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Man invents way of cutting your own hair using clippers and vacuum

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Man invents way of cutting your own hair using clippers and vacuum

Man invents way of cutting your own hair using clippers and vacuum

An inventor has come up with a bonkers way of avoiding queues at the barbers - by cutting your own hair using a clippers and a vacuum cleaner.

Dr Phil Green, 54, has previously been nominated for a European award - and has now put his expertise to use during lockdown.

He was attempting to give his own locks a trim at home when he realised he could make use of a household item.

Phil grabbed his vacuum cleaner and began using it pull hair away from his head to cut it - before getting even more creative.

He discovered that he could go one step further and attach clippers using hot glue - and snip his hair with one hand.

Phil, from Rugby, Warwicks., has been using his creation to keep his hair tidy during the coronavirus pandemic - and said anyone could give it a go.

Phil said: "It's been a common thing during lockdown - everybody needs to cut their hair.

"I started off trying to do what other people were doing and emulate a hairdresser by using two hands.

"Then I thought: 'Well, I've got clippers - maybe they will be easier?'.

"But I had to work out how I could efficiently get my hair away from my head.

It was difficult to coordinate.

"So I then thought: 'If I can attach the clippers to the vacuum cleaner...'

- and that's what I did!

"Anyone can do it - absolutely.

"I did it by chopping down one of those attachments on a vacuum cleaner - for tight spaces - and hot glueing clippers to the side.

"I then added a tie wrap to it, and that was it.

"You don't need anyone else.

You can just use one hand." Despite his ingenious invention, Phil said he will be going back to the barbers from July 4 to support local businesses.

But he thinks he could be onto a winner with his creation - and encouraged professionals to give it a go.

He said: "I'll go back to the barbers when they open.

They need support as a business.

"But [the invention] would be cheap to design and mould.

"A barber could use it if they were just cutting someone's hair with clippers.

They wouldn't need to sweep up afterwards, either.

"I can't patent it now because it's public information.

But that also means nobody else can patent it." Phil was previously shortlisted for a European Inventor Award in 2019 alongside Richard Palmer after coming up with D3O.

A flexible material which stiffens on impact, it has been used in many areas including protective clothing and mobile phone cases.

Phil is also a senior lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering at Coventry University.

He said: "It was an honour to be shortlisted.

D3O has gone into lots of things, like body protection for snowboarders.

I've even got a mobile phone case made from it.

"I've always had an inventive mind, from an early age.

"I used to spend ages taking things apart.

Over the years I have turned that around - and now I assemble things." Phil added that he is currently working on several patents - including a glass which lights up in the dark so you can drink water during the night.

He has a long-term partner but is unmarried, and has no children.

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An inventor has come up with a bonkers way of avoiding queues at the barbers - by cutting your own hair using a clippers and a vacuum cleaner.

Dr Phil Green, 54, has previously been nominated for a European award - and has now put his expertise to use during lockdown.

He was attempting to give his own locks a trim at home when he realised he could make use of a household item.

Phil grabbed his vacuum cleaner and began using it pull hair away from his head to cut it - before getting even more creative.

He discovered that he could go one step further and attach clippers using hot glue - and snip his hair with one hand.

Phil, from Rugby, Warwicks., has been using his creation to keep his hair tidy during the coronavirus pandemic - and said anyone could give it a go.

Phil said: "It's been a common thing during lockdown - everybody needs to cut their hair.

"I started off trying to do what other people were doing and emulate a hairdresser by using two hands.

"Then I thought: 'Well, I've got clippers - maybe they will be easier?'.

"But I had to work out how I could efficiently get my hair away from my head.

It was difficult to coordinate.

"So I then thought: 'If I can attach the clippers to the vacuum cleaner...'

- and that's what I did!

"Anyone can do it - absolutely.

"I did it by chopping down one of those attachments on a vacuum cleaner - for tight spaces - and hot glueing clippers to the side.

"I then added a tie wrap to it, and that was it.

"You don't need anyone else.

You can just use one hand." Despite his ingenious invention, Phil said he will be going back to the barbers from July 4 to support local businesses.

But he thinks he could be onto a winner with his creation - and encouraged professionals to give it a go.

He said: "I'll go back to the barbers when they open.

They need support as a business.

"But [the invention] would be cheap to design and mould.

"A barber could use it if they were just cutting someone's hair with clippers.

They wouldn't need to sweep up afterwards, either.

"I can't patent it now because it's public information.

But that also means nobody else can patent it." Phil was previously shortlisted for a European Inventor Award in 2019 alongside Richard Palmer after coming up with D3O.

A flexible material which stiffens on impact, it has been used in many areas including protective clothing and mobile phone cases.

Phil is also a senior lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering at Coventry University.

He said: "It was an honour to be shortlisted.

D3O has gone into lots of things, like body protection for snowboarders.

I've even got a mobile phone case made from it.

"I've always had an inventive mind, from an early age.

"I used to spend ages taking things apart.

Over the years I have turned that around - and now I assemble things." Phil added that he is currently working on several patents - including a glass which lights up in the dark so you can drink water during the night.

He has a long-term partner but is unmarried, and has no children.




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