So like every morning I get up and head to the local corporate coffee chain that I work at but as I always do think about how there has to be somewhere in this area for me to cut hair (since God knows that is where I would rather be).
The following statement is a general statement and my opinion from experience:
Traditional barbering is very important and I think that sometimes the hair industry has the tendency to snub there nose at barbers . I personally have seen (and experienced) that barbers do not want to help train younger inexperienced barbers. I also feel that if we do not see older more experienced barbers step up and help train and teach younger guys then our trade will suffer!
Education is important!!! This is something I have learned from my wife who is a hairstylist. The more a person learns the better they are going to be at their craft...this is true in any trade but especially in the hair business. In traditional mens haircutting...a mens haircut is well - a mens haircut. What about those haircuts that would not be classified as "traditional" but more trend oriented are you going to turn them away.
What I am trying to get to is that "traditional" barbering and "modern" mens grooming should be able to go hand in hand....please not I am not talking about that whole wierd "metro-sexual" trend that popped up a few years ago. Seek out education even if it is through product companies like (I know they are just trying to sell there product but you can learn something from 'em)...Find other barbers who have something to teach you. It is the best way to better yourself.
I really hope this made sense...it made sense in my head! Cheers Frankie
So earlier this week Ivan Zoot (andis co.) posted a blog about some of his mentors and it kind of got me thinking about the importance of mentors. For me there are men in this trade that I have so much respect for...men that have kind of changed the face of barbering a perfect example is Don Hawley who owns Hawleywoods Barbershop in Costa Mesa and Long Beach and also owns Layrite Pomade...guys like Ivan Zoot and a few others.
I began to realize though that the one thing since the beginning of my journey as a barber I have been missing is a mentor...someone to teach me the trade show me the tricks no one else knows...etc. The hair game is an industry that mentors are still important....whether you are a Hair stylist or a barber!
If you are in a position to mentor the younger cats in the your shop of salon....do it and if you are the rookie in the shop or salon do what you must to learn as much from the experienced ones in your shop or salon.
So I need to get my hands working again....Man I miss cutting hair!! So what did I do grabbed one of Beth's surplus of many mannequins and started cutting and this is what I got. Kind of like it but one of the problems with working on mannequins is that you can not really do short clipper cutting on them. So what does that mean for me....no way to work on fades, taper fades and all the crap that I need work on so I can work in the central valley!
Ivan Zoot from Andis will be doing education and people from Barbers Only Magazine are also going to be at ISSE this year....so I am excited!!
I am getting antsy becasue my CA barbers License expires this spring and since coming back to California I have hardly been able to cut hair and the truth is it really sucks. Two years licensed here and I am hustling coffee at starbucks. Please do not get me wrong I am grateful for my job but would rather be cutting hair!!!
I am not sure where to go from here...thats for sure!