I was guest of honour at a seminar in Southern California tonight, I felt liked was going to a meeting with the knights of the round table but actually it was Just a bunch of guys meeting up to share skills, ideas knowledge and experience. It was a combination of barbers and hairdressers The event was organised by @Andrewdoeshair, and the amazing thing about what we just done is that every barber or hairdresser brings something different to the table and everyone comes with an open mind and a camera and note pad and an excitement that only people with a passion for there trade have. If you could take the skills from everyone in the room and create a barbering hairstylist robot.......that would be the ultimate men's hair doer. The complete barber!!
What I loved about tonight was the honesty about it, no one thought they were the best everyone wanted to learn, everyone listened. We shared what we know and what we don't know. In this trade we never stop learning you can't afford to stand still. It was pure passion and energy. Their was no sign of an ego in this room. I've witnessed when people get some success they also get very big headed, and this Is for me the worst trait you can have in this industry especially if your educating. Who wants to listen to someone arrogant who thinks their better than everyone in the room. I don't!!!!! it's embarrassing for them and ugly to watch. None of these guys have that attitude we all have areas we can improve on and the sooner we recognise that the better we become.
It was a open chair night anyone could demo something or just observe, for the first time in a while I felt nervous to cut in front of people, maybe because my background is so different to most of these guys, but that was the beauty we are different but we all embraced each other's ideas. I just love to watch people cut hair especially when it's a different approach to what I would do, so watching @iamdanielwinter, @hailwormatron @edwardclipperhands work was so interesting to me, it was pure technical ability. I feel inspired to cut some hair.
@edwardclipperhands and I teamed up on one model, Edward executed the sickest fade and left me the easy part or what I believe to be the easy part but this is not so for some barbers, scissors are just as alien as clippers are to most hairdressers, it's strange we take for granted what we know and learn. If only we could be just as comfortable with one than other then that is unstoppable. When I organised this trip to the states I wanted to meet like minded people, get some ideas for a shop, learn some new skills and just be inspired. Never did I realise that all of these could be achieved In one day! This was a highlight of not only this trip but of my career.
I feel so happy and so so lucky that this night happened. The vision of Andrew is to try to bridge the gap between barber and hairstylist and events like this brings the two worlds closer together, we all need knowledge to improve and tonight there was so much being thrown around the room, my head is spinning with ideas. (I can't sleep it's 4am).
There's a lot of negativity towards hairdressers from barbers and vice versa this to me is bollocks!!!! We can all learn from each that is for sure. Those that embrace this will always be one step ahead.
What this trip so far has also taught me is the more expensive you are doesn't make you better or your haircut better it just costs more. And the more followers you have on Instagram doesn't make you a stronger stylist or barber. The best hairdressers I know don't even use Instagram for work, because they don't need it to promote themselves. But the positive affect it has had for me is to able to meet people around the world and have events like tonight happen, Which is amazing. No matter if you work in a salon or a barber shop never should one be negative towards the other, both skill sets are valuable to become the best you can at men's hair, the more experience and techniques you have in all areas the better you'll be. Never say never because fashion and trends change and you don't wanna get left behind.