I’m sure you know how embarrassing and frustrating it can be to get a bad men’s haircut. Sometimes it is the fault of the stylist or barber who is doing the haircut but sometimes it’s the client who is at fault. If he has expectations that are unrealistic, communicates his preferences poorly or is generally unfriendly, it can lead to a bad haircut. So I’ve compiled some “insiders tips” to help you talk to your stylist or barber and get a great haircut.
1. Make an Appointment
You will often find that salons and barbershops that ask you to make an appointment will generally have higher customer service standards. Usually, a salon that specializes in walk-in traffic makes its money by serving a large volume of people. It is much more likely that they will rush your haircut so they can serve as many people as possible. On the other hand, if you have an appointment, your stylist or barber should not try to rush and should give you plenty of time so that you get the detailed attention that you want. Of course, it is very important that you arrive on time for your appointment and, if you can’t be on time, that you call ahead to let the salon know you will not be coming in.
2. Listen to Your Stylist
Stylists and barbers have been trained and you pay them to make you look your best and to know what hair styles will go best with your looks. If your stylist gives you a suggestion, why not try it? Often, because we are guys, we like to stay in our comfort zone and fall into the habit of getting the same cut every time. But it can be good to change things up and get a different cut. If you are unhappy with it, you can always let it grow (almost always).
3. Be Realistic
Let’s face it, unless you are Brad Pitt, it will be tough for your stylist to make you into him. It’s okay to use a male celebrity to give the stylist an idea of the type of cut you want, but please be realistic in your expectations. For example, if you have hair that is thinning and fine, it’s doubtful that Colin Farrell’s new cut will work for you. It also helps to bring a magazine picture along to give your stylist an idea of the type of cut you want.
Usually, if you’re not being realistic, a good stylist or barber will be willing to let you know and to suggest other alternatives that will look good on you.
4. Bring a Photo
Frequently, it will seem like your stylist is speaking a completely different language. But if you bring a picture, your desires will be clear. So, it’s always better to bring that photo so your stylist or barber will have no doubt about what you want. Often, guys are very reluctant to take in a picture, but you shouldn’t be. Your effort will always be appreciated and your stylist will know exactly what you want. Another way to find a good hair photo is to look through the men’s picture galleries at the salon.
5. Tip Well
Although few stylists will ever admit it, we are almost always more disposed to spend extra time with those clients that are great tippers than those who don’t tip well. If a client is usually generous with the tip, he will often get better treatment when he is booking appointments and will usually get more attention during the haircut itself. For more information about tipping, check out my guide to the appropriate gratuities for your stylist or barber.
6. Find a Barber or Stylist Who Cuts Your Style Well
It’s very rare to hear a friend say: “Bob, your haircut is absolutely great! Who cuts your hair?” It is extremely difficult to get men to discuss their hair but it is important to remember that the fastest way to find a great stylist or barber, especially one who does a great job with your style, is to ask. If you see a guy with a cut that is similar to the one you like, just ask, “Great cut. Where did you have it done?” Most men will see it as a compliment and you’ll be able to locate a new stylist.
7. Show Up Clean and Hat Free
Always go to the barber with clean hair and don’t wear a hat. This is particularly true if you want to get a clipper cut. Almost all barbers like hair to be free of product and clean when they do the clipper work. Wearing a hat will leave a line in your hair that will make it hard to blend the hair correctly. So, always go to your appointment without a hat and with hair that has no products in it and is clean. That way, your barber will be able to assess your hair to see how it naturally likes to fall.
Keeping your hair looking great is not just a matter of communication with your stylist or barber, of course, but if you follow these basics you’ll be very happy!
Checkout an awesome Largo Barber Shop called Pete’s New Your Barber and Styling Shop located in Largo, Florida. They are friendly and awesome barbers.