Many men today are missing out on the benefits of having a regular barber and often settle for mediocrity when it comes to their grooming rituals. Going to a random barber or salon each time you need a haircut will often result in the painful process of having to explain what you’d like done over & over again, and therefore a significantly higher risk of them getting it completely wrong. There is nothing less amusing than coming into the office on a Monday looking like you have been attacked by garden secateurs.
But how does a man go about forging this important relationship and finding a good barber? How do you know when you have found the one? That’s why Mojo is here.
This is the man or woman you’re going to be entrusting your next two weeks in terms of how you look and feel, so you want a barber who is supremely confident in their ability to sculpt your hair into a masterpiece. Confident barbers will look you in the eye, smile, and give you a firm handshake when you first walk in. Give a new barber the once over. How is their personal grooming? Chances are if the barber has a dodgy haircut and shave, they will give poor haircuts and shaves. How is their clothing? Pressed and clean? This kind of attention to detail will likely carry over into their haircuts. A great barber takes their personal appearance seriously because they are in the business of helping men with their personal and professional image.
Does your barber offer you a coffee or a beer? Is there a hot towel waiting for you after the cut? These kind of amenities take a barbershop and your entire grooming experience to the next level. A barbershop should not just provide a good haircut, but a place for you to hang out, relax and ultimately make you feel better about life. Check out our new perks feature on the app.
Often the first thing you will notice upon entering a barbershop is the music being played. Barbers pride themselves on their ability to create a trendy ambience and cement their shops unique identity through a playlist. However, a barbershops’ idea of a relaxing atmosphere will not always match your own. It’s not uncommon to come across some fairly shocking soundtracks, whether it’s the excruciatingly loud death metal of an underground Soho barbershop or the agonising hum of daft noughties pop-tunes found in the suburbs. Strive for playlists that can “do both” like Mojo favourites OS Barbers (check out O/S Playlist on Spotify).
A great barbershop will advise you to turn up 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment. This is not only to help keep their day scheduled, but to give you time for a consultation. Make sure your barber goes beyond the standard, “what are we doing today?” and “what number do you want on the sides?” as these questions paired with a heavy reliance on clipper guards, can often end in a distinctly average cut. A good consultation will help you articulate your desired style and ultimately achieve the look you wanted before arriving.
You are (probably) not a barber. Therefore it’s natural that you won’t necessarily know the best way to achieve your desired style. A great barber will not only listen during the consultation, but provide invaluable recommendations. For example, “If you want to maintain this volume on a daily basis I would recommend buying a blowdryer. All you have to do is…”
The Extra Mile
Perhaps the greatest trait a regular barber must possess, is a willingness to go the extra mile. Whether it’s a cheeky neckline tidy up on the house, or scrambling to fit you in at the end of a hectic day, a truly great barber will make it happen.
There is only one way to find the right barber. Download Mojo now.