Choosing a haircut can be tough; choosing a barber or hair stylist can be tougher still. Be it moving to a new city or starting out on your own for the first time, deciding where to get your hair trimmed can be an intimidating experience. Fear not, because once again, Guy Style Guide is here to help you select the perfect place to get your haircut.
Step One: Location, Location, Location
Much like the world of home buying, location is the key to a great haircut. Of course, the word ‘great’ is subjective, and so too is the quality of your nearest barber shop.
Therefore, always hunt out somebody with a great hairdo who has a style similar to the one you’re after; ask for a recommendation – most guys are more than happy to say where they go, especially after you’ve just offered them a complement about their hair!
Step Two: Check the environment
Having your hair done shouldn’t be a nightmare of social awkwardness and unpleasantness. Some barbers and salons are going to feel funky, fresh and upbeat, whilst others are going to be more relaxed and tranquil; some will have a younger crowd, others an older clientele.
A quick peek through the window should help answer most of your questions as to whether or not you want to spend time there; if you’re still not sure, hang around for a while and see who’s entering and leaving – are these customers happy when they exit and do they have a great cut?
Step Three: Learn a little jargon, but not too much…
As they say, ‘a little goes a long way’; wherever you end up, you’ll need to learn a little terminology before you take a seat. A good barber or stylist will ask you questions about how you like your hair done and what you’re looking for this visit – a bad one won’t care enough to probe too greatly.
Step Four: Getting feedback
A great barber or stylist will always ask for feedback during the cut; this’ll generally come in the form of a simple query whilst holding a mirror to their handy work: “Is this what you’re after?”
Feel free to quiz your cutter; ask if they’re currently very busy, remembering “No!” is never a good sign. Next probe a little about their work history – if they’ve worked for ten stores in two years then chances are, come next season, they won’t be around…
Step Five: If in doubt, get a trim
Perhaps the best way of judging a new stylist or barber is to get your hair cut. Request a simple trim and see what goes down; is the reaction sighs or smiles? Does it take him/her ten minutes or three-quarters of an hour? By the end of your short encounter you’ll know for certain whether or not you should keep on searching or if you’ve found your new clipping nirvana.