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How to Be a Barber – Professionalism in the Barbershop – Part 1:

This is one of my favorite topics and a major contributing factor to a long profitable career. I would like to start out this topic with what I feel is one of the most important things you can do in the barbershop when you are learning how to be a barber:

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

This topic ties in to a lot of questions that I hear when teaching:

– How come I can’t charge more for a haircut?
– Why aren’t I getting better tips?
– Why am I not getting the customer’s with high paying jobs?
– Why do people treat me like I am just here to serve them instead of like professional?

I have been cutting hair in the barbershop for 20 years and I have felt like this myself at different times in my career as well.

I am going to answer these questions with more questions:

– Do you dress like you are worth more for a haircut?
– Do you dress like you take your job seriously?
– Do you dress like the customer’s with those higher paying jobs?
– Do you dress like a professional?

I highly recommend wearing a nice pair of dress pants with a freshly ironed, long sleeve, dress shirt with a collar. A knee length skirt is also very professional for female barbers. For both men and women if you really want to impress you can never go wrong with a tie. Make sure to finish off with a pair of comfortable, shined, dress shoes. If you are going to wear a barber smock I still recommend wearing the professional attire underneath. Look at any turn of the century barbershop photos and this is exactly what you will see.

If you follow these guidelines you will be amazed at the difference in the way your customers interact with you and the increase in your tips. All of this will allow you to raise your prices on consistent basis as the demand for your service increases.

Please visit www.MastersOfBarbering.com for the very best in online barber videos and more tips on how to become a barber.

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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

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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.

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Barber Supplies, Tools, and Equipment – Part 3: Getting the most out of the Adjustable Clipper

Throughout my career as an educator I have taught at barber and cosmetology schools hundreds of times. I was teaching at a new school last week and I was demonstrating a tapered neckline with an adjustable clipper. I was using the terminology opening and closing the blade and I received 2 questions I have not heard before. What does opening and closing the blade mean? And, what is the lever for?

This was a surprise to me as I assumed all students were familiar with an adjustable clipper. This particular school does not have an adjustable clipper in their kit so I feel it is very important that I cover this topic in detail.

The lever adjusts the length of the blade. When the lever is pushed toward the cutting blade it is called closing the blade and will cut the hair shorter. As the lever is pushed away from the cutting blade it is called opening the blade and will leave the hair longer. There are also a few lengths in between depending on the make and model of the clipper which makes the adjustable clipper ideal for skin/bald fades and tapered outlines.

Stay tuned for “Getting the most out of the Adjustable Clipper (continued)” where I will cover the benefits of using this clipper for the clipper over comb haircutting technique.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.comfor more info on the adjustable clipper as well as many other barbering tools.

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Barber Supplies, Tools, and Equipment – Part 2: How to avoid leaving razor burn with your trimmer

Razor burn left on the neck after giving haircut can seriously hurt your customer satisfaction and retention rate. It is an extremely important issue that needs to be addressed early on in your barber education as you learn how to cut men’s hair.

Let me explain what I mean by razor burn. It can be as slight as a light red mark left on the back of the neck or as severe as bright red marks with broken skin. The more sensitive the skin the worse it gets.

Fortunately there is an extremely simple solution. First, you must understand how a clipper blade is designed to cut hair properly. There are two blades. One is stationary (does not move) and the other is mobile (moves back and forth). The stationary blade picks up the hair and holds it and the mobile blade (also known as the cutting blade) moves back and forth and cuts the hair.

Now you understand how the blade works but how do I avoid the razor marks? The answer is very simple. DO NOT drag the clipper in a downward motion after making the outline. Turn the clipper around and shave the hair in an upward motion. This way the hair will feed into the clipper blade properly. The stationary blade will pick up the hair and the mobile blade will cut it.

If you still are unsure look at your trimmer closely. Notice how close the cutting blade is to the stationary blade. Even the lightest pressure to the skin will expose the skin to the cutting blade causing the different levels of razor burn. Experiment by touching your finger to the blade and press down LIGHTLY and you will see what I mean.

I can’t stress enough the importance of learning this lesson early on in your barber education. This one simple yet important tip will increase your customer satisfaction and retention levels in a BIG way.

Please visit http://www.mastersofbarbering.comto learn more about this and many other barber supplies and tool tips.

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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

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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.

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