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Men’s Corner: The Professional Barber

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The Professional Barber

Hello aspiring barbers and vets! Reco here. One of the key components to becoming the perfect professional barber is having a positive and professional demeanor. In a world that is constantly judging us on how we carry ourselves, your personality and overall demeanor will have a direct correlation to the craft of barbering. Barbering is more than handing out a card asking potential clients to come visit you, It’s about being a pillar in the community. Just think, barbershops and salons are where we go to catch up on community affairs, talk sports, and general gossip(barber shop talk) The community couldn’t function accordingly without such places. Barbers and barber shops have been around for hundreds of years dating back to when they were known as barber-surgeons. But let’s fast forward to today. With an ever changing fashion and beauty industry how do you stand out in a crowd of hungry entrepreneurs to grow your clientele? First, you have to look the part. Always carry yourself well and part of that is not only having a pleasant personality but dressing comfortable and neat. Showing others courtesy and respect will have an everlasting positive effect on your career as a barber. The second component is skill. Your appearance, approach, and personality got them in the chair and with those three in the bag your skill is the icing on the cake. I recommend as a rookie barber start watching how other skilled barbers cut in the barber shop and even watch videos on YouTube on different blending techniques and tricks. Lining is a crucial step in creating the perfect haircut so I recommend starting with an Andis Outliner 2 or T-liner trimmer blade. It always good to start cutting people you know to build confidence. Keep in mind, no one is great at first. That comes with repetition. The professional barber is one who is willing to learn at all phases of the game as they say. There are great barber schools out there so I recommend that you do some research to find the best one in your area. If you are in the Atlanta area I recommend Atlanta Technical College. Well I hope this blog helps an aspiring barber and if I can be of any assistance or you would like to leave a comment or question please feel free to do so. Thanks and best wishes.

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