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Barber Classes: How to Be Successful In Barber School and Cosmetology School – Part 1

There are literally hundreds of ways to be successful in barber school and cosmetology school. The more you put into your schooling the more you will get out of it in the long run. Successful habits in barber school and cosmetology school will turn into successful habits in the barbershop or hair salon.

The topic for this blog is to always arrive at school fifteen minutes early. You should never be late for barber school. There are many advantages to arriving to barber school early:

1. You will have plenty of time to put your things away.
2. You will have time to pick the seat of your choice in the classroom.
3. You have time to clean your work station on the clinic floor.
4. You will have extra time to clean your tools and get ready for the day.
5. You will be able to get an extra few minutes with your teacher if you need it.
6. If something happens and you run late you still have a good chance to be on time.
7. You will develop an excellent habit that will carry over into the work force.
8. You will show your teachers you are serious about your education.
9. You will be one of the first students you teacher will recommend to a potential employer.
10. You will not start the day stressed out and in a hurry. It is much easier to learn in a relaxed state of mind.

As you can see there are a lot of benefits to arriving at barber school or cosmetology school fifteen minutes early every day. This good habit will follow you into your career which will help to make you more successful and most importantly more money.

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How to Fade Hair: How High to Cut the Fade – Part 4: Cowlicks

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

In this blog I am going to discuss how to deal with cowlicks. Even though I could write a book on all the different kinds of cowlicks I am going to keep it simple in this short article. The first and most important thing I would like you to always remember is what I have been telling my students and barbers for years: “IT IS ONLY A COWLICK IF YOU CUT IT TOO SHORT ”. This may sound over simplified but if you don’t cut the hair too short in the crown or the pivot area the hair will not stick up. There is nothing worse than a customer walking out of a barbershop or hair salon with his hair standing up in the back.

The most difficult cowlicks to deal with are the ones on top of the head in the crown area. They can be closer to the top of the head, all the way down by occipital bone in the back, or somewhere in between.

– Always make sure to layer the top first. This will remove the weight and give you a guide to blend to. If there is too much hair on top you will lose sight of the cutting blade and most likely go too high with the clipper. If you go too high it is too late to recover.
– Depending on how strong the cowlick is or how much the hair wants to stick up or out you need to leave anywhere from an inch to three inches from the base of the cowlick for blending.
– If the cowlick is closer to the top of the head you can usually fade past the occipital bone (round of the head).
– If the cowlick is lower let the occipital bone (round of the head) push the clipper blade away from the head in an arcing motion. This will leave you enough room to blend.

Dealing with cowlicks correctly is one of the top ways you can keep a customer for life. This is the customer who has rarely received good haircuts in their life. They will appreciate you and their tip will definitely reflect that.

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Barber Education: How Long it Takes to Build a Full Book of Appointments – Part 1

Creating customer loyalty is the key to long successful and profitable career in barbering . A common question I get when teaching is “How do I get more new clients in my chair?” The question I do not hear very often if at all is “How do I increase my customer retention?” This is the million dollar question and what should be your number concern. The fastest way to getting booked to max capacity is to keep your customers coming back to you.

In this blog I am going to cover the calculations of how long it will take to build your clientele. If you keep 50% of your new customers coming back every 4 weeks, how long do you think it will take to be fully booked? This question deserves serious consideration.

If you cut the hair of two new customers per day (10 per week) and half of them come back you would have 10 appointments booked per day in 10 months. In 15 months you will have 15 appointments booked per day. If you book 2 appointments per hour and take a half hour lunch break you would be at max capacity. In other words you can be at full capacity in only 15 months with a 50% retention rate. Imagine have fast you could get there with a 60%, 70%, or 75% retention rate. These numbers are a real possibility because men are extremely loyal.

Another important point to consider that will be covered in future blogs is the more demand you are in the higher price you can charge for your haircuts. The higher your prices the more you will also make in tips. A full book will guarantee you job security and consistent raises in a short period of time.

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How to Cut Boys Hair – Part 1:

This is a very interesting topic to say the least. There is a lot of anxiety among barbers and cosmetologists when it comes to cutting young boys hair. One thing to always remember is that customers notice everything. This is especially true for young boys. The younger they are the less likely they are to hide how they feel. Except for the occasional uncontrollable boys haircut there are many things you can do to make the young boy’s haircut experience go much smoother.

In this blog I am going to cover how to make your young customer feel comfortable with you. For most kids getting a professional haircut is a new experience. They usually start out with mom trimming their bangs and curls in the kitchen or their dad giving them a buzz cut in the garage. Now they are in a new place with a stranger coming near them with sharp objects. Children are used to and love a routine. It is up to you to help establish a new one to make them feel comfortable.

A few ideas to set young boys at ease in the barbershop:

1. Introduce yourself to them with a big smile and a high five. This will help to put you at their level, not just another authority figure.
2. Promise them a gift if they are good. A traditional tootsie pops work great.
3. Have a special haircloth just for them. There a lot of different kinds to choose from. Check with your local barber supplier.
4. Get them involved in the haircut. Let them hold a comb, help you turn on the clippers, and help sweep up the hair when you are done.
5. Give them another high five at the end of the haircut and tell them you can’t wait to see them next time.

If you are at ease there is a good chance that your young customer will be at ease. If you are afraid and full of anxiety your young customer will be afraid and full of anxiety. Get in the habit of practicing these simple things and you will definitely have a customer for life. I have been cutting hair for 20 years now and these little guys are now college guys who always stop in to see me when they are home on a break or visiting family.

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Continuing Your Barber Education

The first step to any good barber education is the proper schooling. Going to a good barber or cosmetology school is the START of your foundation as a barber or men’s hairstylist. After school the real work starts.

I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a good mentor. This person can come in the form of an owner or manager of the barber shop you are going to work for, a co-worker, or someone you know and respect from another shop

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The first thing to look for in a mentor is a barber’s ability to teach (really teach) you the barbering trade. Make sure they can explain and are willing to explain everything in an easy to understand manner. This is the best way to further your barber education in the beginning of your career.

The next thing to look for in barbering mentor is someone with above average skill whose work you would like to duplicate. What you do not want is a barber who is very good and is just looking to show off their skills and impress you. This may seem attractive at first but the goal is to learn as much as you can in a way that you will be able to reproduce the haircuts being shown to you. It is my feeling that when someone has an above average skill level, their work will speak for itself. It is of no benefit to you to keep hearing from them how great they are. The best teachers are those who are humble and grateful for their ability ,want to share all of their knowledge with you, and help you succeed.

If you are unable to find a good mentor or would like to supplement your continuing barber education online please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com. There are easy to follow lessons on topics including the tools of the trade, barber supplies, haircutting techniques, a variety of classic and current men’s hairstyles, beard trims, and numerous lessons on straight razor shaving. Each lesson includes video, written descriptions, and diagrams to help move you through the learning curve of your barber education as fast as possible. Good luck and remember hard work and a lot of practice will always be rewarded.

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Barber School: The Start of Your Barber Education

The first step to any good education is the proper schooling. Going to a good barber or cosmetology school is the START of your foundation as a barber or men’s hairstylist. When selecting a barber school it is a good idea to visit more than one. Do not pick a barber school just because it is the shortest commute or the cheapest. Your career as a barber is at stake.

When visiting a barber school ask permission to talk to a couple of instructors and pick their brains. Ask them why they chose a career in barbering and why they would recommend one to you. Ask them what positive impacts attending their barber school will have on your career as a barber.

Before your visit ends talk to some of the students and ask them a few questions about their experiences so far in barber school or cosmetology school. Why would they recommend their school and how do they feel it will have a positive impact on their future? Are they happy with the student kit or do they feel they would benefit from additional tools? One of the most important things to find out is how much practical experience you will get before you graduate school. Theory is extremely important but you can only learn how to be a barber by being a barber. This may sound overly simple but the best way to learn how to cut men’s hair is by cutting men’s hair. The best way to learn how to shave someone’s face is by shaving someone’s face.

Make sure to get the most out of your experience. Take every advantage you can to take in the knowledge and experiences of all of your teachers. Watch and learn from all of your fellow barber students. Be humble and leave your ego at the door. There is something to be learned from everyone you come in contact with even if it is what not to do. In many cases this is just as valuable a lesson as anything else you will learn. Work on as many clients as possible while you are in barber school. Learn how to cut as many different hairstyles as possible to get the most out of you barber education. Ask your clients a lot of questions as well as your teachers to get a good feel for the male customers’ likes and dislikes. All of the above suggestions will go a long way in giving you a head start upon graduating barber school.

Please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com to get a preview of the many different hairstyles, shaves, beards you will be expected to perform in your career as a barber. Our online barber school is designed supplement your training or serve as the first step in developing a career in barbering.
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