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The 5 reasons why barbering should be a bond!

Hello and welcome once again.

To continue with the 5 series theme today I will give you my 5 reasons why I believe there should be a bond of solidarity in the world of barbering. I’m sure everyone has things they do well and there are some things others do better than you. What does that really mean in the grand scheme of things?

The constant that should remain is that we ALL should have the same approach in common. Be consistent! While the beginner should consistently get better we have the vet whom should be consistently giving his, or her best.

Again these are just my beliefs of how it should be to give the oldest profession life

Reason #5 Our families will thank us

When you think about a bond what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, It would have to be a closeness that is hard to separate. When there is a connection as this we will have a level of respect for what the other is setting out to achieve.

Shop owners are setting out to be a successful business owner so as a booth renter/chair operator there should be a level of support to assist your barber brother, Be dependable and active so he can get home to his family for more QT. Nothing worse than having to cut all day and night because you can’t trust the individuals in your shop to keep it under control.

Shop owners have some direction and protocol to ensure your barbers have a workplace with purpose and vision. Who wants to rent a chair, or work for long where there are no boundaries or rules so anything goes? Some people are looking for a place to settle in, and grow roots to grow a prosperous career to raise a family.

I look out for my brother to ensure his work life compliments his home life.

Reason #4 Takes care of the next generation

Imagine a brotherhood started with the goal to last for years to come! This isn’t to say barbering is going anywhere, but plumbing is here to stay as well that didn’t stop them from forming a UNION. Making the arena a place where the game has codes to work by will ensure the integrity will grow stronger.

Do we lack integrity? I guess we’d have to poll that question to find out to get an accurate answer, However if we take a look at our social media accounts we’d witness barbers calling out barbers for using enhancements to add detail when the work they do need detail. Calling barbers phony and whack because they want to dive in enhancing the look of his market is a foolish way to think. We are service driven first in all ways! if your market demands a service, why would you deny it?

Or the ones who have a problem with the use of holding cameras while cutting to get that video feed of that sharp lineup and clean fade. I don’t have much time to hold and cut like I want as I have to clear my schedule timely being the only barber present that makes me feel left out.

Understand one another to grow from one another and be united. When there is unity you will find a union!

Reason #3 we can do more

This one is pretty simple and easy to explain there is strength in numbers. More people on one page means insurance packages, Retirement funds, and Annual conventions. The conventions are actually in existence so we have that down.

What would be lovely is every area having a network of shops paying in to an insurance package as well as some sort of 401k retirement program. Even if it was done in a regional sense the more organized we are the more prepared we can be therefore the more will get done!

Reason #2 It builds character

Building a bond means a learning experience is to be had and where there is growth rough patches will be present. Strength can only be accomplished with resistance lessons are learned with mistakes and a will to learn can make the world of difference.

Some of us put in more hours in shops than we spend at home with our loved ones, if we don’t take the time to iron out details without taking everything personal we leave space for bitterness, regret, and a career without resolve. To be able to have an open honest conversation for the sake of growth will become contagious and become a need in every relationship in our lives.

Our families may even thank us again!

Reason #1 What we work for

That leaves my number one reason for a barber bond and that would be OUR guest! That will rollover to all aspects of our lives we work by a code.

The whole goal of cutting hair is to create relationships with our customers so that they will bring their children to see us, and if we are blessed to have a long-lasting career we will create a bond to cut the grand kids as well.

Repeating customers mean we have built a book of steady support which is the plan for a prosperous career! If the income isn’t steady How can we survive? Sure flexible hours, and being creative, is nice but we need steady income to survive!

And once again our families will thank us.

To finish my thoughts

These beliefs are just where my thoughts go when I view the barber game as a whole. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t areas out there that are professional and united because I have witnessed true barber love. This is a view from a wider stance which may make me a nitpicker, but I as a whole we can do better.

I know this approach is miles off base with wishful thinking. There will always be a shop owner who doesn’t believe in growth, education, and fairness. Giving the help free rein to come in whenever. Do whatever and be as irresponsible as ever.

The support won’t be there no matter how much we don’t agree with approaches, or applications there will always be that person who feels the need to crap om it,

We’d be better off if this was the case, but no one is out for teaming up most are out to tear down! This was just my thoughts why U believe we SHOULD be a bond It won’t happen but I’m a dreamer!

If you agree leave a comment

Disagree? Give me your best reason why?

Shannon kamal

Stay positive, Stay sophisticated, keep grooming!

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

The arsenal of tools
Tools of the trade for the beginning barber!

The right tool makes a world of difference!

Hello guest, followers, and friends!

To cut hair efficiently it is imperative to learn the tools of the trade. Here I will discuss tool selection and how they are used to create different styles and looks. Every barber has a go to clipper that will always give them the best results. You will have to experiment with different brands to find your go to clipper. I’m going to give you the trusted brands used in the male grooming industry.

Tool selection

To better serve your needs I’m going to break the selections down into 2 classes.

Class A: clipper trimmer set, comb, brush

The clipper

This is for the individual at home who needs to stay tight in between barber visits, or to have around the dorm for those quick last minute clean ups. To suit this person a regular rotary clipper would suffice.

I suggest the Oster fast feed clipper with an adjustable blade. This clipper is to be used on dry hair only and comes with attachment combs to achieve desired lengths. Easy to clean and maintain this clipper has the lasting power to endure the test of time. This clipper can be used for blending hair and cutting the hair to any desired length with the simple use of an attachment. It’s a lightweight piece of equipment with the ability to adjust the cutting length with the use of a lever on its side. A toothbrush can be used to clean the hair from the teeth of the blades while clipper oil is used to keep the blades in good working condition. After each use a drop of oil is recommended.

The trimmer

For finishing, dry shaving, and detail the andis Styliner II is my recommend. This trimmer tends to have a long lasting motor with a durable housing. With the proper maintenance this clipper can last a lifetime. With proper tuning and correct adjustment on the blade set sharp lineups and clean hair removal can be achieved with ease. Its powerful motor and durable casing this piece of equipment is easily my favorite trimmer to have at all times. In fact the first pair of trimmers I owned was a pair of styliners given to me by my brother in 2002! So as you can see I am speaking from first hand knowledge.Andis Styliner trimmersThey do sell clipper/trimmer combo sets and I recommend you to try one of those just to become familiar with the equipment before making an investment. You will find out quickly how the quality of your equipment is important for long term use or you’ll be buying clippers every other year. The price will eventually be cheaper than the cost.

Class B: Universal Clipper, Blending Clipper, Trimmers, Razors, Scissors, combs, brushThe classic Oster 76

This class is for the future barber and current professionals giving a well rounded arsenal of grooming equipment.

The clipper

The universal clipper is one that can be used on wet or dry hair. Using a detachable blade system this clipper is for heavy duty JOBS. You can find this style of clipper in Andis or Oster. While there are other companies coming out with this style of clipper the andis & oster brand is well trusted among industry leaders.

The Oster 76  is my choice to recommend as it has been my go to universal for the past 12 years. Its a high maintenance clipper that needs carbon brushes swapped out when worn and grease to lube the gears. It is a long lasting piece of equipment that can be used when cutting in high volume. Used for taking down the roughest mane or blending the finest locks the 76 is classic and worth every penny. Andis produced a universal clipper that comes cordless which is convenient for cutting on the go or just less hassle with wires.

The blending clipper is  used for the fading and taper aspect of your grooming needs. This is where preference comes into play. I prefer the andis master magnetiThe andis Master clipperc motor clipper. Wahl has a number of clippers that will work just as fine or better. Just to name a few of those Wahl clippers they are as follows. Wahl taper 2000, legends, sterling, senior, and Magic clippers.

With the adjustable blade and attachment combs fading and blending can be made easy. The master has been improved over the years to with its power button to blade set. The master holds a very powerful motor that can make the clipper run hot after continuous use without a break. To cool it down the andis cool lube will do the trick.

The trimmers

Along with the andis styliner IIs that I have mentioned above I want to add the andis T-outliner.The modified Andis t outliner This trimmer has the BEST ability to be adjusted and when tuned properly they cut like a hot knife through butter in the summer. This particular model I modified to gain easy access to the tension screw giving the blade less or more power.

To complete these clipper kits I would add a Hard bristle brush for extra coarse hair and a soft bristle brush for fine hair. A taper comb is designed for clipper cutting as it has a small side to use clipper over comb on short cuts.

 Shaving/cleanup

Shaving can be achieved wet or dry. Dry shaves are achieved with a set of trimmers and a face or head prepped by a good wash. A wet shave is achieved with oil,gel,cream and a straight razor. Straight razors of today use disposable razors. Disposable blades are manufactured by many outlets. It’s a matter of preference in which you choose, but I like to deal with personna red Israeli steel blades, or the derby 100 pack half blades. Those are the brands that never failed me as I look for a sharp edge with an easy glide.

 If you don’t feel comfortable with a straight edge an electric razor is the best electric razor by wahl way to achieve a clean look giving a close shave. Each brand has come out with a variation of the electric razors, however, you can take a look at my choice by reading my review, and why I choose the wahl 5 star shaver/shaper to tackle close dry shaving jobs.

These are the tools of the trade that I like to use to complete my men’s grooming services. There are more tools that I like to use these are just the few that I wanted to share. I hope you guys enjoyed the insight on tools of the trade, and visit Amazon to purchase one or two to add to your toolbox. From professional to beginners these tools are easy to use with paying close attention to the instructions.

Shannon kamal