Looking classy has never been easy, especially when it comes to finding the right barber for men. For a new haircut, a hair salon might do the trick, but if the need is to get your hair done and groomed, the hair salon isn’t going to cut it. The living room is where the men go. And they want to make a statement – to look sharp. But, before you hop off the couch for the nearest salon, understand that there’s more to a haircut than meets the eye.
Men’s hairstylists should keep in mind a few aspects that matter most when cutting a haircut, one of which is creating a style that will make a lasting impression. This means keeping in mind both the face shape and the personality of the individual. Many hairstylists tend to miss the last part when cutting hair. It’s not a good thing when a man tries to present himself as polished and put together.
Therefore, finding the right salon is key to getting the perfect hairstyle. Here’s what it takes to make it happen.
Barber Shop Vs Salon?
In truth, barbers are no slouch when it comes to staying on top of trends and increasing their versatility. Contrary to the stereotype that they handle haircuts the best, these professionals have extended their services to styling and grooming different hair lengths according to seasonal fashions. In the meantime, stylists are carving out a place for themselves by also offering classic short haircuts.
So, whatever the case, a customer may have no problem going to a hair salon to get their hair done. In the end, it all comes down to the quality of the service provided. Understand, however, that even though the line between a barber and a hairstylist has thinned, the strengths and specialty of each professional are still evident, depending on hair style and experience.
Type of hairstyle
The way a man gets his hair cut determines the type of service that will be required. If the ideal style is something edgy, short and a bit edgy, then a barber will come in handy. Such hairstyles could include a line and shaved lines, a short fade, a high fade, a flattop, and a crew cut. On the other hand, if the gentleman prefers longer and more sophisticated hair – like a twisted burn, a shoulder-length side part, a side-swept and back-swept mane, etc. – then an expert stylist should be able to help. In addition, this professional is able to dye the hair and give it a natural look.
How can you say that a stylist is an expert? Along with having great hairdressing skills, the best stylist has a deep understanding of how and why hair styles are changed. It’s their job to help the client come up with different looks without compromising the overall impression. A hairstylist also knows all hair types, including thinning and curly hair, and their hair care requirements.
Of course, all this does not necessarily mean that a man can only receive a haircut and not benefit from the grooming services of the barber. Along with standard treatments, stylists have the added experience of offering professional services such as facials (like waxing), color and highlighting treatments, and even manicures and pedicures.
But then, not all hair salons provide such additional services, especially those in the low to medium budget range. A customer may be looking for experience, but if the salon doesn’t offer it, it’s time to look elsewhere. An ideal salon should offer services such as a full set of men’s grooming kits, which can include shaving (both wet and dry), moisturizing, and waxing.
In addition to this, the barbershop should be equipped with tools such as an electric razor, clipper, shampoo, conditioner, styling cream, and even a good hair tie. Finding such salons will require a certain amount of research. The following sections explain how to do this.
How to find the perfect men’s hair salon
Consider these factors when looking for the right barber.
It is important to consider the location of a salon when choosing a haircut. A person who lives in a city may be lucky enough to find a salon close to home or office. For some men though, hairstyling can mean commuting. When considering a salon out of town, remember that not all are open on weekends or holidays. It’s a bit like shopping. When the best lounge is not available during the week, it may be necessary to wait for the date of the following weekend.
There are plenty of places to find a good men’s salon. To get started, check the hair salon classifieds and yellow pages and find the ones that offer an amazing experience. Online search platforms like Yelp and Google are also helpful. Check out the portfolio section on the salon’s website to learn more about the skill of the stylist. There’s no doubt that customer reviews provide great insight into a salon’s service. Also get recommendations from family and friends.
When looking for a hair salon, look for one that has the appropriate professional look and feel. The appearance of the living room is also a factor. The salon must have a name, address and telephone number on the door or any other visible place. All areas of the lounge must be kept clean, including the counter and chairs. In addition to being sterilized, hairdressing instruments, such as scissors and combs, must be within easy reach. If the salon has a large waiting area, that’s a bonus.
Also take note of the presentation of the staff. Are their hair and nails clean and tidy? Are they well dressed and well behaved? What is their approach to work? Is the barber dragging the client through the cut or is the task dragged out by constant chatter? Is there a feedback mechanism? These questions require honest answers to ensure the best barber shop experience.
It’s a common misconception that hairdressers have the power to make clients feel like stars without them clearly communicating their specific needs. It’s a recipe for a disappointing experience. It may be good to ask some questions and concerns just before the haircut begins. For example, if the client has a style in mind, the hairstylist should ask what that entails.
Are short sides and loops necessary? Are layers and lengths of hair desired? Or, if the client is considering a fade with layers, does the hairstyle have a particular cut, like a low fade? Is long hair preferred, like a mohawk? So many questions to ask yourself to determine the right style. A quick exchange of information can keep the customer happy and satisfied. This also applies to barbers.
The ultimate goal when choosing a hairdresser is to find someone who will provide a good haircut in a timely manner, with an enjoyable experience. A good hairstylist has both the knowledge and the experience to handle all hair types, from classic cuts to long, curly hair.