I had the pleasure of training a small group of incredible barbers dedicated to perfecting their craft this past weekend at our latest barber training class at Ricci’s Academy of Barbering in Connecticut.
The class consisted of barbers from New Jersey, New York City, and Connecticut. The hands on barber class covered a wide range of barbering topics from the basics to the advanced. We started out learning how to break the head shape down into 5 easy to remember sections. Then we moved on to the four basic barbering techniques: scissor over fingers, scissor over comb, clipper over comb, and blade on skin.
After becoming more familiar with the correct way to perform these techniques we performed 4 haircuts on male manikin heads. We started out with the popular disconnected long layer cut focusing on sectioning techniques and over directing hair to create longer bang lengths. After that we moved on to the ever popular Pompadour. With this haircut we focused on the square shape haircut with a longer front and most importantly how to use a hair dryer and brush together to get the desired finish. Next up was the classic business side part haircut. Again focusing on the square shape haircut. Due to the shorter length we focused on the scissor and clipper over comb techniques. Last but not least was the flattop haircut. This is what I have found to be the hardest haircut to learn. You are cutting a square shape on a round object. Also, the hair is extremely short so any imperfection shows. With this haircut we focused on fading techniques using clipper attachments and the clipper over comb technique.
I had a great time teaching a wonderful group of people and am happy to say I have made some new friends in the industry that I look forward to staying in touch with and keeping up on their progress.
I would like to congratulate Tanya Golder from Fort Lauderdale, Florida for completing The Two Day Advanced Barber Training Academy in Albany, New York at Gregory’s Barbershop. Tanya exemplifies what true passion and determination for becoming the best she can be is all about. She has been a member of HowToCutHair.tv for over a year beginning when she was in barber school and into the first six months of her career. We have had the opportunity to get to know each other a little over that time through e-mail and phone conversations. She has been asking all of the right questions and it has been an honor to help steer her in the right direction to start her career in the best barbershop for her. I would recommend anyone in Fort Lauderdale to go see Tanya at the Las Olas Barbershop to get a first class haircut from her.
I absolutely love teaching these one-on-one classes and getting to know and help people from all over the country further their careers. In Tanya’s case she came well prepared. She knew exactly what she wanted to learn and practice. It was so obvious that she came prepared to get the most out of her investment.
On day 1 we covered the usual barbering basic techniques such as scissor over fingers, scissor over comb, clipper over comb, and blade on skin haircutting. We also worked on body positioning and posture, head shapes, sections of the head, and haircut shapes. Due to Tanya’s impressive ability we were able to work on some advanced barbering techniques as well such as razor sculpting, razor over comb, and razor over fingers.
On day two Tanya got the surprise of a lifetime with a 14 inch snow storm. It was the first time if 15 years that she has seen snow. The shop was closed for a snow day but we braved the weather and drove to the shop to work anyway. We finished up our manikin work and I demonstrated 6 different haircuts and a shave on live customers. Tanya diligently took notes and asked plenty of the right questions.
I had a couple of first time moments in my classes that I will never forget. The first is being corrected by Tanya for not referring to a customer by their first name. If you read my blogs you know I stress how important this is. I do not like excuses but I forgot the customers name and it didn’t get by her. The second, which I am very thankful for is: the first haircut I teach on the manikin with long hair has been taking a little bit too long in all of my classes. Tanya showed me a sectioning technique from her cosmetology training that will improve that portion of my seminars in the future (Thanks Tanya!).
I had a great experience teaching this class and am looking forward to visiting Tanya at her barbershop on my next trip to South Florida. Which by the way can’t come soon enough. It is -4 degrees outside at the time of this writing.
We are very excited to be putting on the first barber class of the year at Gregory’s Barbershop in Upstate New York. We sold out all of our men’s hair cutting classes last year and are looking forward to another great year of education!
Live Hands-On Barber Training Class
One full day of barber training from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Morning Session: 9 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
Blade On Skin
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
Lunch: 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
Please contact email@example.com or call Greg at 518-629-5394 for pricing options and to reserve your seat.
When it comes to men’s hair cutting I have found over the years there are 7 essential steps to delivering a great haircut. My personal feeling with men’s hair cutting is the term haircut experience is over used. As a barber shop owner for two decades with 450,000 customers served per year I have come up with 7 basic steps to ensure customer satisfaction. Before I get into step 1 of this blog series there a 3 things that are a must no matter what for customer satisfaction:
2. Affordable Price
3. A Great Haircut
It is that simple. Guys do not need a whole lot of fluff. We want to get in and out with a great haircut, go to a nice place, and be treated well.
7 Steps To A Great Men’s Haircut Experience – Step 1
The Personal Greeting
I include this as part of the haircut because any communication with your customer is just as important as the haircut itself. When it is the next customers turn for their haircut greet them by name. Everyone likes the sound of their name. Do not call people by any other names such as dude, pal, chief, boss, buddy, etc. It is very unprofessional, impersonal, and inappropriate. Even if they are a friend of yours the other people in the waiting room do not know that. You can never go wrong with a professional greeting such as Mr., Sir, Dr., etc.
Always include a handshake with your greeting. Walk over to where your customer is seated or meet them halfway as they are walking to your barber chair. Introduce yourself or say hello if they are a “regular” with a firm handshake, smile, and eye contact. The eye contact lets them know that you care and are interested in them. They are not just another head through the door. Always be genuine. Every time you say something, back it up with positive body language and facial expressions.
I have been teaching a lot of hands on classes lately and the one major thing I have noticed is that a lot of beginning barbers and cosmetologists are getting into bad habits with their posture when cutting hair. Bad posture can have many negative results including, but not limited to back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, and a lower quality of haircuts.
Correct Posture For Barbers
1. Stand up straight
2. Keep your elbows away from your body (especially the arm holding the scissor or clipper)
3. Lean slightly on the opposite leg of your cutting hand
4. Keep you work slightly out in front of you instead of directly in front of you
Tips for knowing when you are not demonstrating correct posture:
1. Your work is directly in front of you
2. You are having difficulty just moving your thumb when performing scissor over comb
3. Back, shoulder, wrist, and hand fatigue or pain
4. Look in the mirror and make sure you are not hunched over or leaning forward
By sticking to this reference guide you will have much less fatigue which will increase the quality of your haircuts and extend your career…..