Barbering Seminar at Statements The Salon

I had the pleasure of teaching my most popular one day combination look and learn – hands on barbering seminar at Statements The Salon in Woodbrigde, Va. this past weekend. This is the class I teach most at schools, salons,and distributors throughout the United States. I was so impressed with the ownership and management’s professionalism  and attention to detail. I was greeted at the door with smiles from every staff member and attendees for the class. Some of which traveled in the night before from great distances to better their craft. The perfect hair cut models were lined up for the morning session and the mannequin heads and stands were at the ready for our afternoon hands-on session.

The day started with a classic side part hairstyle which I was able to demonstrate how many techniques and artistry that goes into what is normally could be called a barbershop regular haircut. I demonstrated scissor over comb, clipper over comb, and most importantly the straight razor sculpting technique to control a difficult crown area to create longevity to the haircut with cutting the cowlick to short.

The second hair cut was a fun style which included a very close low fade and a textured top. I demonstrated how to fade the hair from the parietal and occipital area down instead of creating a line and then have to blend out. This is one of my signature techniques that I have been teaching for over two decades that drastically increases hair cut time by actually cutting slower. It cuts out many unnecessary steps. This particular client liked a finger styled messy top. He had thick hair so I used a straight razor over comb technique to create a lot of texture. I used my Zorian of New York Classic Pomade to style the hair to give a strong hold with a high shine.

Last, I demonstrated the popular modern version of the pompadour with a disconnec on the part side and I also razor cut in the part. This model did not want to see and skin so I chose to use a 3 3/4 metal blade on a detachable blade clipper on the sides. I also kept more of a square look on the part side instead of shaving past the round of the head. After completing the blend I layered the top. He had extremely thick wavy hair so I used the straight razor over fingers and straight razor sculpting techniques. This allowed for me to be able straighten the hair and get more height for the pomp when styling. I applied a drop of my Zorian Of New York firm hold gel to slightly damp hair and blow dried the hair into shape with a light of height. Next, I applied my matte finish Zorian of New York shaping paste for a dry look with a strong hold. I finished by spraying a little bit of our Zorian Of New York non sticky, fast drying finishing spray just to make sure the style would stay in place all day.

We broke for an hour lunch which is always one of my personal favorite parts of the day because it gives me a chance to get to know everyone and build long lasting relationships with professionals from around the country. When we were done eating and getting to know each other better we began the afternoon session.

For the hands on session my goal is 2-3 haircuts on a mannequin depending on the length and size of the class. The most important take away from this potion of the barbering seminar is for the attendees to learn my system of cutting to create optimum efficiency. We did two haircuts. The first one was a long “Great Gatsby” style side part and the second was the modern pompadour as my last model in the morning was.

As important as it is to learn these cuts the techniques behind them is the goal of this session. Listed below are all of the barbering techniques and theories that are my main goal for all attendees to leave with:

Correct posture at all times, holding the barber shears correctly, the two hand positions for holding the clipper, scissor over comb cutting technique, clipper over comb cutting technique, fading, blending, tapering, when to use a traveling guide, how to position your body in relation to the head when using a traveling guide along with the above cutting techniques, straight razor hair cutting techniques, shaving techniques, and men’s hair styling techniques.

I hope you enjoyed all of the photos from the class which should give you a great idea of what this particular class is all about. I am available to come to your school, salon, barbershop, or distributorship to teach this class or customize your own. Contact me anytime at Greg@HowToCutHair.tv or call (518)629-5394. I look forward to meeting and working with you and again a big thanks especially to owner of Statements The Salon Nik Towbridge and her outstanding team for putting together and incredible day of education.

Barbering Demonstration and Hands On Class in the Washington D.C. Area

On February 19th, 2018 we will be giving a barbering demonstration and hands on class in the Washington D.C. area hosted by The Statements Project. We are looking forward to teaching this informative class perfect for any hairstylist or barber looking to increase their men’s hair cutting and hair styling skills and increasing profitability. Listed below is a look at the exciting curriculum for this full day crash course in barbering.

Barber Class

Barbering Demonstration – Hands On Curriculum:

In this class you will learn the most important barbering techniques including:

  • Scissor Over Fingers
  • Scissor Over Comb
  • Clipper Over Comb
  • Reverse Blending
  • Texturizing Techniques
  • Straight Razor Cutting Techniques
  • When to use a Traveling Guide vs. Stationary Guide
  • Styling Techniques
  • Retail Sales Techniques Geared Towards Your Male Clientele
  • And much more

We will be also covering all of today’s popular haircuts including:

  • Side Parts
  • Pompadours
  • Business Cuts
  • Disconnected Haircuts

Course Outline:

Morning Session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  1. Greg Zorian Introduction
  2. Introduction to men’s haircuts shapes and sections (terminology)
  3. Introduction to the basic men’s haircutting techniques (terminology and demonstration)
    • Scissor Over Fingers
    • Scissor Over Comb
    • Clipper Over Comb
    • Blending
  4. Introduction to advanced haircutting techniques
    1. Texture shear over fingers
    2. Texture shear over comb
    3. Straight razor over comb
    4. Straight razor over fingers
    5. Straight razor sculpting
  5. Demonstration of correct holding of tools, body positioning in relation to the head, and correct posture for cutting
  6. Men’s haircutting demonstration
    1. Pompadour
    2. 1920’s Great Gatsby style side part
    3. Disconnected side part with razor part shaved in
  7. Q&A

Lunch: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  1. Three hands–on haircuts on mannequins focusing on all of the basic men’s haircutting techniques with some advanced techniques mixed in:
    1. Pompadour
    2. 1920’s Great Gatsby style side part
    3. Disconnected side part with razor part shaved in
    4. Learn how to teach your clients to style their hair and increase retail sales in the process
  2. Q&A

Again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful staff and ownership at The Statements Project for hosting this class. You can register here for what is sure to be a quickly sold out class.

Barbering Demonstration at The New York Barber and Beauty Academy

New York Barbering DemonstrationI 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.

Barber Class Update From Premiere Orlando

IMG_1141Earlier this month I had the honor to teach three barbering classes at Premiere Orlando which is one of the largest international hair shows. All three classes were attended well and I would like to personally thank everyone who sat in on the classes making them a success. I would also like to thank Ruben Davaz who is a barber instructor at The Academy Of Career Training in Orlando for providing his students for models. Without great models it is very difficult to provide quality education. I would also like to thank the Premiere Show Group giving me the privilege to teach among so many extremely talented educators.

Barber Class Update From Premiere Orlando:

Throughout the three days of classes I was able to teach many barbering techniques that are instrumental in becoming a versatile barber. On day one I taught the importance of shear over comb and razor sculpting to achieve the classic 1920’s side part with disconnected bangs that are so popular right now. On day two I demonstrated how to take a thick head of straight hair and create a flat top with a bald fade. It is always very challenging to create a short square shape because when dealing with short hair any imperfection will show. Couple that with a bald fade it is like two haircuts in one. On day 3 we had a little more fun. My models were more adventurous so I was able to demonstrate how to turn a classic side part into a modern hairstyle by shaving in a part that curved from the middle of the forehead around the side down to the top of the occipital bone. I was also able to demonstrate on that particular haircut how to do a complete haircut on the top with a thinning shear over comb. Again, I would like to thank all of my models for being so accommodating with hairstyles, showing up early, and helping me set up and clean the classroom. It is obvious that The Academy Of Career Training is putting out top notch individuals into the industry.

I am already looking forward to next year’s show and planning my classes. For anyone who has not attended the Premiere Orlando show I would recommend it highly. There is so much quality classroom education combined with exhibit floor education that it should not be missed.

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.