The below article is republished from Modern Salon Magazine, February 2018.
Barbering and men’s grooming are hotter than ever, and many schools are promoting the service and elevating its courses to meet the needs for a more demanding student and client. Following suit, ARROJO Cosmetology School launched its barbering program in New York City.
“We want to elevate this craft with classics and creative techniques that inspire the next generation of barbers to be innovative thinkers, cuttingedge craftsmen, and masters of creativity,” says founder Nick Arrojo, whose new, 600+ hour, three-stage program is designed to go beyond the basics and teach modern and creative, precision-based methods.
“The biggest trend is the fusion between classic barbering and modern creative men’s hairdressing,” Arrojo says. “When barbering started to regain popularity, it was classic strong traditional looks, like high and tight military fades, that helped to bring it back into fashion. Now we are seeing a lot more combination of barbering and hairdressing techniques to create the strong clean outlines of a barbered look with the texture and taper of a modern creative hair cut through the top sections, creating more of an undone, perfectly imperfect feel to the look.
The barbering program will help beauty professionals execute everything from classic to trendy and inspired looks through techniques like scissor-over-comb, razoring and freehand dry cutting. In addition to courses covering theoretical knowledge, the program includes styling and shaving classes, and offers students the opportunity to put their new skills ot the test on live models and clients.
“When cleaning the nape with clippers, it’s important to work upward with no pressure on the neck,” Arrojo says. “This will help to avoid red marks. Your comb is your best friend: Use it as a guide to create even distribution, to stop you from going too high, and to avoid a generally uneven look.”
Arrojo says, besides a razor, his essential men’s grooming tool is a great pair of scissors for cutting the square and lean shapes that are most fitting for men. He uses two shears: a Muizutani Cobalt Slim 5.5 inch and a Dmac 5-inch precision scissors.
“With the barbering program, we aim to influence men’s styling for years to come,” Arrojo says.
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