We recently had the opportunity to teach our one day hands on barber class at the Bridge Ave. Barbershop in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The owners reached out to us after learning about our intensive one day barber training program expressing interest in helping their staff become more proficient in numerous barbing techniques to better serve their patrons. One of the things we were most excited about was their eagerness to have their staff improve upon their barber shear work. It is our opinion that in barbering today the barber shear over comb technique is becoming a lost art and clippers and attachments are being relied on too much. Our training focuses quite a bit on the importance of barber shear work, posture, and hand dexterity so it was a great fit and an honor to work with the owners and staff. After spending quite a bit of time getting to know the ownership and spending time at their beautiful shop we would highly recommend anyone in the Point Pleasant area looking for a great haircut coupled with great customer service to visit the Bridge Ave. Barbershop.
The class itself focused on many barbering techniques such as barber shear over fingers, barber shear over comb, clipper over comb, free hand clipper cutting, texturizing shear over comb, straight razor over comb, and razor sculpting. We applied these techniques to today’s popular hairstyles such as side parts, pompadours, fades, and flattops with a focus on over direction and disconnection to get these modern looks. Finally, we worked on many styling techniques so the barbers would be able to teach their customers how to maintain their new hairstyles until their next cut. In doing so our goal was also to help the barbershop and staff increase their barber product sales to improve their profitability as well.
We would like to express our appreciation to Chelsea and Shain for placing their belief in our cutting, styling, and retail system to help them grow their business and help them motivate their staff to become even better barbers. We look forward to our next trip back to their beautiful town and barbershop.
Clipper Care is one of the most important yet overlooked procedures when it comes to barbering tools. It is extremely important to have the best clippers and to take proper care of them to ensure consistent haircuts as well as extending their life. I strongly recommend that you own and use three types of clippers on all of your men’s cuts: a detachable blade clipper, an adjustable clipper, and a trimmer. By having these three clippers you will also extend their life buy not using an under powered clipper for certain steps causing it to break down prematurely. Each clipper has it’s purpose and specific uses.
The correct clipper care steps are as follows:
1. After each use brush the hair off of your clippers or clipper blade before hanging it back up or putting the blade back in its case. I like for my customers to see this so they know that I will be using a clean blade on the next customer which means I used a clean blade on them. My favorite clipper brush is a soft bristled clipper brush made by Andis.
2. After brushing your clipper off use the high power Andis Dry Care which will blow off any excess hair stuck on the blades or in between them.
3. When starting a haircut spray your clipper blade with Andis Cool Care. Spray while the clipper is running on the front and back of the blade running the spray back and forth twice. Make sure your customer sees this but also be careful to spray in the opposite direction. The Cool Care spray is a coolant, disinfectant, lubricant, cleaner, and prevents rust all in one. When finished gently wipe off the blade with a soft towel.
4. After using the clipper spray you need to oil your clippers. Place one drop of oil on each part of the blade where you see the metal touching and put two drops across the cutting blade. Turn the clippers on so the oil is distributed evenly throuhout the blade. Avoid over oiling or getting the oil into the motor which will clog it up and slow down or do damage to the motor.
5. At the end of the day use blade care to give your clippers a thorough cleaning. This will get all of the hair out from in between your blades which can slow them down and if wet cause your clippers to rust. Empty just enough of the blade care into a bowl so you can immerse just the tips of the blade into the solution. Turn the clipper on for about 10 seconds and then let all of the excess hair drip out. This solution is a coolant, will prevent rust, deodorizer, decontaminate, lubricant, and cleaner.
Like anything else once you get in the habit of the above clipper care steps you they will become second nature and a part of your day. Your clippers will last longer and cut better resulting in better and consistent haircuts.
Earlier 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.
I recently had the opportunity to put on a barbering demonstration at DiGrigoli’s School of Cosmetology. It is always a great honor to speak at my good friend Paul DiGrigoli’s school. He is a national spokesman for the industry as well as one of the top motivational and business educators the hair industry has to offer. So not only did I get the chance to educate an incredible group of students I received an educational session myself on the current state of the hair industry and where it may be headed.
DiGrigoli’s School of Cosmetology is always one of my favorite places to speak. The energy in the building is contagious and comes directly from the top. This energy is also kept alive by the director of the school, the educators, the students. the receptionists, and the stylists in the salon. It has been a little while since I have given a barbering demonstration there so I got to meet a whole new group of students as well as network with some of the Alumni from past demonstrations to hear how they are progressing in the industry.
A week after my class I received a package with thank you notes from everyone of the students. This is something I appreciate very much as the students are very busy and took time out of there schedule to thank me and re-enforce that I am teaching the necessary tools to help them in their bright futures. Most importantly they enjoyed learning scissor over comb, clipper over comb, fading techniques, and the psychology of the men’s segment of the hair industry.
As always I will be looking forward to my next trip back with great anticipation to meet the next group of motivated students.
Communicating with your customer is an extremely important part of the haircut experience that cannot be neglected. Just as much care and attention needs to go into this part of the haircut as the technical part. You have to build a friendly but professional relationship with your customer. Always remember, people do business with people they like and feel a connection with. You can only go so far on talent alone. When you add an outgoing and caring personality into the mix you will be unstoppable.
7 Steps To A Great Men’s Haircut – Step 5 – Barbershop Customer Communication Skills:
Communicating with your customer falls into two categories: verbal and non-verbal. Verbal is what you say and how you say it. Non-verbal is a little trickier and requires a lot of attention and practice. This includes all of your mannerisms including your posture, eye contact, facial expressions, etc. It is very important that you are aware of all of this not only when you are carrying on a conversation but during the quiet times while you are cutting hair, cleaning your tools, sweeping, etc. You are being judged constantly. Try to keep a smile on your face during all of your tasks to portray a friendly demeanor and also that you enjoy your work.
Communicating with your customer and building a relationship is an art form not an exact science. It is not something that can be forced or rushed. Trust and relationships are built over time. The following guidelines are what has worked for me personally and my barbershops over the last two decades. Find out what your customer is interested in. Make their interests the focal point of all conversations. Ask about their family, sports interests, favorite activities, vacation spots, or the weather. You do not need to go through everything in one haircut or one conversation. I suggest having 2 or 3 standard questions you ask everyone to make it easier. This way it will become a habit and feel natural for you and your customer. What will really make a huge difference is to remember at least one of the answers and mention it during their next service. Your customer will be amazed you remembered and will know that you are paying attention to him and truly care about what you are doing.