When it comes to getting a haircut, communication is key. Before you even step into the shop, take some time to think about the style you want.
If you’re not sure, do some research online or flip through magazines to get some ideas. Once you have a general idea, it’s time to start communicating with your barber. Be specific about what you want – don’t just say “I want a short cut.” The more specific you are, the more likely it is that you’ll walk out of the shop happy with your haircut. And if you’re still not sure, ask the barber for their opinion. A good barber will be able to help you find a style that suits your needs and preferences.
If you want to avoid an unfortunate haircut, it is important to learn how to communicate with your barber. Unfortunately, this can be intimidating for many men, who are not familiar with the terminology that barbers use. For example, when you tell a barber that you want a “fade,” you are asking for a gradual change in hair length from the bottom up. A “taper” is similar, but the transition is more abrupt. Asking for a “textured look” will give your hair more volume and definition, while a “smooth look” is just the opposite. Of course, you should always feel free to ask your barber for clarification if you are unsure about anything. With a little practice, you’ll be able to get the perfect haircut every time.
We’ve compiled the following advice to help you better communicate with your barber on your next visit:
Give them a general idea of the style you prefer
When you first sit down in the barber’s chair, it is helpful to have a general idea of the style you are looking for. This gives the barber a starting point to work with and helps him understand your vision. Are you looking for a traditional crew cut or something more modern? Do you want a clean-cut look or something with more personality? If you have a specific style in mind, it can be helpful to bring in a photo. This gives the barber a clear idea of what you are hoping to achieve. Once you have discussed the general style, you can then get into the specifics, such as the length of the hair, the desired parting, and any other special details. By taking the time to communicate your vision upfront, you can ensure that you will walk out of the barbers with the perfect haircut.
Let them know how much you want taking off and where you would like it taken off
When you walk into a barbershop, it’s important to know exactly what kind of haircut you want. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people walk in and say something vague like “just a trim” or “take a little off the top.” Unfortunately, one barber’s idea of a trim can be very different from another barber’s, so it’s always best to be specific about how much you want to be taken off. If you’re not sure how much you want, that’s okay – just let your barber know and he or she can cut a little bit off and then go from there. And if you’re someone who likes to use clippers, make sure you memorize the numbers of the guards you use so you can just tell the barber what you want. By being specific about your haircut, you’ll always walk out of the barbershop looking sharp.
If you want a taper, let them know
When you visit the barber for a haircut, you may hear the term “taper” used quite frequently. A taper refers to a gradual change in hair length from the top of the head down to the nape of the neck. The taper usually starts with longer hair at the top and becomes progressively shorter as it nears the neck. The length of the taper can vary depending on personal preference. Some men prefer a longer taper, while others may prefer a shorter taper. Most haircuts for men involve some sort of taper, but there are also those who prefer to keep their hair length uniform all around the head. Be sure to communicate your preference to your barber to ensure you get the haircut you desire.
A good barber will take the time to listen to what you want and give you honest feedback and advice. He should ask you questions about your preferences and be open to hearing your suggestions. A good barber will also let you know if he thinks something looks good on you or if he thinks you should try something different. If your barber doesn’t communicate at all and doesn’t seem interested in your input, it may be time to find a new one. Barbering is a personal service, and it’s important that you find someone who you can trust and who makes you feel comfortable.