Tuition includes catered lunch, Barbering Basics DVD ($100 value), mannequin ($50 value), and a free gift from Zorian Of New York Premium Hair Care Products ($55 value).
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.
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I recently had the opportunity to work as a platform educator for the Andis Company at this year’s Bronner Bros. International Beautry Show. It was a great experience as I have never worked this show before. I would like to share a portion of the Bronner Bros. mission statement to give you an idea of the company’s commitment to excellence and their contribution to the barber and beauty industry:
“Our mission is to be the largest African American, Christian Company in the world. Our focus is to pursue excellence by manufacturing and distributing excellent hair and skin care products for African Americans. In this pursuit, not only will we manufacture excellent products, but we will also be recognized as having the most glamorous styling operation and as having the worlds’ largest and the most exciting beauty show during the mid-summer and winter months. In fact, excellence will permeate everything that we do.
I also had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best barbers in the industry on the Andis stage including Kenny Duncan, Tone McGill, and Eric Cheeks. As well as working with these barbers the Andis company introduced 3 incredible new clippers: The Supra ZR, The Limited Edition Black Label Master, and the Slim Line LI. I will give a full detailed description of each of these clippers in future blogs and why I feel they are the best on the market and make my job easier every day in the barbershop.
As far as haircutting education goes this is one of my favorite shows because of the diversity. In a two hour time period on stage I went from cutting an Afro with a low taper to a bald fade to and undercut with two parts cut in. It doesn’t get any more fun than that. The crowd was extremely engaging and supportive and I am looking forward to my next opportunity to work at the show again.
Learn How To Become A Barber – Invest In Your Education
Investing in your education does not always mean a financial investment. There are a few things you can do that do not cost money but take time, effort and practice.
The first step to any good education is the proper schooling. Going to a good barber school will build your foundation as a barber. When selecting a school it is a good idea to visit more than one. Do not pick a school just because it is the shortest commute or the cheapest. This is your career you are about to begin. When visiting a school ask permission to talk to a couple of instructors and pick their brains. Ask them why they chose a career in barbering and why they would recommend one to you. Ask them what positive impacts attending their school will have on your career as a barber.
Before your visit ends talk to some of the students and ask them a few questions about their experiences so far in barber school or cosmetology school. Why would they recommend their school and how do they feel it will have a positive impact on their future? Are they happy with the student kit or do they feel they would benefit from additional tools? One of the most important things to find out is how much practical experience you will get before you graduate school. Theory is extremely important but you can only learn how to cut hair by cutting hair.
Make sure to get the most out of your experience. Take every advantage you can to take in the knowledge and experiences of all of your teachers. Watch and learn from all of your fellow barber students. Be humble and leave your ego at the door. There is something to be learned from everyone you come in contact with even if it is what not to do. In many cases this is just as valuable a lesson as anything else you will learn. Work on as many clients as possible while you are in barber school. Learn how to cut as many different hairstyles as possible to get the most out of you barber education. Ask your clients a lot of questions as well as your teachers to get a good feel for the male customers’ likes and dislikes. All of the above suggestions will go a long way in giving you an excellent jump start to your career.
After school, make sure to go to as many industry trade shows as you can. Take advantage of all of the free classes offered at these shows. Most of the major clipper manufacturers as well as men’s product lines offer some incredible free education at their display booths and in sponsored classes. Sign up to take some continuing education courses from these companies. You need to keep constantly advance your skills and learn how to deliver new and up to date styles.
Last but not least, find a good mentor. This person can come in the form of an owner or manager of the barber shop you work in, a co-worker, or someone you know and respect from another shop. The first thing to look for in a mentor is a barber’s ability to teach (really teach) you the barbering trade. Make sure they can explain and are willing to explain everything in an easy to understand manner.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect?” I can still hear my high school football coach screaming in my ear, “You play like you practice.” The best at anything in life are the best because they are never satisfied and continue to practice. Make sure to get extra repetitions on those haircuts or services you are the most uncomfortable providing when you are in school. If you are out of school, offer free services when you are not on the book or the clock. Once you get these services down in your practice sessions you will be able duplicate them on paying customers. One last thing, don’t ever be embarrassed to go back to the mannequin. I still do it from time to time when I want to get a new haircut perfected or work on a new styling technique. One of my favorite quotes is from the best college basketball coach of all time. He said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that is most important.”
One of the first thing that beginning barber’s want to learn is how to make money as a barber. This is an excellent topic and one that an entire book could be written about. For the purposes of this blog I want to focus one of the easiest and most basic things you can do to make a lot of money as a barber.
How To Make Money As A Barber – Always Be On Time
One of the most important things you can do when you are in the business of providing a personal service is to consistently be on time or even better, early. When you work by appointments, make sure to schedule them far enough apart so that if someone is running 5-10 minutes late you will have enough time to catch up. The only thing to be careful of is scheduling appointments too far apart where you can’t get all of your customers booked. If you have too few appointment slots available in a day it will cost you money and prevent you from building a large clientele.
If you are working on a walk-in basis it is equally important to stay on time. Even though the customers waiting do not have an appointment you still do not want the wait to be too long. In todays’ world everyone is extremely busy and time is precious. Establish a base line for how long your haircuts will take you and stick to it. Customers respect and expect this consistency.
The following are a few quick tips that help me stay on time. Wear a watch to make sure that you stick to your allowed time. I would not wear an expensive one because you might get it wet and you will probably get styling products on it. Try to be discreet about checking it your customer does not get the impression that you are rushing or have something better to do.
Sometimes I get talking with a customer and lose track of time. It is a tough balancing act because part of our job is to build a friendly but professional relationship with our customers. When this happens, my front desk coordinator will come and sweep for me giving me the subtle hint to get moving. Your customers will greatly appreciate your timeliness and it will result in an increased retention rate, commissions, and tips.