Traditional Wet Shaving & More!
Keeping extremely busy with AIB Barber School full time and working valet part time, evenings. This past week I completed 900 hours of my Master Barber training; I am now 75% finished in the 1200 hour program. My confidence and skill level have improved greatly. I prefer traditional cuts and tapers, but I am getting more comfortable with skin fade haircuts too. I have 2 clients who come weekly to get shaved and several more who come every other week or monthly.
I purchased a customizable database app, called Bento, to create and maintain client records on my iPhone.
My cuts still take about 30-45 min to perform, but they are quality cuts; increased speed will come with time and experience. My sister,a barber in Indiana, takes about 20-25 min per cut, but she’s got 10 years of experience. The most clients I’ve serviced in a day was 6 haircuts and 1 shave, which doesn’t compare to a busy shop, but the school has too many students for the amount of traffic it gets. I’ve read online that Barber School never fully prepares you for the shop, it just gives you the basic foundation to get started. Your first 300 cuts in a shop will be the rest of your training…
I’ll graduate from the program in late February 2015. I have already been recommended to several shops for employment and there are a few recently opened shaving shops that I would like to check out.
I’ve completed: 232/350 Haircuts | 5/15 Facial services | 54/50 Beard & Mustache Trims | 52/50 Perms | 55/25 Shaves | 79/100 Scalp Treatments | 40/100 Shampoo & Rinses | 0/10 Relaxers | 6/25 Hair Coloring
Because I haven’t found another student who can cut my hair the way I want, I cut it myself!
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My birthday was in October and I received several new shaving soaps and samples. My wife got me a tin of BebeLush Bay Rum, Orange & Clove shave soap; I don’t like bay rum by itself, but the orange is prominent enough that I like this. It creates a nice, cushioning lather.
She also got me a tub of Kiehl’s Lite Flite Shave Cream during a recent business trip to Dublin, Ireland. I haven’t shaved with it yet, but it test lathers well; the scent is medicinal and hard to identify. The lid says camphor, menthol, and lavender.
Finally got to try the CaD shaving soap from Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements (formerly How To Grow A Mustache and Petal Pusher Fancies brands); had to buy the 1.5 formula shaving stick because the 2.0 formula tin was still out of stock. The scent is fantastic (very close to classic Barbasol) and I’ve never had a problem with the performance. There was recently some strong controversy regarding the actions of the brand’s owner, which some considered deceptive, but I’ll probably continue to purchase his products.
I also ordered the 6 Maggard Artisan Soap Sampler and a tub of Dapper Dragon Signature Scent from Maggard Razors. They just arrived with week and smell fantastic. Haven’t tried the Maggard soaps yet, but the Dapper Dragon was a fantastic shave Sunday morning.
Received a KickStarter update from Rockwell Razors, and the 6S razor has completed production and is nearing ready to be shipped.
I was also finally able to get a RazoRock Stealth Slant (v2) with stand. I wasn’t happy with how the initial release was handled (“Stealthgate”), but I’ve continued doing business with Italian Barber; RazoRock is still my overall favorite brand. I’ve shaved with it twice and it is glorious. The aluminum razor is extremely lightweight and feels mild, but the cutting action is smooth and efficient. I am able to do WTG and XTG passes, but ATG is a little too aggressive and has caused irritation; it could be my technique, this is my first slant razor. Highly recommended.
Until next time, Shave Well!
Handsome Rob (Instagram)
“I’m handsome, and you can be handsome too!”