Last month the Fellowship’s Barber Project headed to the Master Barber’s Shop in Southport for a shaving masterclass.
Beards and shaving are big business, with facial hair in 2019 being more commonplace and commercial than ever.
According to YouGov research, 42% of men now rock some sort of facial hair with 44% of those choosing to sport a full beard.
With the beardy boom, it’s important barbers feel as confident handling facial hair as they do head hair.
This is why the Barber Project received a fully immersive session in shaving and facial hair from the Master Barber’s Shop team.
The day kicked off with an introduction to the award-winning barber business before owners Dan and Robert Rix gave the team a brief history on shaving over the years.
From trends to techniques and an overview about product retail for the barbering industry.
Dan and Robert then gave the team a shaving presentation and model demonstration, followed by a bream trim, shape and condition on a model with a long beard.
Following the presentations, it was time for the team to put their new knowledge into practice.
In pairs, the team each did a shave on a model, as well as a beard trim, including using the razor for a shape up.
“I got so much out of the day,” says team member Sarah Morrissey. “I have done a little wet shaving before, but this was so much more in-depth and about a full grooming experience for the client.
“I also learnt some new tips on how I could improve my technique and get a closer shave.
“Beard trimming wasn’t something I’ve done before, so this was really interesting to see—and, like most things, it looks much easier than it is!
“I feel after a little more practice I would definitely be able to introduce these services into the salon.
“I did a shave course about eight years ago and have one client I do regularly,” she continues. “But have never pushed the service as I never felt really confident in it.
“Now, I feel totally confident and am going to expand our male grooming services in the salon, and start promoting wet shaving and beard services.
“I’m also going to train some team members up in the beard services.”