Barber College - The Story So Far

January 10, 2011

Ah the first couple of weeks of a new year: you still write '10 when writing the date down, you make resolutions you'll never keep, and, as you polish off the last of the selection box, you think back on the year just gone and the new one to come.

Today was my first day back in college and so a recap of what I've covered so far is in order I feel. This year had gotten off to a less than great start due to some family illness (apologies in the lack of blogging as a result) but oddly enough getting back into college was something solid and familiar and I enjoyed my first day more than I though I would (though I didn't stop yawning until 11am!). Next week the new group of students will start. Yes, the NEW group... already my group are the veterans of the college and it's strange to think I'm nearly half way through. This last half is going to require a huge amount of drive from me, but I want to do it, and simply being in there again is getting me motivated. 

For those thinking of going to barbering college and are curious as to what is covered, here's a list of what I've learnt so far in the space of roughly two and a half months. I won't elaborate on them all, but a simple search on Google will explain most terms to those who want to know more:

- Cuts: one length, box layers, uniform layers (long and short), graduated layers, fringes, scissors over comb, clippers over comb, clipper shaves, slicing, point cutting, texturizing, using the straight to tidy up the neckline, removing "weight" using a number of techniques and I've seen a bit of the shaper razor in use (can't wait to give that a go!)
- Blow-drying: Straight, curly, flick, finger, sausage, volume.
- Colouring: Highlights, Semi colour, root tint, full head colour.
- Theory: Health and safety, shampooing and conditioning, skin diseases, infections, abrasions etc., reception duties, client consultation, hair tests for colour, strength etc., strand tests, patch tests, some colour theory.

I still have so much to practise and learn but I'm going to give it my all. I hope I can get enough people in to practise on. I have a great American guy called Michael in tomorrow. He's a real character. Last time he came in he was full of hugs for me and stories to tell even though I'd never met him before in my life. He's an older gent and has salt-and-pepper hair but, to quote his own words: "just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there isn't a fire in the furnace!". 

Oh and if someone is looking for a late Christmas, or just "hey you are awesome!" present for me...:
(I mean look at that yellow one! It's like a fish! I love it!
Shame these are custom made shorties. You can see more of them HERE )
- BE


Randy said...

Good to see you back in school and blogging, BE. I'd love to give you the yellow fish straight as a "hey you are awesome" present, but I only have safety razors. I tried one straight, and it has long since been given away!

Brian said...

Good to see you back Dan.... Nice straights... and gave up to early on those straights...nothing like cold swedish steel. One thing you must do tho Dan....get rid of those earmites

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your mum. Good luck to you both.

BlackBard - a B&B fan.

Barber Eile's Blog said...

Randy: thanks. I've had to take a couple of weeks off due to family illness and loss.
Brian: I know! Bloomin' infestation! :)
Blackbard: thank you so much. We are staying strong and managing. And thanks for reading too!

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