The Menspire Academy in St Albans recently hosted a special evening of inspiration for barbers from both the UK and Europe. The event featured two of the biggest names in the barbering industry.
“These Menspire events aim to give you an insight into something really different,” explained Josh Lamonaca. “They delve into the worlds of session and photographic work while sharing our knowledge and experiences. Although people think we’re rivals, we’re not. Collaborations are important to share knowledge, wisdom and success.”
The interactive evening began with the pair talking about photo shoots and how to capture hair for competitions and social media, taking into account lighting, poses as well as hairstyles. “When it comes to styling the hair for a photo we often struggle,” explained Kevin Luchmum. “The haircut is great, but we need to think how we can achieve the natural look with lighter products, diffusers and technology. When you’re working on a shoot, don’t always have just one look in mind. What you see with your eyes is different when you capture it at another angle. A hybrid feeling can make all the difference with an image for social or a collection.”
Josh and Kevin also worked on two textured looks in front of the audience breaking down the techniques, the tools they used and the styling finishes for the barbers to take back to their business. “The only way our industry will move forward is if we work together; there’s no nation, no race, no gender – we are one.”
The next Menspire & Friends will take place on 31 March with Alan Beak and Josh Lamonaca. Tickets are on sale now, find out more www.menspire.co.uk