Let’s face it: Your cut is only as good as your barber. Or is it? Even though it may be tempting to blame the professional if your style goes awry, you may be partially at fault. How so? You may not have been specific about the particular style you wanted—resulting in a bad cut that may or may not be beyond repair. The solution? Proper communication is crucial to getting exactly what you want in the salon. Keep reading to discover the top ways to talk to your barber.
Tip #1: Bring a picture
They say that a picture says 1,000 words—why not let it do most of the talking? Always bring a photo (or two or three) to the salon in order to ensure that your stylist understands exactly what you want. Not sure where to look? Scour Instagram—the hashtag #menshair has more than 3.7 million images—do a quick search for “mens" hairstyles” on Google or even sneak into your girlfriend’s Pinterest account to find top tending cuts.
Tip #2: Do your research
Once you find a favorable style, try reading about the look online, then ask yourself if you’re willing to do the work to keep it maintained. For example, if you consider yourself a pretty low-key guy when it comes to hair, it’s probably best that you steer clear of high-maintenance looks such as a modern pompadour. Make sure that your cut fits your daily lifestyle and your hair type in order to avoid disappointment after leaving the salon.
Tip #3: Stock up on the right products
Unless you’ve opted for a buzzcut, styling products are key to keeping your cut in check. Have your barber go over the products that he is using and take note of the right order. Then, either purchase the same products right then and there or make a list and go shopping after your appointment. (Here are some of our favorite American Crew Stylers.)
Tip #4: Listen to your Barber
One of the most important aspects of communication is strong listening skills. After telling your stylist what you want and expressing your concerns, make sure you pay careful attention to everything he says. Your barber knows good hair— hear him out to learn a thing or two about your own strands—and, chances are, you’ll leave happy with your cut.
As always speak with your stylist or barber – they know your hair the best. For more helpful styling tips, tricks and inspiration be sure to stalk American Crew on Bangstyle and check out their latest techniques on Instagram @AmericanCrew.