8 Tips to Start Your Career as a Hairdresser or Barber

The hair stylist profession requires preparation, passion and some good advice given by those who for years work with the beauty and the wellbeing of the hair.

So, what does it take for a young man who wants to undertake the profession. Like most other ventures in life, nothing happens unless you have dreamed it before and are ready to make it your mission. Determination and hard work will take you far, however may not be enough.

Here are 5 tips to get you started on the right foot and increase your chances of success:

1) Awareness.

First, if you want to undertake this profession, know that the hair stylist must have an “elective affinity” with hair, because the hair is what we’re all about after all.

Are you aware? Answer these questions to understand how much the profession is doing for you: Do you love being with others? Do you have the right empathy to care for your beauty and beauty through your hair?

2) Choose your teacher.

The truth is that if there is a great master behind a great student, and behind a great master there is a wonderful pupil! Only when the “magic” between student and teacher happens will true learning be achieved!

3) Choose and follow a technological, simple and analytical method

Choose the most suitable method for your aptitude. Have and practice great discipline especially in the most trying and difficult moments. “I can’t do it” should not be part of your vocabulary. With commitment and constancy the things that cannot be done are very few and far between!

Training, practice and following hair cutting advice blogs and posts, like this , to expand your knowledge and ideas is the real secret of the great hairstylists.

Make friends with older

generation barbers and hair stylists and hear what they have to say. Their experience can teach you alot.

4) It is not a craft encoded in working hours, but in passion and self-motivation.

The customer is the king or Queen and your true employer. They will give you the salary you will deserve through their repeat business. They will make or break you, so show them you deserve their trust and respect and they will keep setting foot in your shop.

5) Answer this question with sincerity: Are you attracted to the fashion world?

Hair style is the art of balancing between fashion, the evolution of the collective trend and the needs of the clients. Each of which has a unique style and the diversity of the person will need to be kept in mind.

6) Do not be afraid to go counter current and follow your passion.

Respect for and love of the profession is the basis, but talent is not enough, over the years you will gain insight and you should not be afraid to follow your instinct that is based on your accumulated experience. 

If this feels right!

7) Every client has their own beauty.

Instead of just following the trends, it’s best to evaluate what’s good for every customer, because at the end of the day the client is not their for the hair cut in itself but for the outcome. The look to make him or her feel their best self.

8) Going out of the hairdresser must be an experience.

Don’t think about the bottom line, your earnings, but to develop a 360-degree salon, providing customers with “a real wellness and beauty experience”.

 

Now if you have 30 minutes to spare, I really suggest you see the following youtube clip on how you can turn your career around. Adrian is a real life example of how your passion can give you opportunities in this profession.

Enjoy and Good Luck

Factors to consider when buying a barber chair

If you want clients to come over and over again you need to give them a complete hair-cutting experience. It’s not just about the cut but the whole round experience they get when they come to your shop.

For obvious reasons, your barber skills are the most important factor, however other variables, like how you treat your clients, cleanliness, and a comfortable barber chair also have their impact on the clients overall experience.

The barber chair is the throne the client sits on. It’s the first impression they get when they come to your shop for the first time and interact with you.

A cozy, relaxing salon chair will make your clients feel at home and make them comfortable in their surroundings.

Now, depending on the stage of your business you might be able to fork out for the top of the range barber chairs like the SkinAct brand, or you might want to more affordable but still decent chair like those made by LCL Beauty. You can always update these later when your business booms.

Whatever your situation, when choosing a barber chair for your shop their are certain things you should be looking for including quality of material, Hydraulic mechanism, reclining functionality, seat size, weight capacity and height adjustment customization.

Making Your Choice

How do you decide which chair is right for you and what functions you need in your ideal chair?

Well in order to get to the bottom of this you need to ask yourself some questions. Look at the range of your clientele and what services they require.

Who is your typical customer? Is he tall, bulky, male or female and how frequent is your churn out rate? These are the questions to ask to identify how sturdy of a chair you need and whether the hydrolic functions are important.

Will you be offering basic trims and buzz-cuts or are you also a hair stylist? That’s what you need to understand to decide whether the chair needs to be able to recline and customize itself in order for you to move around the client comfortable and perform your styling magic.

Think about all aspects of your services and your clients and address the needs you will be facing before even starting to consider which model of chair to buy.

Like any investment you make in your business, an informed decision will make sure you spend you money wisely and help achieve your bottom line. Once you grow and become a well established name then maybe you can consider splurging out on the luxurious Belvedere chairs.

Barber Chair Maintenance

Now once you buy the chair and install it in your salon or barber shop, you need to make sure to take good care of it so that it can serve you for as long as possible.

That’s why it’s good to learn how to perform some basic maintenance work on  your chair.

Obviously if there is a critical malfunction you should always call the experts, either the seller you bought it from (especially if it is still under warranty) or some licensed repair service.

For the more simple maintenance and repair work, you can easily handle this yourself.

So, now you might be asking, ‘what sort of maintenance will I need to do on my barber shop chair?’

A very common problem comes from the hydraulic pump on the salon chair which seems to get a mind of its own sometimes. You’ll notice it moving up and down at random which is uncomfortable for you while you’re working and not very pleasing for the client either.

Good thing CCI has come up with this instructional video to show you just what you need to do in these cases…. you’ll see that it’s an easy fix.

Apart from the hydraulics, there should be no major issues as long as you clean your chair every day and lubricate the mechanism parts regularly with the appropriate lubricating oil. Just like I’m sure you do with your range of hair clippers.

Conclusion

If you think client retention is important, and if you’re a business minded person than you know that getting clients through the door is already difficult and expensive and therefore you want to make sure that they turn into repeat customers because that’s how turn your tiny barber salon into a thriving business.
Taking care of all elements which contribute to the client’s overall experience at your barber shop  will ensure you get satisfied customers who keep coming back and giving them a comfortable chair to sit on is definitely a must.

Tuesday Afternoon at the Barber’s

It’s 18.30 on a Tuesday afternoon. It’s very quiet at the shop today. I decide that in half an hour I’ll close everything and go home.

I’m reading a newspaper sitting down on my barber chair when a customer comes in. He’s a young looking man wearing sunglasses, tanned and in good shape with smooth black hair gathered behind his back with an elastic band to form a pony-tail, maybe 10 to 15 cm long.

He also had a rather long beard.

The impression is that of a very well groomed guy.

He takes off his sunglasses and greets me. At that moment though, I get the feeling that this is not a very nice guy. I get up and greet him kindly and show him the chair where to sit.

He takes off his glasses and sweater and sits in my red leather barber chair looking at the mirror intensely, as if to study himself well.

I get close and ask: “Hair? Beard?

He tells me firmly ” Hair “.

I take my mantle and put it around his neck.

As I take his pony tail in my hands, I start asking the usual routine questions: “What do we do?”

He answers me somewhat softly: “I do not know.

He looks into the mirror at me, ‘it’s the white hair, I want to get rid of it’; he can see how many white hairs I have. I cannot see them but I don’t mind. He cannot accept them.

‘I do not know why I’m here’, he says suddenly, ‘but I need a barber’s advice and so I thought I’d come in here.”

At this point the question arises spontaneously: “Where did you get your hair cut before?” And he mentions a shop belonging to a well-known hairdressing chain and then adds: “I’m a bit embarrassed, to ask them for this type of problem”.

At this point I think: “look at this asshole. when he wants to look cool, he goes to cut his hair at the expensive, showy place, but for the first embarrassing problem he runs to a real barber for advise”

I remove the elastic from the hair and it falls over his shoulders. His hair is very smooth and straight, with an even cut that comes to the shoulders. The hair is practically unmanageable if not tied.

“The problem of white hair can only be resolved by using dyes, however I honestly do not recommend it because then you’ll have to commit and it becomes a lifelong habit”.

If you make a dye right now, while you’re young it looks natural, but if you keep doing it in 10 years you’re ridiculous.

I can see the guy following my reasoning. Then I continue: “The truth is that we have to get used to the idea that sooner or later the hair will become white without making it an excessive drama”.

If you want, I can dye it for you but eventually your white hair will reappear all over again. “I advise you to get your hair cut shorter and leave it natural.

White Hairs?, Carry them with pride. They will make you look interesting perhaps with a different cut. I was brutally honest, but his current look and what he was going for was completely crap in my opinion.

Now it was up to him to make a decision. Either get up and go away or get a totally different haircut.

He looks at the mirror with his hair coming down over his ears and on his face. Then he turns to me and looks at me: “Cut it! Do it!”

I take my comb and shears and work away. Finally I get my barber hair clippers in hand and start shaving. I’m planning to cut the hair short with a fading buzz cut at the back and the sides. I’ve got just the right clippers for fades which I just got recently and have been dying to try out.

The guy looks in silence at the mirror. He looks on as his hair falls on the mantle and on the floor.

“We’re doing justice to your face,” I tell him, but he does not speak, I think he’s still slightly shocked at what he committed to.

I keep going with the same rhythm.

ZZZZZZZZZ … ZZZZZZZZZ … .ZZZZZZZZ … ZZZZZZZZ …

The new hair style is coming together nicely now. The cloak is full of hair and the guy still doesn’t say a word.

“Finished!”

I remove the mantle and the hair falls on the floor.

The guy gets up and looks at the mirror. A hand on his head to feel the new hair which is lighter. No more pony-tail but a short and uniform cut with a slight fade on the back and sides.

“Shit!’ He says.

I smile and think that he’s probably wondering what his friends will think when they see him.

I realized that the success of this cut would be determined by how his friends would comment on the new look.

Blowing away some hairs from my shirt, I prepare the bill and hand it to him. He pays leaving a small tip and walks out of the door in a hurry.

I’m convinced I’ll never see him again…. I was wrong!

A few days later he stops in front of the shop, waving me out. I was working on a client and excused myself for a minute to go out and see what he wants.

I barely get out of the shop when he shakes my hand heartily and begins to thank me for his new hair cut.

Apparently it was a big hit. He received plenty of compliments from his friends and some even asked for the barber shop name.

It was a weird feeling. The vain and arrogant guy that walked into my shop a few days ago had disappeared. This guy was completely different. Maybe, along with the pony tail, I’d cut off all the bullshit that he carried around with him.