Modern Barbering DVD
Barbering has moved into a very exciting and creative direction in recent times. Even though the title of this video is modern barbering the haircuts featured in this DVD set represent almost every decade of the past 100 years. When you look at the history of men’s hairstyles you will find all of these haircuts were worn at one time or another by famous movie stars, musicians, and athletes. The really interesting trend now is all of these styles are popular at the same time. Most importantly, a proficiency in all of the classic barbering techniques is a must to provide these exciting and stylish haircuts.
The Gentlemen’s Taper
The Gentlemen’s Taper is one of the classic barber haircuts that has been popular for generations. This haircut is sometimes referred to as a regular haircut or the “Barbershop Regular”. It requires proficiency in the scissor over comb haircutting technique and the clipper over comb technique for tapering a natural hairline. There is a great example of this haircut worn by the actor John Slatterly on the popular TV show Mad Men.
The Hollywood Fade
The Hollywood Fade is a fun haircut and will challenge your skills. It actually combines most of the barbering techniques including scissor over comb, thinning scissor over comb, clipper over comb, and fading. The haircut is a combination of a short fade with a longer messy top. You see a lot of young actors in Hollywood with these stylish haircuts with longer tops and very short sides.
The Princeton is a short and low maintenance haircut that was first made popular in the 1950’s. This is a great haircut for someone that does not want to put a lot of work into styling their hair. It is also great for young children with difficult cowlicks because you are basically cutting off the crown. You will need to be proficient with the clipper over comb blending technique to achieve the perfect finish. Most recently this haircut has been made very popular again by the actor Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond movie Skyfall.
The Pompadour is a hairstyle that represented and defined the decade of the 1950’s. This hairstyle was made famous by musicians Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. To be able to provide this haircut properly you need to have an excellent understanding of graduation. In other words, you will be blending a natural hairline to the much longer top that this hairstyle requires. You will also need to be proficient with a vent brush and hairdryer for styling the finish. Most recently the musician Bruno Mars wore a retro 1950’s pompadour to the Grammy Awards.
The Modern Undercut
The Undercut was a popular hairstyle that originated in the Prohibition Era of the 1920’s. The haircut worn by actor Michael Pitt from the TV show Boardwalk Empire is a great example. For this haircut you will need to be proficient with your clipper cutting techniques and layering hair with your scissors. You also need to have an understanding of the term disconnected. This means a haircut that is basically two different haircuts in one and do not blend together. Most recently soccer star David Beckham along with Michael Pitt made this hairstyle popular again.
The Roaring 20’s Layer Cut
The Roaring 20’s was a rebellious time that numerous TV shows and movies have glorified. All of the men were always dressed to perfection. Top hats and three piece suits were a must. This hairstyle is a longer layered haircut. You will need to have an understanding of graduation and square shape layering. You will also need to understand the concept of a visual blend vs. a technical blend. Most recently actors such as Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling have worn this hairstyle in the movie Gangster Squad which represents the 1920’s time period.
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.