Barbering and men’s grooming is hotter than ever and many schools are promoting the service and elevating their courses to meet the needs of the more demanding student and client. The Arrojo Cosmetology School in NYC has introduced the Barbering Program which is designed to master the State Board mandated techniques. The goal of the 600+ hour, 3 stage program is to go beyond the basics and teach modern and creative, precision-based methods to execute any and everything from classic to trendy and inspired looks through techniques like scissor over comb, razoring and freehand dry cutting. In addition to courses covering theoretical knowledge, the program includes styling and shaving classes, and offers students the opportunity to put their new skills to the test on live models and clients.
MODERN caught up with Arrojo Cosmetology School founder Nick Arrojo and asked him three important barbering questions:
- What is the hottest trend in barbering today? I think the biggest trend is the fusion between classic barbering and modern creative men’s hairdressing. When barbering started to regain popularity, it was the classic strong traditional looks, like high and tight military fades, that helped to bring it back into fashion. Now we are seeing a lot more combination of barbering and hairdressing techniques to create the strong clean outlines of a barbered look with the texture and taper of a modern creative haircut through the top sections, creating more of an undone, perfectly imperfect feel to the look.
- What is your tip to getting a clean nape? When cleaning the nape with clippers, it’s important to work upwards with no pressure on the neck. This will help to avoid red marks. Your comb is your best friend: Use your comb as your guide to create even distribution, to stop you going to high, and to avoid a generally uneven look.
- In addition to a razor, what are the most important tools in YOUR barber kit? For me, a great pair of scissors is essential for cutting the square and lean shapes that are most fitting for men. I use two shears: A Mizutani Cobalt Slim 5.5 inch and a Bmac 5-inch precision scissor.
Adds Arrojo and as stated in the brochure, “We want to elevate this craft with classic and creative techniques that inspire the next generation of barbers to be innovative thinkers, cutting-edge craftsmen, and master of creativity. We aim to influence men’s styling for years to come.”