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The 3 c’s of cutting

  Welcome to all who stopped in and will be reading this!

I want to discuss the 3 c’s of haircutting Control, Calculation, & Cut. These rues are generally for the newcomer to haircutting it can even help the most seasoned vet to tighten up those technical skills. The 3 c’s are explained as follows:


This is one of the most important aspects of haircutting because without control you leave your guest with a horrible haircut. Here’s what i mean by Control! Every individual has what is called a growth pattern this determines in which way the hair grows. When combing the hair out from the root we must determine the stream of the hair growth. While some hair stream goes forward others can take a reverse direction of growth or even a lateral way of growth.

Control is where i comb/brush the hair in it’s natural way of growth so there will be no miscues when cutting the hair. I’ve made the mistake once maybe twice of plugging a hole in someones head, and witnessed others do it on multiple occasions.

Cotrol also ensures a smooth transition between blend lines. Brush/comb area cutting for a proper guage on the blend process. Cutting no more or no less of the necessary clippings. Before you make the cut on any area of the head ask yourself, Do i have control?


Here is where we make a decision how much is going? and how will it be removed?

Hair is described as Coarse, Medium, and Fine so results will vary when cutting depending on it’s density. When making your calculations I advise you to work your way in from the largest guard down to the smallest. The rules is you can always remove more but once it’s gone you can’t put it back!

Thin hair has less hair per sq. inch so when cutting thin hair it may appear lower then expected when a cut is made. So the importance is to calculate How much to leave for styling purposes.

Will you cut with scissors or clippers? Will you use shear over comb, finger work, clipper over comb, or plain clipper cut? When i find out the way the hair grows, and how i will attack the haircut it’s time to cut!


Now the fun part begins! We make the cut. This is where we take our time and stick to our calculations. If it’s thin hair we take off a little until we reach desired length. Thick hair is a little easier to recover when a mistake is made, however using the same safety precaution should be used.

Technique comes with practice I suggest mastering the clippers before moving to scissors and when both are masteres enter in the shear over comb technique along with the clipper over comb technique. When it comes to cutting it’s important to remember that you will always get better the more you practice. Challenge your skills at every chance you get.

This is just a quick lesson on cutting. Stay tuned for more instruction and demostrations!

Thanks for reading,

Shannon kamal


How to combat slow days in the shop

 Having control of your own business is a great accomplishment, a person should be proud of such milestone. As a Barber, styling is our business and we do have dead spots so  I want to discuss just how to combat slow days in the shop. With ownership comes the need to understand that business is about peaks and valleys. Here are three quick and easy steps to keep you busy on the slowest of shop days.

Do Shop chores

Downtime is the perfect time to get caught up in anything that needs to be done around the shop. Hey if the shop is dead it’s the perfect time to pull the reception couch/chairs out and sweep up. Shining the base of the chairs are overlooked in the shop so if no one is in take this time to put a nice polished shine on the base giving a new feel to the shop.

Shiny items gives a glamorous feel and when people feel glamorous they spend more (not o a fact just my spin and it makes me feel good). Clean the glass windows and all mirrors in the shop to give a clean presence from the outside in. Clean your clippers and organize your station thoroughly. Keeping your clippers clean and oiled regularly keeps them in optimal running condition.

Market & Network

With the technological advantages these days marketing and networking have been made easy with the creation of social networks, and platforms. Building a portfolio has transitioned to showcasing your work online for the world to see. Use these slow times to your advantage.

Think of promotions and deals to get people through the door on slow days i, e discount days, tenth cut free, complimentary services etc. Use photos of your work as leverage and post to social media to gain the attention of possible future guest. Although business cards are professional, an online presence is just as important and maybe more so POST, MARKET, and POST!

Get organized

Organization is a priority when you are in charge of the business. It’s time to be a legit barber so get together your book of guest and how often they come in & what they spend. This can be used for tax purposes during the quarterly C.P.A visit. When you become legit and paying taxes you’re now a professional by the books. If anything ever came up you would have proof of income and not just a bunch of unaccounted cash. Keeping records will make you want to grow your business as you can watch the numbers as they grow and decline giving you motivation to take action either way. Keep all of your receipts of purchases that you used to complete your job, these can be used during tax time as a write off. Getting organized shows you are serious about your affairs and create avenues of advancement when the opportunity arises.

In Closing

This is just a short list to help you keep busy when slow, keep in mind slow periods cannot be avoided so use that time wisely. Keep these tips and enjoy a smooth operating business and watch as it grows!

Besides………….. this beats getting caught sleeping in a chair if a guest just happens to walk in!

Stay professional, keep busy, stay social

Shannon kamal