Sharpen up your skills and become an old-style barber

PULL out the scissors and sharpen the razor — a new generation of old-style snippers is set to be created through a new barbershop course.

Hairdressing co-ordinator at South West TAFE Jenny Best-McCosh demonstrates the fine art of shaving with a cut-throat razor.

Hairdressing co-ordinator at South West TAFE Jenny Best-McCosh demonstrates the fine art of shaving with a cut-throat razor.

Some of the region’s most experienced hairdressers have been recruited for a new South West TAFE course focused on the skills needed to be a fully-fledged barber, from the short-back-and-sides to more elaborate hairdos.

South West TAFE hairdressing co-ordinator Jenny Best-McCosh said contrary to generally-held perceptions, many men are relishing the opportunity to be pampered. 

She said the course would cater for industry newcomers as well as existing hairdressers who want to gain barbering skills.

“It’s an evolution really. Guys like to go in to the barbershop and lay back and have a shave and be pampered,” Mrs Best-McCosh said.

Veteran Camperdown barber John Royal and Warrnambool barbering specialist Narelle Beechey will act as tutors during the course, starting from July, which will differ from hairdressing training.

Mrs Best-McCosh said a range of areas will be covered in the six-month course, including the art of cuts and cut-throat shaves, communication, finances and customer service.

She said a new generation of barbers were also offering intricate men’s styles from overseas such as shaved sides and graphics shaved into the hair, which were also captured in the workshops.

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