How to talk to your barber to get a great men haircuts.
First let’s discuss how to talk with your barber to make sure you get the cut and style you want and go home happy. Let’s dive right in on how to accomplish this with every barber visit.
How can I ask my barber for the men haircuts I want
We get a lot of questions asking what specific men haircuts are called. A picture is worth a thousand words so just show a photo instead. Words don’t convey as much information as an image and there are multiple names for some cuts so avoid any confusion with a photo.
Of course, you’re going to have to start with a hairstyle or men haircuts that works for you. If you have have fine hair, don’t show a picture of thick hair. If you have curly hair, don’t show a photo of straight hair. With a really different hair type, the cut won’t look the way you expect it to.
The other thing to look for is face shape. While certain styles can work for everyone, that is not always the case. Although a haircut won’t transform you it will work with your features to make you look your best.
What if I don’t know what kind of men haircuts will work for me?
Men’s hair has experienced a renaissance in the past few years, with more men haircuts styles and products available than ever before. That’s the good news. The bad news is it can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve had the same haircut for a long time and are uncertain about trying something new. A new cut could be better but it could also be worse.
You don’t need to know everything about hair to get a great cut and style. You are seeing a professional. It is their business to not only know the trends but to adapt a style for different hair types and face shapes. So if you want a new haircut but don’t know what to get, the most important thing is working with a barber you trust.
When you’re in the chair
explain that you’re not sure what you want but throw out any ideas you have. Do you like hipster styles? Slick or spiky? Short or longer? Want something trendy or conservative?
Your barber will usually ask but if not, mention any issues you feel you have with your hair like a cowlick that won’t stay down, hair that gets greasy late in the day, or hair that is too fine or thick to stay styled. Let your barber know how much time you typically spend styling hair. If you want a wash-and-dry cut, that’s going to be a different cut than if you enjoy using products or blow dry hair. Last, how often do you get your hair cut? Shaved cuts require frequent to stay fresh while most cuts can be worn for months between visits.
With all that information, your barber will have developed an idea and discuss it with you before starting cutting. If it sounds good, let the cutting begin.
How to find a great barber?
First Keep trying until you find someone you trust. All of this advice depends on having a good barber. First off, decide if you prefer a barber or salon environment. One isn’t better than the other but they are different. Barbers are usually more masculine environments, provide straight shaves and beard grooming, take less time, and tend to be cheaper. Salons will be unisex, and provide usually a more pampered experience. The important distinction isn’t barber versus stylist but who you trust to cut your hair.
Where can you find someone you trust? Ask your friends, especially if there’s someone with consistently good hair. Online reviews can also be helpful. Or word of mouth.
Then, check out their websites and social media to see the kinds of cuts they do. There are many quality barbers and stylists out there that might not be for you. Not because they’re not good but because they’re doing classic cuts when you want something trendy or they’re all about hair designs but you wear a suit to work.
Many barbers also show off their cuts on Instagram so it’s a good place to find hairstyles and barbers.
Then book a cut. Follow the instructions from the first two questions and you should be happy with your new style. If not, follow the instructions below.
I don’t like my haircut. Now what?
Speak up immediately, don’t wait to find a new barber or stylist
First, the earlier you catch it, the better. If you start to notice things going wrong while you’re in the chair, say something. You can ask what’s happening with the cut or say if it seems a bit too short/long. A good barber will adjust so that you don’t leave unhappy.
If you leave the barbershop and don’t like what you see at home, the best advice is to wait a few days. You’re stylist may have given you a fashion forward cut you’re just not used to yet. Also, try asking trusted friends who will be honest. They might see something you don’t. It’s common to need some time to adjust to a change. Sometimes it’s not the cut that that’s the issue, but the style. Wash hair and skip the product or try out a different style.
If you’re still not happy, call them and let them know you’re not pleased. If you have enough length left, most barbers and stylist will re-cut hair free of charge.
If hair is very short, there’s only one option – wait for hair to grow. It seems bad at the time but fortunately, hair grows back. In a few weeks, hair will be ready for a new style. And as said above, you might grow to like it. In the time, try to find a recommendation for a new barber or stylist to visit next time.
How can I style my hair at home?
Ask your stylist about hair products and styling techniques.
You look great leaving the barbershop, soaking up compliments for the evening. Then the next morning you shower, air dry hair, work in some product and it’s just not the same. How to fix the problem? Just ask.
Make sure that you know what type or brand of product will recreate this style at home before you leave the barbershop. Most barbers and salons have products for sale. They select the products based on their experience so you can trust these brands. Yes, they cost more than drugstore versions but there’s a reason for that.
In addition to asking how to style your new look, watch how your stylist applies the product to your hair and works it through. It’s your own personal demonstration for free so make the most of it. If you have any issues with hair, just ask about them. Your barber is a wealth of information so make the most of the opportunity. You could be surprised by what you learn.
These are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. Hope it helps you get a cut you love. A shave is also a very efficient add-on for a better look.