Every man deserves a good haircut, and most barbers are skilled enough to deliver on this. However, not every man knows how to tell his barber exactly what kind of haircut he wants, and so ends up feeling disappointed after he leaves the shop. If this experience sounds familiar to you, fear not, as you have come to the right place. Below are tips on how you can communicate with your barber successfully so that you can make sure that you never have to just wing it and hope your barber finally gets it right, this time.
Bring photographic examples. A very effective tool that can help you tell your barber about the haircut that you are looking to get is a photograph of that haircut. This is especially recommended for those men who are looking at something that involves a lot of technicalities.
If you are not quite sure about the specific hairstyle that you would like to sport, you can get pictures of those that you are interested in. Similarly, you can ask your stylist if he has pictures that you can consult so that you can decide which one appeals to you the most. From there, your barber can also give you recommendations on which one may work out best for you.
Listen to your barber. Speaking of barbers and their recommendations, it just so happens that there will be times that your preferred hairstyle may be out of the question because of certain conditions and limitations that apply to your hair. For instance, if the style that you’re gunning for typically works best with curly hair and you have fine and straight hair, then you may need to choose something else. Your barber will be able to tell you if your chosen hairstyle can work for the kind of hair that you have; if it can’t, he can advise you as to an appropriate style that will look best on you.
Forget the lingo. A common misconception that men have when it’s time to go to the barber is that they need to answer technical questions properly. It would be nice if you had a good grasp of the terminology used in cutting and styling hair, and it is perfectly normal to want to show off the things that you have learned from reading a guide on TrendySeekers on style. There are also universal terminologies that apply at every situation, such as the differences between a buzz cut, a fade, or a crew cut.
However, it is also true that many barbers use certain terms differently. And if you would like to be sure that you can give the right answer that will impact the success of the haircut or hairstyle, ask your barber what he means.
Decide if you want a haircut or a hairstyle. One of the most important factors that will influence the satisfaction you get out of your recent trip to the barber is whether you opted to have a haircut or a hairstyle. A haircut is something that you can have once and not have to think about again until it is time for another one. A hairstyle, on the other hand, is a different matter altogether. This is something that may require you to do some minor maintenance on the day so that you can make sure that it always looks its best. Additionally, some hairstyles need frequent trips to the barber’s to keep it in great condition. Knowing what you want upfront will help prepare you for what comes after.
If you are a bike-rider or drive bike regularly then choose a haircut that doesn’t mess up or ruin your hairstyle while wearing a helmet.
Finally, don’t be afraid to open up and let your barber know about what you are trying to achieve. You don’t need to be an expert on hair styling to be able to properly communicate what you want to see, you just need to use your words, be open to suggestions and recommendations, and trust your barber.
Also, make sure that you feel confident that the barber that you choose can give you the results that you need. You need to feel comfortable during the session, and your stylist should see to it that he has your trust. If your barber does not seem to want to listen to you or offer helpful advice, find another one.