Category Archives: hair dressing

GrabHair : Making Waves With A Clip

Lately, I came across one nostalgic “primeval-looking” gadget at a barber’s shop –  I believe the proper name is “Wave Clip”.

I remember hairdressers of old-time perm parlours used these to clip on bunches of hair on their customers’ heads, as part of the process to create wavy forms.  Oh yes, my late Mum also had half-a-dozen of these in a drawer of her dressing table.

It seems that these awesome (and fearsome-looking) grippers have fallen out of fashion these days, and no modern lady wants to be even seen in possession of the GrabHair thingy.

By the way, when I was much younger, my barber too used such a clip to grab a chunk of my hair at the sides of my head, so that he could do a clean trim. Maybe that was due to my “back-comb” style.

A Hair Razing Experience

Haha, the manual clipper that was the barbers’ signature tool of the trade.   I have not seen one-in  40 years.

Hard to forget that ‘tek-tek-tek-tek’ sound as the skillful hand of our favorite ‘Haircut Uncle’ clasped and released the movable handle of the tool repetitively, and guided the clipper  through hairy trails on each head.

It must have taken between 200~300 clips to groom each customer — depending on whether it was the steppes or equatorial rainforest.  Quite tiring indeed.  Anyone heard of “barber’s fingers” ailment ?

With the advent of electric clippers, it now sounds like a mini lawn mower buzzing from ear-to-ear around my head. But for a novice barber, the learning curve might be gentler.  Efficiency, however, has risen  a million-fold…much like a farmer with a sickle versus a combine-harvester.