So here is the story behind this haircut because who cares about just pictures of haircuts anymore? Basically, the model we had ready for the class just wanted a small trim and I don't really fuck with that when it comes to my education since no one ever really wants to see that. To be honest I feel like I don't even do small trims behind the chair anyway haha Thankfully, we had this gentleman there, who was attending the class, to fill the void. His hair was already cut pretty short on the sides, but other people's short and my short are two different things. After cutting it into a classic side part shape I thought to myself, "I should explain how I created a clientele based off of things I want to do". The key to expanding your portfolio and book to things you want to do is very simple, you just have to put out what you want to come back. Many of my clients that I did when I began in this industry didn't wear the hair the way I styled it, and that was ok. I did these styles because that's what I wanted to seek me out and I knew if others would see these, they would approach me for them. So i restyled this very classic side part into a more textured style combining a 50s greaser look with a London punk style. Now I know he won't wear his hair like this but the picture tells a story and it is also a business card advertising what I would like to do more of. If you're not happy with what you do, fucking do what you want to do. You will be surprised what comes out of that. Attract what makes you grow and enjoy what you do, even if that means staging styles to inspire others. My Instagram is my runway. Thank you for having me Seattle, now off to Dublin in a few days.
A huge thank you to @cutthroatclaire for driving a few hours to be my model in Monterey the other day. Couldn't find great lighting for a picture when the class was over, so thanks to the whole class using their phone flashlights for me haha that was a picture in itself! | There is something about a gorgeous girl with no hair. Hair doesn't make the woman, the woman makes the hair. Layers of confidence means more than layers of hair, remember that!
A lot of movies sum up my life, but one specific line from Jack in Titanic always reminds me of my travels. - "Well, yes, ma'am, I do... I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count. " The only difference between Jack and I is the fact that I would have got on top of the floating door because I don't let opportunities slip away..
Why do you cut hair? If you say because you "love what you do" put down the fucking koolaid you're drinking. For a lot of people this is how you pay your bills, provide for your family, and survive. All of those things are very serious. This industry is not a joke and should not be treated like a hobby or some rap video. Barbering and hairdressing is not a trend, it's a very important occupation. A few years ago when I started to look at hair as a profession (since I looked at it like a joke before) times began to change. Artists started standing up for their work. They started to throw away the gimmicks, and the bullshit. People started educating not because they wanted Instagram followers but because they wanted to create better people around them. Fast forward to now you can have an educator for just about anything, maybe even to wipe your own ass. Mens hair in particular is one of the highest grossing industries in business. Times change, and I'm happy to see such attention being brought to our craft don't get me wrong. Now more than ever we need to remember to promote honesty and cut the bullshit. We need to be professionals, not act professional....there is a difference. We don't need to be humble, but we need to know our worth and educate others on theirs. We don't need barber battles or hair shows, we need to actually know how to cut hair and make real money. Better yet, we need to figure out how to coexist. If you're not an educator don't feel left out even though situations make you feel like that these days because when I started.....I was an outcast too. The only way you become successful for the long run is to generate something authentic and different. To be honest with you I'm abandoning the educator title, which was the only title I still held on too. I'm not an educator, I'm just myself, and I'm happy/privileged to guide others into a path of their own and learn some hair cutting instead of a path that's watered down and shit on by sheep daily. I want even more success, and it starts with creating success around me.
1976 | "Forget about it" is, like, if you agree with someone, you know, like "Raquel Welch is one great piece of ass. Forget about it!" But then, if you disagree, like "A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Forget about it!" You know? But then, it's also like if something's the greatest thing in the world, like, "Minghia! Those peppers! Forget about it!" But it's also like saying "Go to hell!" too. Like, you know, like "Hey Paulie, you got a one-inch pecker?" and Paulie says "Forget about it!" Sometimes it just means "Forget about it." | Photo By: @nathanzondlo
Sometimes I wish that I had clippers when I was like 3 years old so I could have done more bowl cuts. To be honest I've just been so bored lately with hair that stuff like this keeps the fire alive. Let's see more bowl cuts, and if you ain't down with that...I got two words for ya.
I'm not a huge birthday kinda guy but this one deserves the spotlight for today, the month of September, he'll probably for the rest of my life. Funny story is her birthday is the 8th and I thought today was the 7th so I didn't say Happy Birthday yet. Thank you for always sticking by my side. I'm far from perfect but you continue to make me a better person, even if it's by threatening to kill me with your bare hands, just kidding, well not really. I could sit here and talk about how gorgeous you are but I'd rather just say thank you for being my best friend. I hope you have a great birthday. I love you @marinaandthesummerday
I remember last year when I was educating in the states primarily, continuing what I have been doing for the last couple years because this isn't a hobby for me . I was kind of exhausted, since I do this almost full time for my income. I told myself that the following year I would push myself to conquer the world, not just where I was from. I never left the US, not counting Canada. Working mostly alone and for myself, opportunities overseas seemed to be unrealistic. Fast forward to this year I've been to Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and The Netherlands all in a few months. Sometimes I don't realize where I am, or what im doing. When dreams become a reality sometimes reality actually looks like a dream (blurry, no sense of time, direction, or places). I'm not from LA, I'm not from NY, I'm from a little town in Pennsylvania where people didn't know what a real haircut was 5 years ago. The moral of the story is stop listening to other people. As long as you have a brain, a heart, and a talent IT DOESNT MATTER where you're from (I said that in The Rock's voice). You don't need to kiss ass, you need to kick it.....don't let anyone stand in your way.
From my "dropped bowl" collection. Shattered to create the perfect mess that you don't need to worry about cleaning up. I like calling things a collection because then it sounds really important haha but all jokes aside, really one of my favorites from this year.
Waiters, I'm the only guy on the planet that gets busted by fucking waiters, why the Feds decided to bust me on that particular night I'll never know maybe it was the Porsches and Maseratis in the drive way, my Colombian guest list or the cocaine buffet, whatever it was they were just waiting for me to slip up and I did. | photo by @nathanzondlo
Spoiler Alert: I just left that hair for the picture because I felt like it was embracing the head in an act of love, just kidding. After I realized that he would never style it like that, I snipped those babies off. That's how I kill two birds with one stone (catch two birds) for you people who get offended. I got my cool Instagram picture, and also gave my client a practical look that he wanted.
Here is the discussion of the day. Well, it's actually not a discussion, it's more so my opinion , which has brought me success, so I thought I'd share. I don't believe in separate Instagram pages business wise, in any career. Now since I'm in the hair industry, let's focus on that. When a client sits in your chair and you have two separate pages because one page is "you" and the other is "your work", who is the client speaking too? Are they talking to you, or "professional" you? I always will substitute "real" for "professional" because professional can also be fake. In my opinion separating yourself into two different pages sells a false narrative. For example, I have one page. That page represents who I am as a person. It has my work, it has me working, it has my cars, my friends, my girlfriend, and myself. My page gives people an idea of who I am and who the face is behind what I do. That is the difference between a brand and a worker. Do you want to be known for hair pictures, or who you are? In a time where everyone has a cool camera and takes pictures the same way with a ring light etc (not how it was in the beginning), I'd rather be known for who I am. If tomorrow I wanted to retire from doing hair and become something else, I can. When your brand is actually you and not what you do, the sky is only the beginning, because the success is limitless. I show people my story so they get a sense of who I am, so they respect my time and what I do. If people don't know your journey, they will never understand your price. Educating others isn't always a hair tutorial, it's showing them who you are. If people don't sit in your chair because they don't like what you post on social media, then you don't want them in your chair anyway. Don't be afraid to express who you are, the right people will come your way. The people who want you, and not just a haircut.
Got my girl @staygold31 cleaned up this past weekend. Blending on a tattooed head is probably one of the most difficult things, but if you trust the process anything is possible. I wanted congratulate her on her award, but most of all thank her for being one of my closest friends in this industry. She has stuck by my side for years now, and continues to do so no matter how much recognition she gets. Very proud of her. Thank you for always keeping it real with me and dealing with my crazy self, you're a true friend.
I grew up watching WWE in the same house I learned how to cut hair in. It's surreal to see hair you did kicking ass at SummerSlam. Talk about dreams coming true. Congrats to my friend the demon himself @finnbalor on a great match. too sweet brotha.