When it comes to personal grooming, your hair is something that can not only help to complete your look, but it can even act as your signature statement. From clean and neat crew cuts to intricate designs carved into your hair, guys can take their haircuts rather seriously. This is exactly why it’s so important to find a barber that is able to understand your request and then execute it flawlessly.
Whether you’ve just moved to a new town, you’ve grown disillusioned with your current barber, or perhaps it is your barber who has moved, finding a new one can be a bit of a stressful experience. You want to find someone great right from the get-go, but at the same time, there is usually a bit of risk involved. In order to help the process go as smoothly as possible, and ensure your cut is both stylish and meticulous, here are some simple tips you can use when searching for a new barber.
Start with Word of Mouth
Finding a new barber can feel a bit like pulling a needle out of a haystack. Knowing where to begin can be the biggest hurdle of all, especially if your town/city has a number to choose from. A good place to start is with word of mouth. If you’ve got some friends whose haircuts you like, ask them who their barber is and if they would recommend them.
You can also browse through online reviews, which can give you a broader idea of what the barber is like and the services offered in their barber shop. You will likely be able to get an idea of pricing, you may be able to see customer photos, and learn about any specialty services they offer.
Check Out the Place in Person
Another tip is to actually go into the barber shop and check it out in person. This will not only give you a feel for the barber shop, but you can see the various barbers in action. You can even ask for a consultation if you’re feeling especially apprehensive or have a difficult style/cut that you like to maintain.
When you’re in the barber shop, there are a few signs you can watch for that will say a lot about the shop. Check the cleanliness of the shop itself, take a look at how well-groomed the barber is and whether or not they seem confident, and ask about the booking process. Some shops will require that you book an appointment, whereas others can accommodate walk-ins.
What About Pricing
It would be great to think that you could go to any barber regardless of price and just get a cut you’re satisfied with, but for most people, there is a budget to keep in mind. This is why you want to ask about pricing in advance of making a booking or getting the cut. You don’t want to be faced with a surprise after getting your cut.
What Happens If You Aren’t Happy with the Cut
It’s also a good idea to ask the barber about what happens if you aren’t exactly happy with the cut? Will they fix it for free? Do they offer any kind of satisfaction guarantee? You want to know that the barber stands behind their work and that you will be walking out a happy customer.