Getting The Most From Your Barber

Getting The Most From Your Barber

Getting The Most From Your Barber

A visit to the barber shop can be a troubling task, particularly if you a trying out a new place or barber for the first time.

Here are a few tips to make the experience a pleasurable one, for both you and your barber.

1. Do your research before you sit in the chair

Most barbers will be happy to give you a consultation and talk through styles that might work with your hair, but it helps if you can give them some context or parameters to work within. Do you have a corporate image to maintain? How long are you prepared to spend on styling in the morning? Are you willing to use styling products? These things will help with the decision making process.

2. Try to arrive 5 minutes before your appointment

If your shop is running an appointment system, dont be late. I know it sounds obvious but most barbers run a tight schedule. It is sometimes difficult to turn latecomers away so arriving late has a knock on effect for the rest of the day (no breaks and a late finish that evening.)

3. If you have a clear idea of the style you want to achieve, be prepared to be flexible

Knowing what look you want is a big help but it is always good to listen to the advice of a professional. Some styles work better on certain hair types and your barber should be able to guide you through this. For example, asking for a high pompador with a heavily receding hairline is clearly never going to work.

A genuine “thankyou” or “good job” really does go a long way. it can be quite stressful cutting hair and sometimes we feel the pressure to perform.

4. Bring in photographs

Most barbers are quite visual in the creative process so any images of styles you like can help. A Google image search of your hair idol is all it takes to translate your needs to your stylist.

5. Always have a shampoo at the barber shop.

Coming into the barber shop with your hair already styled can be a good thing. It gives your barber an opportunity to see how you’d normally wear it everyday. With that said, expecting them to cut through styling products is a big ask, a good barber should have a variety of shampoos and conditioners and will taylor them to suit your hair needs to get a more manageable mop.

6. Visit regularly

Most barbers would recommend a haircut every four to six weeks, sometimes every 2 weeks to maintain particularly short hair. A visit to the salon with more than 8 weeks growth usually means that the style has completely grown out and will require a full restyle. This can take extra time. If it has been a long time since your last trim then ask for a longer restyle appointment.

7. Talk to us.

Being a barber means that we get to spend one on one time with a lot of people every day, it can be pretty awkward if there is total silence. Develop a rapport, ask us about our day, the weather, the weekend, or better still your hair. You get to spend some time with a hair expert so feel free to pick our brains. If you really feel like not talking, a polite way to indicate this is to bring a magazine to the chair with you. we’ll get the hint with no offence.

8. If you dont like the way the haircut is going, let us know as early as possible

Waiting until the product has been applied and then asking for “a bit more off” is a sure way to frustrate a barber. If your are not sure which direction the cut is going dont be afraid to ask. A good barber should have a clear cutting plan in his mind and should be happy to talk it through.

9. Take the advice on recommended styling products

Using the correct product is essential for you to maintain the look at home. There are many factors to consider when choosing a product and we have usually had training to help with that selection. Using whatever is in the bathroom cupboard probably wont give you the same results as us.

And finally…,

10. If we do a good job…let us know.

A genuine “thankyou” or “good job” really does go a long way. it can be quite stressful cutting hair and sometimes we feel the pressure to perform leaving a tip is a nice way to show your barber some love and appreciation but it is entirely optional.

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Achieving The Perfect Cut-Throat Shave

Achieving The Perfect Cut-Throat Shave

Achieving The Perfect Cut-Throat Shave

Life’s full of little short cuts; the one to avoid traffic, the clip-on tie for the work dinner, and instant coffee. However, while you may not always been near a barber when you need one, you should never cut short your shave.

Here at Drakes we know a good shave. It’s what we do, it’s what we do well, but we’re here to let you in on a few secrets.
  • So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided to have a cut throat shave.
    No, no don’t be worried, in fact cut throat shaves have been the way all men during the 20th century would abdicate the facial fuzz! It was customary to visit the barber 3 times a week for a good old chin sweep.

    Here at Drakes we incorporate the spirit of the old time barber with the element of simple luxury and straightforward shaving.

    You get a great shave, and we can let you in on how,

  • First of all for cut throat shaves you’ll need to open those pores up with a hot towel.
    Then once that has done its job, you can then cleanse the skin with only the best men’s skincare products; try something like Dermologica with all its skincare qualities. Now in order to get a clean shave with no dead skin being scraped we use a skin scrub or exfoliate. This helps open the pores which in turn clears out grease, grit and dirt gets rid of those blackheads.
  • So! On to the next step.
    Wipe away all the excess scrub and grease form your dirty mug and apply a second HOT towel. This one is going to be applied with some pressure in order to gain maximum effect, don’t get too excited with the massaging motion, it’s just to gain as much hot moisture into your pores as possible. The heat from the towel actually raises the hairs and makes them softer. The desired effect thereafter with the razor is to swipe them off like butter.
  • Now we apply the shaving cream.
    I know “what’s wrong with foam?” I hear you say. Foam actually dries up the skin and doesn’t penetrate the surface, it just sits there… doing nothing. We mix up the shaving cream with hot water in a bowl and then apply it with a shaving brush. Using just the right amount of pressure and speed the brush is lifting the hair and soften it up.
  • Taking a fresh razor from the sealed pack we place a fine edged razor blade into the instrument & then begin the shave.
    Here at Drakes we shave with the grain in order to avoid skin irritation, redness, and rash. So when you’re shaving at home, you do the same. In some places that means going in the opposite direction to the rest of your growth normally this occurs on the neck.
  • Once the shave is finished use a cold towel, run under the tap for a while to close the pores and clean any excess hair off the face before applying moisturiser and a calming balm.
Good as new! So enjoy your freshly shaved face and the adoration that comes with it!
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Shaving Pains

Shaving Pains

Shaving Pains

Unfortunately some people are more prone to suffering than others (afro Caribbean skin for example) however there are some simple steps you can take to get the closest possible shave and least irritation:

  • Shave after the shower not before – the steam helps too raise the hairs away from the face.
  • Exfoliate the face – using a scrub before shaving will help to remove excess dirt and away from the ace and leave the skin ideally prepped for the shave.
  • Use a shaving brush – again this will help to raise the hair away from the face allowing the razor to do its work better.
  • Use a shaving cream rather than a foam and this will get closer to the skin rather sit on top.
  • Shave with grain – wherever possible, however everyone’s hair grows differently so follow the hair direction with your fingers first. If you do need to shave again shave across rather against the grain but ensure you re-lather!
  • Finish the shave – apply cold water to the face to close up the pores and use a balm to protect the fresh exposed skin – do not use an aftershave which contains alcohol which is why it stings.
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