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.

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.

Hands On Men’s Barbering Education Class With O’Ba Men

O'Ba MenWe had the opportunity recently to put on a hands on men’s barbering education class with O’Ba Men. The line is relatively new and imports many of their natural ingredients that go into their products from Brazil. O’Ba is company that strictly supports the salons and barbershops and does not sell anywhere else. That means your clients will not find these excellent hair care products in drug stores or grocery markets.

The class was attended by numerous salons and we had a great time. We demonstrated the various barbering techniques as well as some of the most popular haircuts. After the demonstration the salons came on stage on groups and worked on live models. It was very impressive how well the staffs from the different salons worked as a team to give some great haircuts. As usual with our classes we teach how to eliminate the blending step from the haircuts which is always the most stressful and hardest part of the haircut. We were also extremely impressed how quickly the attendees picked up the concept of starting at the top first and working down instead of from the bottom up. Our mantra has always been and always will be, “If you don’t put the line in, you don’t have to blend it out!”

We finished up the class with a shaving demonstration using O’Ba’s high quality shaving gel which is in the final stages of development. We covered the 14 strokes of the shave as well as the four different hand positions for holding the straight razor properly. We also demonstrated a shave with a safety razor as well for the states who only allow cosmetologists to shave with that type of razor.

We can’t say enough about the professionalism of the owners of O’Ba Men and their commitment to support salons and barbershops by selling their products exclusively in their places of business as well as providing ongoing educational support as well.

HowToCutHair.tv will be providing more barbering classes in conjunction with O’Ba Men in the future. We will be announcing upcoming class dates and locations as they become available. We look forward to seeing you there and encourage you to give this excellent product line a try in your barbershop or salon.

What It Means To Be A Barber

What It Means To Be A BarberWhat it means to be a barber goes far beyond just giving a good haircut. Yes, to be a successful barber you need to have a clean barbershop, give a quality service, have a convenient location, ample parking, and affordable pricing. What I am talking about is what makes your customers and community look at you in a different light. In my opinion the most important aspect of any barber’s job is your communication skills and your ability to build relationships. You can get away with being an average barber if you posses these skills. If you have outstanding talent but do not posses these skills you will have a difficult time becoming a successful barber with the potential for a long career.

I have been reflecting on my two decades in barbering as a technician, shop owner, and educator a lot recently. All of the sudden it hit me: As I am working on so many college kids many of them have been customers since they were 3 or 4 years old or in some cases since their first haircut. Throughout the years a strong relationship has built to the point where some of these guys are asking me advice on all different kinds of topics and life decisions which I consider a huge honor (and great responsibility)! On the other hand I cut many of their father’s hair who often tell me stories about their son’s, what they are up to, and in some cases ask for my opinion on some of their decisions. Again, a huge honor and great responsibility not to be taken lightly!

The best advice I can give is to make sure to always come to work with a smile on your face (even on the bad days), always have a positive attitude, never use bad language, never talk about controversial topics, work on having superior listening skills, and most importantly HAVE FUN! The last one being the most important because if you are laughing, joking around, and having fun it is contagious. Your customers will leave feeling great and keep coming back for more. Add a first class haircut to the mix and you have a combination that can’t be beat!

Advanced Barber Training Class In Connecticut

I would like to thank all of the students at the recent advanced barber training class in Connecticut at Ricci’s Academy of Cosmetology. We had students from all over the state of Connecticut as well as New York City in attendance. The class was a 6 hour hands on workshop that covered many important barbering techniques and haircuts.

Below is a copy of the course outline:

  1. Introduction to men’s haircut shape and sections (terminology)
  2. Introduction to basic men’s haircutting techniques (terminology and demonstration)
    1. Scissor Over Fingers
    2. Scissor Over Comb
    3. Clipper Over Comb
    4. Blade On Skin
  3. Class demonstrated correct holding of tools, body positioning in relation to the head, and correct posture for cutting
  4. Class completed five hands–on haircuts on mannequins incorporating Scissor Over Fingers, Scissor Over Comb, and Clipper Over Comb, and Blade On Skin Cutting
    1. Pompadour
    2. Professional Business Haircut
    3. Ivy League Haircut
    4. Flattop
    5. Bald Fade
  5. Q&A      

HowToCutHair.tv will be partnering with Ricci’s Academy of Cosmetology to teach 5 more of  hands-on barbering workshops throughout the year. Please contact the school at 1(203)426-1138 for times, dates, and to make you reservations.