Working in the barbershop this past Holiday Season gave me a lot of great memories to reflect on. So many of the college kids coming home for their haircuts started coming to me when they were 3 or 4 years old. It is hard to believe that much time has gone by. Time has a way of standing still working in the barbershop until you see how much your customers have grown up. The one thing all of these guys coming back have in common is they all started out getting some version of The Traditional Boy’s Haircut.
The next time a little guy sits in your chair make sure to pay attention to him and give him your best. These boys are the future and lifeblood of your barbershop.
Today’s barber has to be more versatile than ever in order to have a profitable and fulfilling career. There are many hairstyles that are all popular at that same. It is imperative to be well versed in the different barbering techniques as well as all of the classic men’s hairstyles throughout history. In today’s multi-cultural society it is more important than ever for barbers to be able to cut all types and textures of hair. The main focus of The All American Barber DVD Series is to train barbers and cosmetologists alike on the classic men’s hair cutting techniques and styles in order to appeal to a diverse clientele.
All American Barbering DVD Volume 1 – Now Available
This first DVD in the 5 Barbering DVD set is now available. Learn how to cut all different types and textures of hair. This DVD includes four haircuts that will teach you how to cut bald fade on straight and textured hair, how to do a taper with a line-up, how to cut a natural hairline, and how to master the advanced techniques of razor sculpting and blending shear over comb.
The 1950’s Pompadour Hairstyle defined a decade . This Pompadour hairstyle was made famous by musicians such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. To be able to provide this haircut properly you need to have an excellent understanding of graduation. In other words, you will be blending a natural hairline to the much longer top that this hairstyle requires without leaving a heavy weight line or line of demarcation. You will also need to be proficient with a vent brush and hairdryer for styling the finish. Most recently the musician Bruno Mars wore a retro 1950’s pompadour to the Grammy Awards.
The 1950’s Pompadour Hairstyle:
1. Section off the top
2. Use the scissor over comb or clipper over comb technique to create graduation in the sides and back section.
3. Complete the semi-finish by creating a naturally tapered hairline.
4. Cut the top section. Make sure to over direct the bangs to the front or middle of the ear to create a longer front.
5. Style the top by drying the corners up towards the crown and creating as much lift as possible in the front.
In this blog series I am going to cover in detail some of today’s most popular short clipper cuts. The first haircut in this series is a 1/8″ taper or fade blended into a longer top with texture to be worn with a messy look with wet or dry finish. I like to call this haircut The Prep School Taper. It is a modern day version of the Ivy League haircut popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It is a low maintenance and easy to style haircut. Excellent fading and blending skills are a must to complete this haircut. This haircut is very popular with the private school guys who are required to dress up for school and are not allowed to use wet looking product in their hair.
Short Men’s Clipper Cuts – The Prep School Taper
Start on the top section in the center. Use the scissor over comb technique and start with a center section. Keeping the comb parallel to the floor move the comb slowly toward the crown. Repeat the right and left sides of the center section. You will have a center guide and a previous guide in the comb.
Cut the round of the head section. Use the scissor over comb technique. Start in the center of the back area. Work through to the right side and then to the left.
Cut the sides and back section. Use the blade on skin technique with the 3 ½ (3/8”) blade and the detachable blade clipper. Work your way around to the left side.
Repeat step 4 with the 2 (¼”)blade on the detachable blade clipper. Start to bevel the clipper slowly away from the head about ¼ of an inch below the previous section. Follow up with the 1/8” or (1 ½ )blade.
While the 1 ½ (1/8”) blade is on the clipper finish the blend from the sides and back into the round of the head section. Use the clipper over comb technique to soften the blend if there are any heavy spots. Use the tip of the blade over the comb to cut and blend at the same time.
Move on to the semi finish area with the adjustable clipper. Open the lever all of the way leaving it at the longest setting. Use a scooping motion about 1-2 fingers width around the outline of the haircut. Follow up with the blade halfway closed and then all of the way closed.
Complete the finish. Use the t-trimmer to edge off the side burn area and clean up around the ears. Trim up the beard on the back of the neck in an upward shaving motion.
Style the hair. A light to medium hold paste will work best for this dry look. Rub the product all of the way down into the roots of the hair and style to the customers’ preference.
The Barbering Basics DVD includes this haircut video as well as a complete clipper guide video to assist you with all of you short men’s clipper cuts.