How To Cut A Flat Top Hairstyle

Flat Top Hairstyle

Learn how to cut a flat top hairstyle in the following video and step by step guide. Also, learn how to finish off the cut with the correct styling products to keep the cut looking consistent all day.

  1. Start on the right hand side. Use  the 3 ½  (3/8”) blade on the detachable blade clipper. Using the fading technique run the clipper up the side of the head to the temple area. Take an imaginary line parallel to the head straight up from the round of the head until you run out of hair. This will avoid leaving a line that needs to be blended out. Make sure not to follow the contour of the head at the parietal area.
  2. Work the clipper around the head until you get to the back. Run the clipper up to the crown and round it off slightly. Even though this haircut is square in shape the back needs to be rounded off slightly for proper balance.
  3. After the back continue on around the opposite side as in step 3.
  4. Next, blend the sides and back to the top. Even though the top has not been cut yet the corners need the square look from a front and back view. It will be much easier to cut the top flat when there is less hair to work with. Use the clipper over comb technique and either a 1 or 1 ½ blade depending on the thickness of the hair. U Hold the comb parallel to the head and take an imaginary line straight up in the air until you run out of hair to cut.
  5. Move on to the semi-finish. Use adjustable clipper starting in the longest setting working down to the shortest setting.
  6. Finish the taper with the adjustable clipper working down from the longest to shortest setting.
  7. Complete the finish with the t-trimmer using it correctly as demonstrated in tools of the trade lessons.
  8. After these steps are completed move on to the top. Blow dry the top with a small amount of alcohol free Zorian of New York firm hold styling gel to get an even shape to work with.
  9. Using the large flat top comb and a clipper over comb technique with the 1 blade. Begin in the front and work towards the back. Keep the comb parallel with the floor and comb through the first section in the center.  Very small sections will be needed to avoid clipper marks or lines. Move the comb very slowly toward the back angling the comb slightly downward to meet the guide from the sides and back zone.
  10. Move to either the right or left side of the center section and repeat the process. Make sure the center guide and previous guide are visible. This will help to keep the correct speed and sectioning with the comb. Take as many sections as necessary to meet the guide on the sides.
  11. Repeat the above step on opposite side.
  12. When rough cut is complete re-dry the hair with more product for the fine-tuning. Check from every angle in both the wall and hand mirrors.
  13. Touch up any areas that need it.
  14. Lastly, use a fingertip portion of the Zorian Of New York shaping paste for a strong hold and matte finish to hold this difficult growth pattern in place all day. (Optional: Spray with Zorian Of New York finish spray for a non sticky, quick dry finish for added hold)

For more information on customized classes at your barbershop, salon, school, or private training e-mail Greg@HowToCutHair.tv. For more information on becoming a premium retailer of Zorian Of New York men’s products contact Greg@ZorianOfNewYork.com or fill out our wholesale form.

Barber Class at Raritan Valley Community College

Men's Cutting ClassI recently had the opportunity to teach a barber class at Ratitan Valley Community College. Their new facilities are absolutely stunning and the director of the program does an outstanding job running the cosmetology program. Area professionals were invited to take part in the class to brush up on their skills and become more familiar with the school and it’s program. This in turn will help both the school and the salons develop a relationship for recruiting and job placement. This is something that I do often at both public and private cosmetology schools throughout the country. If you”re school is interested in finding out more information on my classes you can contact me at Greg@HowToCutHair.tv or call (518)629-5394.

I always customize the curriculum for the specific needs of every school, salon, or barbershop to best fit your needs. Below is the outline of the base curriculum and we work from there to fit your needs.

Course Outline:

Morning Session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  1. Greg Zorian Introduction
  2. Introduction to men’s haircuts shapes and sections (terminology)
  3. Introduction to the basic men’s haircutting techniques (terminology and demonstration)
    • Scissor Over Fingers
    • Scissor Over Comb
    • Clipper Over Comb
    • Blending
  4. Introduction to advanced haircutting techniques
    1. Texture shear over fingers
    2. Texture shear over comb
    3. Straight razor over comb
    4. Straight razor over fingers
    5. Straight razor sculpting
  5. Demonstration of correct holding of tools, body positioning in relation to the head, and correct posture for cutting
  6. Men’s haircutting demonstration
    1. Pompadour
    2. 1920’s Great Gatsby style side part
    3. Disconnected side part with razor part shaved in
  7. Q&A

Lunch: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  1. Three hands–on haircuts on mannequins focusing on all of the basic men’s haircutting techniques with some advanced techniques mixed in:
    1. Pompadour
    2. 1920’s Great Gatsby style side part
    3. Disconnected side part with razor part shaved in
    4. Learn how to teach your clients to style their hair and increase retail sales in the process
  2. Q&A

 

Greg Zorian Barbering Techniques Hands-On Workshop

Greg Zorian Hands On Barbering Workshop
We are proud to present our next Greg Zorian Barbering Techniques Hands On Workshop. This is our most popular class and will be held at the award winning Gregory’s Barbershop in Clifton Park, New York on Sunday, June 10th. Seating is limited and we will have a second instructor assisting to make sure everyone gets personal one on one attention to have a successful class experience.

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).

Morning Session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 
– Introduction to men’s haircut shape and sections (terminology)
– Introduction to basic men’s hair cutting techniques (terminology and demonstration)
             Scissor Over Fingers
             Scissor Over Comb
             Clipper Over Comb
             Fading
– Class will demonstrate correct holding of tools, body positioning in relation to the head, and correct posture for cutting
– Two hands – on haircuts on mannequins incorporating Scissor Over Fingers, Scissor Over Comb, and Clipper Over  Comb.
             Long men’s layer cut with disconnected bangs
             Pompadour
 
Catered Lunch and Networking: 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:
             Professional Business Haircut
             Ivy League Haircut
             Bald Fade with Hard Part
             Q&A
 
Please contact greg@howtocuthair.tv or call Greg at (518)629-5394 for pricing options and to reserve your seat.

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.

Learn How To Blend and Style a Low Fade

In the following free barber video tutorial you will learn how to blend and style a low fade.  This traditional version has a longer top with a close low fade. The fade is dropped lower in the back to balance out the longer top to allow more length for the problem cowlick or crown area that stands up easily if cut too short. 

Instructional Step Guide:

  1. Cut the top first. Over direct the front back to the middle of the ear in order to leave it longer. 
  2. Remove the bulk in the parietal area and just above the occipital area in the back. You can use either the clipper over comb or scissor over comb technique. 
  3. Fade with a detachable blade clipper or an adjustable clipper with attachment combs. Use a slow fading motion and blend into the previous cut for a smoother blend.
  4. Create a tapered outline to make the fade stand out. Use an adjustable clipper in the longest blade setting with a scooping motion around the outline of the haircut to fade out.
  5. Repeat the previous step with lever adjusted halfway and then to the shortest setting scooping  the clipper a little bit lower each time to finish the taper.
  6. Use a trimmer to line off the sideburns and the diagonal line behind the ears without cutting into the natural hairline. On the back of the neck use an upward shaving motion without getting too close to the tapered or faded hairline.
  7. When the cut is complete style the hair. Blow dry the hair thoroughly with a vent brush by drying the hair forward, then to the side, and then up and back in the front. This will add volume and create the desired shape.
  8. Apply the Zorian Of New York Shaping Paste to create a matte finish. Start by taking a full fingertip amount of product out of the jar and completely emulsifying into the palms of your hands. Our paste will not clump and spreads very easily like a cream but has a very strong hold that will keep the style all day. Apply to the hair by pushing forward on the top layer first, then to the side, and finally, apply from the front to the back down to the roots.
  9. Use a wide tooth comb to get through the thick matte paste and comb into the desired style.

For more information on becoming a premium retailer of our Zorian of New York Products visit our product website and fill out the wholesale form. Someone will call you to consult you on an opening order and answer all of your questions.