This is the first in the Masters of Barbering Video Blog Series covering a wide variety of topics. This video follows up on a previous blog teaching the correct way to describe a clipper cut. It is much more professional to educate your clients on how they get their hairctu by the blade measurement and not a number. This will make your customer feel important and unique giving him one more reason to keep coming back!
To be a successful clipper cutter you have to be a master at blending. What is blending? Blending means the same as tapering and fading. By definition as we covered in previous blogs blending/tapering/fading men’s hair means shorter to longer with no line of demarcation. That’s it and nothing more. There is no big secret.
Actually there are two secrets: EDUCATION and PRACTICE.
With just about all of todays’ styles of men’s haircuts some form of blending is required. Think about the hairstyles. Shorter to longer wether it is a tapered hairline, a half inch on the sides blended to a layer top, or a skin length fade. They all blend from shorter to longer without a line of demarcation. The only difference is the technique used. Will you blend/taper/fade with a blade on skin technique or a clipper over comb technique. It is extremely important you know how to do both and when each one is appropriate.
This leads us to practice. We have all heard practice makes perfect but how many of you out there do not want to do anything you are not good at. Don’t worry. I am the same as you. I struggled with flat tops in the beginning of my career and I can’t remember how many of them I did to get to the point I am qualified to teach them. Put an advertisement in the classifieds for free haircuts, offer friends free haircuts, or go to the local college campus and put up free haircut fliers. Do whatever it takes to get as much practice as you can.
More men than ever are going to salons to get haircuts. They make up half of the population and in some salons they account for over 50% of the clientele. If you are a recent cosmetology school graduate you can’t afford not to learn these techniques. One more thing to keep in mind: male customers are very loyal and excellent tippers $$$.
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In the barbering world the word taper is used often. It can mean many things and be very confusing. By definition a tapered haircut means shorter hair around the perimeter of the haircut gradually getting longer. Sometimes it makes more sense to think of it as longer hair tapered down to shorter hair. It is really that simple. That is all a taper or tapered means.
Now I will get into how it can get complicated:
– What is a fade?
– What is a tapered haircut?
– Does a taper show skin on the sides?
– How high should the taper/fade be cut?
– How should the hairline or outline of the haircut be cut?
These are just a few of the ways that the word taper can be over complicated. In this blog I am going to talk about a tapered/faded hairline. The first thing to learn is the words taper and fade mean the same. The hair is cut (tapered/faded) from shorter to longer. Please do not complicate it any more than that. Again, it is that simple.
A tapered outline of a haircut is a great way to finish off men and boys haircut. It looks more finished and professional than just making a line on the back of the neck. Picture a 1 finger width area around the outline of the haircut. Instead of blocking it off this area should have a 45 degree bevel which will leave a soft finish that TAPERS down to the skin without a line. The adjustable clipper is the ideal tool to use combined with the clipper over comb and blade on skin techniques.
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Throughout my career as an educator I have taught at barber and cosmetology schools hundreds of times. I was teaching at a new school last week and I was demonstrating a tapered neckline with an adjustable clipper. I was using the terminology opening and closing the blade and I received 2 questions I have not heard before. What does opening and closing the blade mean? And, what is the lever for?
This was a surprise to me as I assumed all students were familiar with an adjustable clipper. This particular school does not have an adjustable clipper in their kit so I feel it is very important that I cover this topic in detail.
The lever adjusts the length of the blade. When the lever is pushed toward the cutting blade it is called closing the blade and will cut the hair shorter. As the lever is pushed away from the cutting blade it is called opening the blade and will leave the hair longer. There are also a few lengths in between depending on the make and model of the clipper which makes the adjustable clipper ideal for skin/bald fades and tapered outlines.
Stay tuned for “Getting the most out of the Adjustable Clipper (continued)” where I will cover the benefits of using this clipper for the clipper over comb haircutting technique.
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Razor burn left on the neck after giving haircut can seriously hurt your customer satisfaction and retention rate. It is an extremely important issue that needs to be addressed early on in your barber education as you learn how to cut men’s hair.
Let me explain what I mean by razor burn. It can be as slight as a light red mark left on the back of the neck or as severe as bright red marks with broken skin. The more sensitive the skin the worse it gets.
Fortunately there is an extremely simple solution. First, you must understand how a clipper blade is designed to cut hair properly. There are two blades. One is stationary (does not move) and the other is mobile (moves back and forth). The stationary blade picks up the hair and holds it and the mobile blade (also known as the cutting blade) moves back and forth and cuts the hair.
Now you understand how the blade works but how do I avoid the razor marks? The answer is very simple. DO NOT drag the clipper in a downward motion after making the outline. Turn the clipper around and shave the hair in an upward motion. This way the hair will feed into the clipper blade properly. The stationary blade will pick up the hair and the mobile blade will cut it.
If you still are unsure look at your trimmer closely. Notice how close the cutting blade is to the stationary blade. Even the lightest pressure to the skin will expose the skin to the cutting blade causing the different levels of razor burn. Experiment by touching your finger to the blade and press down LIGHTLY and you will see what I mean.
I can’t stress enough the importance of learning this lesson early on in your barber education. This one simple yet important tip will increase your customer satisfaction and retention levels in a BIG way.
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The first step to any good barber education is the proper schooling. Going to a good barber or cosmetology school is the START of your foundation as a barber or men’s hairstylist. After school the real work starts.
I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a good mentor. This person can come in the form of an owner or manager of the barber shop you are going to work for, a co-worker, or someone you know and respect from another shop
The first thing to look for in a mentor is a barber’s ability to teach (really teach) you the barbering trade. Make sure they can explain and are willing to explain everything in an easy to understand manner. This is the best way to further your barber education in the beginning of your career.
The next thing to look for in barbering mentor is someone with above average skill whose work you would like to duplicate. What you do not want is a barber who is very good and is just looking to show off their skills and impress you. This may seem attractive at first but the goal is to learn as much as you can in a way that you will be able to reproduce the haircuts being shown to you. It is my feeling that when someone has an above average skill level, their work will speak for itself. It is of no benefit to you to keep hearing from them how great they are. The best teachers are those who are humble and grateful for their ability ,want to share all of their knowledge with you, and help you succeed.
If you are unable to find a good mentor or would like to supplement your continuing barber education online please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com. There are easy to follow lessons on topics including the tools of the trade, barber supplies, haircutting techniques, a variety of classic and current men’s hairstyles, beard trims, and numerous lessons on straight razor shaving. Each lesson includes video, written descriptions, and diagrams to help move you through the learning curve of your barber education as fast as possible. Good luck and remember hard work and a lot of practice will always be rewarded.
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