The Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Barber Project spent the day at Wahl Academy, learning from Andrea Raymond. 

The former British Barber of the Year, Andrea Raymond was the latest mentor to pass on her wealth of knowledge to the Barber Project, spending a day with the team at the Wahl Academy. 

A Wahl educator, barbershop owner and multi-award-winning barber, Andrea is one of the most prominent female barbers in the industry, and dedicates much of her time to raising the profile of women throughout the industry. 

On the day, Andrea demonstrated two cuts on models to give the team inspiration—a skin fade and a clipper cut. 

She started off by explaining the five key elements of a cut—shortest, longest, blend & transition, texture and finish—Andrea shared her valuable techniques with the team, including clipper-over-comb, beards, working with guards and how to fade and blend. 

In the afternoon the team got the chance to hands-on with cuts.  

The whole team created different looks, decided upon after a consultation with Andrea on which areas they most wanted to improve on and receive feedback on. 

“Learning the art of clipper cutting, and not being reliant on scissors was brilliant,” says Luke Hawkins from The Marvellous Hair Co. “I really feel like I’ve added another string to my bow, and I’m feeling like a more complete male grooming specialist as each session passes.” 

Sarah Morrissey from Sarai Hair & Beauty agrees, adding, “After this session, I will definitely be using clippers more. I feel more confident with my skin fades and using the clippers to achieve this. I’m also looking forward to sharing this with my team on our next training session.”  

“Every session with the Barber Project has been different and I have come away with so much already,” she continues. “I feel so much more confident. My gents’ haircuts are becoming more of a barber haircut as I become more confident with the tools, and new techniques to create the desired looks for my clients.”