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How To Be A Barber: Tips For Building Your Barbershop Clientele – Part 2

In this barber blog I would like to talk  about how to build your barbershop clientele.

One quick and easy tip for building your barbershop clientele is to always carry business cards with you. You never know when you’re going to run into that next potential barbershop customer. You could be at the grocery store or even out to dinner. No matter where you are, you’re always building a rapport with people. Just simply reach in your pocket, hand someone your business card and let them know, “Hey, I work at XYZ Barber Shop. I’d love the opportunity to work with you.”

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more quick and easy tips on how to build your barbershop clientele.

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How To Cut Men’s Hair

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Modern Salon and First Chair magazine for asking me to write an artilcle for them explaining the most important things someone beginning a career in men’s haircutting needs to know.

The above link is to the magazine article in the current edition of First Chair Magazine.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn more about men’s haircutting online.

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Barber School Success Part 2 – Practice, Practice, Practice

In this blog I’d like to talkabout how to be successful in barber or cosmetology school.

The tip for this blog is to practice as many men’s haircuts and shaves as you can on the clinic floor. Make sure to practice all of the haircutting and shaving services you know you’re going to be providing when you are working full time as a barber. In school you have a certain number of men’s haircuts and shaves you have to sign off on so you can graduate, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do more. The more practice you get learning how to cut men’s hair, the more good habits you’re going to form. You’re also going to show your teachers that you take your education very seriously and you take a lot of pride in what you do.

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How To Cut Hair – Learn How To Communicate With Your Customer Effectively

When you are learning how to cut hair communicating with your  customer is the secret to keeping them satisfied and coming back. 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 is to find out how your customer likes their hair cut. If they are not sure and 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. We are providing 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 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 customer and excellent tipper.

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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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