Two Day Shaving and Barbering Techniques Seminar

I had the pleasure this past weekend to teach my two day shaving and barbering techniques seminar to the wonderful and talented staff from Cocolo Spa held at the award winning Gregory’s Barbershop in Delmar, New York.

Barber School

Day 1 consisted of straight razor shaving techniques demonstration and hands on training. First, we went over the different types of disposable straight razors on the market covering the features and benefits of each. Next, we worked on how to safely take out and put in razor blades. Following that, we worked on the four different hand positions including: freehand, backhand, reverse freehand, and reverse backhand. Finally, we moved on to shaving. I demonstrated the proper shave beginning with how to prepare the face, shave the face using the 14 strokes with the correct hand positions, and the post shave process. The attendees followed with demonstrating two shaves each on their live models. They did outstanding for their first time shaving and will be offering these service soon at their salon and spa.

On day two we focused on barbering techniques and hands on haircuts on mannequin heads. We first worked on barbering techniques theory which included: correct holding of the barber shears, correct holding of the clippers including underhand and overhand grips, barber shear over fingers, barber shear over comb, clipper over comb, straight razor over comb, straight razor sculpting, thinning shear over fingers, and thinning shear over comb. We incorporated these techniques into four hands on haircuts in which I would demonstrate 1 to 2 steps for each and the attendees would follow up by performing these steps on their mannequins. I find this is the best way to learn instead of me doing the entire haircut and the class trying to remember everything. A great finished haircut comes from attention to detail in each of the steps instead of just concentrating on the finished results. The haircuts the class learned were: a medium length layer cut with a longer disconnected front, a classic side part haircut, a short side part haircut with faded sides, and an ivy league hairstyle with the crown removed and shorter faded sides. These are the four basic haircuts that allowed us to practice all of the above barbering techniques. They are also the haircuts that most of today’s modern hairstyles are built from by combining them together in many different ways.

We had a great two days of education and this seminar is something that Cocolo Spa is looking to build into their education calendar once per year to keep their stylists up to date on barbering and shaving techniques. The Spa is also a proud retailer of Zorian of New York premium grooming products. We used the shave gel and shave lotion which are infused with aloe vera, shae butter, chamomille, and loaded with skin conditioners for the shaving portion of the seminar.  We used the 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner as well as all of our water soluble styling products also infused with all natural ingredients for the hair cutting portion of the seminar.

Please contact greg@zorianofnewyork if you are interested in private training or hosting a seminar. You can also visit Zorian Of New York and fill out the wholesale form if you are interested in becoming one of our exclusive retailers.


Barbering Techniques


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.



Hands-On Barbering Course

Hands-On Barber Course

On Monday, June 13th I will be teaching my most popular Hands-On Barbering Course at the award winning Gregory’s Barbershop in Delmar, New York. In this class you will learn the most important barbering techniques including:

  • Scissor Over Fingers
  • Scissor Over Comb
  • Clipper Over Comb
  • Backhand Clipper Cutting
  • Reverse Fading
  • Working with a Traveling Guide vs. Stationary Guide
  • And much more

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

  • Side Parts
  • Pompadours
  • Business Cuts
  • Disconnected Haircuts
  • Flat Tops
  • And Styling Techniques

The tuition for the class includes:

  • One full day of hands on education
  • One mannequin head
  • 2 DVDs
  • One tube of gel and one jar of pomade to bring home with you
  • Snacks, water, coffee, and catered lunch

Course Outline:

Morning Session: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  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
  1. Class will demonstrate correct holding of tools, body positioning in relation to the head, and correct posture for cutting
  2. Two hands–on haircuts on mannequins incorporating Scissor Over Fingers, Scissor Over Comb, and Clipper Over Comb.
    1. Long men’s layer cut with disconnected bangs
    2. Pompadour

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:
    1. Professional Business Haircut
    2. Ivy League Haircut
    3. Flattop with fade
  1. Q&A

Please contact Greg Zorian at or call (518) 629-5394 with any questions, to request payment link, and to make your reservation. Class is limited to only 10 people and always sells out quickly.

Xcluciv Barber Supply Shear and Straight Razor Demonstration

Xcluciv Barber Supply Shear and Straight Razor Demonstration


Our most recent class was hosted by Xcluciv Barber Supply in Middletown, New York. The focus of this barbering demonstration was on hair cutting techniques with a barber shear a straight razor. The class was well attended even though it was in the middle of a snow storm. Everyone braved the elements to come out and learn how to increase and diversify their barbering skills.

The focus of the class was on the following barbering techniques: Scissor over Comb,  Scissor over Fingers, Thinning Shear over Fingers, Thinning Shear over Comb, Straight Razor over Fingers, Straight Razor over Comb, and Straight Razor Sculpting.

We also focused on versatility in hairstyles as well. We demonstrated how you can cut a taper down to a 1/4′ in length with barber shears and then showed how you can cut a disconnected Pompadour with barber shears and texturize with a straight razor.

We had a great time at Xcluciv Barber Supply and can’t wait to go back. For anyone attending the International Beauty Show in New York City this year on March 8th-10th make sure to stop by their booth #2231 and check out my full library of Barbering DVDs on display for sale at a 40% show discount.

Short Clipper Cut – Part 2

This short clipper cut is a modern version of the side part. This hairstyle is generally shorter on the sides with a longer top. It is also a very versatile haircut which can be styled in many different ways. This haircut can also be referred to as a short pompadour as well. The most common ways this haircut is styled:

1. Parted to the side with a wet look and some height in the front

2. Parted to the side with a messy dry finish and some height in the front.

Short Clipper Cut – Part 2

1. Use a detachable blade clipper with a number one blade. This clipper and blade combination will remove a large amount of hair with ease. Also use a large clipper comb to control the hair. Start in the right side burn area and use the clipper over comb technique. Cut to but not into the previous guide from the round of the head section.

2. Cut one panel at a time and work your way around the head. Make sure to move the comb slow so you don’t miss any sections. The slower you move the comb the more blended the haircut will be.

3. Dip the comb down slightly in the back to allow for the crown. This will keep the crown length longer so it does not stand up.

4. Complete the above steps to the left side burn and temple area.