Students from South and City College Birmingham were offered an insight into the world of hairdressing when two high-flying industry professionals came to visit.
Kadekut, 25, and Michael Damiance, 26, offered to come along to the college's Hall Green campus to work with budding level 2 and 3 students studying barbering. During the class students were able to ask about what it was like working in the industry.
The duo demonstrated basic haircutting skills and more advanced patterns using a cut throat razor to students, who then in turn had a go themselves with Kade and Michael monitoring their progress.
The opportunity came about after South and City College and two professionals attended a local tradeshow in Birmingham. Black Exposure Live took place at the Town Hall in September 2013 with the college sponsoring and exhibiting at the event; whilst Kade entered the 'Battle Of The Barbers' competition taking place at the show and went on to win the top prize. After networking with staff at the event the duo agreed to come down to help out the new wave of barbers training at the college.
The two friends, who attended school and trained at their local college together, may only have been in the sector for a short time but both are already proving to be big successes.
Michael worked in the industry before being head-hunted by Simon Shaw the director of Whal, one of the leading clipper companies in the business and on top of his Battle of the Barbers accolade, Kade has won Wahl UK King Barber Competition 2010, 2011 and 2013 and entered competitions all over the world and achieved second place in both New York and Las Vegas events. He has also gone on to work with celebrities.
Dextry Kidd, a Level 3 Barbering Student at South & City College, said: "I found the session with Kade and Michael very inspirational. It's given me a better depth of knowledge and understanding of the barbering industry."
He continued: "Kade's techniques were intriguing and working with him has convinced me to look into different avenues with my barbering techniques. Michael was really motivational with the delivery of his techniques and the experience has encouraged me to go on and succeed."
Jill Dagnan, a barbering lecturer at South & City College, said: "It's inspiring for our students to see two young men so motivated and focused in a competitive market. The industry is not just about a 9-5 job in a barbers shop, there are many different avenues you can go down to become a successful barber."