Published on 6th April 2017
It’s a scenario many of us will know only too well……you go into a barbers with an image in your head of what you want and instead of walking out feeling fresh and looking your best you leave with a feeling of disappointment having not got the haircut you want. Unfortunately, unlike a bad outfit choice it’s not something we can instantly fix and the weeks and months it takes to grow your hair out before you can get it re-cut can be a very frustrating time!
So how do we you avoid this……..? At The Gentleman’s Grooming Show 2016, master barber Charles Fencott gave us his top tips on how to get the haircut you want which we have listed below so that hopefully this will never be a problem again!
1. Remember your Barber wants you to be happy with your haircut – It is key to acknowledge that any barber worth their salt will take pride in their work and will be wanting to give you the haircut you want as much, or even more than you want it yourself. If you feel good about yourself they will feel good about themselves and not only will you go back to them but you will be the first to recommend them to others.
2. Have a chat about what you want and go into detail – Relating to point number one when asked what you want try to go into detail and refrain from generalisations such as ‘Just tidy it up’ or ‘a little off the top’.
3. Don’t be afraid to bring in pictures – Bringing in pictures of the sort of haircut you want is a great way for the barber to see exactly what you are looking for. However interestingly Charles also recommended showing your barber pictures of what you don’t want, particularly when it is similar to another style.
4.Listen to the barbers advice – Some hair types just aren’t suited to certain styles and no matter how talented the barber is some looks just wont work for you. Listen to what your barber has to say, they may be able to advise a similar style that works better for you. At the end of the day if we leave the barbershop looking great that’s a win win for everyone.
5.Ask questions during the cut – If your barber has started cutting and you are starting to feel unsure if the cut is going to be what you want, don’t be afraid to say. It may just be the way he is cutting it and it will all come together at the end but either way speak up if you are starting to worry. Again remember point number one
6. Styling at home – Another thing that some people may experience is not being able to recreate the look your barber achieves at home. In the same way it is frustrating to walk out of a barbershop unhappy, it is equally frustrating if you have one day of great hair and 4 weeks in-between where you cant get the style quite right. This according to Charles means ‘Barber’s haven’t don’t their job properly’ and a great barber will talk you through the styling process after the cut as he does it. He will also be able to recommend what products to use.
Overall communication with your barber is key. Don’t be afraid to speak up and if you barber doesn’t want to listen….. it’s time to find a new barber that will.
If you fancy getting a haircut from Charles himself then head to Salty Beards Barber Co, based in Swansea.