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End of an Era: Barber School.

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve finished barber school at the end of March. It’s been a quick 10 months, but I’ve got to say, it was a blast! I’ve learned something completely foreign to me, met a lot of great folks , and didn’t veer away from the goal: become a licensed barber and rule the world… Well, I think the last part is part of a different plan, but whatever…

I remember pulling up to the school to check it out and thinking, “Can I do this?” and had the want of driving back home and say fuck it. I mean, I’ve postponed looking into a barber school for nearly three years, and to suddenly find a school and show up to it? Yeah, it was scary! Of course, it’s always intimidating to jump into something so new such as barbering, and even more intimidating considering I’ve never cut hair whatsoever prior to! And being around people who more than likely cut hair on a regular? Man… Then you gotta think about you actually have to cut someones hair for the very first time?!?! Fuuuck…

But alas, I stuck with it, had great people help me throughout the duration of school, and I’m proud to say that as of April 8, 2013, I am officially a licensed barber! Now, I’m not attaching “barber” to my title, because I want my skill-level to be at a certain place first, and that won’t be for a good few years! Even so, I’ll be wanting my skills to be at a different place by then!

So, will I ever be “Jan Hella The Barber?” “The Rebel Barber?” “Hella The Barber” Shit, who knows!

Big thanks to everyone who has supported this journey! Grant’s Golden Brand, Layrite, Crown Shaving Co., Frankie The Barber, Chops Barbershop, each and every barber I’ve had the pleasure to meet and cut along side with throughout school, all my readers and followers, especially the ones who came down and entrusted me with their hair and faces, and whoever else I may have forgotten!

It’s been a blast and now my journey continues in the barber shop!

Until the next time…

Barber School Update: 11/20/2012

School Supplies.

While in barbering school, I’ve yearned for more products to use on not only myself, but on customers and fellow barbers; especially since the products we use in school are less than favorable. I mean, why would I use something on someone if I, personally, don’t approve of it? If you’ve talked to me about barbering, you’d know I only want to use products on others that I dig. And the only way to find out if I dig em for professional use, is to try em on myself, first, then other cats.

Since there’s little to no customers at my school who dig the “greasy kid stuff,” finding more water-soluble pomades was a must. And of course, the fine folks at Grant’s Golden Brand have a new offering of pomade – the Royal Hawaiian scented Medium Blend. As soon as I opened up the can, the cats at school were diggin’ it! Grant definitely made a hitter! Big thanks to Grant and co! Expect a review soon!

Pardon the Instagram screen cap! I apparently don’t have the picture saved anymore!

But, you can’t only have one type of pomade on hand, right?

With more water-soluble pomade being made, of course I wanted to reach out and see what’s up with em. Shot a message to Luis of Bona Fide Pomade and we were set to go! Big thanks, Luis! A couple of cats are down to put the stuff to use!

Somethings my school lacks, in terms of products, is good shaving supplies. So when I saw Crown Shaving Co. on a Facebook group I’m apart of, my interest was definitely piqued! After a quick exchange with Dino of Crown Shaving Co. a little care-package was sent out… well, at least I was expecting “little!”

Big thanks, Dino! I’ve already put this stuff to use on myself, as well as a fellow barber student, so expect a review for this real soon! But let me say this… If you haven’t checked it out, do so! It’s a killer line and once I’m in a shop, I’ll definitely be placing a nice order in!

Big thanks again to Grant, Luis, and Dino, for making my barber school experience much more exciting! It’s a blast trying out products on myself, but it’s that much more exciting to try em out on different folks with different hair styles, textures, and so on! Expect reviews for these awesome products in the near future!

Until the next time,

Pomp Hard!

Evolution of Denim: Barber School Edition.

When I first started the blog, I made an attempt to start posting the evolution of a pair of Levi’s jeans, and clearly, I’ve clearly moved away from that project– far away… But, since I’m in barber college, I now have a daily routine, which will allow me to put some wear and tear into some jeans. And hey, who doesn’t like to see where a pair of jeans takes ’em?

While nothing “special,” the Levi’s 501 model is a favorite of mine. Of course, there are “better” jeans out there, but, I won’t turn down a pair of 501s. I mean, they’re classic! Most cats look at it as a “staple” to the greaser look, but to me, it’s quite more than that- it’s a staple of Americana. Of course, I’m not here to talk about the history of the 501, that’s your job to research! But, at least you now have something new to learn about.

Unlike a few barber schools, mine has a dress code: All black. Simple, right? The thing is, since you’re around folk every day, being seen in the same get-up is pretty damn noticeable. So, I have a pair of Dickies on rotation, along with my 501s. While I personally wouldn’t complain about wearing my Levi’s on a daily, I’m sure not only my fellow classmates, but so would customers. Doesn’t hurt to change things up every once in a while.

So, without further ado, let the documenting of my Levi’s 501s begin!

Levi’s 501 Black: No soak; No Wash.

From this distance, any sign of any wear is pretty damn difficult to see. But, let’s see my every-day-carry, that’ll add to the wear.

Front Right Pocket: Chapstick; Flashlight.
Front Left Pocket: Nothing.
Back Right Pocket: Knife; Bandana; Comb.
Back Left Pocket: Wallet.
Belt Loops: Belt; Wallet Chain; Key Hook (Not pictured.)

I’ll be updating the evolution in December. With the cold seasons right around the corner, the elements will affect the 501s.

Now, only got 2 months of wear in these jeans, so any sort of wear is difficult to see/isn’t there. The barber classes are only for a total of 10 months, and that’s not really a lot of time… I’ve got jeans that are older than my kid! But, moving around the way barbers students do, messing around with hair products, chemicals, hair, and all that good ol’ barbershop dirty stuff, I’d say I could get good wear out of these jeans.

I won’t be washing these anytime soon, just because it’s what I do, but I will maintain the freshness of these by hanging them up to air out, as well as spraying some sort of disinfectant on em. Because, not only am I getting synthetic hair, pomade, amongst the vast service products we use, on these jeans, but peoples’ hair! Yup… gross…

Well folks, that’s all for now.

Until the next time,

Stay Greasy!

Update: 7/11/2012

Sorry for the lack of updates, folks! I know, I know, got the same ol’ excuses, but this time I’m serious!

As most of you know, I’ve been going to barber college and it has taken up a majority of my time. Whatever “free time” I have, I spend it with my kid. And the spare time I had, last week, I was sick… Go figure.

But, to show you guys what I’ve been up to, here’s a video showing how I’m practicing styling a pompadour. And yes, this is a live update, as I’m posting this from school!

Hope y’all dig it. Big thanks for the patience y’all have already given me and will continue to give, until I get the chance to give y’all pomade reviews I owe you!

Apologies for the ending. Apparently, I couldn’t turn the camera around while filming!


Sorry for the delay on posts, folks. I have a perfectly good explanation for it… I’ve been taking barbering classes!

For those who don’t follow my Instagram, *cough*THEREBELROUSER*cough* I’ve recently enrolled in semi-local barber college. I’m still going through the first week, and let me say, it’s been fun. It’s awesome to see what actually goes into a haircut. Lookin’ forward to learning more and becoming a barber!

But, this means I won’t have as much time to sit behind the computer and whip out posts. I’ll try to get them out as efficiently as possible… Even if it means multiple posts in one day. So, bear with me folks, as I only have time to sit near the doll heads.

If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can always check out my Tumblr, as it’s linked to it and I’ll more than likely be posting barber college related pics on there!