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.

The Classic Men’s Business Cut

The classic men’s business cut will never go out of style. It is a side part hairstyle with enough hair to comb to the side on top and to comb back on the sides. Learn how to cut this hairstyle by combining many different barbering techniques including, scissor over comb, clipper over comb, straight razor over comb, and straight razor sculpting.

Step by step instructions:

1. Start on the top and create square layers using the barber shear over fingers technique.

2. Next, cut the sides and back with the barber shear over finger technique.

3. As you move to the lower portion of the sides and back use the barber shear over comb technique.

4. Cut the semi-finish area by using the clipper over comb technique to taper the hairline.

5. Finish up the outline using an outliner with a t-blade to create a clean line on the side burn area and the back of the neck behind the ears. Use an upward shaving motion to clean up the neck.

6. Add texture to the hair by first using a thinning shear over comb technique followed by the straight razor sculpting technique. This will help the haircut to hold it’s shape while growing out.

7. Style the hair with Zorian of New York grooming cream. Apply through the hair and use a vent brush to style. This will create a soft manageable hold that will last all day.

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.

Hands on Barber Class at Bridge Ave. Barbershop

Bridge Ave. Barbershop

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.

 

 

Andis Supra ZR Detachable Blade Clipper

Andis Supra ZR

For this tool tip blog I would like to talk about my new favorite clipper: The Andis Supra ZR Detachable Blade Clipper. It is a cordless rotaryAndis Supra ZR Detacahble Blade Clipper motor clipper that uses detachable blades. This particular clipper has made my life so much easier behind the chair. I have all the power I will ever need without the cord. I have used a lot of different clippers in my 25 year career and can honestly say this is my favorite clipper hands down. That is not to say you do not need a high quality adjustable clipper and trimmer also. As I have stated in previous blogs all clippers have their uses and I have always recommended cutting with all three to extend the life of your clippers and to make sure you are using the correct clipper for each part of the haircut.

The specs of the Andis Supra ZR Detachable Blade Clipper are as follows:

  1. Heavy-duty, detachable blade clipper in cordless design delivers a 2-hour run time on a 2-hour charge.
  2. Lithium-ion power mated with powerful rotary motor to cut any hair type – wet or dry. This type of battery holds a charge much longer so you do not have to worry about running out of power.
  3. 5 speeds: Adjustable from 1,800 to 3,800 strokes per minute. This is slower than popular adjustable blade clippers but works excellent for clipper over comb as well as fading when you need that extra torque and power.
  4. Works with all Andis UltraEdge and Andis CeramicEdge blades. I recommend using the ceramic edge blade because they run cooler and hold their edge longer.

I have been personally using this clipper at my barbershop on ever since it has come on the market and can’t envision a scenario where I will switch back to a corded detachable blade clipper.