Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Welcome to our Education suite.

Here you'll find quality informational and educational videos to help you improve your skills and raise your game. Whether you’re looking for Pomps, fades, ideas or just inspiration, we feature work from some of the best in the industry.

5 Barbers 5 Cuts

 As part of the Styling Products UK launch, we took five UK barbers and five of our new training heads and asked them to create something special that defined style and outlined skill. 

The results...Outstanding...

To celebrate the true style of the Barber, we will be releasing a video of these incredible cuts every day this week. Complete with cut details, competitions and giveaways, this isn't one to be missed!

Barber No.5 - Jim Williams - Texturised Top with Skin Fade

Jim Williams is not only one of our favourite people to go to for fresh ideas and inspiration these days, especially on his Instagram feed @thebarberenvy, but he’s also an industry expert in his own right

Having worked in the trade for over 10 years, Jim’s risen through the ranks as a bonafide barber with over 10 thousand dedicated followers on Instagram alone, this guy is going places. Now managing Baldys Barber (if you haven’t heard of it get onto Google search now!) he also works as an Ambassador for Andis and as an Ambassador for Icandy Scissors.

Tapers, skin fades, low, medium & high fades are all types of fade haircut and it's easy to get confused by what they are and how to ask for them.

Taper Fade
We've seen a lot of definitions of taper vs fade, but the way we see most barbers describe a taper is when it's a fade around the neckline or sideburns.

High Fade Haircut
The high fade begins this tapering process near the top of the hair, creating a marked contrast between the longer hairstyle on top and the short sides.

Low Fade Haircut
The low fade is the opposite of the high fade and starts your tapered cut just above the ear and neckline.

Mid Fade Haircut
The mid fade starts in the middle of the head. Also called a medium fade, your barber will begin trimming halfway up your sides and back for a soft look.

Barber No.4 - Tommy Pipkin - The Fade

Tommy Pipkin - The Fade

Tommy Pipkin is a barber and student at Baldy’s Barbershops located in Buckinghamshire. He began his career in 2014 at 18 and decided to focus exclusively on cutting men's hair. In 2016 Tommy won the Student Barber of the Year, which cemented his Barbering skills and his position within the industry. Now with over 5000 Instagram followers and growing, there is certainly much more to come from this talented young barber.

Fade Haircut

The Fade haircut is a hairstyle that’s taken the barber industry by storm; they’re versatile, attractive and extremely stylish. Originally long on the top and short on the sides, the fade has now transitioned into another level of subcategories including; classic fade, low fade haircut, mid fade, high fade, taper fade, and scissor fade. 

Hair can be as short or long as you like. The buzz cut with a fade is a very popular hairstyle. On the other hand, a side burn and low fade adds a masculine finish to long hair.

It all starts with the right clippers; Tommy’s using the Andis ProAlloy, which features a high-speed magnetic motor clipper with patent-pending XTR.

If you’re still gaining experience, start with the longer guide comb, you can always change it up along the way.

Figure out the fade lines. These are the points where the hair length will vary and will require guards of different numbers.

Start with a lower size guard like a number two, which is required for shorter cuts (For a shorter fade you’ll need a no.1 or no.2). Begin on the sides, behind your ears, and then move to the back. Use an up-down motion throughout this. A rocking motion can help create a good fade.

The Devil's in the detail. For a well-groomed look, make sure to trim closely around your ears and neckline.

Finally, use gel or wax on the top to create spikes or to style it in a particular way. A hair dryer works for longer hair.

Barber No.3 - Baldy - The Pompadour

Baldy - The Pompadour

The modern pompadour is a stylish variation of a cool classic style and it's now one of the most versatile and stylish hairstyles around. The men’s pompadour hairstyle is one of the most popular looks in barbershops these days, and is a haircut defined by length on top with shorter sides and back.

How To Style A Modern Pompadour

As one of the most versatile and stylish haircuts for men in 2018, learning how to style a pompadour is crucial.

The pompadour might seem like a hard cut to manage, but with a little product and comb it's pretty easy to master. Check out our step-by-step instructions to styling this sexy look:

    First, towel dry the hair, but leave it slightly damp. The best time to style is after a shower.

    Now blow dry the hair while combing it up and back.

    With a little pomade or wax, run your hands through the hair. Start with the sides, then the top.

    Slowly smooth in the product with your palms and fingers. Be sure to apply enough to the front section of the hair.

    Depending on whether you want a messy or neat finish, use your comb or your hands to create the look you want.

Mastering the style may take a while, so allow yourself extra time when you first try it!

Barber No.2 Kieron Price - The Caesar Crop

Kieron Price - The Caesar Cut

The Caesar Crop is a timeless short hairstyle that requires the most basic maintenance. For a traditional Caesar haircut, the hair is the same length on the top, back, and sides and is indeed a good choice for balding men or for guys who simply want short, fashionable hair.

For the classic Caesar haircut, the hair on top of the head can be anywhere from 0.5 to 3 inches.

Wash and comb through as standard. After the hair has been washed establish a horseshoe section. Cut the hair all around, going with the grain. If the hair is long, cut it down until it is a few inches/centimetres long. This will make the Caesar style easier to achieve.

Insert your selected guard onto the clippers. Remember  choose a guard that will give you the right length, a #1 guard will work well for very short hair, while a #4 guard will work better for longer hair.

Point-cut the top square of the head and brush the hair forwards to provide length for the fringe. Blend the hair between the sides and the round of the head. Comb the trimmer upwards through the hair, starting from bottom up, working around from temple to temple.

For a more modern take, cut the sides shorter for an undercut or fade.

 

Barber No.1 Mike Taylor - The Flat Top

Mike Taylor  - The Flat Top

The Flat Top haircut is similar to the Buzzcut in that the hair is clipper cut all over the head, but the top is rounded rather than flat. The length can be very short with a severe taper at the sides and back or quite long on top, depending on your preference.

First, clip the hair close to the head on the sides and the back. Keep the clipper anchored to the scalp until just past the round of the head and then continue straight up, the clipper should run perpendicular to the floor.

When the head begins to round towards the top, the clipper should continue straight up and off the scalp.

Next, blow-dry the hair on top up and back, making sure it is standing as straight as possible. Insert a comb into the front at the height you would like the top and cut off the hair above the comb. When using a comb, be careful with the force, you don’t want to create an un-even cut.

Using the front section as a guide, cut a strip down the center of the head, the cut should be parallel to the floor in order to keep it straight.  Freehand cut the remaining areas so they are even with the middle strip.

Using a wide comb flat against the round of the head remove any hair that is sticking out. The crown area should be rounded more to conform to the shape of the head.

Lightly spray the hair with water and re-dry it. This will reveal any odd pieces which may have been missed.

Once the top is complete, taper the neckline and create a line around the ears with a trimmer.

Barbering 101

If you’re just starting out, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide playlist to help you get to grips with the basics. Videos include work from industry experts and educators including:

Kieron The Barber
The Barber Envy
Jason Joseph
MC Barber

Essential Barbering Tips You Need To Know (from none other than the London School of Barbering!)

•   Texturising. Texturising layers is essential.

•   Clipper over comb. Clipper over comb is an efficient shape building technique.

•   Scissor over comb. When scissor over combing it is essential to maintain a more square shape through the blend on the back and sides.

•   Shaping up. When shaping up there is no room for error.

If you’re looking for more information on barber skills & techniques then take a look at the resource hub at the Great British Barbering Academy. There you’ll find everything you need from the history of the profession to basic tools and cut techniques.

Why not start with the Best Barber Skills and Techniques?

Fades

Here's a little bit of inside knowledge...The term 'fade' originated in ethnic barber shops and has become the popular term for an aggressively tight taper in men's hair. Hair at the sides and back is cut as close as possible with clippers and 'fades', or tapers, up into almost any length on top. The fade haircut would have previously been seen as an edgier hairstyle that may not have been accepted in the workplace, but with the resurgence of the fade in the last few years has come a great acceptance for rocking these sort of styles.

Tapers, skin fades, low, medium & high fades are all types of fade haircut and it's easy to get confused by what they are and how to ask for them.

Taper Fade
We've seen a lot of definitions of taper vs fade, but the way we see most barbers describe a taper is when it's a fade around the neckline or sideburns.

High Fade Haircut
The high fade begins this tapering process near the top of the hair, creating a marked contrast between the longer hairstyle on top and the short sides.

Low Fade Haircut
The low fade is the opposite of the high fade and starts your tapered cut just above the ear and neckline.

Mid Fade Haircut
The mid fade starts in the middle of the head. Also called a medium fade, your barber will begin trimming halfway up your sides and back for a soft look.

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