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How To Be A Barber: Tips For Building Your Clientele – Part 1

In this barber blog I would  like to talk to you about building your barbershop clientele.

One quick and easy tip to help build your barbershop clientele is to always ask for referrals. When your client is at the front desk and they’re cashing out, simply shake their hand and ask them, “Could you please tell your friends about me?” Always remember, customers come to you not just for a good men’s haircut. They also come to you because they like you. They’d be more than happy to help you out, and in most cases, even flattered to help send more business to your barbershop.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website for more tips on how to build your barbershop clientele.

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Barber School – How To Get The Most Out Of Barber School

In this blog I would like to talk about about how to be successful in barber or cosmetology school.

The topic of this blog is to pay close attention to those students that are giving the quality of hairucts that you would like to duplicate. What this is going to do is show your teachers, as well as your fellow classmates, that you’ve put ego aside and you’re humble enough to learn from one of your fellow students. You never knowwhat one tip, technique or trick that you’re going to pick up is going to help you tremendously and make you a lot of money throughout your career.

What it’s also going to show your teachers is that you take the barbering profession very seriously as well as your barbering education . They are  going to have no problem recommending you to people like myself or my colleagues when we come into your school to recruit.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website for more information on how to be successful in barber school.

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Clipper Cutting: How High To Cut A Fade With Longer Top

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, 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.

There are many modern and classic men’s hairstyles that require a longer top. Even though these styles require a longer top, a close taper or fade in around the outline of the haircut is required to finish off the haircut. The most important thing to keep in mind is: The longer the hair on top the lower the fade or taper should be cut. If the fade is cut to high the haircut will look out of balance. The best way to avoid this is to start the haircut by layering the top section. Next, cut the round of the head section using the top section as the guide. Before starting the fade, cut the sides and back section to give yourself a guide for the fade. After these three steps you will know exactly how high the fade should be cut to perfectly blend into the longer top.

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Clipper Cutting – Learn How To Cut Hair With Clippers

This is the first in the Masters of Barbering Video Blog Series covering a wide variety of topics. This video follows up on a previous blog teaching the correct way to describe a clipper cut. It is much more professional to educate your clients on how they get their hairctu by the blade measurement and not a number. This will make your customer feel important and unique giving him one more reason to keep coming back!

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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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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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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 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.

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

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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

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

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