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.
Join us for a Complimentary Barbering Demonstration, sponsored by Zorian of New York and HowToCutHair.tv on September 11th, 2016 at Gregory’s Barbershop in Clifton Park, NY. There will be live men’s cutting, product demonstrations, and DVD and product raffle prizes. There will also be the opportunity to network with other licensed hair professionals looking to increase their skills and profitability through the exploding men’s segment of the hair industry.
The event will be filmed live for the HowToCutHair.tv. At this event you will learn how to cut and style modern men’s hairstyles using techniques including scissor over comb, clipper over comb, fading, texturizing, razor cutting and much more.
This event will have 2 sessions to choose from. The first session will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second session will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Questions? Call (518)629-5394. Registration is limited to one session per person. We look forward to seeing you there.
When it comes to men’s hair cutting I have found over the years there are 7 essential steps to delivering a great haircut. My personal feeling with men’s hair cutting is the term haircut experience is over used. As a barber shop owner for two decades with 450,000 customers served per year I have come up with 7 basic steps to ensure customer satisfaction.
7 Steps To A Great Men’s Haircut – Step 3 – Your Barber Station
After your customer sits down the next thing he will be looking at and judging is your work station. The mirror should be clean and without streaks. There should not be any spots from hairspray or the water bottle. Your counter top should also be clean and clutter free. There should not be any hair clippings left over from the previous customer. All of your products should be lined up in an orderly manner with the labels clearly visible to your customer. All caps and tops to the products should be replaced and screwed on tightly.
All of your tools should be cleaned and disinfected before bringing your client to the chair. Cleaning should never be done in front of the client while they are sitting down. No one wants to watch you brush off your previous customer’s hair clippings from your clippers and combs. All of your cutting tools should be placed neatly in drawers, on hooks, and/or lined up orderly on your counter top with a clean towel placed underneath. The towel will protect your tools from getting damaged from placing them down too hard on the counter top surface. It is also an easy way to get rid of the hair clippings from the previous customer.
All of your combs should be cleaned and placed in your barbicide container in between haircuts. The container should be on you counter visible to your customer with the label facing out. This way they can read all of the bacteria and diseases the disinfectant solution kills. Your combs and brushes should be completely submerged in the liquid. You also have to clean out the container and change the solution whenever you can see a lot of particles moving around in the jar.
I had the opportunity to teach my Men’ s Cutting Academy Seminar at the Hair Design Institute in Manhattan on Sunday December 8th, 2013. The school which is located at 500 8th avenue in Midtown has a great atmosphere for a class as it is meticulously clean thanks to the excellent staff at the school.
Hair Design Institute Barber Class Update:
I would like to congratulate 3 students from the school: Lauren Onesto, Kelly Rosati, and Eric Vargas who did an incredible job keeping up on what was a long day of advanced barber training on hair cutting techniques and popular styles all packed into 8 hours. I would also like to congratulate two seasoned veterans who also did a great job: Bruce Marchesi and Joseph Bauman who both traveled from New Jersey to take the class. What I was most impressed with, especially for the students, was everyone’s posture when cutting. This is one of the hardest things to teach and learn. If you are not standing with the correct posture you will have an extremely difficult time cutting hair properly.
I am looking forward to coming back to the Hair Design Institute for more barbering demonstrations and teaching more hands-on classes. Stay tuned for 2014 class dates coming soon…..