Men have been shaving their faces and heads since the Egyptian times and even earlier. Different types of artifacts used for shaving have been discovered in the great pyramids dating back as early as 7000 B.C. Unique artwork has also been found on their interior walls of the ruling classes with shaved heads and faces. In ancient Greece, artwork has also been found depicting men receiving shaving services at local barbershops. Considering the history behind shaving it is no coincidence that getting a shave at a barbershop today is considered a modern luxury.
In addition to shaving, throughout history facial hair has also been a sign of strength and class. This is especially true today. It has been my experience that men are just as particular about their beards if not more so than their hair.
The Face Shave:
The shave is the oldest service provided by barbers. The word barber is derived from the Latin word “barba” meaning beard. Artifacts such as razors and pictures depicting barbershop scenes have been discovered dating back to thousands of years B.C.
Daily or a few times a week men would go to the barbershop to be shaved before the invention of the safety razor. Today a professional shave is a luxury. Any man can shave himself today so the service must be first class. The correct products and skin preparation along with the technical skill are imperative to going above and beyond the clients expectations.
The Head Shave:
Everyone knows this look. Michael Jordan made it famous in the 90’s. This style is exactly what it sounds like. The head will be shaved as close and smooth as possible. This is a perfect style for someone who has thinning hair or male pattern baldness. It is ideal for the low to no maintenance kind of guy.
Goatee Trim and Shave:
The goatee is a classic beard trim that has been around in many variations throughout time. In this video you will learn the basic goatee trim. The basic shape follows the angle of the mustache and is about 1-2 finger width below the jaw line. After the trim a straight razor is necessary to sharpen up the line for the best result.
Get to know Greg:
Greg Zorian is a third generation barber with over two decades of experience behind the chair and as an educator. Throughout his career he has provided over 100,000 haircuts personally, his shops have accounted for between 400k – 500k haircuts on an annual basis, as well as trained thousands of barbers and cosmetologists in the art of men’s haircutting.
Greg has worked as a platform artist for one of the leading clipper manufacturers, regularly gives barbering demonstrations at barber and cosmetology schools throughout the Northeast and New England, and is a presenter at national trade shows. His work has been featured in numerous publications including The Milady Standard of Professional Barbering Textbook and DVD series, Modern Salon Magazine, First Chair Magazine, Travel and Leisure Magazine, and he received a number 2 ranking in the top 5 men’s haircuts in the world category in Four Seasons Magazine.
Currently, Greg has developed a web based platform (www.HowToCutHair.tv) which provides continuing education for barbers and cosmetologists which currently has members in 14 different countries. Greg also has a growing library of first class barbering/men’s haircutting and shaving DVDs to help students and industry professionals hone their men’s cutting skills and grow their clientele.