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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.

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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.

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Barber Tools and Supplies – Proper Barber Comb and Brush Maintenance

Disinfecting your barber combs and brushes is a very important part of your job as a barber. If you do 20 haircuts in a day your barber combs are touching 20 different people. If you don’t clean them properly you will have 20 different hair clippings on them by the end of the day. There is nothing worse than a customer sitting in your barber chair and seeing dirty combs on the counter. As we have discussed in previous written and video barber blogs your customer is forming their opinion of you and the service they are about to receive before you cut one strand of hair.

In between every customer rinse all of your combs that you just used with warm water and soap. Rinse the soap completely off and immerse them in a germicide and disinfectant solution such as hydrocide or barbericide. Make sure whatever you use it kills all germs and diseases including HIV.

When you are going to use the barber comb or brush on the next customer make sure to rinse it off in warm water and dry the comb off. Do not take the comb out of the germicide/disinfectant solution and comb your customer’s hair. The barber comb or brush should be completely dry without any of the germicide/disinfectant left on it.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more tips on how to take care of your barber tools.

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Barber School Success Tips: Always Be Prepared

One of  the best ways to get the most out of barber school is to be prepared at all times. Being prepared for barber school means to always have your textbook with you and your tools with you. You can’t learn theory if you don’t have your textbook with you. You can’t learn how to give a clipper cut if you don’t have your clippers with you.

Another suggestion is not to lend your barber tools or barber books to anyone. A number of things can happen if lend them out. The day you need your textbook the student borrowing it could be out sick. The day you need your clippers that student might be out sick. The person borrowing your clippers might have dropped them by mistake and chipped the cutting blade without telling you about it. If they don’t tell you and you go to use the clipper on a customer you might cut them. If any of these things happen you are the one who is going to look bad.

Always keep your barbers textbooks with you as well as your barber tools – cleaned and in good working condition.

Check out the rest of the Masters of Barbering website to learn more tips on how to be successful in barber school.

 

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Clipper Cutting: Clipper Maintenance

You are only as good as your tools so it is extremely important to have the best clippers available. As stated in previous blogs we recommend you have three clippers to complete your barbering kit: A detachable blade clipper, an adjustable clipper, and a trimmer. It is equally important to take care of your clippers. There is a four step process required to keep your clippers clean and in good working condition:

1. Use a clipper brush to gently brush of your clipper blades in between every use. This will keep off any wet hair which can cause the blade to rust. It will also avoid getting the previous clients hair on the next client. Lastly, removing the excess hair will keep the blade moving back and forth at maximum speed and efficiency.

2. Spray disinfectant on the clippers after brushing them off. Point the can away from you and spray the clipper blade while it is running. This will kill any germs or viruses and keep the blade clean.

3. Lubricate the blades. Use quality clipper oil and place a small amount of oil on the clipper blade wherever you see metal rubbing against metal. This will allow the blade to run smother and extend the life of the motor.

4. Blade wash your blades at the end of the work day. While the clipper is running dip just the blade in the solution for 10 seconds. Lift it out of the solution and let the loose hair drip out of the blades and dry them off. All of that loose hair keeps the blade from running at optimum speed. This will also kill any germs or viruses.

Maintaining your clippers like this on a daily basis will keep them in excellent working condition for a long time.

Please check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website for the best in online clipper cutting education.

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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.

Please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com for the very best in online 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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Barber Tools, Supplies, and Equipment: What you need as a professional barber – Part 1

Welcome to the first blog in a series of posts about barber tools, supplies, and equipment. Everyone has heard the saying “You are what you eat”. The same is true for your tools. You are only as good as your tools. It is impossible to give a great men’s haircut without the proper tools. You may get by with a good haircut once in a while with average tools but who wants to settle for good when greatness is possible.

Barber tools fall in to three main categories: Clippers, combs, and scissors. You must have a combination of all three to have a complete kit.

For the clippers we recommend having three. A powerful detachable blade clipper will help you remove a lot of thick hair or wet hair at once. It will also aid in cutting fade haircuts easier because the power will help to avoid leaving lines to blend out. The next clipper will be an adjustable clipper, which are perfect for cutting tapered/faded hairlines. You can easily get 4-5 blade sizes just by moving the lever. The last clipper you will need is a trimmer. This will be used for cutting outlines and shaving neck hair.

We recommend having three pairs of scissors. You will need a smaller scissor for cutting hair over your fingers which should be 5-6 ½ inches in length. A larger scissor is needed for cutting hair with the scissor over the comb technique. This scissor should be 6 ½ -8 ½ inches in length. A longer scissor allows for better control of the hair. The last scissor needed is a 40-44 tooth blending scissor. This will allow you to either blend or texturize the haircut for the perfect finish.

You will need both clipper combs and scissor combs. Your clipper comb should have a handle and the teeth should be smooth so the clipper will not get stuck on the grooves. A medium size and a larger one (flat top comb) will do the trick. You should also have a larger scissor comb for handling a lot of thick hair and a small one (finishing comb) or the fine work around the ears and on the hairline.

With the proper tools and education the sky is the limit.

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