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Learn How to Be a Barber at The American College of Barbering in Louisville, Kentucky

The American College of Barbering in Louisville, Kentucky is a first class barber school that anyone in the area considering a rewarding career in barbering should consider attending. The school has a great atmosphere that starts with the staff of friendly, patient, and knowledgdable instructors. Josh Fackler (the owner of the school) is hands on and works with the students and instructors on a daily basis. He is going to accomplish some great things for the barber industry in the state of Kentucky.

I just finished  teaching at the  barber school and filming some haircutting and shaving lessons for the Masters Of Barbering website. The students were very attentive and friendly. I had a great time and felt right at home. The barber college is set up like a huge barbershop with around 20 chairs and customers coming in all day long. The best part about the set up is that when the students  graduate and begin their career as a barber they are going to be well prepared. Their daily routing will be just like what it was in school. As the saying goes, “You play like you practice”.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and students of The American College of Barbering for their hospitality. I made a lot of knew friends that I will be keeping tabs on as they begin their careers. I am also looking forward to coming back and visiting real soon.

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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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DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology

Greg at the DiGrigoli School of Cosmetoloy

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Digrigoli School of Cosmetology  for inviting me  to spend the morning with them recently. I taught a 3 hour class on men’s haircutting/barbering. I had the opportunity to demonstrate 4 haircuts for them. I cut a faux hawk, a basic short fade with some hair on top, a teen idol type of haircut (you know who I am talking about), and a taper . The students were extremely attentive and appreciative for the whole class (3 hours without a break). At the end of the day after I packed my car to drive home Paul DiGrigoli called me back into the classroom where I was presented with a huge thank you card on poster board that all of the students signed. It feels great to be appreciated!
The DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology is a first class organazation that I would recommend to anyone living in  Massachussettes that is thinking about attending cosmetology school. It starts with Paul DiGrigoli who is one of the most motivating individuals I have ever met. Next is a staff of extremely friendly and knowledgable instructors that I enjoy spending time with everytime I teach there. Last but not least, the students. I am always treated with respect and their undivided attention. I look forward to seeing you all again in a few months.

 

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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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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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Clipper Cutting: How High To Cut A Fade With Longer Top

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, head shape, surface of the scalp (lumps, bumps, and/or dents), moles, scars, customer’s age, customer’s job, desired hairstyle, 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.

There are many modern and classic men’s hairstyles that require a longer top. Even though these styles require a longer top, a close taper or fade in around the outline of the haircut is required to finish off the haircut. The most important thing to keep in mind is: The longer the hair on top the lower the fade or taper should be cut. If the fade is cut to high the haircut will look out of balance. The best way to avoid this is to start the haircut by layering the top section. Next, cut the round of the head section using the top section as the guide. Before starting the fade, cut the sides and back section to give yourself a guide for the fade. After these three steps you will know exactly how high the fade should be cut to perfectly blend into the longer top.

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

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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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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.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more tips on how to cut men’s hair.

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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: Barbershop Customer Service Tips – Part 4

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.” – Mary Kay Ash

Saying goodbye to the customer in the correct way is just as important as welcoming the customer into the barbershop. We want the customer to feel just as appreciated and important as they felt when they came into the barbershop.

There are a few important things to consider doing every time a customer gets out of your chair and leaves the barbershop. It is really important to reinforce the service they are getting. We are selling ourselves the whole time the customer is in the barbershopshop. It is a good idea to compliment the hair cut in a way that does not come off as arrogant or bragging. For example, “This low fade really suits you”, or “This haircut will really grow in nicely. It does not look like you just had your haircut and as long as you come in within 4-5 weeks it will never look like you need one.” Something along those lines will work nicely.

When the customer gets out of the barber chair walk them up to the reception desk or wherever they are going to pay for the haircut. Thank your customer with a hand shake and always use their name. It is also a good idea to leave off with something like “It was nice talking to you today” or “I look forward to seeing you next time/month”. This is a great way to leave off so your customer feels just as appreciated and welcome on the way out of the barbershop as they did on the way in.

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