Barbering Is the New Buzz at BOCES

Yorktown Heights — From buzz cuts, fades and spikes to traditional scissor cuts, the new Barbering class at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES has it all, educating students about all the nuances of the trade.

A new addition to the Cosmetology Career Academy at The Tech Center this year, the two-year class enables students to get a New York State barbering license.

“My students learn everything from traditional hair cutting and shaving techniques to facials, buzz cuts, fades, and specialty cuts,” said Tech Center teacher Kerriane Taylor. “When they leave this class, they will have everything they need to get their license.”

Student Taijon Tribble, from Briarcliff, said, “I knew it would be fun to take this class and good to learn how to cut hair.” In fact, barbering is a recession-proof business. “Everybody needs to get their hair cut,” Tribble said.

Kenya Susca, from Ossining, said, “It is a great job to have while you’re in college.”

Aja McLean, from Mahopac, said she has always liked to cut hair. “So far in this class, I’ve learned to do a taper, a fade, and the scissor-over-comb technique.”

Barbering has evolved over the years, according to Taylor. “It used to be just traditional scissor cuts, then clipper type cuts, but now there are so many techniques. Men are a lot more into their hair now than ever before,” Taylor said.

Students in the new barbering class at The Tech Center at PNW BOCES.