I had the honor of teaching 2 barbering demonstrations at IBS New York . It was a great experience meeting so many people in my home state. Many of whom I have met through my online subscription, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. I also had the pleasure to see many familiar faces that have attended hands on classes at my barbershops.
The first class I taught was titled “Classic Barbering 101”. See the class description below:
Learn the differences and stunning similarities between classic and modern barbering. Find out how the tools, techniques, and haircuts have changed as well as stayed the same. Watch third generation barber Greg Zorian demonstrate a haircut using techniques and styles from the “good old days” as well as today. Leave this class with a better understanding of the history of our industry as well as what a barber means to his/her community.
The next class I taught was titled “How To Cut and Style the Perfect Pomp”. See the class description below:
Learn the many barbering techniques necessary to create a perfectly balanced pompadour. Using a mix of scissor over comb, clipper over comb, straight razor sculpting, fading, and blending techniques Greg will walk you through the step by step process to completing this popular haircut. You will also learn the styling techniques and products necessary to make your pompadour stand out in a crowd.
I would highly recommend attending both of the International Beauty Shows held in New York City and Las Vegas. The education department does an outstanding job of hiring the best educators in the hair industry. After sitting in on many of my colleague’s classes including technical, business, and motivational I came away inspired and more motivated than ever to get back to work building my barbershops, seminar company, and product company.
On Monday, January 29th I will be teaching a barber class in eastern Pennsylvania in the Scranton area. The class will consist of a look and learn and hands on portion. You can attend just the look and learn portion or the hands on portion of the class. For more information on pricing and to purchase tickets click here or call (570) 877-7150.
The barber seminar curriculum for the day is as follow:
Morning Session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Greg Zorian Introduction
Introduction to men’s haircuts shapes and sections (terminology)
Introduction to the basic men’s haircutting techniques (terminology and demonstration)
Scissor Over Fingers
Scissor Over Comb
Clipper Over Comb
Introduction to advanced haircutting techniques
Texture shear over fingers
Texture shear over comb
Straight razor over comb
Straight razor over fingers
Straight razor sculpting
Demonstration of correct holding of tools, body positioning in relation to the head, and correct posture for cutting
Men’s haircutting demonstration
1920’s Great Gatsby style side part
Disconnected side part with razor part shaved in
Lunch: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Three hands–on haircuts on mannequins focusing on all of the basic men’s haircutting techniques with some advanced techniques mixed in:
1920’s Great Gatsby style side part
Disconnected side part with razor part shaved in
Learn how to teach your clients to style their hair and increase retail sales in the process
I had the pleasure of teaching 2 barbering demonstrations at The New York Barber and Beauty Academy in Elmira, New York. The first class I taught was to a group of eager to learn barber and cosmetology students. We started the 3 hour barbering demonstration with a presentation on professional development. This is one of my favorite subjects to teach because it contains the secret ingredients to building your chair, building your business, conducting yourself as a professional, and retaining all of your hard earned clients. For me, the best part of this presentation is that it has nothing to do with social media or showing off your work. It has all to do with above and beyond customer service and how to build long lasting relationships. In other words putting all of the focus on clients and potential clients instead of ourselves. The students had many great questions and were extremely attentive. Following the classroom work we moved out to the clinic floor and I demonstrated two haircuts. The first on was a side part hairstyle with a close fade and a hard part cut in with a straight razor. I demonstrated to the students how to take out the difficult blending step by fading from the top down and never creating a line of demarcation that needed to be blended out. To finish off the haircut I demonstrated styling techniques with a vent brush and a hair dryer to create the shape and then applied Zorian Of New York Classic Pomade for a strong hold and high shine. The last model we worked on was a low bald fade with a longer curly top. Again we faded from the top down without creating a line of demarcation to blend out. We finished off the style by using Zorian of New York Grooming Cream which is infused with coconut oil to enhance the curls for a medium hold and medium shine.
The next session was for an incredible group of local industry professionals. For this session I demonstrated three haircuts. A pompadour with a low bald fade, a classic business tapered haircut, and a flat top. These haircuts are the main staples of any large male clientele. We focused on many techniques including reverse fading to eliminate the need for blending the sides to the top, clipper over comb in place of cutting by numbers, barber shear over comb, cutting with the correct posture, and men’s hair styling techniques.
For me, teaching at the New York Barber and Beauty Academy was a great experience. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with such great students, industry professionals, school ownership, and staff. I am looking forward to going back in the future to teach many more classes including my full day hands on barbering seminar.
Men’s Barbering Classes In The Connecticut and New York City Area:
For anyone looking for more men’s haircutting/barbering education I will be teaching 5 hands on classes throughout the rest of the year at Ricci’s Toni & Guy Academy in Newtown, CT. The next class will be held on Monday, April 7th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The class will be hands – on with a male mannequin head provided. You will learn to master the basic barbering techniques such as scissor over comb and clipper over comb along with today’s most popular styles. Please see the flyer below for location, contact information, course outline, list of tools you will need to bring with you, and most importantly – how to reserve your seat before the class sells out. Seating is limited so all attendees will receive as much individual attention as needed.
We just completed our latest barber training course at Gregory’s Barbershop in Albany, New York. It was an honor to work with such and incredibly talented and fun group of people. We all had a blast working all day on what is normally a day off in the hair business. This group was extremely hungry to learn everything we could teach them in 9 hours. We covered a lot of ground starting out with the 4 basic barbering techniques: Scissor Over Fingers, Scissor Over Comb, Clipper Over comb, and Blade On Skin. It is our strong feeling that if you can master these four techniques there will be no stopping you when it comes to building your male clientele.
Next up we worked on the two basic shapes of men’s hairstyles. It’s very simple. Men’s haircuts have either a square shape with weight in the corners so the hair does not stand up and can be styled traditionally or they have a contoured shape. All that means is the hair is cut to the contour of the shape of the head. Think brush cuts, ivy league haircuts, and all types of hawks.
After covering the basics we jumped right in to cutting hair. We were able to do five haircuts on our mannequins. We started out with a long men’s layer cut with disconnected bangs. In other words the haircut was blended visually but not technically. The one thing we cautioned the class about was not to confuse the term disconnected for an uneven haircut. Next up was one of the most popular haircuts of all of our barbering seminars: The Pompadour. Think Bruno Mars at the Grammy’s or the halftime show at the Super Bowl. We always have a competition to see who can get their “Pomp” to stand up the tallest. Yes, we actually measure the height of the top to determine the winner. After The Pompadour we moved on to the traditional business cut. Think suit and tie guy. Side part with a nice blend and natural hairline. From there we cut a short version of the Ivy League haircut: think James Bond in “Skyfall”. Last but certainly not least is the dreaded flattop. I say dreaded flattop because most cosmetologists and beginning barbers are extremely afraid of cutting flattops. We are cutting square shape on a round object and it takes a lot of practice.
If you missed out on this sold out class don’t worry there are more to come. Keep an eye out on the blog and sign up for our e-mail list to stay up informed on when and where the next class is going to be held. We hope to see you soon….