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Master Class Supplement 2018

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AUGUST 2018 | MASTER CLASS | 7 allow for the pursuit of an apprenticeship program in lieu of formal education, while still others demand both.) The number of prescribed school time likewise varies. "In the state of Texas, I had to clock 1,500 hours of theory and hands-on instruction before I could take my licensing exam," says Rick Morin, Wahl (@wahlpro) education and artistic team member, and a graduate of Corpus Christi's Hair Expressions Barber School. Ohio, on the other hand, necessitates a total of 1,800 education hours. The Exam After successfully completing a barber program or apprenticeship, students must pass a state license examination generally comprised of a written theory section plus a practical hands-on skills demonstration. Many states offer this test via the standardized National-Interstate Council on State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC). "I was asked to answer questions on everything from anatomy and trichology to shaving and using clippers versus shears," recalls Jessica Zeinstra Rosen, global education manager for Andis (@andisclippers). The multiple-choice written portion can touch on scientifi c concepts like microbiology, basic chemistry and human physiology. Graduates must grasp principles of strand structure and quality, follicle growth and loss. Fundamentals of head and facial hair services, plus mastery of the many tools prescribed for every job, are also covered. Practical exams present a unique set of challenges. "We had to have all our equipment labeled," Rosen recalls. "Putting my kit together was almost more stressful than the test itself!" It consists of at least six key sections that must be fi nished in a maximum of four hours. "I was asked to do a men's haircut, shave, shampoo and facial on a live model," Morin shares. "On a mannequin, I was tasked with three perm rods, three relaxer sections, and three new growth color sections." Renewal Requirements As with other regulated professions, barbers are obliged to renew licenses through their state board of barbering or cosmetology. Most states ask that this be done once a year or every other year. Continuing education courses can fulfi ll said stipulations and are a fantastic way to keep skills fresh. "Never stop learning," urges Rosen. GETTING HIRED The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a total of 52,100 barbers in the United States in 2012. By 2022, the BLS predicts that number will have skyrocketed to 58,000. Clearly, this age-old trade is experiencing a renaissance. "Social media had a huge impact in the popularity resurgence," speculates Morin. "Guys see photos of precision haircuts and on-trend beards, then go to barbershops to replicate those looks." Rosen adds, "Studies show that men will spend just as much, if not more, on upkeep throughout the coming year." Whether renting a chair, working on commission, or opening one's own chop shop, seasoned pros agree that an apprentice stint is a valuable way to gain real-world experience. "Schools can only teach so much, because they have a fi nite amount of time to relay nearly infi nite info about the body and hair," Rosen refl ects. "I'd urge all barbers to pursue apprenticeship or advanced education immediately after getting licensed." Morin suggests spending three to six months in this interim mentee phase. Hair care is a 20-billion-dollar industry. Of the nearly 86,000 existing national beauty establishments, approximately 4,000 were barbershops in 2014, as reported by the Small Business Development Center Network. Translation: lucrative opportunities abound. "Financially, barbering has allowed me to enjoy a lifestyle that's different from the frugal one I knew in childhood," discloses Morin. Make no mistake: Long hours and grueling work are mandatory parts of the equation. But there's also little doubt that barbering can boost business, especially when practiced in conjunction with other cosmetology services. "It should no longer be looked at as just an in-between or fi ller service," Rosen notes. "I've helped salons increase sales by 35 percent via the addition of talented, technically profi cient barbers." Told in beauty school that top wages would be earned by those who specialized in color, Rosen found higher profi ts as a men's hair specialist compared to her colorist colleagues. Some states recognize a cosmetology license as meeting a portion of barber licensure requirements. In Tennessee, for example, certifi ed cosmetologists can procure their barbering permit in just 750 hours, as opposed to the 1,500 prescribed for non- experienced newbies. "I believe versatility in both domains is essential," emphasizes Morin. "Whether you work in a salon or barbershop, you won't ever have to turn down a client." The worst barbering mistake I made was taking the part a bit too wide on a client whose recession line was way too deep," says Zeinstra Rosen. "He said he loved it and kept coming back, but I think we all agreed it wasn't his best look!" The hot fall trend for men is short on the sides with mid-length top layers styled to reveal texture," Morin shares. Use heat or chemicals to disinfect tools after every use. Thoroughly clean stations by wiping surfaces and emptying drawers several times a week. Stock Band-Aids. Better safe than sorry! One man, one blade: Razors (including feather razors) and neck strips are single-use items. Oil your clipper blades —a drop or two will do—after use to keep from rusting. Approach each cut intentionally, every time. SANITATION STATION ANDIS' JESSICA ZEINSTRA ROSEN SHARES HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS FOR PROFESSIONALS. SUCCESS SECRETS INSIGHT ON HOW TO BE CONSISTENTLY GREAT, COURTESY OF WAHL'S RICK MORIN. Be present in your shop during store hours. Remember names and greet clients as they enter. Everyone likes to feel as if they've come home. Offer a complimentary shampoo—something 99 percent of barbers don't do. COURTESY OF MANUFACTURERS Th on hot the s Th made wide wors was ta on a c

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