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How To Cut Men’s Hair

http://www.firstchair.com/features/advice-for-new-stylists/hair-cut-color-tips/Male-Enhancement-142929375.html

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Modern Salon and First Chair magazine for asking me to write an article for them explaining the most important things you need to know when starting a career in men’s haircutting.

The above link is to the article in First Chair Magazine which is distributed to cosmetology schools throughout the country.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more about these men’s haircutting topics.

 

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How To Be A Barber: Tips For Building Your Barbershop Clientele – Part 2

In this barber blog I would like to talk  about how to build your barbershop clientele.

One quick and easy tip for building your barbershop clientele is to always carry business cards with you. You never know when you’re going to run into that next potential barbershop customer. You could be at the grocery store or even out to dinner. No matter where you are, you’re always building a rapport with people. Just simply reach in your pocket, hand someone your business card and let them know, “Hey, I work at XYZ Barber Shop. I’d love the opportunity to work with you.”

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more quick and easy tips on how to build your barbershop clientele.

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How To Cut Men’s Hair

http://www.firstchair.com/features/advice-for-new-stylists/hair-cut-color-tips/Male-Enhancement-142929375.html

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.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more about men’s haircutting online.

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How To Be A Barber: Tips For Building Your Clientele – Part 1

In this barber blog I would  like to talk to you about building your barbershop clientele.

One quick and easy tip to help build your barbershop clientele is to always ask for referrals. When your client is at the front desk and they’re cashing out, simply shake their hand and ask them, “Could you please tell your friends about me?” Always remember, customers come to you not just for a good men’s haircut. They also come to you because they like you. They’d be more than happy to help you out, and in most cases, even flattered to help send more business to your barbershop.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website for more tips on how to build your barbershop clientele.

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How To Be Successful in Barber School – Part 2

This is a great topic for the barber business because we are communicating constantly. You have teachers, administrators, fellow students, and customers. Make sure to treat everyone the way you would like to be treated. To earn respect you must give it first. Always try to keep a smile on your face. They are contagious. You should always be ON at  barber school and leave your personal life at home. If you are in an uncomfortable situation and it is possible to remove yourself, do so. The fastest way to success in any customer service related field is to treat people in a respectful and friendly manner.

Barber School is where you are going to build your foundation for a long and profitable career. It is so important to start establishing excellent habits that will carry over into the work force. I can’t think of a better habit to develop than learning how to treat others with respect.

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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.

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Clipper Cutting: Please Don’t Cut By Numbers – Part 2

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 the previous blog I wrote about why it is not a good idea to cut by numbers. In this blog I am going to give you some communication tips with your customer to make finding out how they like their clipper cut easier.

The first question I like to ask is would they like to have skin showing, a light or dark shadow, or complete scalp coverage. With experience you will know which blade lengths show skin, a shadow, or cover the scalp.

The next question I ask them is to point out how high they like their fade. This is very important. Every customer is different. Even if they would like the same haircut as someone else the fade will most likely not be in the exact same area. There are a lot reasons that determine how high the fade should be other than customer preference. I have written many blogs on that topic. Just click on the “How to Fade Hair” category on the right hand side of this blog page to find them.

Lastly, I would like to give you my final reason for not cutting by numbers when giving a clipper cut. Most metal blades and attachments have different numbers on them. When it comes to plastic attachments most different brands have different numbers. A number one clip on one brand may be the longest whereas a number one clip on another brand may be the shortest. Some of them don not even have numbers on them on measurements. The metal blades are different as well. They have half sizes and different numbers from different manufacturers as well.

Keep an eye out for part 3 of this series where I tell you how to name your fades and teach your customer how to ask for his fade. This will let your customer know you know your stuff, take pride in your work, and are different from most people that cut hair
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Clipper Cutting: Please Don’t Cut by Numbers – Part 1

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.

Before I get into the message of this blog I want to ask you a question. What think about a restaurant that you can order your meal by a number? This is what I think of: Fast food, mass produced, pre-prepared, in and out quickly, semi-professional at best, virtually anyone is qualified to cook or serve. Now I am going to ask you another question. Is this how you want your customers to think about you or your barbershop/hair salon?

A lot of you have probably never thought of it this way but that is exactly what your clipper cut customer thinks when you ask “What number do you get?” Most men have no idea what that means and do not know how to ask for their haircut anyway. As I have said in previous posts there was a time when the electric clipper did not exist and only a scissor and straight razor were used. There was something called a hand clipper but unless you could move your hand as fast as a motor you had a good chance of pulling as much hair as you cut.

A lot of clients wrongly associate a higher level of skill with a scissor cut vs. clipper cut. As industry professionals we need to do our best to teach our clients the education it takes to be good at clipper cutting. The fastest way to prove our client correct is to ask our clipper cut customers “What number do you get?”

Stay tuned for part 2 for instructions on how to get around clipper cutting by numbers.

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

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How to Become a Barber: Customer Service Tips – Part 3: Win Over the Wife, Girlfriend, or Mother and You Will Have a Customer for Life

There are many challenges to gaining and keeping customers with you. In today’s world we are bombarded with choices. When you get a chance do some research and find out how many places within a 5 minute drive from where you work you can get a haircut. In the United States alone there are about 225,000 licensed barbers and about 2,250,000 cosmetologists. Still think you are irreplaceable?

One of the tricks that work really well is keeping the wife, girlfriend, or mother of the customer happy. Make sure to ask your customer or one of the girls their opinion if they are present. This will go a long way to showing you really care and are committed to keeping your customer happy. I know sometimes it can be annoying with someone hovering over you when you are giving a haircut but take it as a challenge. They are just there because they want a good haircut for the man in their life. Any anxiety will go away with a good haircut which they can usually tell well before you are finished.

One of the things I try to do is find humor in the situation. I had a couple come into the shop that was getting married that weekend and the wife to be asked me if I could do a flat top. I told her it was my specialty. She looked at me and said, “That is what everyone has told me and he hasn’t gotten a good one yet.” I almost started to panicked but remembered I can give a good flat top. She stood so close to me while I was working I barely had enough room to work. Within a few minutes of starting the haircut she left the shop to go wait in the car. Just like I said in previous posts the customer will gain or lose confidence in you long before you finish the haircut.

There was no way I was going to let her off that easy. When I finished the haircut I walked out and told her she had to come back in to look at my masterpiece. I worked hard on this haircut and wanted at least half of a smile from her which I am not sure was possible based on the way she acted when they first walked in. She was all smiles when she saw her husband to be and they were repeat customers for as long as I worked at that shop.

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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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