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Barber: Marc Republic’s Interview With Larry The Barberman

Though his name is easily recognizable, Marc Republic distinguishes himself immediately with a humble story and a progressive attitude both towards barbering, education and what he believes will come next in either industry.

Marc started young: in eleventh grade, between sixteen to seventeen years of age, he got his start by studying cosmetology and managed to finish high school having acquired his license. Despite that, some five years later, he would also have accomplished getting his barber’s license and be working his way up towards a high demand for his services. “I wasn’t popular in school,” he admits, “and my African-American friends wouldn’t trust me to cut their hair, but my Caucasian and Asian friends did – they were more relaxed about it. By the time I got started, though, I had worked with all the different textures and ethnicities in terms of cutting and styling.” He reveals that, by the time he was seventeen, he was doing everything women’s hair and updos, but that by the time he got started in barbering he had gotten his diverse skillset sharp enough that he essentially got started as a professional straight away.

He might not have been popular then, but his shop and classes are certainly roaring now. When asked about the idea behind his shop, about what he was aiming for, Marc tells me that he wanted something “comfortable”. “I wanted everyone to feel welcome there, no matter the age, gender – all demographics. Everything is customized to give it that feeling, from old school barber chairs to old school lather machines, I really wanted to have a place where a grandfather, a son, the father, his wife – anyone, could feel welcome.” When I asked what he loved the most about barbering, he reflected the style of his shop perfectly. “My everyday clientele is the most satisfying part of it. Just seeing repeat customers who appreciate my skills and what I do, being the barber and stylist for generations of a family – that means the world.”

Asking him on what his greatest satisfaction after sixteen years of barbering, styling and educating people was, as a follow-up, his answer was: “Being able to give back. A lot of people get to where they are and they pretend like they did it all by themselves, with no help. I had lots of help getting here, and that is what I want to give back – that ability to help people get their licenses, to learn the skills they need to be successful cosmetologists or barbers; to give them the education that will get them started right out the door, basically.” Though his passion for giving back to the barbering and cosmetology communities was inspiring, I had to ask him his thoughts on UK based education for barbers. Marc gave me a little smile in response and answered, “They’re OK – a bit basic, but alright.” He stuck to his answer even when I told him that the UK doesn’t require licenses. “I designed a program that can get them licensed and taught the skills they need: barbering, advanced barbering, cutting, styling – all of that. You guys are good and all, but I made it so they can get advanced learning and practical training in the same go. I gauge their natural talents, try not to bore them with too much theory, and then I get them out there and get to work.”

Marc’s passion for education, his desire to help students obtain and train for their licenses and the care he has put into his desire to build himself, his brand and keep learning is a prime example of why I love being “the Barberman”.

What about his go-to style? Marc is a man of many trades, knowing how to cut and style for men and women alike. “Last year, on my birthday, I came to London,” he tells me, “and I took this weekend class because I try to aim to learn something new or educate myself on my birthday each year. I picked up the UK crop from it, and brought it back home with me – there were clients requesting comb-overs and I gave them the UK crop or fringe anyways!” A great choice, for sure. His reasoning behind it is that the UK crop or fringe is a style that calls for a lot of different tools and techniques at once. “It feels like a complete cut. You get to work with all different sorts of tools, show off these great textures – it’s just great.”

When I asked him about his tool kit, Marc admitted he was what he called a “fast-cutter”. “I work fast, I cut fast, even though I’m very meticulous about each one. I like to keep my station uncluttered and light, so I stick with my Andis BGR, Andis cordless outliners and a Wahl cordless super taper – I don’t have to worry about tripping over any cords and I can move around the shop fast and keep up my pace.” Marc adds that his Andis BGR is his every day, go-to clipper for bulk cuts and styles. When asked for his opinion on the Wahl Super Taper, he gave it a thumbs up. “If I had to take it with me, though, and plug it in in the UK, I wouldn’t have even been able to before the convertor you invented” he admits; shout-out to the Frequency60hz!

What’s next for the talented Marc Republic? “I’ll be hosting lessons again soon as well as an event at the end of October.” His words to the London School of Barbering? “Bring me in! Set something up!” He laughs, “I’d love to teach in London, really – live like a local for a month, too. I’m hoping to arrange something soon so I can do just that.” And what does Marc see coming on the horizon in general for the industry?

“The merging of cosmetology and barbering, for sure. I see Beattles’ style hairdos coming back in season for men, sort of a longer, natural look coming back –it comes full circle, you know? Back when that sort of do was popular, there were barbers who had no idea how to handle it. Shops were closing left and right; you gotta keep pushing your skills and educating yourself.” Marc advised. “Don’t be close-minded. Develop friendships and relationships with cosmetologists and get those skills ready, because the world is becoming a smaller place and so is the industry.”

Wise words from the educator extraordinaire. To those who want to see more of his work, check out his Instagram @marcrepublic and his site here: http://www.marcrepublic.com/.

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Larry’s Interview With Jak The King Midas Apron Man

If you thought I put a lot of importance in excellent clippers, shears and tools, than you will be blown away by the barber who considers his tools more precious than gold. Jak, otherwise known as King Midas within the barbering industry, started his legacy of fashionable capes and aprons with a realization that his two biggest passions were fashion and barbering; to combine them seemed the best option.

Jak considered that there are many lanes in the barbering industry, and that he wanted to ultimately put something out there that hadn’t been done before. With his urban / hip-hop New York fashion sense and love for barbering, he eventually became King Midas, named after the man who turned everything he touched into gold.

Unlike the fairy tale character, Jak felt that his tools were already golden before he took on his new nickname. “Barbers don’t always live on the straight and narrow,” he admits, “and whenever my life started going a certain way, it was always my clippers and tools that kept me grounded and focused. When I finally wizened up, I realized how powerful and important my tools ultimately were: they provided my income, let me socialize with all sorts of great people and were therapeutic through every time in my life – they’re everything to me.”

With such importance placed on his tools, one wonders if they are actually made of gold (or just the expensive top-of-the-line models)? Jak takes a “not everything that is golden glitters” approach here as well. “My style is reflect in the tools I use – simplistic. They’re about the same ones that I’ve had since barbering school.” He smiles a bit, “My basic tool kit is my Andis Masters, the T-Outliner, the Oster 76 and shears. Sometimes, I use a Wahl, but these are the tools I largely stick with.” What is the style that his legendary tools reflect exactly? His love for passion displays as he admits that he uses an urban / hip-hop style, straight from New York itself, such as flat tops and skin fades.

Even with his nickname being King Midas, the quote on his store page is: “serve your clients like a peasant and they will honor you like a King.” His dedication reflects in how he tries to cater his products, the King Midas capes and aprons, to what barbers ultimately want. “There wasn’t much emphasis on anything more than the clippers,” he tells me. “I created the cape to bring more than that to the table, so that when barbers take pictures of their cuts and styles they can incorporate the capes which they can tailor to reflect them and the style of the shop.” The reception has been fantastic, and he is grateful for the positive feedback he has received.

When he introduced aprons to his product line, the feedback was a bit different. People weren’t initially receptive to aprons, as barber jackets are more of a common standard in the US. “Why go with aprons? I’m a traditional barber,” Jak laughs. “I’ve never gotten a response from a barber jacket, and even when we were using them at the barber academy I thought they were just too bland. I wanted to put something out there that offered more, and better fashion.” It took a bit of time, but the response has greatly improved since customers of his have begun to notice Jak wearing an apron with the King Midas logo. “They really comment a lot about how I’m color coordinated and how good it looks.” Jak hopes that more people will eventually see the passion he has put into the aprons as much as the capes.

Running a busy barber shop and distributing a popular line of products is a tall order – how can he do it? Jak admits that he’s been running on three or four hours of sleep for about two years, but he doesn’t regret the sacrifice of a better night’s sleep. “I’m basically working from the first thing in the morning to late at night, but I don’t mind. I want to be out there and interact with people so I can keep a pulse on what they want to see.  I design my products with them in mind and to show my gratitude – I think about them over anything else, even myself”.

Jak started with a bigger shop initially, but eventually downsized it to a smaller shop with six stations and six chairs. In another show of valuing simplicity and putting others first, he made the decision to make things more manageable and to lower any complications between the barbers and customers. “It’s worked so far,” he laughs.

His attitude towards the people he has made the capes and designs for has paid off in a big way. There are celebrities who have shown an interest in products from their own barbers and stylists putting on one of the capes or aprons on them. “It’s a lot! I want to thank the barbers who put the word out there by using one of my capes or aprons. Now, I’m inadvertently getting all of this love from celebrities who’ve never even met me.” With some of the names being 50 Cent and LeBron James, it is easy to understand how overwhelmed he might be, for certain. If there was one big name he would want wearing one of his products, Jak admits that he could die happy if President Obama was wearing one while he got a cut; nothing wrong with aiming high!

When asked what was next for him and King Midas as a whole when it came to new aprons and capes, Jak told me that he has three aprons on the way eventually. “There’s so much I want to do that, to be honest, I don’t even know what I want to do next for sure. Hopefully, people out there will think the wait is worth it, because I want to deliver something for them that shows that it is for them and to show my thanks.”

Check out some of his urban chic products at his online store, as well as his Facebook: jakpotkingmidas and his Instagram:@barbersarehiphop.

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Larry’s Interview With The Man Behind Instagram @Barbershopconnect

 

 

 

Eric of @barbershopconnect is a social media master in the barbering industry, but in my interview with him at his hotel during Barber’s Lab, an event he hosted in London. I got the chance to hang out with the exceptionally cool Eric all day – in fact, I was his driver.

 

So, how did the social media King get started? “With a slow shop,” he admitted with a laugh. “Back then, I was using Facebook much the same way as everyone else – looking at ex-girlfriend’s pages. Then I started to see all of these barbers who were super involved with Facebook, and they were better than me. I started stealing their haircuts to put on my page to show how good these guys were, and suddenly everyone was coming to me to see other barbers work. That started back in the days of Myspace, and that’s where it all started.”

 

With half a million followers on Instagram alone, Eric’s simple beginnings on social media are excellent evidence of working your way up to something greater. Though, I had to ask him, how does he have any time for barbering? Eric responded that he had a chair in his house that he moved that was free, and initially, his friends would come over to raid his fridge and he would give them cuts there. After he got tired of his food being eaten, Eric gave away the chair for free as well. Now, he admits he doesn’t really do cuts for anyone anymore. “It’s a 24 hour job just maintaining posts – from the time I wake up to when I go to bed, I’m posting from my phone all day.”

 

Maintaining his incredibly high number of posts and content is understandably time consuming. I followed up by asking him what his style was when he was still actively barbering. Eric responded, “I started out learning from my friend, so we were just competing in the shop, trying to be better than the guy next to you. With social media coming along, now there was a higher amount of people to compete against and push you to better your skills.”

 

Eric didn’t get to where he is now just on pure luck, of course. When it comes to deciding what to repost on Instagram, he has a set strategy. “It’s not always about the best haircut. Sometimes, I focus on things that are interesting and will get people talking. Like when I posted a South Style Fade, people were asking what on Earth the style was and questioning my choice, but that style is huge in Texas!” He laughs, “I just think it’s so cool how all these styles from around the world can come together.”

 

“Can you give some ninja tricks for people looking to increase their Instagram following?” I asked. Eric grinned, “My tricks? Timezones, for one. Whether it is people who just got off work or woke up in the morning and grab their phones. I mean, it’s called social media, so you gotta socialize! Don’t be silent – people love when you respond to them, and that’s what it is all about, having a conversation.” When it comes to the best time-zones to post content on Instagram, he advised: “2pm in New York is 10am in L.A; L.A is big on social media, so I try to post then. I try to hit 10am in every time-zone, especially to the big three for the market, New York, L.A and London.”

 

Eric doesn’t just post to Instagram, of course. Like most social media gurus, he takes advantage of multiple platforms: Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. “Snapchat though,” he chuckles, “that’s more a platform for sixteen year olds, so not as big on that one. Instagram is for us middle ages and so, Facebook – your grandma, your aunt are on it. No one wants to be on Facebook anymore because it’s for old people!” Blunt, for sure. What about products? “We have some T-shirts and some basic stuff right now, but we’re working on it,” Eric tells me.

 

The event that provided me the opportunity to hang out with Eric was a fantastic one, for sure. When asked about what the purpose behind his Show Case Barber Lab was, he explained, “I just wanted to come over here to meet people in person that I really admire. They’re seeing the fade game online, and barbers are seeing the kind of cuts we’re posting about here in China. Now, people are wanting cuts from all over, and it is really building up our culture to the entire world. People from all over are PMing me from all over to show their work! It’s crazy to me – they’re coming from places I had never even considered before. It’s a blessing, really.”

 

So, what is next for Barber Shop Connect? Eric stated he wants to see more of his culture spread worldwide. “I love the states, I love New York, but I want to physically meet people and spread that culture. I want to see the world. The best thing about barbering is that I can go on vacation and meet people in person everywhere.”

 

I know that I am just as excited to see barbering culture spread worldwide, and it is one my personal goals to travel and meet barbers from all over as well. I don’t know if I’ll meet anyone who is like Eric, however.

 

To keep up with what he is doing, follow his Instagram @barbershopconnect.

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Barbering All-Stars Show Tips On How To Cut Short Hair

 

Learning how to cut short hair can be difficult when it comes to making a transition from hairdresser to barber can be difficult. Even those who are learning how to cut short hair as general barbers usually can have a bit of trouble initially.

With those in the fashion industry demanding more and more intricate styles, it is important to keep up ones’ skills so cutting any style of hair becomes more natural. Whether it is knowing the step-by-step process or the right arsenal of equipment to handle anything thrown your way, continuing education is important.

Fortunately, I now have the opportunity to present educational DVDs that have been made with those in mind who are looking for a perfect way to learn quickly and easily. The success that has been seen already is a thing of beauty.

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Hair Advice From Real Professionals

Advice can come from all sources in our lives – that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is always good or accurate advice. When it comes to hair advice, professionals, students and enthusiasts all want to rest easier knowing that the advice they are giving is coming from people that really know what they are talking about.

Who better to get hair advice from than some of the best in the barbering industry? I am proud to host a series of DVDs and books that offer the most potent in hair advice. Each lesson is crafted to answer all questions pre-emptively, be easy to follow and to allow anyone to learn quickly and from some of the best in the business.

For more information on these fantastic DVDs and other resources for those wanting to up their skills, check out:  http://shop.larrythebarberman.com/education/ and, as always, check out my Instagram for more events, information and even give-aways here:  https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman or visit my website at https://larrythebarberman.com

 

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How To Use Hair Clippers Like the Pros

 

How to use hair clippers – some barbers wield them like they are fanciful weapons, making it look deceptively simple. The fact of it is, most industry professionals will tell you that how to use hair clippers properly is to experiment with each and to find what works best for you. Ultimately, this is the best advice. However, for those who are getting started out, this can also be advice that can waste time or prove detrimental.

Fortunately, when it comes to how to use hair clippers, there is a simple and effective resource available right here. Experts in the clipper and barbering industry have come together to offer a powerful foundation for beginners and professionals alike. Each lesson in these educational DVDs shows step-by-step how to achieve fantastic cuts, styles and how to best use the equipment of choice; it is a resource that ever barber needs.

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How To Style Hair The Right Way

 

There are plenty of ways to style hair but, as any professional should wonder, is there a way out there to learn how to style hair the right way? Many industry leaders will tell curious students or those continuing their education that how to style hair the right way is between their own, unique brand and what their clients are looking for – no matter what, the style is reflected in the skill and the brand of the barber. But what if you haven’t gotten down the skills to reach that level of style you feel should represent your brand?

The easy answer is: look no further! A DVD series and books are now available via my shop that offer lessons for anyone asking how to style hair. These easy-to-follow lessons build a foundation for those looking to up their skills or are just getting started and then walk you through each cut, style and technique and guarantee that, with a bit of practice, you will be cutting and styling the right way in no time.

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Mens Hair Styling Tips From Experts

 

Styling is already a staple of barbering, but men’s hair styling is something that many are finding is becoming more and more complex. For mens hair styling tips that are able to keep up with the more complicated demands from the fashion industry, the advice you need should come from those on the forefront of both fashion and barbering.

That is why I am glad to announce that I have been given a chance to host an educational series of DVDs and books that offer more than just mens hair styling tips – they offer an entire refresher course and up the ante on a platform to work from as well as the skills you can learn in the comfort of your own home.

For more information on these fantastic DVDs and other resources for those wanting to up their skills, check out:  http://shop.larrythebarberman.com/education/ and, as always, check out my Instagram for more events, information and even give-aways here:  https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman or visit my website at https://larrythebarberman.com

 

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Hair Advice Made Easy

Hair advice can swing wildly in how it is presented and how useful it actually is – professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts are all happy to give their own viewpoints when it comes to tips on hair cutting, styling and general hair advice. Any education is worthwhile – however, those in the industry are more likely to want their advice and education coming from real professionals versus someone  guessing.

If you want the best in hair advice, there’s absolutely no better source than here!

The educational resources that I have been given the fantastic opportunity to host a series of educational DVDs that offer more than just basic hair advice that many of you are used to – they offer the education that barbers, hairdressers and stylists all can utilize, no matter their level of expertise.

For more information on these fantastic DVDs and other resources for those wanting to up their skills, check out:  http://shop.larrythebarberman.com/education/  and, as always, check out my Instagram for more events, information and even give-aways here:  https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman or visit my website at https://larrythebarberman.com

 

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Confused On How Best To Use Hair Clippers? No Need To Worry!

 

There are a lot of hair clippers out on the market and plenty of debate on how best to use hair clippers. For those who are getting started or professionals looking to expand their arsenal of clippers, understanding how best to work with each one is vital to success. Each clipper comes with their own benefits and downsides, whether it be efficiency, power, durability or speed, it is best to know which tools are right for you.

So, if you are one of the many wondering how best to use hair clippers – stop worrying! I am proud to be host to an educational series of DVDs and books from two large industry names. Not only will they shed light on hair cutting, styling and an excellent platforms to operate from, but there will be little mystery left when it comes to how best to use hair clippers – the professionals thought ahead!

For more information on these fantastic DVDs and other resources for those wanting to up their skills, check out:  http://shop.larrythebarberman.com/education/ and, as always, check out my Instagram for more events, information and even give-aways here: https://instagram.com/larrythebarberman or visit my website at https://larrythebarberman.com

 

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