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Old 05-12-2003, 06:28 AM
Blown & Injected Blown & Injected is offline
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The blue stuff barbers put the comb in

OK, they use it, I believe, to keep things hygienic. Now what about the all the other things they use? I was thinking about it while I was getting the hair shaved off the back of my neck after, a cut, with the electric clippers. This thing digs in to me more than the comb does and they all seem to just toss the thing into the drawer after use.
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Old 05-12-2003, 06:47 AM
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'Barbicide' - I've seen it there on the counter, but I've never seen them put something in or take it out; maybe it is just for show.
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Old 05-12-2003, 07:59 AM
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Ditto on the barbacide.
one of the places i get my haircut keeps all the clippers in a room seperate room, adn the assistants go get the one they want. maybe they have them all in barbacide out back or something.

i've never seena nything sitting in it either. and i remebr the bottle used to be full to the same level every time i went. maybe a jar lasts exactly a month, and so i always saw it at the same lever. Doubtfull.
me think it's for show.

p.s, i've had the top of my ear mulched by a mental hairdresser, she didnt notice till it started bleeding.(clippers)
grrr.
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Old 05-12-2003, 08:15 AM
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Barbacide? You mean they use it to kill barbers?

Barbaric!
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Old 05-12-2003, 08:18 AM
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Google is your friend...
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BARBICIDE is an E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) registered hospital disinfectant for all salon tools and is used by thousands of hairdressers in the U.S.A. and Europe.

It is Germicidal, Fungicidal, Virucidal and Pseudomonacidal. Kills H.I.V. - 1 (A.I.D.S. Virus) herpes, ringworm, staph and numerous other pathogenic organisms. Disinfects scissors, combs, brushes and salon surfaces. Metals can be immersed for hours without rusting. Makes a clear blue solution with a pleasant fragrance and is fully biodegradable.
From here.
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Old 05-12-2003, 08:30 AM
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From here.
Thank you. That was not the question
Did you read my post?
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Old 05-12-2003, 09:27 AM
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Barbacide? You mean they use it to kill barbers?
No, it is for the humane disposal of disproportionate plastic fashion dolls.
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Old 05-12-2003, 09:35 AM
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Sorry, perhaps I misunderstood your question. I thought you were asking if they used the stuff to disinfect some things and not others (and if so what they disinfected the other stuff with) and the link seems to imply that they use it for everything. Or have I not had enough coffee yet?
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Old 05-12-2003, 09:40 AM
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I usually go to places like Supercuts for my haircuts because whenever I find a nice local barber I like, he immediately retires.

Anyway, at chain places like those, they almost always spray something onto the clipper blades before using it on someone new. The last time I paid attention to it, it was an aerosol can of "Oster Spray Disinfectant".

You can buy it online if you google for it. I have no idea what it contains, but apparently not only does it kill infectious agents, it also helps prevent mold and mildew on your clippers, which for some reason gives me the willies (mold that can grow on metal clipper blades? yikes!)
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Old 05-12-2003, 10:49 AM
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Gonna hijack this thread a bit. I read a piece about the guy who invented the stuff. He lived in Queens, IIRC, and got hair nits and other assorted hair and scalp maladies when he was a tyke going to public school. He invented Barbacide to help prevent others from going through what he did.

He mixed up the first batch in his bathtub or in a stewpot or something equally homespun. The blue dye was purely a cosmetic touch to convey a medicinal aura, I believe. The same family still makes Barbacide in a small Queens plant.
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Old 05-12-2003, 11:58 AM
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B&I: Getting back to your OP question--my uncle, who's a barber, never just throws things back into the drawer when he's done. He has a "sterilizer"--a metal box with two "bug-zapper" lights inside. The heat and UV radiation are supposed to kill off any infection or nits that are still on the combs, clippers, etc. I guess it works. I haven't taken a close look at it for a while, so I don't know who manufactures it or much of its detail.
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