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1st Place at the Full Blooded Barber Battle

Posted on: June 11th, 2018

Bridgeview, IL Barber Student Jose David Ostolaza takes first place in Full Blooded Barber Battle

Born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico since he was seven years old, Jose Ostolaza had a very difficult childhood.  His father was involved with the wrong people and because of that, so was he. “I always enjoyed cutting hair and embraced it more after I decided to change my life and agreed to move to Chicago. I worked in a couple of shops, but I realized I was just going to be a chair barber if I didn’t get my license. I wasn’t just looking for a barber license, I wanted more as a professional and Tricoci University was a perfect choice for me. I knew that I would develop other skills that other barber programs don’t offer.”

Jose competed and won first place in the Full Blooded Battle because he wanted to prove to himself that he truly is the best in the industry. “In competition, I represent Tricoci University and demonstrate that this university has a solid barber program. I also wanted that belt so much. You have to realize how special we are and how a haircut can impact a person’s life. Not to be afraid to fail because the only way for someone to succeed in life is to fail and get right back up.”

“With the amount of experience that I have, I was able to make my dream come true by winning first place trophy in the Full Blooded Barber Battle. Not very many people can say that they’ve won trophies or a belt. That means a lot to me and it continues to motivate and reassure me that I’m on the right path towards my career as a barber. Winning that battle has been one of the greatest moments for me here at Tricoci University.”

About Jose

His Favorite Cut

The Fade, you can’t go wrong with a good fade.

Aspirations for the Future

To become a licensed barber and return to be a Tricoci University educator. One of my dreams is to also go to Dubai for a beauty show.

His Favorite Barbers

  1. Me
  2. @bombythebarber
  3. @joelmasterbarber
  4. @ricarbarber
  5. @carlosbarber_32

Contact Jose

Instagram: @jose_david_allstarbarber
Facebook: @josedavid.ostolaza


Rockford’s First-Ever Barber-Beauty Battle

Posted on: August 2nd, 2017

Ready. Set. Cut!

A competition like no other made its mark on Rockford Sunday when the first-ever Barber-Beauty Battle was held in the parking lot at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture.

And it was all for a good cause.

“This was the biggest event on this kind of scale for domestic violence awareness in Rockford,” said April Cauthen, Campus Director at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s Rockford campus. Tricoci University was the lead organizer for the Barber-Beauty Battle, which also featured a Bike and Car Show and many family-friendly attractions.

Cauthen estimates that more than 2,000 people attended some part of the event, including members of River Valley Community Church, which held its morning worship services at the event venue.

The Barber-Beauty Battle was emceed by Joe Flano, an internationally known barber with Major League Barber, who emcees similar battles across the county. Barber-beauty battles are competitions, pitting students or professionals against each other to create the best fade haircut, the best graphics in a haircut, best creative makeup or hair style.

Cauthen said seeing her students compete with other students and professionals on stage was one of many moments of pride for her during the event.

“I love that our students were on the platform showing their skills to the entire world,” she said. “That’s the pride and joy of being in education — seeing your students step out like that.”

Cauthen also expressed pride in the number of groups in the community who came together to publically support Remedies Renewing Lives and The Amanda Reed Foundation, two organizations that help victims of domestic violence. Cauthen added the event raised approximately $3,000 in donations for those two groups.

In addition to local beauty professionals and students several Tricoci University campuses, a group of barbers traveled from Janesville, WI, and Midwest Barber Academy, a competing school, also sent their students to the battle as well.

Event Sponsors Included CRH Magazine, Custom Nardi Systems, Lino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Luxe Salon, Mad Men Barber Shop, 15th & Chris (Burgers & Ice Cream), Guitar Center, Sparkling ICE, River Valley Community Church, National Guard and many others.

Father-Son Haircut Fundraiser

Posted on: March 7th, 2017

Father-Son Haircut Fundraiser Will Help Midwest Christian Academy Build New School Gym

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Barber Students Excited to Give Back, Help Their Neighborhood

Chicago, Illinois – The gym at Midwest Christian Academy (MCA) needs serious help. The facility is unfit for student use because the roof leaks and the electrical system is faulty.

There is hope, though.

Barber students at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s Northwest Chicago campus are coming to the MCA gym’s rescue with a father-son haircut fundraiser on Wednesday, March 29.

The students will offer $10 father-son haircuts from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the MCA gym, located at 3465 N. Cicero Avenue. No appointments are necessary and free parking is available on the MCA campus.

“It is such an honor and privilege to provide this experience for my barber students and for Midwestern Christian Academy,” says Amy Collazo, campus director at Tricoci University’s Chicago Northwest campus.

The fundraiser is personal for Collazo because both of her children are MCA students, and the school is just a 15-minute drive from her campus.

“Our children deserve the best facilities for their educational needs, just as our students have here at Tricoci University,” she says. “My barber students are all around the most giving and positive leaders in the industry, it will be amazing to see them mentoring the future!”

Collazo says fundraisers like this are necessary because student tuition is MCA’s only income source. “The school doesn’t get state or federal funding like other schools do,” she says. “Staff members make a lot of sacrifices to educate our children.”

The barber students are excited to do something good for their community.

“Being able to give haircuts to boys and fathers as a bonding day is really an amazing feeling,” says Jay Putman, barber student at Tricoci University. “I hope while I’m gaining experience, we are also helping create memories.”

Niko Dervishi echoed Putman’s sentiments. “It’s a great opportunity to gain experience while supporting and giving back to the community.”

To learn more about the Midwest Christian Academy gym rebuilding project, visit www.buildinghopemca.com.

Barber Joe Flano, Mentor of the Month

Posted on: December 20th, 2016

Joe Flano

Barber, Educator, Host and MC of Major League Barber

Joe Flano is a licensed barber, educator for Major League Barber, Inc., host and MC of beauty and barber competitions and tradeshows across the country such as Americas Beauty Show, International Beauty Show, ISSE Long Beach, Bronner Bros ATL, San Juan Beauty Show, Premiere Birmingham, and Premiere Orlando.

Joe has been involved in the hair and beauty industry since the age of 16. Inspired by his Great Aunt Matilda (Aunt Tillie) Walker, the first barber in the family, Joe grew up with fond memories of her cutting hair at her shop on the south side of Chicago.

“I wanted to become a barber since my young kid days. I always thought of it as a ‘cool job’ and as a barber I could make lots of money. The person that inspired me to cut (hair) was my lovely great Aunt Matilda ‘Aunt Tillie’ Walker. She used to tell me stories and give advice when she had her shop on south side of Chicago. She was the first barber in the family, then I came second. She passed away to the ‘Big Barber Shop in the Sky’ in October of 2012 but I will continue to live the dream she had for me and she will always be in my heart and everything I do to succeed in barbering.”

As a former Team Barber for the Marquette University college basketball team, Joe’s client list is anything from average. During his career, Joe has cut the hair of Maurice Acker, Jerel Mcneal, Chicago Bulls Forward Jimmy Butler, Dallas Mavericks Guard Wesley Matthews, Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams and Jeremy Pargo. And his musical clientele is just as impressive with Rockie Fresh of MMG Record Label, Rotimi of FrontRoSeat, the hit Starz Series “BOSS” also featured in Keyshia Cole’s music video “Trust and Believe” and lastly, former WGCI’S Radio DJ and host, DJ A-OH and WGCI’s current Radio DJ, DJ Milehigh.

“If you want to become successful in this industry all I can say is get out more, meet new people, and build relationships with people. You never know who you’ll come across in the everyday world. You keep that up and one day you’ll get the opportunity to take the opportunity.”

Contact Joe

Instagram: @mlbjoeflano @majorleaguebarber @mlbmidwesttradeshow
Facebook: Joe Flano
Twitter: MLBJoeFlano

Next Gen Barber & Beauty Battle

Posted on: October 20th, 2016

Exclusive Event for Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Students!

Sunday, November 6, 2016 I 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture – Chicago NW
5321 North Harlem Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656

Join us for our first ever live Barber and Beauty Battle. This live student competition is brought to you by Major League Barbers (MLB), and is open to ALL Tricoci University of Beauty Culture students enrolled in Barbering, Cosmetology, or Esthetics at ANY of our campuses.

I am excited beyond words for our University to be involved with developing the Next Generation of Barber professionals. Barbering is a discipline that is close to my heart.  Having fun childhood memories of sitting on a barber chair waiting for my turn to get a haircut. Good luck to all participants.” – Ross Bravo, CEO of Tricoci University

“My teachers and students inspire me to be the best that I can be everyday.  I am surrounded by the most talented and creative people in the industry, and I am so excited to bring all that talent under one roof. It’s time for our students to show up and take it all the way. Be strong, be confident, but most of all, be YOURSELF! Good luck to all the competitors!” – Amy Collazo, Campus Director of the Chicago Northwest & Northeast Campuses

“I’m super excited not only for Tricoci University and our students but for the barbering industry as a whole. This competition is going to mix barbering tradition with cosmetology professionalism, and the result is going to be the most progressive battle Chicago has ever seen. I can’t wait.” – Deana Boozer, Barber Teacher at the Chicago NW Campus

Clock hours will be awarded for all student attendees whether you come to watch or participate (drive time is not included). MLB will present awards and prizes for the winners of each category. Due to limited space, tickets are required for entry.

To register, visit: https://nextgenbarberbattle.eventbrite.com.

Free Haircuts on July 1st

Posted on: June 13th, 2016

Tricoci University Barber Program at the Chicago NW Campus Offers Free Haircuts for Military, Veterans, and Service Members Friday, July 1

Armed services and emergency services personnel make sacrifices daily to ensure the safety and security of our nation at home and abroad. In honor of their sacrifice, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s Chicago Northwest Campus will offer free haircuts for male and female veterans, active military, police, fire, EMTs, and the like, from noon to 8pm on Friday, July 1.

“We can never do enough to say thank you to the brave men and women who protect and defend us. This is a way we can honor their sacrifice,” says Amy Collazo, Campus Director of Tricoci University’s Chicago Northwest Campus. “We hope our students are busy all day! What better way to begin the Fourth of July weekend!”


Male and female veterans, active military personnel, police, fire, EMTs, etc.


Free haircuts provided by Tricoci University students.


Friday, July 1, from noon to 8 p.m.


Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, Chicago Northwest Campus, 5321 North Harlem Avenue (Norwood Park)


To thank veterans, military personnel and emergency personnel for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and secure at home and abroad.


Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 773-467-1900.

In addition to free haircuts, the celebratory event will include a DJ, tasty baked goods, additional services for purchase and a one-day discount off men’s grooming products, including Baxter of California and Redken for Men.

Tricoci University’s Chicago Northwest campus is one of fourteen campus locations; and one of six that offers the Barber Program. The program provides the most current, technically precise and versatile education available in the barber training field today. All services are provided by students under the supervision of a licensed instructor.

Creating Hair Art, Welcome to Barber School

Posted on: April 7th, 2016

hair design from tricoci barber school

One of the most highly anticipated and obsession-inducing parts of barber school is hair art.

The best advice for creating any type of hair art, hair designs, hair graphics, or whatever you want to call it – is to be methodical and lay out a plan to help you achieve the desired end result. First, section carefully, keeping all other hair out of the way while using your clippers. For an undercut, a section of hair is shaved from the nape. This section can be just a few inches wide or can reach above the ears leaving only the hair on the top. For a sidecut, only a patch of hair above the ear (either ear) is shaved. Don’t forget, an undercut can accentuate the angles of your guests face so take their face shape into account when deciding how to proceed. This trending haircut provides versatility for your guest, allowing them to have several very different looks with the addition of graphics or designs.

“What sparked our interest in adding the Barber Program to Tricoci University was the number of barbershop owners approaching us about training the next generation of barbers,” says Mario Tricoci, legendary stylist and founder of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. “Barbershop owners have made it known that it is getting more and more difficult to find professional talent. Anyone can cut hair, but professionals are hard to come by.”

Tricoci University’s Barber School curriculum includes the following:

  • Initial Classroom “Essentials” Training; classroom instruction covering general theory and practical application on a range of barbering skills.
  • Hair Styling/Hair Art; including hands-on instruction that teaches the core “Tricoci Cuts” and a broad variety of styling techniques.
  • Practical Chemical Application/Hair Treatment; hands-on instruction addressing all aspects of coloring (and other chemical applications) for men’s hair and facial hair.
  • Shop Management; in addition to sanitation and interpersonal relations.
  • Shaving; covering the art of and techniques for shaving men’s hair and facial hair.
  • Men’s Skin Care; the basics of skin care for men which focuses on face, neck and scalp.
  • Sports Manicures; the basics of nail technology theory and application for men’s manicures.

Already a Cos Grad? TUBC also offers a “fast track” Barber Program option at the Chicago NW campus for those that have already graduated from an accredited cosmetology program. Upon completing 500 clock hours of barbering school at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, graduates of our program will be eligible to take the Illinois State Boards to obtain a barber license.

Note: Net Tuition for the “Fast Track” option will be significantly less than the full-length program. Financial aid is available for those that qualify. Please contact the Chicago NW campus for more details and eligibility requirements.

Check out this insane hair art and undercut design on Esthetics Master Educator, Crystal Baldazo by Ms. Dee, Barber Teacher at Tricoci University’s Chicago NW campus.

Mentor of the Month: Ivan Zoot

Posted on: April 1st, 2016

Ivan Zoot is ClipperGuy

Licensed Barber, Licensed Cosmetologist and Certified Personal Trainer

Ivan is best known for his online videos as “The Clipperguy” and specializes in working with salons, individuals and brands to build business, increase profits and productivity and to get healthy and stay healthy. Ivan also works independently as a freelance educator, speaker, and trainer with salons, schools like Tricoci University, and individuals. Ivan’s combination of classic barber training and contemporary cosmetology background brings real, useable skills, ideas and techniques to an industry currently obsessed with the crossover between the barber world and the cosmetology universe.

Ivan’s classes are fun to watch, easy to follow and loaded with information which both an aspiring haircutter or an industry veteran can absorb and transform into success, confidence, profit and wellness immediately.

“I have always been all about guy hair and clipper cutting. I wear my hair clipper cut. I cut my wife’s hair with a clipper. My kids have clipper cuts, too. If I had a dog… When I got to cosmetology school, I was drawn to men’s haircutting. I mastered clipper cutting and later got my barber license, too. In my first salon job, I was apprenticed to a stylist who was a master with short hair, guys and clippers. The short hair bug and the clipper cutting bug bit me hard.  When I worked for and managed chain salons, the focus was on guy haircuts for all the business benefits.  Guys come back faster, chairs turn faster, short haired clients send more referrals and use and buy more take-home hair care product. Now it is YOUR turn. I look forward to working with you, your salon or your school and helping you to achieve your goals in the guy hair game.”

Get Specialized

The beauty industry is getting more specialized every day.  Men’s haircutting is the number one fastest growth sector of the service side of the salon hair market.  You want to get your share of this lucrative segment and so did Ivan. When he opened his own shop, guy hair and clipper cutting was the focus because he saw this specialization coming and because he wanted to do work he liked and didn’t enjoy. In Ivan’s work with the Andis Company, he developed new tools and techniques for clipper cutting and men’s hair and has become the world’s number one authority in clipper cutting and in training clipper cutters to master clipper cutting skills. The proof that he had really mastered clipper cutting and the tips, tricks, and techniques of the tools of the trade came when he earned three Guinness World Hair Cutting records in 1998 and again in 2008.Working on his own has provided the freedom to create new collections, explore new techniques and get further out on the cutting edge of the guy haircut game.

Get Connected

The ClipperGuy channel on Youtube is a favorite of many hair professionals.  Four or Five new videos are posted every week.  The Clipperguy channel on Periscope is fast becoming “must-see TV”.   Clipper cutter live chat happens on Ivan’s Facebook page every Wednesday night at 9 pm CST.  All are welcome.  The gateway to the ClipperGuy universe is found online clipperguy.com.

For 2016 he brings a powerful blend of easily adopted technical cutting education, inspiring business building concepts and no-nonsense tips.  He demystifies the secrets that allow cosmetology professionals to leverage opportunities in the guy hair game. He simplifies precision haircutting so barbers can raise their bar, too.

Tricoci University Launches Barber Program

Posted on: January 25th, 2016

Program Designed to Meet Growing Demand for Well-Trained Professional Barbers

As the nation’s population continues to increase, and along with it the populations of Illinois and Indiana, the demand for professional hair care services are on the rise. Employment opportunities for barbers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This growing demand is the reason Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (“Tricoci University”) has launched a Barber Program. The 1500 clock-hour, 12-month program will prepare students for a wide variety of careers, including barber, barber apprentice, barbershop manager, barbershop owner, master barber or men’s stylist.

The inaugural class of barber students started at Tricoci University’s Chicago Northwest campus (near O’Hare) earlier this month, with plans for another class to start in a few months. Tricoci University’s Bridgeview campus is currently recruiting for their first class, and there are plans to offer the barbering program at additional campus locations later this year.

“What sparked our interest in adding the Barber Program was the number of barbershop owners approaching us about training the next generation of barbers,” says Mario Tricoci, legendary stylist and founder of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. “Barbershop owners have made it known that it is getting more and more difficult to find professional talent. Anyone can cut hair, but professionals are hard to come by; that’s why we have created this program.”

Tricoci University’s Barber Program offers students a well-rounded education which includes essentials training, hair styling and hair art, practical chemical applications and hair treatments, shop management, shaving, skin care basics and sports manicures.

Tricoci University is known for offering the most advanced educational materials, equipment and facilities to cultivate an engaging learning experience, preparing students for successful careers. The majority of Tricoci University’s curriculum is delivered via iPad, which is included in every new student kit. Barbering education is further supported through the use of videos, demonstrations, guest artists, visual/ practical presentations, lectures and a lot of hands-on experience so students become prepared for both the state board examinations and career opportunities.

Tips on Cutting Men’s Hair

Posted on: August 10th, 2015

Guest post by Colleen “Vaseline Dion” Moore, TUBC student from our CNE campus.

Cutting hair is an art form, so there’s really no right or wrong way to get awesome results with a haircut. Every stylist is different, but there are some basic principals that all stylists can use to improve speed and quality when cutting men’s hair. Good technical skills will also increase your male client retention.

Here are my thoughts on cutting men’s hair.


When using clippers, its almost always better to use them on dry hair. Blending should be done dry, too. If the hair is wet, it’s hard to see the lines or how the hair is going to lay when its cut. Unless you’re using a razor or shears, keep the hair dry.


I do this so much throughout my cuts. It’s important to make sure the cut is even and proportional. When I’m doing a short haircut, I’m checking for blending and tapering in the mirror and standing back a few feet. I do this because usually I can see things from a distance I can’t see up close. Proper lighting is essential.


Avoid lines of demarcation. When you’re using clippers, go through three steps with each stroke. Start with the clipper anchored with the entire flat surface of the blade touching the head. Moving upward, pivot the clipper so only the back of the blade is touching. Next, suspend the clipper freehand as it moves up and out of the hair. This will create the smoothest transition possible. One method of blending that I use is shear-over-comb or clipper-over-comb. To do this, use a detachable blade clipper with a large blade. The large blade will give the client a smoother blend because the hair will be cut in a uniform length with a feathered end. NEVER use a short blade or the trimmer to blend because the blades will give the hair a very blunt cut and leave lots of demarcation.


Razors with guards or point-cutting techniques can be used to give your client’s hair texture by cutting the ends of the hair in varying lengths. You want texture in the haircuts that are worn spiky or messy. MAKE SURE HAIR IS WET BEFORE USING A RAZOR OR YOU WILL MAKE YOUR CLIENT SCREAM! When pulling the hair between the razor and thumb, hold the razor at an angle and use a C-shaped scooping motion. The point-cutting technique is used to cut the ends of the hair at an angle, or even snipping out alternating pieces, to add texture.


A lot of stylists spend a lot of time finishing, but I think a great haircut can be completely destroyed by bad finishing, just as a bad haircut can look respectable with good finishing. It’s important to make sure all lines are clean and neat. Most haircuts need slight tapering or beveling around the edges. To do sideburns, stand in front of the client and look them directly in the face to check balance. Make sure bangs are even, too.

So, those are some of my musings on men’s hair and cutting. Again, there’s no right or wrong way to approach a haircut as long as the end result is technically solid and the client is happy.