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.

How To Cut and Style Short Men’s Clipper Cut

In this barber video tutorial learn how to cut and style short men’s clipper cut. Begin by cutting the top with the barber shear over comb technique. For thick hair follow up with the thinning shear over comb technique. Next, fade the sides with a 3 ½ metal blade down to a 1 ½ blade. Keep the fade below the temples. Touch up the blend with the clipper over comb technique using a 1 ½ blade for a more blended cut. Fade out the neckline with an adjustable clipper starting in the longest setting down to the shortest and finish off with an outliner.

Style the hair forward with a slight flip up in the front. Start by applying a drop Zorian Of New York firm hold gel. Our gel is a specialty blend gel is alcohol free and contains aloe vera to keep your skin and hair moisturized while avoiding flaking. Using a hair dryer dry the hair forward and then up in front. This will mold the hair into place.

Next, use the Zorian of New York Shaping paste which is very easy to work with. It emulsifies like a cream without clumping in your hands or your hair and has a very strong hold. The Zorian of New York shaping paste is also infused with the powerful antioxidant vitamin E which helps to keep your hair and scalp healthy. It also contains rosemary which will keep your hair and scalp moisturized. Emulsify a full fingertip portion in your hands. Rub throughout the hair by pushing it forward and then back getting the product down to the roots for extra hold. Finally, push the hair back down forward and push up in the front with a little bit of a messy texture look.

 

Cut and Style a Faux Hawk with Pomade Cream

Learn how to cut and style a Faux Hawk with pomade cream. This is a great hairstyle for anyone with hair that grows forward and to the center. This particular model also has an extremely difficult hairline to taper out so a few different barbering techniques are necessary such as clipper over comb and scissor over comb.

Start on the top using the barber shear over comb technique. Slightly round the corners leaving the back long enough to lay down. Use the clipper over comb technique on the sides and back before fading. Fade the 3 ¾ blade down to a 3 ½ blade. Keep the fade below the temples. Use a downward clipper motion on the hairline cutting against the grain. Use the clipper and scissor over comb techniques to complete the tapered neckline. Outline the haircut with a t-outliner without leaving a hard line on the back of the neck by using an upward shaving motion pulling the clipper away before you get to the hairline.

For the style start by applying a drop Zorian Of New York firm hold gel. Our gel is a specialty blend of gel and pomade that is alcohol free and contains aloe vera to keep your skin and hair moisturized while avoiding flaking. Using a hair dryer dry the hair forward, to the center, and then up in front. This will mold the hair into place and give fine hair a thicker and fuller look and feel. Finish the style by applying our Zorian Of New York Grooming Cream. Start by taking a full fingertip amount of product out of the jar and completely emulsifying into the palms of your hands. Our grooming cream will give the hair a medium shine and hold that will keep the style all day. It is infused with coconut and lavender oils which moisturize the hair and scalp and also contain essential vitamins to help to keep your hair healthy and strong.  Apply to the hair by pushing forward on the top layer, then to the center, and finally the front to the back down to the roots. Finish by pushing the hair back down with your hands and up in the front while creating texture with your fingertips. The grooming cream is an extremely versatile product that will not harden up but still give a nice hold. Best of all it will rinse out with ease leaving absolutely no leftover residue.

Barber Classes at IBS Las Vegas

IBS Las Vegas

I recently had the honor to teach two barber classes at IBS Las Vegas. It was a pleasure to be associated with such a professional trade show and line up of incredible educators.

My first class was titled: “Eliminate Blending with Reverse Fading”. In this class I taught the importance of starting from the top and working down. In other words if you cut the top first and then begin with your longer blades you avoid leaving a weight line that has to be blended out. Blending is what takes the most time and causes hairstylists and barbers the most stress when it comes to delivering a first class haircut. I had a great model for this class with thick hair that I was also able to demonstrate other barbering techniques such as scissor over fingers, scissor over comb, clipper over comb, over direction to create more length in the front, disconnection, as well as razor sculpting. We finished up with styling techniques featuring our Zorian of New York premium line of men’s hairstyling and shaving products to complete the look.

My second class was titled: “Fades and Flat Tops”. This is one of my favorite classes to teach because of the difficulty of the flat top and its many variations. This is also the haircut that took me personally the longest to learn which makes it so gratifying to teach. In this class we covered the same fading techniques as the previous class. The big difference is with the modern flat top style that I cut I sectioned off the top and cut the sides first. What this accomplished was disconnecting the top from the back of the ear to the front creating a pompadour effect. This style of flat top can also be referred to as a rockabilly flat top. After fading the sides I cut down the top with the scissor over comb technique. Then I applied our Zorian of New York firm hold gel to the damp hair and blow dried the top straight up. Gel is best to get the hair to stand up because once dried it won’t hardened up or is not sticky. Either of these will make it difficult to judge the hair and for the clipper to smoothly glide through. At the end of the hair cut we used our Zorian of New York shaping paste to give the hair a matte finish with a strong hold. All of the hair was brushed up and to the center to complete the modern flat top style.

Once again, if you have never attended the IBS Las Vegas hair show I highly recommend it. There were many classes to choose from including cosmetology, barbering, business, and personal development all taught by reputable and talented educators. I am looking forward to being a part of the show again next year.

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.