Just when you thought you had to turn up at college every day to learn how to be a supercool hipster barber, the BarberPortal arrives. A brand new and ground breaking ‘in the room” fully immersive and interactive education program where virtual reality expertise will make you feel like you are in class. All for as little as 99p!
Tom Chapman, owner of Tom Chapman Hair Design has teamed up with Nick Peres a Virtual Reality (VR) wizard who develops training courses for the NHS.
They met whilst Tom was doing an interview for HiblioTV about The Lions Barber Collective, an international collection of top barbers which have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. They got chatting and he told Tom that he filmed in VR.
VR was something Tom had thought about doing for a while and figured they could do some kind of virtual reality barber training program. Then the idea has grown and BOOM they are just about to launch the first phase of the BarberPortal.
They will be using the latest filming techniques to capture both 180 and 360 3D virtual reality footage of Interviews with industry greats like British Master Barbers, Kieron the Barber, Conor Taafe and Baldy. There will also be education, events, set by steps, tools and products, photoshoots, behind the scenes, travel etc.
They will be using drones to shoot location footage and all for free. By the end of the year they will have a ground breaking “in the room” fully immersive and interactive education program where you will be able to switch from point of view to being in the room looking over the barbers shoulder. All you need to watch in VR is a VR cardboard viewer which you can pick up online for as little as 99p and a smart phone.
Tom told us “I am hugely involved in education and training, I have my own classes as well as being an ambassador for Exeter College hair department and sitting on the industry board for city and guilds.
“BarberPortal will be a way to bring education to people in a more interactive and immersive way than ever before. There are a lot of training videos out there, some of which I have done myself, however, I wanted to take things to the next level and VR is definitely the future of education”
“BarberPortal isn’t just about education though, since the initial idea it has developed into a complete portal into the barbering world. I receive emails and messages all the time from people asking about barbering, how they can become a barber and what’s it like to be a barber and BarberPortal will give people an idea.
For all the subscribers to our BarberPortal YouTube we have and will continue to feature education, products, interviews, events, barbershops, point of view, drone work and plenty more!”
Although Tom and Nick have just started their journey but they have already been to Canada, to Mark Peyton’s Sailor Bups Barbershop and the Great British Barber Bash event in London just to mention a couple. Personally Tom would love to get a 360 tour of the Schorem Barbershop in Rotterdam and interview some of the guys there. They also aim to get to most of the big events like Barber Connect and Barber UK this year so they can give you an immersive view from the stage and interview some of the best in the business!”
They don’t have any sponsors or partners as yet (if you are offering) but they have had some exciting conversations going on with industry media partners and brand leaders. Get in touch and get involved by contacting BarberPortal on firstname.lastname@example.org
British barber celebrated by Prime Minister with ‘Points of Light’ Award after raising awareness of men’s mental health
An inspirational barber who set up his own men’s mental health awareness and suicide prevention movement has been awarded a ‘Point of Light’ Award by Prime Minister Theresa May.
Tom Chapman’s Lions Barber Collective is turning barbershops into safe spaces for men using the opportunity of a regular haircut to start conversations about mental health. The group is having an enormous impact with men who traditional mental health services can struggle to reach.
Tom organises a professionally run training programme, which is teaching barbers to ‘recognise, talk, listen and advise’ clients and works with the suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS – signposting the services they offer to clients in need.
In recognition of the impact the group is making, Tom was chosen for a ‘Points of Light’ Award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, who are making a change in their community.
In a personal letter written to Tom, Prime Minister May wrote: “The Lions Barber Collective is a brilliantly innovative initiative creating safe, non-judgemental spaces for men to open up about their mental health. By equipping barbers with the skills to have these conversations you are supporting them to use the trusted relationships they have with many of their clients to make a real difference.”
Tom was delighted that his hard work had been officially recognised and hoped the publicity surrounding the award would help to drive greater awareness of mental health and suicide prevention in men.
He said: “I am truly taken back by this honour; never did I expect The Lions Barber Collective to be as successful as it has become, nor get this level of recognition. A personal endorsement from the Prime Minister will no doubt help us to move forward, complete more work and raise more awareness than ever before. I cannot thank you enough for this award; I am moved, shocked and honoured. My late Grandad would have been especially proud.”
Recent research suggests that barbers are in a very unique position to help men in their battle with depression. A survey commissioned by the Lions Barber Collective and The Bluebeards Revenge male grooming brand revealed that more than half of the men in Britain now feel more comfortable discussing sensitive mental health issues such as depression with their barbers/hairdressers than their doctors.
The Lions Barber Collective are teaming up with The Bluebeards Revenge to help raise the awareness of men’s mental health and encourage men to “man up and talk”. The Bluebeards Revenge will soon be rolling out an on-pack awareness campaign, as well as launching a co-branded product with all proceedings going to the charity’s great cause.
David Hildrew, Managing Director of The Bluebeards Revenge and an ex-Royal Marine Commando, added: “It’s very encouraging to see that barbers all over Britain are presenting a suitable pillar for men to lean on. As an ex-serviceman, I take male depression very seriously. It’s an illness that many military men suffer with in silence. The Lions Barber Collective charity is the perfect way to break down the barriers that men tend to build themselves and together we hope to help educate barbers around the world and encourage men to man up and talk about their problems.”
The American Crew All Star Challenge annual competition recognizes the best men’s stylists in the world. In addition to honouring stylists across the globe, the All-Star Challenge charges professionals with a passion for men’s grooming to create artistic, styles that express the true vision of the American Crew man.
To enter stylists & barbers had to cut and style a male model with American Crew products and take two black and white pictures of the model from chest-level and above (one face-on, one profile) in front of a blank background, with no props visible.
The UK and Ireland Winners have been announced.
Adam Mir of the Taylor Taylor Barbershop was the 2017 UK Winner.
Ciaran O’Sullivan of Wayne Lloyd Hair was the 2017 Ireland Winner.
Both will now go forward to the All-Star Challenge Final where they will compete with 13 other finalists in Brussels in May 2017. The Global winner receives the coveted title and a $10,000 cash prize.
Ruffians, one the UK’s most influential barber shops, has appointed Denis Robinson as its Artistic Director. With over 35 years of industry experience, Robinson will be driving the creativity and talent of the Ruffians team to new heights in the men’s hair industry.
Having opened two Central London locations in 2016, Ruffians’ focus for the upcoming year is to be at the forefront of creativity, trend-setting and ingenuity in men’s hair. Gone are the days where women’s styles and fashion dominated: 2017 is the year of men’s hair, and with Robinson’s vision and experience, Ruffians aims to lead the artistic and commercial trends in the industry.
Andrew Cannon, CEO of Ruffians said of the appointment “We are delighted to have Denis heading up our Artistic Team and creative vision. Men’s hairdressing has come on leaps and bounds over the past 4-5 years, our desire is for Ruffians to continue as the driving force. With our art team in demand on a weekly basis for consumer titles like Shortlist, Men’s Health etc., and an increasing diary of showcases and seminars, now is the perfect time to invest in our future and artistic credentials.”.
Robinson trained in Ireland and honed his craft alongside the former British Hairdresser of the Year Charles Worthington MBE. An educator of the Senior Team at Charles Worthington, he then headed up their Artistic Division, before moving over to the London Hair Academy; there, he educated and guided dozens of pupils towards industry success.
Having noticed a large increase in the creative potential of the men’s hair industry, Robinson joined the Ruffians team in January 2016. Robinson says: “From the day I started at Ruffians I was blown away by the talent pool within the team, and by the sheer passion and enthusiasm in the air. I am incredibly humbled and excited to be asked to guide that talent.”
“In just over a year the company has doubled in size, and this has cultivated an atmosphere of development and growth which is bursting with ideas. As a young brand, we have had barbers and hairdressers join us from so many backgrounds and disciplines. Now it’s time to hone, refine and improve what we’ve got, and develop Ruffians into a stronger brand that is recognised in the industry for its finesse and creativity, as well as for the very successful business model that Andrew has created for customers”.
Wahl, the international industry leader, announces a new addition to their acclaimed UK Artistic Team.
Newly crowned ‘British Barber of the Year’, Andrea Raymond is adept at delivering the latest cutting edge techniques. Passionate, committed and hugely talented, Andrea is perfectly positioned to educate the next generation of barbers, ensuring quality and diversity across every Wahl exhibition, show and course.
Wahl’s European Artistic Director, Simon Shaw says “Andrea is a real talent and star for the future. I’m looking forward to coaching and working with her, she’ll be doing all of our major shows in 2017 and I can’t wait to see her in action”. You can catch Andrea demonstrating the latest techniques on stage at Pro Hair Live, Barber Connect and Salon International. Andrea will also be teaching Classic Men’s Grooming at Hennessy, Cork on 3rd April 2017.
Salon Services is excited to announce the launch of Basin St professional barber supplies in selected trade stores across the UK, giving trade customers access to acclaimed barbering brands.
Basin St brings you the best in barbering, with a selection of the finest professional barbering products from leading brands including American Crew, Bluebeard’s Revenge, Glam Tech and WAHL, to name a few.
Products range from quality trimmers, razors, shaving bowls and brushes to BBA acclaimed pomades and soaps.
The range is available online or over the phone for delivery to your barbershop or click & collect to a Salon Services store near you.
Warren Scarr, Managing Director, Salon Services UK & Ireland said: “We’re so pleased to be able to offer our customers these market-leading barbering ranges – a fantastic addition to our extensive product offering”
In order to access Sally Salon Services’ unrivalled product collection, professionals simply need to sign-up for a trade card, which they can do in-store, allowing them to walk away with great products at fantastic prices that very same day.
The first Men’s Hair Workshop of the year took place on Monday 23rd January at Alan d Academy in Smithfield, London with a unique opportunity to learn from an array of mentors from different industry backgrounds. Members joined Ian Rotman from HOB; Jean Louis Canonville from Alan d Academy; Ollie Mehra from Th1 Hair; Amy O’Keefe from Hare & Bone; Richie Kadir from Billi Currie and Jeremy Roca Ripoll from Rush.
The event was hosted by Edward Hemmings who ensured the night ran smoothly and grouped the students so everyone could get the most out of the education available.
Everyone was present with their own model and the masters guided them on an almost one to one basis on top tips and skills to enhance their finishes and techniques.
The students had a fantastic evening, and Edward Hemmings concluded the night with a certificate presentation.
Edward Hemmings said “Another brilliant workshop providing so much education. It is always an eagerly anticipated event and the atmosphere in our Academy is always packed full of excitement. It was great to see so much variance in men’s hairdressing, including clipper work and scissor over comb. What a great night!”
Another brilliant workshop providing so much education. It is always an eagerly anticipated event and the atmosphere in our Academy is always packed full of excitement. Edward Hemmings – 25TH JANUARY 2017.
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