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How To Cut Men’s Hair

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Modern Salon and First Chair magazine for asking me to write an artilcle for them explaining the most important things someone beginning a career in men’s haircutting needs to know.

The above link is to the magazine article in the current edition of First Chair Magazine.

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How To Cut Men’s Hair – Always Keep A Positive Attitude

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” –  Winston Churchill

Energy is contagious. This works both ways weather the energy is positive or negative. Attitudes also work the same way. One of the most important things you can possibly do when learning how to cut men’s hair is to  maintain a positive attitude at all times. Customers notice everything and can sense anything.

Think about that one customer you have who sits down in your barber chair for a men’s haircut and takes a long lasting loud breath. Then he hits you with it. He starts complaining for the duration of the haircut about anything and everything. How does this make you feel? Is it a drain on your energy? How does it affect your attitude? How long does it take to get rid of this feeling?

Now, think about the customer that you have been looking forward to cutting his hair since you noticed his name on the appointment book. You know as soon as he sits in your barber chair he is going to tell you how great of a day it is, how nice the weather is, or ask you how you are doing and really listen to your response. How does this make you feel? Does it completely lift your spirits immediately? Does it put you in a positive mindset? How long does it last?

Which scenario is most appealing to you? I am sure you answered the second one. What if you could make every customer you come in contact with feel this positive and energetic? How many repeat clients would you have? How high would your retention rate be?
Just imaging all you could accomplish just by maintaining a positive attitude.

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How To Cut Hair: How To Build A Clientele – Part 2

One of the most important parts of learning how to cut hair is learning how to build a clientele. The bigger your clientele is the more money you will make. This is the second part in this series of blogs that will give you some simple tips on how to build your clientele.

Opportunities arise all the time to attract new customers. It is extremely important to have business cards handy all the time to take advantage of these situations. We are building a rapport with people all of the time in our daily routines and activities. For example: You may be out to dinner and strike up a conversation with the waiter or waitress. Before you leave you can mention you work at XYZ Barbershop or Hair Salon, hand them a card, and give them one quick reason why they should come to you for their next haircut. It could be your years of experience, you may include a relaxing hot towel treatment with every shampoo, every haircut comes with a hot lather neck shave, the shampoo treatment comes with a relaxing scalp massage, or maybe it’s your convenient evening hours. A big part of attracting new customers is to win people over with your personality. The more someone likes you, the more likely they are to come to you for their next haircut and keep coming back.

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Clipper Cutting: The Art Of The Taper – Part 2

In the barbering world the word taper is used often. It can mean many things and be very confusing. By definition a tapered haircut means shorter hair around the perimeter of the haircut gradually getting longer. Sometimes it makes more sense to think of it as longer hair tapered down to shorter hair. It is really that simple. That is all a taper or tapered means.

The best way to finish off a haircut is with a tapered neckline. A tapered neckline is a natural looking hairline. In other words instead of a line on the back of the neck it is faded out making it look more natural and professional.

I am not sure if it is because I have been thinking about this topic a lot but I have seen more squared off hairlines than ever. As mentioned previously the correct way to finish off a haircut is to taper the neckline. If a man absolutely wants a squared off hairline there is a correct way and wrong way to do it.

The correct way to square off a hairline is to go through the steps to taper it out and at the very end make a straight line with the trimmer. Make sure this line is a low as possible and the portion of the hair graduating from shorter to longer is still visible.

The wrong way to square off a hairline is to cut the sides and back to one length and then square it off without any graduation. Even worse is to cut this line higher than the natural hairline. This can ruin the best of haircuts.

With any man’s haircut a natural finish is best. It shows a different level of professionalism and education. There are a lot of licensed barbers and cosmetologists out there. This is a great way for you to differentiate yourself and increase your retention rate.

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How to Cut Men’s Hair: Understanding Haircut Shape and Graduation

Learning how to cut men’s hair at an expert level requires an excellent understanding of the shape of a men’s haircut and the graduation of the haircut. These two terms may sound scary but I am going to make it real simple for you to understand. There are a lot of big words used in the hair industry but they all come down to basics. If you have a good understanding of all of your basic techniques you will be able to accomplish a tremendous level of success in your career.

Haircut Shape:

There are two shapes of a men’s haircut:

– Square: Think about a flat top. You are putting a square shape on a round object. Longer in the corners and in the front. The majority of men’s haircuts are no different. The hair needs to be longer in the bangs so the client can comb them to the side or back, longer in the round of the head section so the hair can be combed down or back without sticking out, and longer in the crown so the hair will lie down. All of your professional haircuts, boys haircuts, and the majority of low fade haircuts fall into this category.
– Contoured: These are the haircuts that follow the shape of the head. Instead of leaving the hair longer in the corners or the round of the head section the hair is cut to the shape of the head. Some of these haircuts include brush cuts, fauxhawks (and all of their variations), ceasar haircuts, and all of the variations of short haircuts with a flip in the front.

Graduation:

– This word is nothing more than a fancy way to say taper or fade. It means the hair is gradually cut from shorter to longer.
– When cutting any men’s hairstyle you need to determine ahead of time the best area of the haircut for the graduation.
– The area of graduation is determined by the length of the top. The longer the top the more extreme and lower on the head the graduation will be.
– The shorter the haircut the higher on the head form the graduation can be.
– The principles are the same wether the haircut is a low skin fade, a blowout haircut, or businessman’s haircut. The only differences are the tools and techniques used.

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How to Fade Hair: How High to Cut the Fade – Part 4: Cowlicks

One of the most important things to consider when you are learning how to fade hair is how high it is going to be. There are a lot of things to consider as you think about this question. Some of them include cowlicks, hair thickness, hair color, length of the bangs, shape of the head, surface of the scalp (lumps, bumps, and/or dents), moles, scars, customer’s age, customer’s job, desired hairstyle, and the customer’s preference.

A very important note to keep in mind is that no matter how good you are at fading hair, if the fade is too high or too low your customer will not think it is a good haircut. I will say it another way. If the haircut is 100% technically correct but it is not exactly what the customer wants they won’t be happy. This is especially true with the fade haircut customer. It doesn’t matter if they are a young kid or older suit and tie professional. These are the most particular and hardest customers to please.

In this blog I am going to discuss how to deal with cowlicks. Even though I could write a book on all the different kinds of cowlicks I am going to keep it simple in this short article. The first and most important thing I would like you to always remember is what I have been telling my students and barbers for years: “IT IS ONLY A COWLICK IF YOU CUT IT TOO SHORT ”. This may sound over simplified but if you don’t cut the hair too short in the crown or the pivot area the hair will not stick up. There is nothing worse than a customer walking out of a barbershop or hair salon with his hair standing up in the back.

The most difficult cowlicks to deal with are the ones on top of the head in the crown area. They can be closer to the top of the head, all the way down by occipital bone in the back, or somewhere in between.

– Always make sure to layer the top first. This will remove the weight and give you a guide to blend to. If there is too much hair on top you will lose sight of the cutting blade and most likely go too high with the clipper. If you go too high it is too late to recover.
– Depending on how strong the cowlick is or how much the hair wants to stick up or out you need to leave anywhere from an inch to three inches from the base of the cowlick for blending.
– If the cowlick is closer to the top of the head you can usually fade past the occipital bone (round of the head).
– If the cowlick is lower let the occipital bone (round of the head) push the clipper blade away from the head in an arcing motion. This will leave you enough room to blend.

Dealing with cowlicks correctly is one of the top ways you can keep a customer for life. This is the customer who has rarely received good haircuts in their life. They will appreciate you and their tip will definitely reflect that.

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Clipper Cutting – It’s All About Blending

To be a successful clipper cutter you have to be a master at blending. What is  blending?  Blending means the same as tapering and fading. By definition as we covered in previous blogs blending/tapering/fading men’s hair means shorter to longer with no line of demarcation. That’s it and nothing more. There is no big secret.

Actually there are two secrets: EDUCATION and PRACTICE.

With just about all of todays’ styles of men’s haircuts some form of blending is required. Think about the hairstyles. Shorter to longer wether it is a tapered hairline, a half inch on the sides blended to a layer top, or a skin length fade. They all blend from shorter to longer without a line of demarcation. The only difference is the technique used. Will you blend/taper/fade with a blade on skin technique or a clipper over comb technique. It is extremely important you know how to do both and when each one is appropriate.

This leads us to practice. We have all heard practice makes perfect but how many of you out there do not want to do anything you are not good at. Don’t worry. I am the same as you. I struggled with flat tops in the beginning of my career and I can’t remember how many of them I did to get to the point I am qualified to teach them. Put an advertisement in the classifieds for free haircuts, offer friends free haircuts, or go to the local college campus and put up free haircut fliers. Do whatever it takes to get as much practice as you can.

More men than ever  are going to salons to get haircuts. They make up half of the population and in some salons they account for over 50% of the clientele. If you are a recent cosmetology school graduate you can’t afford not to learn these techniques. One more thing to keep in mind: male customers are very loyal and excellent tippers $$$.

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How to Cut Boys Hair – Part 1:

This is a very interesting topic to say the least. There is a lot of anxiety among barbers and cosmetologists when it comes to cutting young boys hair. One thing to always remember is that customers notice everything. This is especially true for young boys. The younger they are the less likely they are to hide how they feel. Except for the occasional uncontrollable boys haircut there are many things you can do to make the young boy’s haircut experience go much smoother.

In this blog I am going to cover how to make your young customer feel comfortable with you. For most kids getting a professional haircut is a new experience. They usually start out with mom trimming their bangs and curls in the kitchen or their dad giving them a buzz cut in the garage. Now they are in a new place with a stranger coming near them with sharp objects. Children are used to and love a routine. It is up to you to help establish a new one to make them feel comfortable.

A few ideas to set young boys at ease in the barbershop:

1. Introduce yourself to them with a big smile and a high five. This will help to put you at their level, not just another authority figure.
2. Promise them a gift if they are good. A traditional tootsie pops work great.
3. Have a special haircloth just for them. There a lot of different kinds to choose from. Check with your local barber supplier.
4. Get them involved in the haircut. Let them hold a comb, help you turn on the clippers, and help sweep up the hair when you are done.
5. Give them another high five at the end of the haircut and tell them you can’t wait to see them next time.

If you are at ease there is a good chance that your young customer will be at ease. If you are afraid and full of anxiety your young customer will be afraid and full of anxiety. Get in the habit of practicing these simple things and you will definitely have a customer for life. I have been cutting hair for 20 years now and these little guys are now college guys who always stop in to see me when they are home on a break or visiting family.

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How to Cut Men’s Hair – Practice, Practice, Practice

The best wayto learn how to cut men’s hair is by cutting men’s hair. This may sound over simplified but it really is that simple. The more men’s haircuts you do the better at men’s haircutting you will become.

Now that we have that out of the way here are some tips to to get more practice and to increase the quality of your practice.

  1. Make sure you are learning the proper way. Go to a reputable school with qualified teachers.
  2. If you are going to try and pick up some tips from fellow students, make sure they are giving good haircuts. Don’t just watch them because they tell you they know what they are doing.
  3. When you are in school working on the clinic floor grab haircuts you are not comfortable with. The only way to get good at these haircuts is by practicing them. It does no good to cut fade after fade if you are already are good at them.
  4. Offer friends and their friends’ free haircuts. Keep doing it until you are comfortable with these haircuts. Giving a free haircut takes the pressure off and will lead to valuable paying customers in the future.
  5. Get a mentor. Learn from the best. Find a barber in your area or someone online who is teaching the quality of haircuts that you would like to give and learn their techniques. Practice,
    practice, practice their techniques.

I can still hear my high school football coach screaming at us “You play like you practice.” This is so true. How you perform when you practice is exactly how you will perform in the real world.

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How to Cut Hair: Clipper Cutting – Part 1

Clipper cutting techniques are some of the most important techniques you need to learn in your barbering education. Short hairstyles are back in a big way and here to stay. This is huge for the barbering industry and your career as a barber. Clipper cut customers on average get their haircut every 1-3 weeks which means big income potential from each customer.

That being said the short clipper cut customers tend to be very fussy. They know exactly what they want and will notice any imperfection in their haircut. If you can make them happy you have a customer for life. Another benefit is clipper cut customers have big mouths. They are not embarrassed to tell everyone they know where they got their haircut and how great their barber is.

Keep in mind when you are giving a clipper cut that your haircut will be a walking advertisement. Everywhere that customer goes your haircut is on display. Clipper cut customers think nothing of walking up to a guy they don’t know who has a great haircut and asking: Where did you get that hair cut? This works both ways though. If there is a shadow or line of demarcation in the haircut guys will also ask: Where did you get that haircut? Clipper cut customers look out for each other as well.

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