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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 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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How To Be A Barber – Educate Your Customer About Their Haircut

Describing the haircut to your customer in as much detail as possible will show your customer you value their business and take pride in being a barber. As you probably know by now or will soon find out men have a difficult time explaining how they want their haircut. Even if the customer does know exactly how he wants his haircut he usually feels a little uncomfortable or like he is being “ too fussy” by explaining it in detail. It is our job to make this process as easy and painless as possible. Guys are not interested in a long drawn out customer consultation. I have been working with a barber for years who has really simplified this. Once he senses the customer is unsure or uncomfortable explaining the cut all he says is “How about I just make it look good?” This always gets a laugh and puts the customer at ease. The one thing I have to specify is this particular barber has been cutting hair for 25 years so he can tell just by looking at someone and the type of hair they have what style will look good.

I recommend telling your customer exactly how to ask for his haircut. For example: “I layered the top to about four inches in length so you have hair to comb and the crown will not stand up. The sides are tapered with a 3/8″ blade 2 fingers high. I tapered the outline of the haircut so it will grow in naturally”. I explain it to them exactly how I think it through when I am cutting it. Another good idea is to write it down on a business card for them so they can just hand it to you or whoever cuts it next time. I find this works in my shops because we all cut the same way. If you use a computer system with industry software there is usually an area to leave notes with the customer’s information. This makes it even easier for them because the notes will be on the work ticket when it prints out. This is another way to leave a positive lasting impression on your customer.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering website to learn how to be a barber.

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Men’s Haircutting Courses: Continuing Your Barber Education – Part 2

The first step to any good barber/men’s haircutting 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.

A great way to continue your education is through men’s haircutting courses. There are a variety of companies and individuals that off these men’s haircutting classes. You can find these companies or individuals many different ways. You can search trade organizations, youtube, google, check with product websites, or through recommendations from co-workers or your school.

When deciding on a company or individual it is a good idea to see a sample of their work. Make sure if it is a website you can see a sample of a men’s haircutting class they offer. You want to check the quality and professionalism of the video and clarity of the audio. It is also more beneficial if written step guides are included with the videos.

If you are going to take a live class it is still a good idea to view a portfolio of haircuts from your potential instructor. You should also interview 3-5 current or former students and ask as many questions as you can. There are a lot of people and companies that are very quick to take your hard earned money so please do your research to make sure you will get the best return for your investment.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for the very best in online men’s haircutting courses.

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How to Fade Hair: How High to Cut the Fade – Part 4: Cowlicks

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 older suit and tie professional. These are the most particular and hardest customers to please.

In this blog I am going to discuss how to deal with cowlicks. Even though I could write a book on all the different kinds of cowlicks I am going to keep it simple in this short article. The first and most important thing I would like you to always remember is what I have been telling my students and barbers for years: “IT IS ONLY A COWLICK IF YOU CUT IT TOO SHORT ”. This may sound over simplified but if you don’t cut the hair too short in the crown or the pivot area the hair will not stick up. There is nothing worse than a customer walking out of a barbershop or hair salon with his hair standing up in the back.

The most difficult cowlicks to deal with are the ones on top of the head in the crown area. They can be closer to the top of the head, all the way down by occipital bone in the back, or somewhere in between.

– Always make sure to layer the top first. This will remove the weight and give you a guide to blend to. If there is too much hair on top you will lose sight of the cutting blade and most likely go too high with the clipper. If you go too high it is too late to recover.
– Depending on how strong the cowlick is or how much the hair wants to stick up or out you need to leave anywhere from an inch to three inches from the base of the cowlick for blending.
– If the cowlick is closer to the top of the head you can usually fade past the occipital bone (round of the head).
– If the cowlick is lower let the occipital bone (round of the head) push the clipper blade away from the head in an arcing motion. This will leave you enough room to blend.

Dealing with cowlicks correctly is one of the top ways you can keep a customer for life. This is the customer who has rarely received good haircuts in their life. They will appreciate you and their tip will definitely reflect that.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for the best in online barbering education, barber videos, and many lessons featuring how to fade hair demonstrations.

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Clipper Cutting – It’s All About Blending

To be a successful clipper cutter you have to be a master at blending. What is  blending?  Blending means the same as tapering and fading. By definition as we covered in previous blogs blending/tapering/fading men’s hair means shorter to longer with no line of demarcation. That’s it and nothing more. There is no big secret.

Actually there are two secrets: EDUCATION and PRACTICE.

With just about all of todays’ styles of men’s haircuts some form of blending is required. Think about the hairstyles. Shorter to longer wether it is a tapered hairline, a half inch on the sides blended to a layer top, or a skin length fade. They all blend from shorter to longer without a line of demarcation. The only difference is the technique used. Will you blend/taper/fade with a blade on skin technique or a clipper over comb technique. It is extremely important you know how to do both and when each one is appropriate.

This leads us to practice. We have all heard practice makes perfect but how many of you out there do not want to do anything you are not good at. Don’t worry. I am the same as you. I struggled with flat tops in the beginning of my career and I can’t remember how many of them I did to get to the point I am qualified to teach them. Put an advertisement in the classifieds for free haircuts, offer friends free haircuts, or go to the local college campus and put up free haircut fliers. Do whatever it takes to get as much practice as you can.

More men than ever  are going to salons to get haircuts. They make up half of the population and in some salons they account for over 50% of the clientele. If you are a recent cosmetology school graduate you can’t afford not to learn these techniques. One more thing to keep in mind: male customers are very loyal and excellent tippers $$$.

Please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com for the best in online clipper cutting education and clipper cutting videos.

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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.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for more tips on how to become a barber.

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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.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com/ to learn more about how to cut boys hair.

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Online Barber Education: How to Create Customer Loyalty – Part 1

I could go on forever writing about this topic. Creating customer loyalty is the key to long term success in the barber industry. Short haircuts are back in a big way and are here to stay. Classic barber tapered haircuts are also back in a big way and are here to stay. Fortunately for barbers these customers need there haircut every 1-4 weeks to maintain these styles.

The topic for this blog is how to greet your customer. This is more than just asking them how they want their haircut. It starts when they walk in the door.

– Is the barbershop or salon reception/waiting area clean?
– Is the receptionist or the first face the customer sees smiling when they walk in the door?
– Is the customer greeted with a good morning/afternoon/evening?
– Is the next question “How are you doing today?”

If you look at these questions closely you will notice that I haven’t even talked about the customer’s barber greeting them yet. It is so important that the customer walks into a clean environment, is greeted with a welcoming smile, and asked how they are doing. Customers notice everything and are forming an opinion about the barbershop and you long before you pick up a scissor or clipper.

Next is the final part to greeting the customer and making them feel welcome no matter how long you have been cutting their hair. Do this every time you cut their hair. Look them in the eye, shake their hand, and greet them by name with a “How are you doing today?, How have you been?, or It is nice/good/great to see you today.”

Everyone likes to feel important and welcome. Let your customer know you care about them and you will have a customer for life.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for the best in online barbering education.

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How To Be A Barber – Customer Service Tips Part 2: Stay on Time

When cutting hair in the barbershop, it is extremely important to stay on time. This statement can take on a few different meanings:

1. When taking appointments make sure to be on time for you clients. Schedule them far enough apart so if someone is 5-10 minutes late you won’t run late for the next customer. The only thing to be careful of is scheduling too far apart where you can’t get all of your customers booked and/or you have too few appointment slots in a day which will cost you money.
2. If you are working on strictly walk-ins it is equally important to stay on time. Even though the customers waiting do not have an appointment you still do not want the wait to be too long. In todays’ world everyone is extremely busy and time is precious. Establish a base line for how long your haircuts will take you and stick to it. Customers respect and expect this consistency.

A few suggestions that can help you stay on time are:

– Wear a watch to make sure that you stick to your allowed time. I wouldn’t wear an expensive one because you might get it wet and you will probably get hair spray and gel on it.
– Another tip is if I get talking with a customer and I am running behind, my front desk coordinator will come and sweep for me giving me the subtle hint to get moving. Your customers will greatly appreciate your timeliness and it will result in increased retention rate, commissions, and tips.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.comfor the best in online barber education.

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