When was the last time you had a haircut or a good beard trimming? Has it been a while? Have you just been hiding under winter hats until you absolutely have to get one or are you simply looking for that someone special in your life? Someone to be available when you need them, someone who understands exactly what you’re looking for, someone to give you a boost up to where you can see if everything’s alright or if you need a change. I’m of course talking about your barber. As someone that just recently had to find a new barber, I know how hard what feels like a relatively simple task should be.
The first step to finding your new barber is to find out what’s available around you. Nowadays this typically goes one of two ways, you either ask your friends where they go or you resort to the all-knowing Google. Both ways work, if you’ve got friends that always seems to have great haircuts ask them where they go and if you’re going the google route, check things like yelp for reviews.
So now you know where you’re going, but what do you do when you get there? Generally speaking, kicking the tires and popping the hood on a potential barber is frowned upon, so how do you figure out if they’re right for you without leaving with a bad haircut? Barbers deal in hair and making you look good, so check out how your barber looks. Does he look confident and relatively well put together? Kind of the same thing as never trusting a skinny chef, don’t trust a barber with a bad haircut.
Once you decide you trust this person enough to actually cut your hair pay a lot of attention to the process while they’re actually cutting it. Are they asking you a lot of questions, what questions are they asking, or are they just kind of going through it with no feedback? Until you go to someone long enough to establish “the usual”, you’re going to want to give your barber lots of feedback. Questions like “How do you typically wear it?”, “How long on the sides?”, “How do you like the neckline?” are all good questions you want to hear. If you hear anything about a guard number, you can probably safely go ahead and cross them off for your next cut.