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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.

Please check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more clipper cutting techniques.

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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 4

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 real life examples on how to explain to the customer how they get their haircut. This will also be how they ask for their haircut next time they come into the barbershop or salon.

When talking with the customer of how high they like there fade there a couple of ways to go about it. You can ask them to point out where they like their fade; Low (just above the ear and below the occipital bone), medium (halfway to the temple area and the middle of the occipital bone), or high (to the temple area and above the occipital bone).

I personally like to measure the fade by the width of my fingers. Here are a few examples on how to explain or have your customer ask for their fade:

– 3 finger 3/8” taper
– 3 finger 3/8” taper with a 1finger 1/16” taper around the outline
– ½” Taper to the temples
– 2 finger ¼” Taper

These are just a few and you can come up with any combination. I will usually write this down on the back of a business card for the customer to carry with them so they know how to ask for their haircut. It makes the haircut sound much more detailed and is another reason for your customer to keep coming back to you.

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

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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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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.

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Clipper Cutting – Clipper Models, Clipper Companies, Clipper Advice

So you want to become a barber or cut hair like one. What next? First of all you need an excellent barber education. Next, you need to learn about the best barber tools and how to use them correctly.

There are three different types of clippers you will need to be efficient in barbering/men’s haircutting:

1. The detachable blade clipper – This clipper has a strong motor with metal blades that are removable. The advantage of these clippers is they are very powerful and will move through thick wet hair with ease.
They are excellent for fades and tapers. As you use an arcing motion away from the head the blades will still cut avoiding sharp lines of demarcation.
2. The adjustable clipper – An adjustable clipper has a lever on the side that adjusts the blade size. This type of clipper is ideal for tapered hairlines and skin length fades because you are not constantly changing blades. They are also great for clipper over comb or cutting with an attachment on light to medium density hair.
3. The trimmer – This is the clipper you will use for outlining, edging, and shaving the neck and sideburn area. It has a 00000 blade which is the closest cut before using a straight razor. They come with a narrow blade (size of the clipper casing) or a t-blade (wider than the clipper casing)
Recommendations:

In my experience there are three reputable clipper manufacturers. The clippers in each category listed above that I recommend are:

1. Detachable blade clippers – The Classic 76 made by Oster Clippers and the BGRC made by Andis Clippers
2. The adjustable clippers – The Fast Feed made by Oster Clippers, The Master or The Envy made by Andis Clippers, The Designer made by Wahl Clippers
3. Trimmers – The T-finisher by Oster Clippers, The Black Flame or Outliner II with a t-blade made by Andis Clippers

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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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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.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com to learn how to cut men’s hair online in an easy to follow step by step system including videos, written lessons, and head shape diagrams.

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How to Be a Barber – Customer Service Tips Part 2: Drape Your Customer with Confidence.

You are probably asking yourself “Why is he writing about something so simple and routine?” There is nothing simple and routine when you are in the customer service business. Doing the simple and routine things consistently is what makes your services exceptional. In today’s world there is a huge difference in the money you will make providing exceptional service vs. just good enough service.

Drape your customer with confidence. After you greet your customer this is the next step. The customer should already be at ease and starting to feel confident in you after the proper greeting. The customer greeting has been covered in previous blogs. Now, on to draping the customer:

1. When putting on the haircloth, stand in front of the customer. Hold the haircloth with your hands far enough apart so when wrapping it around the customer it spreads out like a sheet.
2. Never let the haircloth touch any part of the customer skin. Leave it resting on the shirt.
3. Wrap a neck strip, paper towel, or cloth towel around the customer’s neck before fastening the haircloth.
4. The haircloth should be snug so hair will not fall down inside the customer’s shirt but should not be so tight they are struggling to breath.
5. Fold down over the top of the haircloth the neck strip, paper towel, or cloth towel.

I never realized how important draping the customer was until about 14 years ago. A guest barber came to one of my family’s barbershops for a shaving promotion. He worked for one of the famous Geo F. Trumper barbershops in London, England. I was his first shave of the day and it was my first time getting a shave. After the way he draped me with the haircloth I had complete confidence in him and all anxiety I had was gone.

Whoever though something so simple and routing could have such an impact on becoming exceptional?

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