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How to Find a New Barber or Stylist

Taking the Guesswork Out of Searching for a New Haircutter

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Finding a new barber or stylist, especially if you've just moved to a new town, can be a hassle. You're likely to end up with a few bad experiences (and maybe some bad haircuts) along the way. To help reduce the risk, I offer these six tips on how to find a new barber or stylist:
  1. Ask Around. See a guy with a cut similar to the one you're looking for? Don't be afraid to walk up and ask, "Where'd you get your haircut? I've been looking for a new barber." Don't worry, the guy won't think you're creepy and he'll probably be (awkwardly) flattered that you complimented him on this cut.

  2. Get a Trim. Not sure about your new haircutter? Get a light trim before you commit to a full cut. If the trim turns out badly, your whole look won't be ruined and you can go someplace else to have it fixed.

  3. Skip the Yellow Pages. Just because the ad looks great, doesn't mean your haircut will. A personal referral is always better than finding a new barber or stylist in the phone book.

  4. Avoid Stereotyping. Keep in mind that age, gender, race, and years of experience have nothing to do with real talent. Just because your old haircutter was a certain age/sex/race, doesn't mean you have to find an exact duplicate. Natural talent transcends most age, race, and gender barriers, so keep an open mind.

  5. Go Online. There are literally thousands of online resources for reviews of local businesses. Do a web search and check out what other guys are saying about barbers and stylists in your area. The web is a good place to start.

  6. Break the Chains. I'm probably going to get some hate mail about this tip, but most chain store stylists are underpaid and don't stick around long. This is because a great barber or stylist can earn a much better living working for a better establishment or going out on their own. The result is that many chains have stylists who are less skilled or fresh out of school. Of course, there are some fine people working in franchised chains, but it's hard to find them. Ignore the advertising hype and stick with your locally owned shops. You'll probably pay a bit more, but isn't that worth it to maintain a great look?
Now, get out there and find a new barber or stylist. Before you do, follow my tips on how to choose either a barber or a stylist and how to make the most of your vist to them. Happy Hunting!
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