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Barbershop Secrets: Top 10 Tips For The Perfect Chair

March 23rd 2017
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The centrepiece of this world, the barbershop chair is the first thing people look at when they step inside this special salon. While some professionals swear by Takara-Belmont chairs, others pledge their allegiance to those made by Keller. So do you go for the iconic or the mass-produced? Thanks to the help of a few experts, FAB has uncovered the 10 secrets that make a barbershop chair truly worthy of greatness.

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IT NEEDS TO BE EASILY ADJUSTABLE

“All stylists need to work their magic on people of all shapes and sizes, so the chair needs to be as adjustable as possible.” Cody McConnell, Keller representative.

Photo Credits: Instagram / D.O.C Barbearia

THE BARBER MUST BE COMFORTABLE TOO

“The chair needs to let the barber move and stand in a comfortable position… by choosing a chair with armrests and an adjustable back, the risks of anyone getting hurt are hugely reduced.”

Photo Credits: Instagram / D.O.C Barbearia

IT’S GOT TO STAY STABLE, WHATEVER THE CHALLENGE

“Apart from being fixed to the floor, the stylist needs to make sure the foot-rest is large enough and solid enough for his client to sit comfortably.”

Photo Credits: Instagram / Rebel Moustache

IT NEEDS TO BE COMFORTABLE FOR THE CLIENT

“Before you buy a chair, try it out yourself! Sit down, spin around in it… Your clients need to feel totally at ease.”Borche Stefanov, founder of the Design the salon blog

Photo Credits: Instagram / Pankhurst London

IT MUST BE BOTH DURABLE AND SOLID

“A good barber’s chair is an investment that is going to last a long time. We take great care with the quality of the materials we use, like the foam and the mechanisms.”Cody McConnell, Keller representative

Photo Credits: Instagram / Pankhurst London

IT’S GOT TO HAVE A BESPOKE DESIGN

“The ideal barber’s chair has an iconic, timeless design. My advice is don’t hesitate to talk to the manufacturer about personalizing yours.”

Photo Credits: Instagram / Schorem

IT MUST HAVE A HYDRAULIC BASE

“Invented in 1851, the hydraulic pump chair is still an essential part of the barbershop today, more than measuring up to the more recent gas-pump chair designs.” Marvin Church, barber, Washington DC

Photo Credits: Instagram / Thomas William Gentlemen’s Barber

IT’S GOT TO HAVE A STRONG, RESISTANT STRUCTURE

“The chair’s structure is an important factor to consider. Ideally it should have a sturdy wooden base that’s reinforced with steel. A good chair will weigh more than 70kg.” Cody McConnell, Keller representative

Photo Credits: Instagram / D.O.C Barbearia

IT NEEDS TO BE COVERED IN ROBUST, PRACTICAL MATERIALS

“A barbershop chair needs to keep up with the hygienic standards of modern salons. For the seat covering, vinyl is normally the preferred choice, and for the frame stainless steel.”

Photo Credits: Instagram / Les Mauvais Garçons

DON’T SKIMP ON THE FINISH!

“It won’t be durable if the stitching isn’t solid and the design won’t stay classic for long unless you pay attention to the details. It’s things like this that distinguish a handcrafted product from something mass produced.”

Photo Credits: Instagram / Les Mauvais Garçons

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