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How to Fade Hair: How High to Cut the Fade? – Part 3:

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 an older suit and tie professional. The fade customer is the most particular and hardest customer to please.

This article is going to cover how high cut the fade in relation to the length of the bangs. The height of the fade should be balanced properly with the length of the bangs. The fade should never be higher than the bangs.

This is a little tricky because with most of today’s styles the bangs are either pushed up, combed to the side, or brushed straight back. For these styles cut the top first and then comb the bangs straight forward before beginning the fade. When you are clipper cutting the sides, start arching the clipper away from the head about a half of an inch below the bangs. This will leave enough room to blend the sides to the top without fading the hair too high.

This is a little easier with the shorter styles that get an edge-up. Make sure to leave yourself enough room for blending so the fade stops where the edge-up in the temple and forehead begins.

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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.

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