I gave up decades ago having a cosmetologist cut my hair. An honest barber will tell you, as a group cosmetologists don't know how to taper well, work on mens' beards with straight razor's etc. Not to knock their skills, they are just different. But they have been somewhat deceptive at times at advertising just what they can do. They cannot do the kind of traditional all clipper crew cut I wear. Or a flattop, etc. Maybe a few can, but very few.
: As licensing is done at a State level, you
: would get a lot of different answers, I
: suspect. Observation on my part-immigrant
: barbers tend to be trained in the really
: traditional ways. Young US trained it
: really depends on whether the
: barber/cosmetology training is really fully
: integrated. If not, I get a sense that a
: lot of young barbers and stylists learn
: their clippering skills OTJ. I find the
: haircutting skills from the cosmetology side
: and the clippering, tapering/fading skills
: from barbering blend well together, no pun
: --Previous Message--
: Looking at some older posts by guys here,
: talk about how barbers get trained
: differently now.
: Out of curiosity, I'm wondering what people
: mean. I talked to my barber the other day
: about Barber Colleges here in Southern
: California. There's really maybe a total of
: four real barber colleges in all of So Cal.
: When guys talk about training I'm wondering
: what they mean. Here, they are still doing
: essentially what they have always done from
: what I can tell. A girlfriend I had in high
: school did the barber college route (her dad
: was a famous haircutter to rock and roll LA
: people back in the 1970;s (a stylist). So
: I've been around both old school barbers and
: Beverly Hills stylists when I was younger.
: Not that I was wealthy, you don't have to be
: to get a good haircut at many of those
: salons, actually. For decades I've gotten
: military cuts at very "guy" type
: shops. I have no idea where the hipsters
: actually train???
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