The Great British Barber Bash comes to Digbeth campus

College News and Communications
Monday, 27 January 2020 15:50


The 16th of January saw Ollie Foster and Brad Threadgill, Barber & Brand Ambassadors from The Great British Barber Bash spend a day with our barbering students, giving demonstrations of modern techniques and a hands-on workshop.

The ambassadors gave practical demonstrations in the morning and workshop sessions in the afternoon, exclusively for South & City College students. This experience is invaluable to our students to learn the latest techniques from top industry professionals. The duo also spent time talking about the importance of confidence in the industry and building up strong relationships with your clients in order to be successful.

Ollie was impressed with the college’s facilities, “The state-of-the-art barber shop has got everything for students to develop the skills needed for a career in barbering.”

“I really enjoyed the day. It was very informative.” Level 2 Barbering student Tyrell Nesbeth said. “Especially how to hold the scissors properly to avoid back issues in the future. I also learned the various techniques for fading, using different tools.”

Barbering tutor Adam Porter said of the event, “I'm really happy with how the event went. This was a very good opportunity for our students to gain and improve their technical ability from external sources and is pivotal to improve their development.”

Barbering has really taken off with men paying a great deal more attention to how they wish to see themselves. According to The Telegraph, barber shops were the fastest growing retail category in 2018 and doesn’t look like it’s slowing down. “Haircuts are more style driven now” said Ollie to the students, pointing out that social media has helped a lot to boost the industry and create a culture around barbering.

It’s never too late to train as a barber or develop your barbering skills. South & City College teaches hairdressing and barbering courses from three of our campuses in purpose built salons, including the dedicated barber shop at our Digbeth campus.

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