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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.


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.


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.

Check out the rest of the Masters Of Barbering Website to learn more tips about how to cut hair.


Online Barber Education – Business Tips – Part1:

One of the best things about a career in barbering or cosmetology is the freedom it gives you to build your business and income in the process. This freedom goes for employees as well as chair renters and barbershop/salon owners. The bigger you build your client base the higher your weekly earnings will be.

In this blog I would like to focus on employees of barbershops and hair salons. Wether you realize it or not you have a lot of freedom to build your clientele. It is not just up to your employer to put people in your chair. There are a number of things you can do to increase your book or the amount of people requesting your services:

1. Ask for referrals. When your customers are happy with their cut ask them to tell their friends about you. This is the simplest way to increase your customer base.

2. Always have business cards on you wherever you go. Don’t be afraid to tell people what you do. Hand them out at the grocery store, mall, restaurants, ect. Remember, everyone wants to look good.

3. If it is OK with your employer offer current clients 50% of their next haircut if they bring a friend with them. Give their friend the same discount.

4. Keep your skills up to date by continuing your barber education. Find a local barber school or quality online barber videos that offer continuing education.

5. Dress professional and keep your work area clean at all times. Customers will notice the pride you take in your work and yourself.

There are so many things you can do to build your book and requests. These are just a few ideas to get you headed in the right direction. Be creative and have fun. This is your career and your future.

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


How to Cut Men’s Hair – Practice, Practice, Practice

The best wayto learn how to cut men’s hair is by cutting men’s hair. This may sound over simplified but it really is that simple. The more men’s haircuts you do the better at men’s haircutting you will become.

Now that we have that out of the way here are some tips to to get more practice and to increase the quality of your practice.

  1. Make sure you are learning the proper way. Go to a reputable school with qualified teachers.
  2. If you are going to try and pick up some tips from fellow students, make sure they are giving good haircuts. Don’t just watch them because they tell you they know what they are doing.
  3. When you are in school working on the clinic floor grab haircuts you are not comfortable with. The only way to get good at these haircuts is by practicing them. It does no good to cut fade after fade if you are already are good at them.
  4. Offer friends and their friends’ free haircuts. Keep doing it until you are comfortable with these haircuts. Giving a free haircut takes the pressure off and will lead to valuable paying customers in the future.
  5. Get a mentor. Learn from the best. Find a barber in your area or someone online who is teaching the quality of haircuts that you would like to give and learn their techniques. Practice,
    practice, practice their techniques.

I can still hear my high school football coach screaming at us “You play like you practice.” This is so true. How you perform when you practice is exactly how you will perform in the real world.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com/ to learn how to cut men’s hair with high quality online barber videos.


Barber Education – Part 3: Always Keep a Positve Attitude

Throughout the process of continuing your barber education you will learn that there are many things other than being good at cutting hair that will contribute to your success. In order to succeed in the barber business as well as in life it takes an unwavering positive attitude. Positive energy is contagious. Everyone wants to be associated with a winner. Attitude alone will not make you a success, but you can’t be a success without one.

On the first day of a sales and marketing course I took in college the professor walked in the room and without introduction began writing on the chalk board. He wrote there are 3 types of people in the world:
-The should haves, could haves, and would haves (people who always make excuses)
-The just enoughs (people who do just enough to get by)
-The overachievers (self-explanatory)
Then Mr. H. introduced himself and asked the students which category each of us fit in.

This was a turning point for me in how I approached everything I did from then on. There was no way I was going to be in any category other than the last one. This does not mean everything that I tried was a success but having the right attitude going in gave me the best chance to succeed.

It has been 18 years since I took that class and to this day I give Mr. H. a call or send an e-mail whenever I need an attitude adjustment. Approach everything you do with a positive attitude and you will be amazed with the results.

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


How to Fade Hair: How high to cut the fade? – Part 1:

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.

This article will cover head shape. If the client has a rectangular shaped head there are a more options. You can fade the hair high, medium, or low and it will look balanced. If the client has a round shaped head DO NOT fade the hair higher than the widest point of the head. This will lead to an unbalanced looking haircut. If the client has a protruding occipital bone (big lump in the back of his head), fade the hair low below the bone.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com to view examples of the different types of fade haircuts and keep an eye out for follow up articles on this topic.


Continuing Your Barber Education

The first step to any good barber 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.

I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a good mentor. This person can come in the form of an owner or manager of the barber shop you are going to work for, a co-worker, or someone you know and respect from another shop

The first thing to look for in a mentor is a barber’s ability to teach (really teach) you the barbering trade. Make sure they can explain and are willing to explain everything in an easy to understand manner. This is the best way to further your barber education in the beginning of your career.

The next thing to look for in barbering mentor is someone with above average skill whose work you would like to duplicate. What you do not want is a barber who is very good and is just looking to show off their skills and impress you. This may seem attractive at first but the goal is to learn as much as you can in a way that you will be able to reproduce the haircuts being shown to you. It is my feeling that when someone has an above average skill level, their work will speak for itself. It is of no benefit to you to keep hearing from them how great they are. The best teachers are those who are humble and grateful for their ability ,want to share all of their knowledge with you, and help you succeed.

If you are unable to find a good mentor or would like to supplement your continuing barber education online please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com. There are easy to follow lessons on topics including the tools of the trade, barber supplies, haircutting techniques, a variety of classic and current men’s hairstyles, beard trims, and numerous lessons on straight razor shaving. Each lesson includes video, written descriptions, and diagrams to help move you through the learning curve of your barber education as fast as possible. Good luck and remember hard work and a lot of practice will always be rewarded.


Haircutting Techniques Part 1 – How to cut hair when it is too short to short pick up with your fingers

Many times when beginning a career in barbering or men’s haircutting the barber or cosmetologist will struggle the most in one particular situation. This is when giving a haircut the hair is too short to pick up with your fingers and the desired length is to be left longer than using the largest clipper attachment. Now what? or a look of confusion is what I get from the student. In my opinion this is where the truly talented are separated from the average.

There are two haircutting techniques that are used in this situation. The first one is called scissor over comb. This haircutting technique is when the comb slowly moves through the hair picking it up and the scissor held in the opposite hand opens and closes quickly cutting the hair. This is the oldest technique in barbering. (Yes, there was a time when the electric clipper did not exist.) With time and practice this technique will become second nature and you will start using it on longer hair instead of picking it up. You will find this haircutting technique to be much more efficient as well as more accurate than picking up the hair in many sections.

The second haircutting technique is clipper over comb. This works the same as scissor over comb except you are using a clipper. I recommend using an adjustable clipper or detachable blade clipper but never a trimmer. The trimmer is not powerful enough and the blade is too fine causing clipper lines in the haircut. Another benefit too this technique is you can begin the taper around the outline of the haircut after you finish each section. This will drastically increase the efficiency of your haircutting without increasing your hand speed. It is extremely important that the customer never feels like you are rushing them out of your chair.

This is the first blog of a multi-part series on men’s haircutting techniques.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.comto learn about these men’s haircutting techniques and much more.


Barber School: The Start of Your Barber Education

The first step to any good 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. When selecting a barber school it is a good idea to visit more than one. Do not pick a barber school just because it is the shortest commute or the cheapest. Your career as a barber is at stake.

When visiting a barber school ask permission to talk to a couple of instructors and pick their brains. Ask them why they chose a career in barbering and why they would recommend one to you. Ask them what positive impacts attending their barber school will have on your career as a barber.

Before your visit ends talk to some of the students and ask them a few questions about their experiences so far in barber school or cosmetology school. Why would they recommend their school and how do they feel it will have a positive impact on their future? Are they happy with the student kit or do they feel they would benefit from additional tools? One of the most important things to find out is how much practical experience you will get before you graduate school. Theory is extremely important but you can only learn how to be a barber by being a barber. This may sound overly simple but the best way to learn how to cut men’s hair is by cutting men’s hair. The best way to learn how to shave someone’s face is by shaving someone’s face.

Make sure to get the most out of your experience. Take every advantage you can to take in the knowledge and experiences of all of your teachers. Watch and learn from all of your fellow barber students. Be humble and leave your ego at the door. There is something to be learned from everyone you come in contact with even if it is what not to do. In many cases this is just as valuable a lesson as anything else you will learn. Work on as many clients as possible while you are in barber school. Learn how to cut as many different hairstyles as possible to get the most out of you barber education. Ask your clients a lot of questions as well as your teachers to get a good feel for the male customers’ likes and dislikes. All of the above suggestions will go a long way in giving you a head start upon graduating barber school.

Please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com to get a preview of the many different hairstyles, shaves, beards you will be expected to perform in your career as a barber. Our online barber school is designed supplement your training or serve as the first step in developing a career in barbering.