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How To Be A Barber: Continue Your Barber Education With Barber Videos

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.

In this blog I want to talk about the important role of barber videos when learning how to be a barber. Before seeking out the kind of barber videos you will buy, watch, and learn from you need to do a little research:

1. Decide on the type of haircuts you most want to learn and specialize in. (The important thing to remember here is the type of haircuts that you can make money doing. Not one that is just cool to watch and is going to be very difficult or time consuming to provide slowing you down.
2. Find out the who the best barbers creating videos are. Do the research. You want to learn how to be a barber from the best. (Always remember, it takes a lot longer to break a bad habit than it does to form a good one.)
3. Barber videos come in many forms now. You can buy DVD’s, digital downloads, and streaming video on a pay per view basis. There a many options available which creates an incredible value in comparison to your investment in school. You can’t afford not watch and learn.

How do I find good barber videos and how much do they cost?

– There are many ways to find good barber videos. Ask your local barber supplier, check with the large national barber suppliers, google, youtube, amazon, facebook, twitter, and there are also tons of haircutting informational sites that promote barber videos.
– Barber videos are very inexpensive today. You can find them for as low a $9.95 on a pay per view basis. There are also companies giving access to hours’ worth of material for between $100 – $200 dollars.

It is impossible to calculate the return on such a small investment over the course of your career. Especially in comparison to the investment you have already made in your degree. Learning how to be a barber from the best barber videos gives will give you the best chance at achieving the level of income you dream of from the barber business.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for the best in online barber videos to teach you how to be a barber.

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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 Fade Hair: How High to Cut the Fade – Part 2:

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, 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 cover scars. When you are asking the customer how high they like their fade make sure to ask them if they have any scars. If you are uncomfortable asking the customer that question, just spend an extra few seconds combing through the hair in an upward motion so when the hair is lifted you will see any scars. You will most likely find scars in 2 areas. In the temple region and/or on the occipital area which is just above the nape of the neck. If the scars are any lower than that there is not a lot that can be done. They are most likely going to show no matter what. Just make sure the customer know that before you give them the fade.

If you find scars in the higher areas leave the hair thicker or darker in those areas and fade the hair low. When cutting the fade start arching the blade or floating the blade away from the scalp about ½ inch below the scars so you have room to fade the hair just below the them. If you go any higher you will run into the scars and they will show.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for barber videos and written instructions covering how to fade hair.

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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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How to Be a Barber – Professionalism in the Barbershop – Part 1:

This is one of my favorite topics and a major contributing factor to a long profitable career. I would like to start out this topic with what I feel is one of the most important things you can do in the barbershop when you are learning how to be a barber:

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

This topic ties in to a lot of questions that I hear when teaching:

– How come I can’t charge more for a haircut?
– Why aren’t I getting better tips?
– Why am I not getting the customer’s with high paying jobs?
– Why do people treat me like I am just here to serve them instead of like professional?

I have been cutting hair in the barbershop for 20 years and I have felt like this myself at different times in my career as well.

I am going to answer these questions with more questions:

– Do you dress like you are worth more for a haircut?
– Do you dress like you take your job seriously?
– Do you dress like the customer’s with those higher paying jobs?
– Do you dress like a professional?

I highly recommend wearing a nice pair of dress pants with a freshly ironed, long sleeve, dress shirt with a collar. A knee length skirt is also very professional for female barbers. For both men and women if you really want to impress you can never go wrong with a tie. Make sure to finish off with a pair of comfortable, shined, dress shoes. If you are going to wear a barber smock I still recommend wearing the professional attire underneath. Look at any turn of the century barbershop photos and this is exactly what you will see.

If you follow these guidelines you will be amazed at the difference in the way your customers interact with you and the increase in your tips. All of this will allow you to raise your prices on consistent basis as the demand for your service increases.

Please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com for the very best in online barber videos and more tips on how to become a barber.

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