Gentlemen, it’s time to get your haircut!
But how do you get the best haircut for you?
How do you find a quality barber, and how do you talk to them to ensure you get the exact haircut you’re looking for?
Well Gents – We are going to step up your style game and show you how to get the haircut you want.
Step #1 – Decide On A Hairstyle You Want
The first step is to decide on a hairstyle. This is going to be affected by several factors.
The first is going to be what message you want to send. Are you an up and coming professional? Are you a rebel going your own way? Or are you a rugged man who loves the outdoors?
The style you choose can greatly affect the message you are sending to others.
The other main factor that will determine the hairstyle you need is what type of hair you have. There is straight hair, wavy hair, curly hair, thin hair, thick hair, long hair, short hair, and the list goes on. Certain hairstyles work better with particular hair types, so it’s important to understand what will best serve the hair you have.
If you want to learn more about what hairstyles would work for your message and hair type, check out my video on the 10 Most Attractive Hairstyles.
Step #2 – Find A QUALITY Barbershop
Now it’s time to find a quality barbershop or salon to get your haircut.
Most men go the nearest generic chain salon, and end up getting their hair cut by a different person every time. The problem with this is you won’t get a consistent haircut, as each stylist has a slightly different way of doing things. And their job is to get you in and out of the chair as quickly as possible, so they may not take the time to give your hair the attention it needs. So it’s worth spending a little extra money to actually go to a high-quality barber or stylist.
To find a great barber in your area, you’ll need to do your homework. Online reviews and personal recommendations are a great place to start, but don’t be afraid to pick-up that phone and conduct an interview. Does the shop specialize in men, how much experience do the stylists have, and what’s their process for cutting hair? If they sound like they will be a good fit go ahead and make the appointment.
When looking for a barber or stylist, there are several signs you can use to gauge their skill.
First, how is their personal grooming? If they aren’t able to keep their hair in good shape, why would you entrust yours to them?
Also take note of their confidence. Do they speak as though they are knowledgeable of their craft? Are they confident in giving feedback and ideas?
You also want your barber to be willing to take the time to give you the best haircut possible. If they are rushing through and cutting corners you will want to look elsewhere. A good barber will also ask for feedback throughout the haircut to make sure you are getting the length and look you want.
Step #3 – Learn To Communicate With Your Barber
So now you’re in the shop ready to get your haircut. How do you talk to your barber or stylist to ensure you get the hairstyle you are after?
First, it’s helpful to bring a picture of the hairstyle you are looking for; this will give the barber a great visual starting point. From there he should be able to give advice on how to best tailor it to your face shape and hair type.
If you want to experiment with something new but don’t quite know what you want, again a skilled barber will be able to offer a few suggestions.
But if you know exactly the cut you want, then be sure to communicate that. Tell the barber which number guard to use on the clippers for the side and back, how much you want taken off the top (whether ½ inch, 1 inch, 2 inches, etc.)
If you are going for a short haircut, I recommend you get the sides tapered. This means the bottom of the sides will be cut shorter, then goes progressively longer as it goes up to blend nicely with the top. This creates a very clean, natural look.
Depending on your hair type and the style you are going for, you also may want the barber to add some texture to your hair. He will do this by unevenly trimming the ends so it will create a layered look.
I really like it when they use a straight razor to clean up around the back of the neck; it’s often an indication of a quality salon. Usually, they will be willing to clean up your neckline in between haircuts, so be sure to ask!
I also recommend scheduling your next hair appointment each time you go to the barber, that way its set and you don’t need to think about it. For most men getting a haircut every 3-4 weeks is going to be ideal.
If you schedule it in advance you don’t have to worry about your hair getting too long and looking untamed. Nothing is worse than scrambling to get a haircut because you have a surprise interview the next day and your hair is completely out of control!
Setting an appointment can also guarantee that you’ll get your hair cut by that stylist who knows exactly how you want it.
Pro tip, don’t let Aaron Marino style your hair, unless you want it to look exactly like his!
Does this seem like a lot of work?
Gents, approach finding the right barber as a long term style investment. The goal is to build a long-term relationship so you can get a consistent haircut every time.