbers station. (As well as blade adjustments, of course, but that’s a post its own.)

I find the strokes to be a lot more powerful and consistent… something a female has yet to tell me… Sigh… in due time… But, sometimes, the strength of the motor isn’t always the case… Sometimes you gotta go in DEEP! Yet another thing a female has yet to tell me… Sigh… in another lifetime, I suppose… [Innuendos end here.]

On my grey T-liners, I’ve adjusted the blade so that the moving blade sits up closer to the stationary blade. Since it doesn’t have the deeper teeth, the feed of hair is very short and not very precise. Having moved the blade forward, I’ve gotten cleaner and more consistent linings. While I don’t mind the way the stock deep-toothed blade cuts, I feel that I’d be a bit more satisfied with a slightly adjusted blade. We’ll play things out and see how it goes!

Since I did adjust my blades, it does mean the moving blade is that much closer to the clients skin! If you’re looking to adjust your liners in the same manner that I did, be careful! If you aren’t cautious, you’ll potentially leave a client with a neckline like this:

Note: This isn’t my haircut nor my mistakes. This is a customer that came in to get his haircut fixed and have what the fuck happened to him figured out! This was his first haircut in America! That’s not how it should be done… Here’s his haircut post Rebel Rouser…

This is the results of a trimmer that’s poorly adjusted and pressed too deeply into a clients nape! This is something you don’t want! You need to take note of both the teeth overlapping or not, as well as the angle you’d hold the clipper post-adjustment. If they’re adjusted and are cutting smoothly straight on, but a slight 15* change in angle may still be cutting too close to the skin. I’ve adjusted several blades throughout barber school as well as in the barber shop, but that doesn’t mean I’m a pro! So don’t just dive in and move your blades around without proper research and testing it on yourself. My thing is, if it hurts your then it’ll definitely hurt anyone in your chair!

Also, if you’re a heavy-handed barber, be very careful with adjusted liner blades, as even too much pressure may cause irritation…

Another difference between the T-Outliner and the GTX edition, is the cord. The GTX has a 3-pronged plug and a much thicker cord. I do feel a bit more of a kick when I flip the switch, but haven’t noticed if it’s the power that changes the cut or the blade.

The thicker cord does add some extra weight to the clipper. It’s surprising how much weight is added to the clipper, making it seem a bit more hefty in your hand than the usual liner. Not a bad thing, as I don’t mind the slight difference, but it’ll definitely take some getting used to. But if you’re a beefcake-heavy-handed barber, it should feel no different-than a triple cheeseburger.

Andis trimmers are my overall favorite trimmers on the market. I just prefer the magnetic motor on them over the rotary trimmers. I find myself going back to “Old Faithful” whenever I feel like having a crispier outline finish, and it never does me any wrong! I’d definitely suggest these trimmers over most on the market for barbers, or even at-home use for facial and neckline clean ups. But, remember, if you’re looking to adjust the blades on your clipper, do your homework first, so you don’t get people crying and bleeding in your chair! Check out the Andis T-Outliner and all of it’s variations, and find out which is the one for you to add to your barbering arsenal!

Now, is the price-point of the GTX liner warranted over the general T-Outliner? That’s dependent on you… They do offer a black version of the T-Outliner, but if you’re looking to pair it with a deep-tooth blade, then you’re pretty much paying the same amount. Do your homework and look for the shops that have the best prices, you can never go wrong with a well priced clipper or trimmer!

Alright, folks. I hope y’all enjoyed my second clipper/trimmer review, and the first one of the year! I hope this helps out you newer barbers, and was entertaining enough for you non-barbers! Until the next time, folks.

Pomp Hard!

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Product Review: Wahl Pilot Clipper.

With several clippers on the market and several more popping up, it’s easy for up-and-coming barbers to get confused as to which one is “best.” In reality, just like pomade, there is no one “best” clipper. There are some you might take a liking to more-so than the others, but ultimately there are no “best” when it comes to clippers. Unfortunately, it’s not at all difficult to compile a list of ‘bad’ clippers. And of course, I do my best to help educate everyone so they don’t have to have a stockpile of ‘bad’ products!

Now, this is my very first clipper review. I do intend on reviewing the more popular clippers, but this one has stood out enough to warrant getting my ass to start reviewing clippers So, time to get on with the show!

Wahl is one of the top companies that makes clippers. There’s no doubt about it. Whether you’ve bought a set of at-home clippers, professional grade clippers or trimmers, or shavers, Wahl is a name most households know. From my personal experience, they’ve offered amazing customer service while certain other brands have not, which keeps me interested in buying their products.

While several of their clippers are nearly identical from the internals machine works to the exterior casing, it’s not hard to buy several of (essentially) the same clipper… and you won’t exactly have any remorse doing so, either! So, when I saw that they had a clipper that stood out from the rest, I told Santa what I wanted and the day following Christmas I had one! For barbers, nothing is more exciting than a new pair of clippers! Well, maybe other than a new client…

Introducing: The Wahl Pilot Clipper.

Just by looking at it, it looks like any other Wahl clipper, with a top casing similar to the Seniors. But, unlike the Seniors, the body is completely made of plastic, so you don’t have the hefty weight. But, that’s not the only thing cutting the weight…

The size!

Aside from just the plastic housing, being 1.25 times smaller than the normal Wahl Senior shaves the weight off the Pilot is considerably lighter, and it fits right in your palm. Get it? Palm Pilot? I think I might be the only barber who got that reference…

This thing definitely feels as light as (if not lighter than some) some trimmers. For you heavy handed barbers, you might need to take it easy with these guys, as the lighter body might have you smackin’ some dudes up-side the head! Shit, if you’re heavy handed and already smackin’ dudes with metal clippers, it ain’t like it’ll be that much worse! Haha. While I don’t mind the weight of metal clippers, it is nice to have something lighter in the hand.

I have some decent sized hands, so they surprisingly fit well in my palm. But, it does leave a sensitive area opened for overly-easy access…

Unlike other Wahl clippers, the power switch is a toggle switch on the bottom of the clipper. For some, this isn’t an issue. But for me and my average man-hands, I often find myself flicking the switch more than I’d like to. One thing I liked about the switch on the Seniors was that it wasn’t like a hair-trigger and actually took some effort to knock the switch to on. With these, the slightest will flip it on. So be aware of that when you take this into consideration.

Blade wise, they come with the standard taper blade found on the grey Seniors and not the surgical blade seen on the 5 Star Seniors or Sterling Reflection Seniors (same thing as the 5 Stars.)

The underbelly of the clipper has a nice little contour to sit a bit more firmly in the palm. Not a bad addition, but not the most necessary in my opinion… But, of course, this is aimed more-so towards stylists with smaller hands…

The notches for the lever are a nice touch to Wahl Clippers. While most barbers are already used to the trigger play with the lever, it is a nice and helpful addition. Nice move, Wahl! But… there’s one problem…

Unlike another brand that has the notches, the notches on the Pilot don’t line directly with the adjustable lever, which may leave some people confused as to where the lever should be…

All the way closed the lever is not aligned to any notch, same goes for all the way opened. But, now there’s 4 notches rather than the typical middle and the in-between notches… So, is this supposed to mean more blending?

Now: The big issue… the motor…

I’ve found rotary motored clippers to give me the most problems. They snag on all types of hair and that isn’t helpful when trying to win over a new client. Trust me, if they get one tugged hair too many they’ll just say ‘FUCK IT!’ and find a new chair to sit in. Not fun. So, does this mean the Wahl Pilot suffers the same fate as other rotary motor clippers?

And the answer is…

Yes… Yes it does… Right off the bat, I found this clipper snagging hair like no other. Of couse, just as right above the clipper blades read, I always keep my blades oiled after every cut. Oiling the blade a bit more after each cut did help to an extent, but even so, all it took was one patch of hair too thick till this clipper got a snaggin’ again. DAMMIT!

I know what you’re thinking: “What type of hair was it?” Simple… The first head of hair it snagged on was thick and the second was fine hair, and it snagged on everything in-between. I found it to even snag on fine blonde hair! NOTHING SNAGS ON FINE BLONDE HAIR!

I do enjoy the way rotary motor clippers cut clipper over comb, but without the guard and straight to the meat – can’t do it. I don’t want to risk losing a client because a clippers performance isn’t up to par. So, this clipper won’t be used for anything under a 0 clip… I had high hopes for this thing too!

If you’re a cosmetologist who doesn’t cut anything below a 1 or a 0 guard, you should be fine with this clipper. But if you dare go down to the meat, I’d highly suggest finding something a bit more powerful, or invest in a few bottles of oil! Because that’s the only thing that will save your clients hair from being snagged, and that’s only if you’re lucky! I did find myself oiling this thing up a good 2-3 times per cut, when I usually only have to oil after a cut or even after every other cut!

But, hopefully someone else will have better results than mine…

Overall: While I do dig the smaller size of the clipper and the lighter weight, I think it needs that magnetic motor to really set things off. Had it had more power so it wouldn’t snag on any hair, I’d probably be able to look past the Like-A-Virgin toggle switch or the extra notch. But the fact that it snags that easily, even after a generous amount of oil, it’s hard for me to recommend this clipper over any other Wahl Clipper. I’ll definitely be keeping this thing around and using it for parts of the haircut after skin and for clipper-over-comb, but aside from that, I’ll be sticking with both pairs of Seniors to do the detail work. Damn shame, too! Especially since a Wahl rep told me the power would be in-between the v5000 and the v9000! Definitely feels a lot weaker than the v5000, that’s for sure!

So, don’t look to switch away from your Seniors, Magic Clips of Super Tapers for the Wahl Pilot. While it’s a fun addition to a clipper arsenal, it’s not the most necessary. I really wanted to love this clipper due to the smaller size and lighter weight, but I can’t look past performance over aesthetic. Performance comes first and foremost when it comes to barbering, at least when it comes to the tools you use.

Well, I hope y’all dug my first clipper review! I’ll definitely be reviewing more since I have better experience with em nowadays. So, stay tuned!

Until the next time, folks…

Pomp Hard!

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas came a little bit early: Part 3

This time, got some killer stuff from across the pond!

Big thanks to Damon the Daimon Barber for some of his pomade! I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about it, so I know I’ll enjoy putting it to good use.

Another big thanks to Justin from Bluebeards Revenge/Dreadnought Shaving products for the shave cream and razor! Definitely came at a good time to use it at the new shop!

New Barber Shop: Captain’s.

Starting this Saturday, Redwood City’s Captain’s Skate Shop will have a soft-opening for their barber shop. Towards the back of the store, there will be three stations set-up. Can you guess who will be occupying one? The hours will be going alongside the retail stores hours, but may change given the demand. I’ll be there starting at 11!

Not only will quality haircuts and straight razor shaves be offered, but there will be quite a variety of pomade to purchase! Of course, I’ll be suggesting some brands to carry. They have quite a few brands to start with, but who said you only have to have a few? Can’t ever have too much pomade!

Here’s a sneak peak:

The shop is located at 2066 Broadway Street in Redwood City. Right in the heart of the downtown area, you can kick back in the shop or grab a bite to eat while you wait. It’s in an area where you won’t mind waiting around for a cut! Trust me, in due time, this shop will have a lot to offer!

So far, I’ll be retaining my Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays at my current spot in San Francisco, but I’ll be available here for Wednesdays and Saturdays. Sundays and Mondays are also available upon request. To book an appointment with me for this shop, shoot me an email at therebelrouser@yahoo.com and we’ll get an appointment figured out.

For the time being, stay tuned on the Instagram page: Captainsbarbers and see how this shop will progress into a killer barber shop in the Bay Area!

Hope to see y’all soon.

Pomp Hard!

Recent Haircuts.

Here are a few more haircuts over the last few months. You can see slow progression from certain cuts, which is definitely something I’m excited to see! Can’t stop won’t stop growing with this profession… Once you start to get complacent or cocky, you’re fucked! Ain’t nobody got time for that type of barber!

Well, folks, I hope you enjoy the following haircuts!

If you like what you see and want to get a haircut from me, you can find me cutting hair at:

The Barber Lounge  (854 Folsom Street, San Francisco) – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9-8 (Last appointment is at 7)
To book an appointment with me, you can call the shop number at (415) 934-0411 or email me directly at therebelrouser@yahoo.com and I’ll fit you in my books!

In the near future, you’ll also be able to find me at:

Captain’s Skate & Barber Shop (2066 Broadway Street, Redwood City) – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
To book an appointment with me, you can call the shop number at (650) 568-1931 or email me directly at therebelrouser@yahoo.com. I’ll also be taking walk-ins!

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Christmas came a little early: Part 2.

Big thanks to Jessica at Lucky 13 for sending me out this killer care-package! The wrap and patches are dope as hell! I’m torn between putting the patches on my kids jacket or something of mine! Of course, she gets first dibs!

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This stuff will definitely be reviewed soon and used on my select clientele!

Stay Greasy and Pomp Hard!

Christmas came a little bit early!

I’m definitely glad to have today off, or else I might’ve had to wait until I got these fine goods in!

Didn’t expect to get every thing in all at once. But hey, I ain’t complaining!

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But, what’s in there???

One package had some Admiral Pomade. Big thanks, Brett!

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Another package had a few products from Anchors Hair Company. Thanks, Benjamin!

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Lastly, the final package was the Star Wax product line. Big thanks, Mark!

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One thing that got me stoked when I opened the packages, was seeing how unique each and every product was, from one another. It wasn’t just the labels, product color, packaging, but the whole package. It’s great to see how much hair product companies are growing and being able to stand out from the other products that have been on the market. They’re definite eye-catchers and I could only imagine how killer it would be to see these on the shelves at a shop… Who knows… maybe I will soon… But, you’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

If you aren’t already, peep my Instagram account TheRebelRouser to see what I’m up to on a daily basis. Who knows, now that I have the means to blog again, maybe I’ll have some Instagram Exclusive giveaways or something… We’ll see…

Until the next time, folks…

Stay Greasy and Pomp Hard!

Pomade Review: Steadfast Pomade

A number of months ago, Cris over at Steadfast Pomade shot me a tub of their pomade. So, clearly, this is a long overdue review! Major apologies, Cris and readers! At the time I was focusing heavily on getting the most out of barbering school by staying all the way through till the end of the night class… You can only imagine how much energy I’d have after being in school from 9am till 10:30 at night! But, I now have the time to give a thorough review, especially since I’ve been able to use it on various hair types! So, lets get back on track with things and start the review!

Spotting Steadfast on your local barber shops shelves isn’t going to be difficult whatsoever. The pomade is packaged in a typical white tub, but the labeling is definitely eye-catching. The nautical themed label brandishes a killer color palette of warm brown, blue and red tones, with the black trim really making the soft-yellow lettered “STEADFAST” pop. And if you aren’t able to spot this on their shelves, it probably means you should tell them to stock it!

Opening it up, you get a whiff of a subtle fresh scented pomade. Most folks will find it refreshing as they’re preferring toned down scents.

Once you see the cool translucent blue pomade, you can kind of figure out the type of hold the product will offer. More-often-than-not, the clearer the pomade the lighter the hold.  And scooping it out proved just that…

One issue I had with Steadfast, was how light of a consistency it was. I wasn’t concerned about the hold, but rather how it’s a little too easy to scoop out. I’ve found myself taking out too much and having to scrape some back off into the tub. While this isn’t too big of a deal, it just makes using it on clients a bit tricky.

But, since it does come out easily, it also means it applies just as easily. Running this stuff through your hair dry is just as smooth as it is if you apply it damp. My thick hair had no trouble with it goin’ on splotchy, nor did my clients with fine hair.

Now, combing this stuff through your hair, thick or fine, is smooth sailin’. THEPUNZ?! Even if you’re combing it through dry hair, you won’t have too much pullin’ goin’ on.

In terms of consistency, it’s a bit lighter than the well-known yellow labeled product. The hold is strong enough to mold a high pomp, and since the product is light, it doesn’t weigh it down whatsoever, allowing you to sculpt a real smooth lookin’ pomp, when applied to damp hair!

Not only does this stuff do justice to my thick and wavy hair, but it also works great on fine hair… Take a look…

This was used on my client Adam, who has fine hair… BUT A LOT OF IT. Applying it to dry hair brings out more of the textured look, and not so much the slick look that you’d get from applying it to dampened hair.

While using it, I didn’t notice any flaking from recombing it dry. While it’s not exactly a recombable product, I didn’t deal with any flaking, which is always a plus! There’s a tiny bit of a glossy finish, so don’t expect a completely matte finish.

Overall, Steadfast is a pretty dope pomade. Not only is it affordable, differently colored, it works damn well! As mentioned, the only draw back I’ve dealt with was scooping out excessive amounts, which is more of a professional issue than an at-home issue. Again, not too big of a deal. If you’re in the market to change things up a bit with your water-soluble pomade market, I’d definitely say take a look into this stuff. Again, big thanks to Cris over at Steadfast, and major apologies for such a late review. But hey, better late than never, right?

Until the next time (which won’t be months away!,)

Pomp Hard!

Barbering: What I’m Workin’ With.

In the world of barbering and cosmetology, there are several tools and implements that are highly favored, some more than others. Companies are always trying to rival their competitors products, which leaves many new comers walking into a beauty supply store with their jaws hangin’ off the floor, and leaving the stores with an empty wallet. Believe me, when I first started, I wanted everything the stores had to offer! Hell… I STILL DO! But, in good ol’ Rebel Rouser fashion, I look to help out cats in predicaments such as this, so you don’t have to waste money, and you can narrow things down to find the right tool & implement for you.

One thing I’m glad to have done(without actually having done anything,) is help motivate some cats around the world take the leap into the world of barbering, themselves. Sometimes, all you need is a little push in the right direction! I’m glad to have unknowingly motivate people to pick up the trade of barbering. So, to help out a bit more, I’ll show you the tools and implements I’ve done my own research on over the last 10 months, so you don’t have to waste money on lower quality tools! I mean, these things are supposed to make you money, so why throw away money on the ones that break?

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