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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.

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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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How to Be a Barber – Customer Service Tips Part 2: Drape Your Customer with Confidence.

You are probably asking yourself “Why is he writing about something so simple and routine?” There is nothing simple and routine when you are in the customer service business. Doing the simple and routine things consistently is what makes your services exceptional. In today’s world there is a huge difference in the money you will make providing exceptional service vs. just good enough service.

Drape your customer with confidence. After you greet your customer this is the next step. The customer should already be at ease and starting to feel confident in you after the proper greeting. The customer greeting has been covered in previous blogs. Now, on to draping the customer:

1. When putting on the haircloth, stand in front of the customer. Hold the haircloth with your hands far enough apart so when wrapping it around the customer it spreads out like a sheet.
2. Never let the haircloth touch any part of the customer skin. Leave it resting on the shirt.
3. Wrap a neck strip, paper towel, or cloth towel around the customer’s neck before fastening the haircloth.
4. The haircloth should be snug so hair will not fall down inside the customer’s shirt but should not be so tight they are struggling to breath.
5. Fold down over the top of the haircloth the neck strip, paper towel, or cloth towel.

I never realized how important draping the customer was until about 14 years ago. A guest barber came to one of my family’s barbershops for a shaving promotion. He worked for one of the famous Geo F. Trumper barbershops in London, England. I was his first shave of the day and it was my first time getting a shave. After the way he draped me with the haircloth I had complete confidence in him and all anxiety I had was gone.

Whoever though something so simple and routing could have such an impact on becoming exceptional?

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Barbering Education Online – Creating Customer Loyalty Part 2:

I know I just wrote part 1 yesterday but I heard a customer say something to the barber cutting their hair this morning that I have write about immediately. Samantha was about 2-3 minutes into the haircut and the customer says to her he can always tell when a barber has confidence. I couldn’t believe it because I had this topic on my schedule to write this barber blog in a few days. This is a great topic and builds on what I said previously that customers notice everything.

In this barber blog I would like to talk about what you can do to make your customer feel your confidence and in turn have confidence and trust in you.

1. Greet your customer by name, with a smile, and a firm handshake.                                                                                                                                          2. Keep your workstation clean. The mirror should be clean with no streaks, tools put away, and no hair on the counter or chair.
3. When draping the customer with a towel/neck strip and hair cloth use a firm and confident touch.
4. Look the customer in the eye when asking them how they like their hair cut and make suggestions when appropriate.
5. Handle your tools with confidence. Use a firm and confident touch without being rough.

Following these suggestions will increase your customer retention rate. Repeat customers are the name of the game. They will make sure you get a good paycheck no matter what the economy is doing. These are only a few suggestions as this barber blog could on forever.

Remember, customers notice everything. Make sure everything you do you do it with confidence.

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How To Be A Barber: Continue Your Barber Education With Barber Videos

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.

In this blog I want to talk about the important role of barber videos when learning how to be a barber. Before seeking out the kind of barber videos you will buy, watch, and learn from you need to do a little research:

1. Decide on the type of haircuts you most want to learn and specialize in. (The important thing to remember here is the type of haircuts that you can make money doing. Not one that is just cool to watch and is going to be very difficult or time consuming to provide slowing you down.
2. Find out the who the best barbers creating videos are. Do the research. You want to learn how to be a barber from the best. (Always remember, it takes a lot longer to break a bad habit than it does to form a good one.)
3. Barber videos come in many forms now. You can buy DVD’s, digital downloads, and streaming video on a pay per view basis. There a many options available which creates an incredible value in comparison to your investment in school. You can’t afford not watch and learn.

How do I find good barber videos and how much do they cost?

– There are many ways to find good barber videos. Ask your local barber supplier, check with the large national barber suppliers, google, youtube, amazon, facebook, twitter, and there are also tons of haircutting informational sites that promote barber videos.
– Barber videos are very inexpensive today. You can find them for as low a $9.95 on a pay per view basis. There are also companies giving access to hours’ worth of material for between $100 – $200 dollars.

It is impossible to calculate the return on such a small investment over the course of your career. Especially in comparison to the investment you have already made in your degree. Learning how to be a barber from the best barber videos gives will give you the best chance at achieving the level of income you dream of from the barber business.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for the best in online barber videos to teach you how to be a barber.

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How to Cut Hair: Clipper Cutting – Part 1

Clipper cutting techniques are some of the most important techniques you need to learn in your barbering education. Short hairstyles are back in a big way and here to stay. This is huge for the barbering industry and your career as a barber. Clipper cut customers on average get their haircut every 1-3 weeks which means big income potential from each customer.

That being said the short clipper cut customers tend to be very fussy. They know exactly what they want and will notice any imperfection in their haircut. If you can make them happy you have a customer for life. Another benefit is clipper cut customers have big mouths. They are not embarrassed to tell everyone they know where they got their haircut and how great their barber is.

Keep in mind when you are giving a clipper cut that your haircut will be a walking advertisement. Everywhere that customer goes your haircut is on display. Clipper cut customers think nothing of walking up to a guy they don’t know who has a great haircut and asking: Where did you get that hair cut? This works both ways though. If there is a shadow or line of demarcation in the haircut guys will also ask: Where did you get that haircut? Clipper cut customers look out for each other as well.

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

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How to Fade Hair: How High to Cut the Fade – Part 2:

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, 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 cover scars. When you are asking the customer how high they like their fade make sure to ask them if they have any scars. If you are uncomfortable asking the customer that question, just spend an extra few seconds combing through the hair in an upward motion so when the hair is lifted you will see any scars. You will most likely find scars in 2 areas. In the temple region and/or on the occipital area which is just above the nape of the neck. If the scars are any lower than that there is not a lot that can be done. They are most likely going to show no matter what. Just make sure the customer know that before you give them the fade.

If you find scars in the higher areas leave the hair thicker or darker in those areas and fade the hair low. When cutting the fade start arching the blade or floating the blade away from the scalp about ½ inch below the scars so you have room to fade the hair just below the them. If you go any higher you will run into the scars and they will show.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.com for barber videos and written instructions covering how to fade hair.

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How to be a Barber – Customer Service Tips – Part 1:

When teaching a class at a barber school or cosmetology school I like to start by asking an important question: What business are you planning on going into after you graduate? I first get a few laughs as if it is a silly question followed by a bunch of different answers:

– I am going into the barber business
– I am going in to the cosmetology business
– I am going to the skin care business
– I am going in to the manicure and pedicure business

These are all good answers showing the students have a plan. What I never here is the most important thing that no student can afford to overlook. No matter what area of barbering/cosmetology you plan to practice, you are in the CUSTOMER SERVICE business first. Without good people skills it does not matter how good you are at your chosen area of expertise. Customers do business with people that make them feel welcome and special. Customers also do business with people that show passion, caring, and excitement for what they do.

The reason customer service skills are so important is that these are the things your customers will notice and be exposed to before the service you are providing them is completed. In other words their opinion is formed before you even show them the finish product.

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