Barbershop Blog


February 18, 2021

Unless they have been given creative license a barber can only deliver on their understanding of what a client wants. They can ask the questions, but the first step towards a great haircut is the client knowing exactly what kind of hairstyle they want. Second to that is an understanding of how to communicate that to the barber effectively. Last but not least is accepting what is actually possible for the individual.

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Learning the barbershop lingo

If travelling to a foreign land you should always first learn some of the local language. This helps you to communicate the important things, opens up possibilities and ensures you the best chance of an enjoyable experience. The same can be said for learning to speak to your barber with the appropriate terminology before a trip to the barbershop. With easier communication comes greater possibilities, positive experiences and better relationships. 

To read more on common barbershop terminology click here.

A picture tells a thousand words

One of the easiest ways to show the barber a desired hairstyle is to provide them with a reference image. Having a photo of the desired haircut can greatly simplify communication and means you do not need to try and explain the style nor learn the terminology used. Finding that perfect hairstyle in a photo has never been easier either, generally we all have a mobile phone and access to apps like Instagram or Pinterest. Take a screenshot and bring it along to the barbershop.

Trust in your barber

Not every haircut is going to work for every head shape or hair type. One of the most important factors in getting the haircut that you really want is in understanding what is possible with your hair, features and also which hairstyles will compliment these attributes. This is where your choice of barbershop becomes most important. Your barber understands the specifics of your hair and features better that anyone and can offer professional advise on the suitability of your choices.


The final word

Bring all the points that we have outlined here together and you’ll be well on your way to achieving the hairstyle that that you really want. If your desired hairstyle is not possible with your individual attributes, you will at the very least be wiser for your efforts and have a much better understanding for future visits to the barbershop.