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

 

Barbering Demonstration and Hands On Class in the Washington D.C. Area

On February 19th, 2018 we will be giving a barbering demonstration and hands on class in the Washington D.C. area hosted by The Statements Project. We are looking forward to teaching this informative class perfect for any hairstylist or barber looking to increase their men’s hair cutting and hair styling skills and increasing profitability. Listed below is a look at the exciting curriculum for this full day crash course in barbering.

Barber Class

Barbering Demonstration – Hands On Curriculum:

In this class you will learn the most important barbering techniques including:

  • Scissor Over Fingers
  • Scissor Over Comb
  • Clipper Over Comb
  • Reverse Blending
  • Texturizing Techniques
  • Straight Razor Cutting Techniques
  • When to use a Traveling Guide vs. Stationary Guide
  • Styling Techniques
  • Retail Sales Techniques Geared Towards Your Male Clientele
  • And much more

We will be also covering all of today’s popular haircuts including:

  • Side Parts
  • Pompadours
  • Business Cuts
  • Disconnected Haircuts

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

Again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful staff and ownership at The Statements Project for hosting this class. You can register here for what is sure to be a quickly sold out class.

How To Cut Hair With Clippers

One of the most common things beginning barbers as well as cosmetologists wanting to specialize in men’s hair cutting want to know is how to cut hair with clippers. The common misconception is that men’s hair cutting is referred to as clipper cutting or  a clipper cut. Nothing can be further from the truth. The clipper is one of many tools used to cut men’s hair not the only one. With that being said the clipper is a very valuable tool.

How To Cut Hair With Clippers

The most common techniques for cutting men’s hair with clippers are clipper over comb and blade on skin also referred to as freehand clipper cutting.

Clipper Over Comb: The comb is used to pick up the hair and the clipper cuts the hair over the comb just like scissor over comb.

Blade on Skin: This is when the clipper blade is placed directly on the scalp using a hair fading motion. This barbering technique is also used for creating the outline with a trimmer by placing it directly on the neck, forehead, and temple area to create the outline of the haircut.

It will be necessary to familiarize yourself and practice both of these valuable techniques when you are learning how to cut hair with clippers in the beginning of your career.

How To Build A Profitable Barbershop Clientele – Always Carry Business Cards

How To Build A Profitable Barbershop Clientele – Always Carry Business Cards

This is another simple but important thing do to build your business. In order to build a huge clientele you need to constantly sell and brand yourself as well as your business. Always remember that you are your brand. You never know when or where you will run into a potential customer. They are everywhere. Every time you hand out a business card or tell someone what you do you are building your brand. In other words, whenever someone hears your name or the name of your barbershop their first thought should be a high quality men’s haircut.

The grocery store of all places can be a great place to hand out cards. As I walk you through the grocery store think of all of the people you come in contact with. When I shop I start out in the produce section and there are usually a few men stocking the fruits and vegetables. Then I move on to the bakery followed by the deli. Now, it’s off to the seafood section followed by the butcher’s area. After I do all of this I walk up and down the aisles getting my condiments, beverages, frozen items, and diary. Last, on to the check out and bagging area. By now you should be thinking of the countless people you run into stocking shelves, serving you your baked goods, meats, and seafood, cashing you out, and bagging your groceries. This doesn’t even take into account any chance meetings with any friends or neighbors. Now that you can think of all the different people you run into there is a lot of opportunity here. There are a few ways to go about recommending your services depending on what you are comfortable with. The easiest thing to do is just mention in passing when the grocery store employee is done servicing you that you work at the XYZ barbershop around the corner and hand them a card. If you are comfortable selling yourself a little bit more you can ask them if they are happy where they are currently getting their haircut and see where the conversation takes you.

Restaurants are also a great place to hand out cards. Sit down restaurants are even better because you spend more time with the wait staff and establish a little bit of a relationship throughout the time they are serving you. All of the same ideas as above apply here. You have the opportunity to talk to the bartender while you are waiting, other people in the bar or waiting area, and the wait staff while you are eating. Just mention in passing what you do and hand them a card. You could be slightly more aggressive and use the referral program if you like. Write you name on the card or the name of any female staff member that may send in a male friend or family member.

Church and community functions are even better places to hand out cards and build your clientele. These are the places and events you go to where there are quite a few people that you know personally or recognize from the neighborhood. It can be much easier to communicate and ask for help building your business with people you know and are comfortable talking to. These are great places to build up your confidence for talking to strangers. The key is not to think of them as strangers. Most of the people at the places you go to recognize you and are used to seeing you on a regular basis.

These are just a few ideas for handing out business cards. Be creative and have fun. Building your clientele can and should be very rewarding. One of the best things about our industry is that no one is putting a limit on the amount of money you can make.