How To Choose The Right Barber
Last week, we talked about why every guy needs a barbershop. You get the same great haircut and amazing shave from someone specially trained in male hair. So you’ve decided you want to try this out. How do you go about choosing a barber? Barbers are as different as each new stylist you used to see. To get a consistently good haircut, you need a consistently good barber. How do you know which barber will deliver?
The first point of entry is probably where you start all your other searches: online. Roll around the interwebs and find a highly-rated barber. Find two with positive, specific feedback.
Then pick up the phone. Call the barber shop and ask what availability your well-rated barber has. If they only take appointments, you’ve probably found a decent barber.
When you walk in, take mental notes. Is the shop clean? What’s the general atmosphere? Does this feel like a place you could get comfortable? What do you notice about the barber's appearance? Does he take good care of himself? Is he well-groomed?
When you get into the chair, engage your barber about his craft. Tell him your ideas for your look and listen to his responses. Does he talk confidently about how to shape your hair for your face structure? Ask him how long he’s been doing this. Does he have the experience to give a great cut or shave? Enough experience plus confidence are great signs for a long-term barber relationship.
One more line of defense: take notes about his personal life. Barbers and cosmetologists are infamous for having some difficult personal lives that leaves their clients stranded. If you hear rumblings of personal dysfunction, this barber might be a little too risky.
If you’re still a little wary about trusting your look to a new person, start slow. Ask him to clean up your lines around your neck and ears. If that goes well, and all your other mental notes line up, you might have found a talented barber. The only thing left to consider is the barber’s personality. Do you want to be around him for 30 minutes to an hour every few weeks? If not, vet your other choice. It’s worth it to find the person who will be managing a slice of your image.