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Barber School Success Part 4 – Keep Your Barber Tools With You At All Times

In this blog I would like to talk about how to be successful in barber or cosmetology school. The tip for this blog is one the most important things you need to do to be prepared for barber or cosmetology school.

Keep your barber tools with you at all times. It’s not a good idea to let your fellow students borrow your tools. What ultimately will  happen is somebody may break your tools, they may forget to bring them to school to give them back to you, or they might not be in school the next day to give you your tools back to you. This will reflect poorly on you and is not how you want to look in front of your instuctors. Your instructors are the ones who will be recommending you to your future employers.

All of your tools are included in your kit for a reason. You never know when you’re going to need them. Make sure you keep them with you at all times, keep them in good condition, and keep them clean. This is going to show your teachers as well as your classmates that you take what you do and your education very seriously. When people like myself and my colleagues come into your school to recruit your teachers are going to put you at the top of their list.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website for more barber education success tips.

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Barber Tools – How To Hold The Barber Scissor

In this blog I would like to talk to you about your barbering scissor, how to hold it, and how it works.

To start out, I’m going to xplaine how to hold the barber scissor. Put your thumb in the thumb hole, not past your cuticle and your ring finger in the ring finger hole somewhere between your first knuckle and your middle knuckle. When you’re cutting just move your thumb and keep your other fingers stationary. By just moving your thumb the cutting blade only will move. This is how the scissor cuts correctly.  If you drop your elbow and hunch over both blades will move causing your barbering scissor to cut incorrectly.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more tips and tricks about your barber scissors.

 

 

 

 

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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.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering Website to learn more tips about how to cut hair.

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How To Be A Barber – Educate Your Customer About Their Haircut

Describing the haircut to your customer in as much detail as possible will show your customer you value their business and take pride in being a barber. As you probably know by now or will soon find out men have a difficult time explaining how they want their haircut. Even if the customer does know exactly how he wants his haircut he usually feels a little uncomfortable or like he is being “ too fussy” by explaining it in detail. It is our job to make this process as easy and painless as possible. Guys are not interested in a long drawn out customer consultation. I have been working with a barber for years who has really simplified this. Once he senses the customer is unsure or uncomfortable explaining the cut all he says is “How about I just make it look good?” This always gets a laugh and puts the customer at ease. The one thing I have to specify is this particular barber has been cutting hair for 25 years so he can tell just by looking at someone and the type of hair they have what style will look good.

I recommend telling your customer exactly how to ask for his haircut. For example: “I layered the top to about four inches in length so you have hair to comb and the crown will not stand up. The sides are tapered with a 3/8″ blade 2 fingers high. I tapered the outline of the haircut so it will grow in naturally”. I explain it to them exactly how I think it through when I am cutting it. Another good idea is to write it down on a business card for them so they can just hand it to you or whoever cuts it next time. I find this works in my shops because we all cut the same way. If you use a computer system with industry software there is usually an area to leave notes with the customer’s information. This makes it even easier for them because the notes will be on the work ticket when it prints out. This is another way to leave a positive lasting impression on your customer.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn how to be a barber.

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How To Cut Hair: Mind your Business? – Part 1

This is a great question and one every employee of a barbershop or hair salon should think about. That’s right – Employee. Even if you work for someone you are in your own business. The fact that this is a commission business means the more haircuts or services you provide the more money you will make. It’s that simple. Build your chair and you will build your paycheck.

I would like you to imagine a 5 foot circle around your barber chair or beauty chair. This is your space. You have control of everything in it. You have no control of what goes on outside of that circle. Wasting time on what goes on outside of your circle takes away from all of the things you can do to build YOUR business. There are too many distractions to list but probably the number one to avoid is barbershop or hair salon gossip. It creates a negative energy/atmosphere even if the customers do not witness it in person.

To make the most out of your space treat it as your home. Just like your home is a reflection of you so is your work space. Keep it as clean as you would when you are home. Treat your customers the same way you treat invited guests. Whenever my family has invited guests over to our house it is always clean and we are on our best behavior. What do you think the results would be if you conducted your workspace/busienss in the same manner?

I would like to invite you to check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more about how to cut hair at the highest level.

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Clipper Cutting: Please Don’t Cut By Numbers – Part 3

Barbering or Men’s haircutting is a great business to be in and can be fun and rewarding. Being a barber can also give you a good steady income with job security. The barber business is a respected profession which should be taken seriously. We are all fortunate to be making our living this way in relaxed and relatively stress free atmosphere.

In previous blogs I wrote about why it is not a good idea to cut by numbers. In this blog I am going to give you the basic sizes of attachments and metal blades that will make it more professional and descriptive than clipper cutting by numbers.

The standard blade/attachment sizes from longest to shortest are:
– 1/2”
– 3/8”
– 1/4”
– 1/8”
– 1/16”
Anything size longer than ½” you are better off cutting with clipper over comb. Any size shorter is your adjustable clipper without an attachment, or a trimmer for the shortest. Those numbers are standard and they are: 1, 0A, 000, 0000, 00000.

When talking with the customer about how short they like to get their fade cut it is much more personalized and professional referring to the actual sizes than clipper cutting by numbers.

Stay tuned for the next blog in this series that will give real life examples to explain to customers how they get their haircut and how they should ask for it next time in the barbershop/hair salon.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for the very best in clipper cutting education.

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How to be a Barber – Customer Service Tips – Part 1:

When teaching a class at a barber school or cosmetology school I like to start by asking an important question: What business are you planning on going into after you graduate? I first get a few laughs as if it is a silly question followed by a bunch of different answers:

– I am going into the barber business
– I am going in to the cosmetology business
– I am going to the skin care business
– I am going in to the manicure and pedicure business

These are all good answers showing the students have a plan. What I never here is the most important thing that no student can afford to overlook. No matter what area of barbering/cosmetology you plan to practice, you are in the CUSTOMER SERVICE business first. Without good people skills it does not matter how good you are at your chosen area of expertise. Customers do business with people that make them feel welcome and special. Customers also do business with people that show passion, caring, and excitement for what they do.

The reason customer service skills are so important is that these are the things your customers will notice and be exposed to before the service you are providing them is completed. In other words their opinion is formed before you even show them the finish product.

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