Booking in for a trim with a new barber is like Gump’s Box of Chocolates. It usually comes off the back of a poor haircut, a work/home relocation or just a need to freshen it up. Obviously, finding your barber through Mojo will help you minimise risk, but these basic tips will help you make the most out of your new barber, to see if they have what it takes to become “the one”.
It may sound like a pedantic point, but turning up five minutes early is vital. Being late to an appointment can hurt a barber’s preparation, make them have to rush and generally won’t endear you to them. It’s key to build up a rapport with your new barber, so showing them respect by being on time is a great way to start. Plus, a good barbershop is a friendly, relaxed place to hang out so being a bit early will do no harm and might even score you a decent beverage too.
Barbers are talented folk, but they’re not mind-readers. Saying “just a tidy-up” helps no one, so try and be as specific as possible about your desired cut. If you’re a clippers man, know your number, and if you’re unsure, say so. Decent barbers will not start without a thorough consultation.
If you know what kind of style you want, the best way to get it across is by bringing a picture or two. It will give your barber a clear idea of the look you’re going for without you having to struggle through an awkward explanation. Everyone’s a winner.
Ask Their Opinion
Barbers are seasoned professionals. They know what works, what doesn’t and are clued up on the latest trends. If you don’t know what look to go for, be sure to ask for some advice on what cut might suit your hair type and head shape. Equally, if you have a style in mind, consult with them to see if they think it will work for you. A great barber will always give his two-cents.
The best way to guarantee a solid trim every time you go back to your new barber is to tip. A few quid here and there makes all the difference and ensures you’ll stick in the mind as a good bloke. You’ll soon find that you’re a favoured customer and benefit from that little bit more care and attention.
6. Book Off-Peak
Going to the barber’s shouldn’t feel like industrial sheep-shearing so you’re better off avoiding the mad Saturday afternoon or after-work rush. Try and get an early appointment when your barber is feeling fresh and has more time on his hands to give your hair their full attention.