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Wahl Global Educators Traveled to Russia and China to Bring the Latest in American Barbering Education

Elizabeth Jakaitis | February 9, 2017 | 12:28 PM
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Last fall, members of Wahl Professional's Wahl Education and Artistic Team (W.E.A.T.) traveled to Russia and China to lead educational classes on American barbering. W.E.A.T. members Christina Goree, Rick Morin and Jose Barba shared knowledge in classrooms and at events on best practices for clipper cutting. 

Christina Goree, barber and Emmy Award-winning artist, attended Russia’s biggest beauty show in Moscow, InterCHARM, held last October, to meet with educators, barbers and stylists and present a master class. Goree served as the guest artist from the United States, representing Wahl Professional with her three decades of experience as a master barber and stylist.

Recognized as one of the top 50 barbers in the U.S., Rick Morin brought his talents to China to demonstrate basic fading and blending techniques, with a heavy focus on his Wahl clippers.

“They were amazed at how I was able to complete entire haircuts using only Wahl clippers. Most of them use shears for all their haircuts,” says Morin.

Language barriers were shattered—all spoke the universal language: hair. The fusion of international and local trends and techniques unified the educators and attendees.

Goree recognized fresh trends during her visit to Moscow. “One trend I’d like to see evolve in the United States is a cool twist on conservative cuts.”

Global industry professionals were excited to incorporate and adapt American elements to their styles. “There’s huge interest in American culture such as barbering, skateboarding, coffee shops and fashion. They’re hungry for what they call hip hop style barbershops,” says Barba.

As educators and professionals, the team thrived during demonstrations and seminars, bringing Wahl education worldwide. The Wahl tools gained substantial popularity, reinventing global hair executions.

“With the inaugural Global Education Leadership Summit hosted at our Global Headquarters in Sterling, IL., March 2017, along with our continually growing Global Artistic Teams, Wahl Professional is staying true to their reputation as the leader and go-to resource for clippers and education in the professional industry,” says Laura VanderMoere.

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Originally posted on Salon Today.

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