Wed 14 Oct 2020

From barbershop to Bell Street

One of Taranaki’s well-known barbers has joined the WITT team to share the specialist skills of his trade.

Lachie Stevens has been honing his craft at Jetcharm barbershop on Egmont Street in New Plymouth for the last five years. He’s now at WITT one day a week teaching a barbering course that’s aimed at upskilling those in the industry.

Lachie says that while being at tutor is a new experience, he’s looking forward to sharing some of the skills that he’s picked up from gifted teachers and mentors along the way.

“In the shop, I try offer to others what I was lucky enough to have passed on to me from some awesome barbers and men’s hairdressers. Teaching in the classroom is a bit foreign but it’ll be good to be able to pass on to the students as much as I can.

“I definitely find learning a skill like this is best learnt from doing rather than talking or writing about it, so it’ll be a very hands on way of teaching.”

Barbering wasn’t always the career path he’d planned on, but Lachie says it’s an industry he’s loved working in.

“I’ve had some pretty cool opportunities come forward since I started at Jetcharm, including working backstage at festivals and cutting up some pretty cool stars. As well as being involved with giving back to the local community through charity cuts and events.

“I haven’t looked back since starting my apprenticeship.”

WITT’s Techniques in Barbering is a microcredential that’s being offered for the first time this year and is taught on Mondays over six weeks. Students are learning to perform haircuts using barbering and finishing techniques like blending, lineouts, tapering and fades, as well as beard and moustache shaping.

Each Monday from 9am – 2pm, students will be offering free beard and moustache trimming as well as shaping and barber cuts. Email Lachie to make an appointment l.stevens@witt.ac.nz