When was the last time you got a haircut? Think about it for a minute. What did you say to the barber? How did the cut turn out? Today I’ll show you how to talk to your barber. We’re going to cover the main things you want to say to him so the cut comes out exactly how you want it.
Oftentimes the reason for poor haircuts isn’t a fault of the barber, it’s a lack of a communication. That’s why you need to know how to explain what you want in terms that the barber will understand and visualize.
Start with Style
First thing’s first. You need to tell your barber what style you’re looking for. You can give him a general description, or you can show him a photo of the look you want.
Specify Length and Location
Next, tell your barber how much you want taken off in terms of length. Be sure to also specify where you want this hair taken from.
Specify The Taper
Let your barber know if you want a taper or not. Remember, a taper is where the hair gradually decreases in length as it goes down the neck.
Talk about Texture
You don’t need to have texture, but if you want some, be sure to tell your barber. You can get it thin, layered, choppy, razor, or anything else he can come up with.
Arches and Napes
Arches refer to the hair around your ears, while nape refers to the hair at the bottom of your neck in the back. Tell your barber how you want these areas handled.
You don’t have to have sideburns, but if you have them or want them, let your barber know. Specify where you want the burns to end and if you want them trimmed to avoid mutton chops look.
Listen Young Grasshopper
Don’t annoy your barber trying to tell him how to do his job. Instead, take some time to listen to what he’s saying and consider his suggestions.
Chat Like You’re Friends
Your barber can easily be a friend of yours. Don’t talk to him like you’re ordering through a drive-thru. Treat him with respect and enjoy some small talk while you’re getting your style done.
Communication is Key
The last piece of advice I can offer is to keep the lines of communication open. Your barber is skilled, but you need to tell him what you want or he won’t give you what you’re expecting.