The Fellowship for British Hairdressing has launched The Barber Project; its first education programme dedicated solely to the craft of barbering.
This new project is aimed at hairdressers looking to improve their barbering skills, those looking to make a move into the field, or newly-qualified barbers looking to work with, and learn from, the best in the industry.
Over the course of the year, students will cover all aspects of men’s hairdressing, through to the core barbering skills of clipper work and wet-shaving. The project will build up to stage time at Salon International in October 2019.
The provisional calendar includes an introductory session, barber cuts workshop, clipper workshop, beard and shave workshop, presentation and fashion skills workshop, all taught by experts and with press exposure.
Barbering is big business, with men spending an average of £779 every year on treatments and services (up 9% on the previous year) according to Salon Services’ most recent Beautiful Britain Survey.
But while services might be growing, there is still work to be done in the skills department – which is where the Fellowship steps in.
The Barber Project mentor, Johnny Baba, said: “The trend of barbering is at its highest, but the craft of barbering is at an all-time low.”
With the launch of the project, the Fellowship hopes to help celebrate the mastery of the craft and help create a new generation of inspiring barbers.