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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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Barber School Success Part 3 – Keep Your Barber Textbook With You At All Times

The tip for this blog is always have your barber textbook with you. Your textbook comes in your barber school kit for a reason. All the information you need to know for the real world and each school day is in there. You can’t learn from your barber textbook if you don’t have it with you.

I can’t tell you how many times I’m at a barber school or a cosmetology school and students are fumbling around to borrow a barber or cosmetology textbook from a fellow student with the barber instructor asking “Why don’t you have your textbook?” If you bring it home put it in your car or in your backpack so you are done using it.

Another thing I learned early on is to never let anybody borrow my barber books. It never fails. You think you are helping out until the next day your fellow student is either out sick or forgets to bring your book back to school. This will make you look unprepared and unorganized.

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How To Cut Hair With Clippers – Clipper Blade Maintenance

The most important thing you can do for your clipper blades is to clean them with a blade wash solution. This will disinfect your clipper blades, lubricate them, as well as kill any germs.

At the end of the day after cutting hair, what you want to do is take the clipper, turn it on, and dip just the cutting surface in this blade wash solution for about 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, with the blade still running, lift the clipper out of the solution, turn the clipper on its side, and let all the hair drip out.

This will allow the blase to move back and forth much easier providing a better cut. It’s also going to extend the life of the cutting surface and the length of time in between sharpenings.

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

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Barber Tools – How To Hold The Barber Scissor

In this blog I would like to talk to you about your barbering scissor, how to hold it, and how it works.

To start out, I’m going to xplaine how to hold the barber scissor. Put your thumb in the thumb hole, not past your cuticle and your ring finger in the ring finger hole somewhere between your first knuckle and your middle knuckle. When you’re cutting just move your thumb and keep your other fingers stationary. By just moving your thumb the cutting blade only will move. This is how the scissor cuts correctly.  If you drop your elbow and hunch over both blades will move causing your barbering scissor to cut incorrectly.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more tips and tricks about your barber scissors.

 

 

 

 

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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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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 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 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.

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Barber Classes – How To Keep Your Customer Coming Back

Communicating with your customer is the secret to keeping them satisfied and coming back to you for their haircut. The best thing you can do to is make them feel like they are your most important customer. For the duration of the haircut they should be the only person in your life.

The first portion of the communication process is to find out how your customer likes their hair cut. If they are not sure and are relying on us to assist them in deciding the best style for them it is a good idea to find out what they do for a living, what activities they are involved in, how much effort they want to put into styling, ect. This will help you decide what the best haircut for them is.

The next part of the communication process is to build a professional relationship with the customer. A haircut is a personal service so it is important that the customer likes and feels comfortable with us. The trick is to get to know them without getting too personal. Finding out a common interest or two really helps. Make it a priority to learn a little bit about what is going on in current events, sports, the weather, ect. This way you can carry on a short conversation about a lot of different topics. Let the customer dominate the conversation and avoid all controversial topics such as politics and religion.

Another great tip I teach to all of my barbers is to make it a point to remember one thing you talked about during the previous haircut and bring it up the next time the customer is at the shop or salon. This tells your customer you are paying attention to them and really care. If you have a difficult time with your memory it can be a similar question for everyone. Something related to a close family member, favorite sports team, vacation spot, ect. The more you customer likes you personally, the more likely they are to become a repeat haircut customer and excellent tipper.

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

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