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Low Skin Fade With A Longer Top

IMG_5068The low skin fade with a longer top is one of the most difficult haircuts to deliver. There are many things to take into consideration. A few of them are: How long will the top be?, Where are you going to place the fade?, What type of finished look is the client going for?, and Will you shave the sides or use your shortest clipper?. The answer to a lot of these questions depends on the shape of the clients head, any scalp imperfections he may be trying to cover up, and changes in color or density of the hair.

Low Skin Fade With A Longer Top:

1. Determine the desired length on top and cut the hair accordingly. Start in the center and create your first guide. Follow that guide on the right and left of the center using a traveling guide and keeping you fingers or comb parallel to the floor to maintain a square shape. I prefer the scissor over comb or clipper over comb technique for greater accuracy,

2. Cut the round of the head section using the clipper over comb or scissor over comb technique. This will allow you to remove excess bulk and keep you from cutting too high with the larger blades.

3. Start with the 3/8th’s metal blade or clipper attachment and fade down (not up) to you 1/16th just below the parietal and occipital bones.

4. Create a guide with your adjustable clipper in the fully closed position about 1 inch below where you left off with the 1/16th blade or attachment. Make sure to use a flick of the wrist motion so you do not create a  line.

5. Open up the blade halfway and start the blend by using a scooping motion into heavier area left from the previous step. Repeat by opening up the blade all of the way.

6. Use an outliner to fade up below where you left off in step 4. I don’t start with the trimmer because it leaves a line that is too difficult to blend out.

7. Finish up with a foil shaver to get skin close. Stop a little bit below where you left off in the previous step.

Important Fading Tip: Make sure with each blade or attachment length you leave enough distance between so the fading effect is created without leaving any heavy spots or lines.

 

International Beauty Show New York 2015

The International Beauty Show New York 2015 will be one of the largest shows of its kind this year. 63,000 people from all over the world will be in attendance over 3 days which begins on Sunday March 8th. There will be all types of education available with over 150 free classes taught by some of the best educators in the world. Make sure to put some of the show stopping main stage performances on your list of things to see as well. If you are in need of tools and products there will be over 500 exhibitors with great show deals. If you are a student still in school and are intimidated by such a large venue there is a student day devoted just to you on Tuesday, March 10th so make sure to come for the day to get a feel for what the hair industry is all about.

IBS NYC 2015

I will be there as a platform artist for the Andis Company with 3 other incredible educators: Danny Amorim Sr., Kenny Duncan, and Jessica Zeinstra. We will be demonstrating how to achieve all types of hairstyles with the best and most efficient clipper cutting techniques for all 3 days. Make sure to stop by  booth #1801 to say hello, ask questions about how to improve your skills, possibly get a haircut, and to check out the latest in clipper technology.

Also, Xcluciv Barber Supply will be carrying my full library of High Definition Barbering DVDs in package deals or on sale individually at booth #2231. Make sure to stop by and pick up your copies to take home with you at incredible show prices.

Most of all, have a great time, take in all of the education you can to advance you career, and enjoy New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HowToCutHair.tv Hands On Barbering Course

On January 12th HowToCutHair.tv held it’s latest hands on barbering course at Gregory’s Barbershop in Delmar, New York. The shop is a perfect place to hold class because it gives the attendees the opportunity to work in an award winning barbershop. It’s always great to work with so many people that are so passionate about men’s cutting and one of the students was attending the class for her second time.

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HowToCutHair.tv Hands On Barbering Course

The course outline for this class was as always very  ambitious. We taught and practiced 6 haircuts in only 8 hours. We started out with a long men’s layered haircut where the class learned the difference between working with a traveling guide and a stationary guide. Next, we moved on to a medium length layered haircut with disconnected bangs. This is a versatile haircut that can be worn to the side or brushed straight back. Always a class favorite is the Pompadour 1950′s style. We always challenge the class to see who can get the top to stand up the highest when styled. From there we moved on to the traditional side part haircut which is the often referred to as “The Barber Shop Regular”. Next, we did a shorter version of the “Barbershop Regular” giving us the opportunity to practice fading techniques with longer clipper attachments and metal clipper blades. Lastly, came the most challenging haircut: “The Flattop”. We consider this the most difficult and challenging haircut because you are cutting a square shape on a round object. The hair is short and any imperfection will show.

This is our most popular class and everyone did an excellent job. Out of the 8 attendees we had two barbers drive 1,000 miles to take the class, one barber 200 miles, and another barber 75 miles. Since the class we have received many updates on how everyone is doing which is always encouraging to us to let us know we have had a part in our students successes.

If you are interested in enrolling in any upcoming on location group classes, on location one on one classes, would like us to come to your barbershop, salon, or school, or would like to find out about any trade show appearances and barbering classes near you please e-mail edu@howtocuthair.tv or call us at (518)629-5394.

Undercut with a Comb Over and Hard Part

Undercut with Hard PartI had the opportunity to give a fun haircut with a twist at a recent class I taught for the O’Ba Men product line. This hairstyle is an undercut with a comb over and a hard part with a bald fade. I know that is a mouthful but it stresses the importance of my teaching methods. You need to be well versed in all of the basic barbering techniques as well as different hairstyles. This particular haircut is a combination of four different hairstyles: Undercut, Side Part, Hard Part shaved in, and a Bald Fade. It also uses the following barbering basic techniques: Scissor over Fingers, Blade on Skin with a detachable blade clipper, finishing clipper, and straight razor.

Undercut with a Comb Over and Hard Part

1. Shampoo and condition the hair so you can control it better. Lightly trim the ends to remove any dead ends with the scissor over fingers technique.

2. Use the blade on skin or fading technique on the sides. Hold the hair out of the way with the comb and start with the quarter inch attachment or blade. Shave up the part and keep it even all of the way around the head. This will leave the hair dark enough that you will see the contrast when you cut in the part.

3. Work down through the 1/8th attachment or blade and then the 1/16th. Fade each shorter blade into the previous blade by using a scooping motion just a little bit lower than the previous one.

4. Use an adjustable clipper in the open position to continue the process. Work the same steps as above moving the lever shorter each time. I usually repeat this step about 3 or 4 times to avoid leaving any lines of demarcation.

5. Repeat step 4 with a powerful trimmer. Lastly, follow up with a foil shaver or electric beard trimmer to complete the fade.

6. Shave in the part with a t-outliner by making a line along the natural part back to the pivot. Touch up the line with a straight razor to make the line more noticeable. Make sure to use a shave oil so the blade does not pull but you can still see the area you are shaving.

7. Use a pomade for a wet look or a dry paste for a dry looking finishing. A brush will give a more textured look or you can use a comb for a more slicked look.

Have fun with this hairstyle and be creative…

 

Clipper Cutting Demonstration In Boston

OB'a ClassWe will be at GF Distributors on January 26th giving a clipper cutting demonstration in Boston. If you are looking to learn the latest in clipper cutting techniques, clipper maintenance, and how to achieve today’s most popular hairstyles this class is for you. The hairstyles that will be featured are the pompadour, the side part with a hard part cut in, fades, and more. In addition to the clipper cutting techniques of fading and clipper over comb you will also learn backhand clipper cutting which is a technique that allows you to pick up hair and cut it over your fingers. There will also be scissor cutting and straight razor cutting techniques demonstrated as well such as barber shear over comb, razor sculpting, and razor over comb.

GF Distributors will be featuring the men’s product line O’Ba Men. All attendees of the class will receive free products with their ticket purchase to sample. This line will be an excellent addition to your salon or barbershop.

If you are interested in attending please contact Jackie at: (978) 667-9900

We also need models interested in the hairstyles below. If you would like to be a model for the class please let Jackie know when you purchase your ticket.