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Meet the Florida barber who specializes in smooth fades

  • Beam has been cutting hair since she was 9 years old and has perfected the clean look.
  • Customers will pay hundreds of dollars for one of his haircuts.
  • We spoke to her at her hair salon in Florida, to see what makes her haircuts so special.

Here is a transcript of the video:

On my social media presence, everyone knows me as @Get_Beamed or Beam. Today, I’m here to share with you what I do on a daily basis.

So, right here, I’m having my hair removed from my head. While lifting the hair off the head, I basically prep it so I can run my clipper or machine smoothly through the hair so it doesn’t snag. I believe I use a #4 guard first, as my client has cowlicks. This is something I identified before choosing hair, knowing the different hair growth patterns. And me running with a bigger guard helped me get a more cohesive, full look, instead of pulling it too low.

I’m giving my client a lower bald taper, but I’m basically going to overdo the C cups in this haircut. So I want to start my low taper, but I’m creating a rainbow shape to make sure I can pull off that exploded look in the side taper area. This is another important step here. I use guard #2, and using my guard #2 in this part of the haircut ensures that I don’t cut her hair too low, because the more hair you remove early on, the more you will never be able to get the hair back. But the less hair you remove, the more seamlessly you can watch it transform.

I basically stay in a rainbow-like motion, as opposed to my guideline which is straight. This rainbow is going to give me that burst effect. And now we start the back cone. Remember, whatever you do on one side, you do on each side of the haircut to keep this look cohesive, to keep the look flush. So, I’m starting my bald line here, and I’m going to repeat some of the same steps. Yes, it’s just consistency here.

Follow these steps and techniques to stay consistent throughout the haircut. I’m just raking this hair right now, and trying to retain as much volume but keep it consistent to get a nice flushed taper. Using the corners of my blade to run some hairs through the teeth just to make sure I can create a smooth transition. I cut this client from an Afro to a wavelength haircut. I want to make sure that I can bring all her hair forward, put it all out, and lay it all down. The quick lotion basically serves to bring all the hair forward and lay it completely flat for me, prepping it for the range.

Because her hair is so used to standing on end that I want to pull it forward and spread it out. I want the hair to look like it’s never had an Afro before. Now, the most important step. I completely closed my clipper and floated over the client’s hair, removing any loose hair that was just standing up to make the haircut much smoother and much more posed. My next step is basically getting into this haircut and I want to add some depth to his beard. He already has a full beard, but I want to give him a fuller, richer, darker look, but also, I want to start setting my boundaries, so right now I’m framing.

My framing job is the most important job of my entire haircut. You want to give it a natural look, but you also want it to be cohesive. I use a form of hairspray to lock in the beard just to make it look nicer and crispier. Now I go into my line-up work. Now that I’ve broken the edge of the beard, my range is working on the nape area. I like to do my vertical bars. I’m going to start with my trimmer straight up, and I’ll lower the nape of the neck to a slight V. The most important part, using my center point, which is my nose area. I’ll take the nose, and I’ll put my trimmer just above the nose. This is my core area. It’s just going to keep me centered and keep me straight and symmetrical. This is how I start creating precision throughout a haircut. I make a lot of decisions as I go. Sometimes I come across simple things, how high I want the cone, how high I want the cone. Work myself to the left slowly but surely. I’m just trying to make sure I can create a nice natural range before any additives to this haircut. And now I want to use three of my products, my color map, use my own color, and use my wireless compressor that I designed from scratch, and we’re basically adding color. We give the client a richer and more complete look. When using enhancements or add-ons, I just consider it an extra service.

This is how you give the customer a different level of trust. You give it pop, fullness, flash, that modern look. My pencil is mainly used as a concealer. Think about how women do their eyebrows. They will basically shape their eyebrows or have them waxed and then they will add additives or color to tint the eyebrow, to make it darker. So I’m just manipulating things that I see in other industries, adding them to my current service, and it just gives the client that extra shine, that extra flair, and a nice clean, crisp look. The hardest part about getting a haircut right is customer satisfaction, because I feel like anyone can really create a great haircut, but that’s up to the customer. And if the customer feels like a million bucks walking out of the store, honestly, it doesn’t matter what the haircut looks like. Because if you can do someone a favor and make them feel, “Yeah, that’s it,” that’s it. This is the hardest part.

And now stretching the skin, tilting my razor at a 45 degree angle, bringing everything back to the highest point and using an advanced technique called backstroke, which is when you pull the razor away from you and you walk away from you. It’s a dangerous technique for any amateur out there. I didn’t start doing backstroke with my razor until maybe my 10th year. And the barber is just what happens when you become more of a vet in what you do. I can be really comfortable with my razor. It’s like my number one partner in crime.

So, now let’s clean up the top of the eyebrows. As you can see, my client is more of a hairier client. I just want to make sure that when he leaves the barbershop he’s completely clean. Tend to things like that. They have never had these services before, never had their brows cleaned, but it also brings out their facial features more and makes them look cleaner. And now a shine of oil in the client’s hair, doing my last trick, and it’s perfect. The symmetry is there. It’s clean. This is a very good haircut. This is a very good haircut.

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