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I'm Chris Foster, Principal of the Foss Academy. Click here to learn more about the man behind the smile.

I'm Chris Foster, Principal of the Foss Academy. Click here to learn more about the man behind the smile.

I’ve spent years honing my craft through Creative Director roles in some of the finest grooming emporiums in the world including Harrods’ Barbershop, The Men's Salon At Selfridges, Gentleman’s Tonic and The Refinery Mayfair. Over the 20 years that I've been in my career I have picked up many industry awards and travelled the world sharing my knowledge and passion for the art of barbering.

I guess I know a lot about barbering and men’s grooming, but the bottom line is that I also know, I still don’t know enough! This is because everything always changes. Life keeps moving on, technology and business move on, so I use my innovative spirit to move with it.

We live life in fast forward mode. Barbering is the same as ever – in our industry, we’ve always been hungry to learn. But with new media and 24/7 online access to knowledge, our ability to consume information has become seemingly insatiable – we want everything immediately, to understand quickly and to get results. I love this! I got with the programme and launched an app, an education tour and a membership website programme that delivers Foss Academy to anyone, anywhere. Choice is the buzzword – you can opt for instant messaging speediness, or go for a calmer, 'as-I-want' drip feed. With my Foss Academy education tool, you’re in control of the speedometer.


From the creator of the industry-renowned Foss Academy comes the digital alternative for learning on your terms. Whether breaking into the industry or advancing your career, these barber courses will equip you with the skills that you need – delivered through engaging video tutorials and backed up with unparalleled support from the Foss Academy team, winner of the Most Wanted Male Grooming specialist award; PHAB award; three times winner of ‘Black Hair & Beauty Barber of the Year’; and a leading player in the male hairdressing industry for over two decades.

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The UK’s first barbering education app, The Foss Academy App is a ground-breaking, revolutionary training and educational tool which delivers concise and clear tutorials, tips and techniques, inspiring our clients to achieve their full potential as men’s hairdressers and stylists.

The Foss Academy App version one was nominated by The HJ Business Awards in 2013 & 2015 for ‘Innovation of the Year’.

The app is ‘The Foss Academy To Go’, providing core and advanced video training tutorials covering the fundamentals of barbering, professional wet shaving, creative cutting techniques and razor hair design. Download it for free now! Available on Google Play and Apple App Store.


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