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How to Not Piss Off Your Barber

Your barber can be your best friend, your therapist, your doctor — hey, even sometimes a magician. But they can also be the devil if you make them mad. Now I am not suggesting they might accidentally gouge you in the side of the head with their clippers or that they would even dare take a chunk out of your ear, but, if you want to guarantee a good haircut, keeping your barber happy is the best way to achieve this outcome.

So here, in no particular order, are the top 10 ways to keep your barber happy. Whether you have a barber you see regularly or you go to a different one each time, this will ensure a good experience for both you and your barber.

1. Don’t Be Indecisive

Barbers will see several people during their shift. Typically, they work off commission so the more haircuts they do, the more money they make. They don’t want to rush you through your haircut, but they also don’t want to spend a half hour with you while you try to decide what kind of haircut you want. If you know what you want, state it and let’s get down to business. If you are looking for a suggestion, ask them for their advice, but don’t ho and hum and take another 30 minutes to decide if what the barber suggested is the best style. It probably is since they know what is currently in style and with their experience, can probably tell you what will look good on you! On another note, if you already know how you want your haircut, know how to explain it. When the barber asks you the question, “How do you want your haircut?”, shorter is not an acceptable answer!

2. Take a Shower

I am going to say this again: TAKE A SHOWER! Practice good hygiene. There is nothing worse than having a person in your chair whose head feels like it has had an entire puck of pomade rubbed into their hair. And by pomade, I really mean grease. Most people who can afford a haircut can afford a bottle of shampoo. Even if you only use it once a month, use it before you come in for a haircut. We don’t want to put our hands through the greasy, slimy hair. Also, make sure you use deodorant and apply liberally. If you suffer from bad body odor, I don’t want to smell it. I definitely should not be able to smell it from across the room. Yes, the cape will hide some of the smell, but it will linger in the shop long after you are gone. In addition, I don’t suggest coming in for a haircut after you have just had the workout of your life. Obviously you care about your body, please take the time to wipe off the sweat before you come in. Besides the shower, make sure you brush your teeth as well. If we are washing your hair, we should not be able to smell your breakfast, your coffee, your lunch, or your last beer. If brushing your teeth is not available, please pop in a piece of gum.

3. Don’t Tell Me How to Do My Job

Last I checked, I went to school and I got licensed to cut your hair. Tell me what you want, but don’t tell me how to get there. If you know how to cut your hair so well, do it yourself. Then afterwards, I will laugh at you because of how bad it is and then I will fix it!

4. Don’t Judge Me on Your Past Experiences

Just because you got a bad haircut the last time, doesn’t mean I will do the same thing. I can not guarantee I won’t have an off day, but I will give you the best possible haircut I can. I might possibly start having a bad day if you don’t adjust your attitude. So don’t judge me and let me do my job! Just remember, every barber and every stylist has a different way they cut hair. While none of these techniques are wrong, they do produce different results. If you are always receiving a bad haircut, try finding a stylist who works well with your hair. This will give you a better haircut experience and probably a better attitude toward your barber.

5. Don’t Expect Miracles

I am a barber, not a magician. If you have cowlicks, I can not change that. I can cut your hair so it lays as nice as possible. But if your bangs stand up straight because of a cowlick, I can not cut it so it lays down flat. Work with what kind of hair you have. There is no use in fighting against your hair because ultimately you are fighting with yourself. This is a fight were you will always lose! If you have thick, course hair, chances are good a shag cut will not look good on you. On a final note, if you are balding, I can offer you suggestions on how to make your hair look thicker based off the type of haircut, styling products, and alopecia prevention techniques, but I can not put hair back on your head. If you would like that, I will start chewing massive amounts of gum, stick it on top of your head, and use the hair I just cut off to reapply. I can guarantee the results will not last.

6. Adjust Your Attitude Before You Sit Down

If you are having a bad day, I will be your therapist. Talk to me and I will help cheer you up. Please, don’t take it out on me. I am not the reason you are having a bad day, but I can hopefully make it better. A smile can be contagious; a grumpy mood can be equally contagious. If your are in a pissy mood, it is almost certain that you will put me in a bad mood. If I am in a bad mood, I might accidentally snip your ear (just kidding)! Either way, it is unfair to growl at me because you had a bad day or because you are naturally just an irritable cranky person who walks around with a chip on your shoulder. I once had a client who came in complaining that no one in this world can drive decent (except obviously him). People like this need to take a chill pill. He ruined my night! So, next time, try growling a little less. Last time I checked, a lack of growling and an occasional smile has never killed anyone.

7. Try to Be Sociable

The most uncomfortable 20 minutes is having a guy in your chair that won’t say a word to you. It is even worse when you can barely get out how they want their hair cut. Answering every question I ask with a flat “Yes” or “No” when I am trying to start a conversation is just as annoying. Where I work, the guys get to watch TVs while they get their haircut. While most guys will talk to me, some prefer to just watch the TV in silence. Usually this is the time the commercial for Hemorrhoids, Erectile Dysfunction, or feminine itching airs on the TV. This can be rather uncomfortable. I would prefer having the conversation.

8. Sit Still and Sit Tall

Unless you are a young child or you have a disease that makes you uncontrollably shake, you have no excuse! It is difficult enough to give someone a haircut if they have difficult hair to work with, or cowlicks, or thick hair, but when you add a moving target that is a recipe for disaster. I have cut several children’s hair, and I will admit, it has tuned up my fast clipper and scissor reactions. On the other hand, people understand if a child has a bad haircut. They usually peg it on them not sitting still. How do you explain a bad haircut on an adult who shook their head resulting in a divot from the clipper? You blame it on the barber! So do me a favor and if you are sitting in my chair, please sit still. I promise if you do, the torture will be over before you know it. On another note, sit tall and sit straight. This will help us make sure you have the best haircut possible. If you want to look good, this is sound advice to follow.

9. If You Are Suffering From a Communicable Disease, Don’t Get a Haircut

The definition of a communicable disease is any infectious disease that can be transmitted from one person to another. Therefore, if you have called into work because you are too sick, do not use this as a prime opportunity to get your haircut. First off, while I have built up an immune system because many others have come in and tried to pass me their colds, I don’t want you to be the one who can break my streak. Second off, if you have a child who was called in sick from school forcing you to stay home, that also is not a prime time for you to get a haircut. Bringing your sick child with you is no different then you being sick. In fact, if you do this, I will give you the parent of the year award. Go home and take care of your kid, like you should have been doing before you came in. Third off, chances are high that it is frowned upon for me to call in sick to work without finding someone to cover my shift. This is difficult. No one wants to come in on their day off and it is also hectic to move around my other request appointments. Therefore, I need to stay healthy. Therefore, if you are carrying something that could make me ill, stay home.

10. Tipping is Not a City in China

Believe it or not, people who cut hair are in the service industry. This means it is an industry which usually works for tips. While I am not saying you should tip someone who is grumpy or screwed up your hair, or in other words gave you poor customer service, you should however tip appropriately to the job they have done. Tipping is a way to say thank you. If they go above and beyond and absolutely made your day, reach a little deeper into your pockets and treat them right. Believe me, they will remember you the next time, and they will treat you like a king every time. On the other hand, if you are a bad tipper or a no tipper, you will also be remembered. Now if you don’t give a tip because you didn’t have a stellar experience, 95% of the time, the stylist will already know they screwed up. The messed up fact is, those who carry a wad of 100s, 50s, and 20s in their wallet, are more likely to be a bad or no tipper than the person who can’t afford the haircut in the first place. So remember, if you had a great experience and got a great cut, tip your barber appropriately (this does not mean $1). And if your parents didn’t teach you when it is appropriate to tip, I am telling you now, tipping your barber is appropriate. Now make sure you teach your children the right thing to do.

Now that I have gotten this off my chest, I hope I have done my part by educating the world on the proper etiquette for receiving a haircut. While you may find some of these funny, the truth is, I have personally experienced each and every one of these situations. So, now that you know where I stand (and probably many other barbers as well) go ahead, take a shower, brush your teeth and then go get a haircut! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to tip!

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surf traveler 6 years ago

I've been known to upset my barber, sometimes I can make her furious and I've never given her a tip. I even sleep with her on a regular basis.

My wife cuts my hair :)


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barbergirl28 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

That's awesome.... lol! My husband is a great tipper. He does the dishes!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great tips. You certainly don't want to piss off your barber - they carery the life of your hair in their hands. Voted up, awesome (wonderful details). And congratulations on your nomination.


Mary 5 years ago

My biggest pet peeve is when people come in for a haircut while they are sick. The owner won't do anything about this, but if it was my shop, I most certainly would. I think it is very rude and I have lost a lot of income because of it because we don't get paid when we get sick!


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I am a hairstylist and for me I believe it is my job to adjust to the paying client. If the hair is dirty wash it no big deal. In this profession it is a wonderful opportunity to excel at people skills. There is a bit of good in everyone and bit of bad in everyone. I am the pro here so I better know how to handle the client. If one is rude and out of control I will ask them not to return. This has never happened in 25 years. Some have left to move on and in my heart I was grateful. Everyone that has sat in my chair has been a Blessing. It is in MY attitude. I am not some wonder woman and I am very good at what I do. It is a gift and I thank God. I try never to look down on anyone. I do not talk about others. They leave and must think I wonder what they say about me. Hair styling has Blessed me more then I can imagine. The clients are for the most part, awesome. If I get upset I better take a look in the mirror. What is my problem? Hair styling does take a special kind of person because most feel safe with the stylist and let it out. SO I guess if I can be a sounding board and help another God Bless the client. We do reap what we sow. If someone is miserable in their job or has 'rules' for me to come into a salon or barber shop I think I would have to find another salon. Clients come in to be pampered from the ills of life if for a brief time. They want to leave feeling beautiful. It is very easy to perk up a soul. Love never fails. ( - ;

PS where is it you work and people come in not cleansed, teeth so on? What one out of 20?? If that. No offense here but are you not the pro here? You should have these people skills down. Some people do not tip, so be it. We reap what we sow. Do you come off as holier then thou? My you have one hard set of rules do you post them JK. You are the pro here, you know how to deal with these situations. It is our career. Blessings in your business. Any way why wash your hair when your getting a shampoo?? Do you shampoo your client or is that more money??? Well Best of Luck in your desire to have your clients pass your test.

I would never give a bad hair cut. If I did not communicate what the client wanted and explain they can not have this or that because of fine hair or curls and swirls then I have missed the boat. They have not. I need to communicate in love using discernment. If I fail at this it is not their problem. I did not cover all the bases. I take my time to get clear on what they are wanting. I am the pro that is why they come to a salon. They are not the pros. My name is on it their haircut. If a client wants to bad mouth me, the other person may say well you do have a great hair cut.

I do have a choice on who I take in my chair. If you do not, maybe it is time to try another salon! Go and booth rent! You will not need to worry about tips. People go to fast clip joints because they want the cheap price. They want something for nothing. Get to a real salon. Use your God given talents to build the clientèle you desire to have. Best wishes. In love and peace.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

It is funny that you say that... because I loved my job and treated each client with the respect and courtesy each one needed and deserved. I was one of the highest requested stylists there because of my belief in customer service and because of my professionalism. I will not mention the place I worked, because there really is no need. It was a classy place with a great price. The lower price did drive people in because of the price, but the real value was in all the services that were provided. People who could afford "higher quality" salons still choose us because of the quality haircuts and services.

The comments that I listed above were meant more from a comedy standpoint... since a lot of the stuff is really common sense. When interacting with people you should have good personal hygiene and also respect for the person your dealing with. It really is no different than any other service industry. As for the lack of tipping, that comes with the job. Those who tip well, make up for those who don't tip at all. Yet, some don't realize it is usually part of the service to include a tip.

Most of the "rules" I listed, where gripe complaints from other stylists that I have talked to... I am just not afraid to put them into words.

Unfortunately, I am not working anymore as a barber. My family has moved out of the area for personal reasons. It was a real difficult transition not only for myself, but for my clients as well. Not just because they are my clients, but because of the atmosphere of where I worked, they had quickly become my friends. I have the utmost respect for them all and truly miss them and my time working at the chair!

Good luck in your salon, and hopefully you can stay positive if you ever get a person in your chair that isn't your "normal" type client.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Thank you sister for comment. I am leaving hair. I am on to my dream of writing. Hair is a fickle business but there are no guarentees except God. He is the only one that does not change. I can see you are a lovely person and I truly wish you all the Best on each endeavor you desire. I hhope all your dreams come true. Keep those dreams alive. In Christ. Blessings Galore

PS I joined your club sista.


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WoodsmensPost 5 years ago from Arizona

Cool I just got a hair cut last week, I think I did well. I tipped her $2.05 and as I was leaving I think I heard her say "I just got a $2 tip" She did a great job and I appreciate a barber who just cuts my hair. 10-15 minutes done. $2-$3 any longer.. tips decrease in value Great Hub!!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed your haircut... It really is a great experience.


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What Is Q 5 years ago from Tennessee

First off, I have a lot of respect for barbers and barbergirls, and always sit straight and tall and engage them in conversation. And I leave them my hair as a tip. ;) And some money, of course.

But that being said, I had a haircut a couple of years ago, and I had no idea what I wanted, so I told the lady to just do what she thought would look good, and she did something to my hair that was absolutely mind blowing. It looked awesome. She trimmed it, straightened it, put wax or something in it, and gave it a wind blown kind of look that was amazing. And then she took a picture of it with her cell phone. BUT. When I went back a couple weeks or so later to get her to style it again, she wasn't there, anymore. It broke my heart. :( I tried to get a different barber to do it that way and they totally screwed it up. But that's the story of the best haircut I've ever gotten. And it makes me sad that I'll never have my hair like that again...


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

That's sad... you will now just have to go with a mullet or something... lol ... or my other thought is you should just pick up and fly out here and then I can try to master your hair... ha ha. You should have seen some of the work I accomplish.... lol


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T.Y._Hudson 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I just want to take the opportunity to say talk about my first ever barber. My father and grandfather swore by this guy. He had the cool little barber poll outside of his shop, and he also operated a junk store of some sort. He had collections of everything in his store, and in his later years, (which happened to be when I was young) he would give the junk in his store away to all of his customers each time they visited. My parents got all kinds of goofy things for the house. Lamps, a tea set, off the wall board games...

The thing about this guy, was that he seemed like he didn't have a care in the world. As a kid, I was very fidgety. I used to bounce around in the chair and he never cared. He'd just keep on cutting away!

Well, I found out that being care free, wasn't the best way for a barber to be, back when I was in kindergarden. The week that we studied the letter V, I had just had my hair cut by ole Johnny Washco. As it turned out, I had bounced around way too much, and the half blind old man, had cut a huge V in my hair. The teacher took time to point out big V in the back of my head, asking if I had it done in support of the letter that we were learning. The whole class laughed at me! It was embarrassing, but I tried to play it off. When the weekend came, I asked my dad to take me for a haircut, and I made sure I sat real still. I asked Johnny to fix the letter V in my hair, and to turn it into a W. This way I could go into class and display the letter that we were about to learn the following week. I know it was a dumb idea, cause by the time I got to the end, he couldn't turn a Y into a Z. But it did kick off my obsession for attention, and it also began my life of being a comedian. (not professionally of coarse)

Cute Article!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

That's a pretty funny story. I am glad you were able to get the V transferred into a W, for the sake of learning! Oh the things we do. On the other hand, I bet you sit real still now!!! LOL


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T.Y._Hudson 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Now I just cut it myself! This is totally off subject, but have you ever heard of "Donkey Pickles"? If not, it's because I just made it up, and soon you might hear about it lol.

Oh hey, did you get a chance to read my answer to the question "What is your dream job? I said that I wanted to be barbergirl28's butler. haha!

For real now, how much would you charge to cut a fan's hair?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Hmmmm... donkey pickles?!?!?!? I am slightly scared and intrigued ;) As for cutting your own hair... okay, I can tell but to each their own. However, to cut a fan's hair, I would do it for free, but it would be the most expensive haircut you have ever gotten because you got to get to me! LOL I will go check my questions though... cause I haven't seen it yet. But I will vote it up for you. Ha ha


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Late for the party - I know. Hilarious! So true. when I was "in beauty school"? All the above happened to me, more than once. I even had a woman bring in her two sons, I started checking out the first kid - lice. Yep. I was trying to be really nice and sensitive and she got really mad because I refused (of course)! to provide service until she got those critters out. She yelled at me! Then she chewed me out because the boys go to private school. Then, I had to get real with her and tell her lice aren't prejudiced. They will jump on anyone given the chance. I appreciated the humor:-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

When I was in beauty school a kid came in with lice and the student noticed it because you are soppossed to be doing those head checks. The teacher made her do it anyway because she didn't want the little girl to feel bad. I would have walked out. Oh the stories one can get from going to beauty school.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yup! I know, I cut a little boy's ear once too! He wouldn't stop moving no matter how many times I asked him to do so. He stayed still after I drew blood. I gave a fair warning!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I have yet to draw massive amounts of blood on anyone but myself... oh boy... where is the wood. I need to knock on it now otherwise the next haircut victim might lose and ear... ha ha ;) Of course I am only kidding, cause I will probably be cutting my husbands hair next and he would look pretty funny without ears!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Plus he couldn't hear you yelling at him about slamming that lid! Ha! Yeah. I felt real bad about it. The kid I mean. (lmao)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I would feel bad too... especially if I accidently cut his ears off. Then I wouldn't be able to nag him... ha ha ha!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

He might rather lose his ears! My husband would !


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Awesome hub that is really interesting and funny.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks - I am glad you were able to find some good information from it!


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phillip goodson 5 years ago

You are so freakin funny! I was laughing all the way through your hub, if you talked to me like that while you were cutting my hair, my head would be bobbing from laughter! Great hub, I'm hooked.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thank you - I am glad you were laughing the whole time. Often times I found that my clients came back because they were laughing through every haircut... since laughter is the best medicine... I guess I was actually a doctor... a doctor of hair. Ha ha! One of my clients once told me that he could get a haircut from anyone, but he comes to me because he finds me highly amusing. One of the best compliments I have ever gotten! :)


RML 5 years ago

Is there a reason barbers always have the chaired turned away from the mirror so we cant see what theyre doing? I am in the military and usually get my cut on base given the frequency with which I have to get cuts and typically like to watch them at first to ensure they wont cut it too short - I like my hair long by military standards. I would like to watch them work to ensure they followed my initial explanations.


RML 5 years ago

Is there a reason barbers always have the chaired turned away from the mirror so we cant see what they're doing? I am in the military and usually get my cut on base given the frequency with which I have to get cuts and typically like to watch them at first to ensure they wont cut it too short - I like my hair long by military standards. Since I get it cut on base I almost always have a different barber. I would like to watch them work to ensure they followed my initial explanations.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RML - I couldn't answer that question... when I cut hair - I always have the client facing the mirror. Honestly, the mirror is set up for them to watch what they are doing while they are doing it. I would ask them if they could turn your chair so you can see how it is turning out. Maybe the reason is because the stylist isn't checking there cut in the mirror and aren't using it effectively. Probably because they do an excessive amount of cuts and aren't paying attention. I wish you luck. I hope your cuts turn out!


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Such a hilarious hub. I have had a bad experience with my hair stylist...while she was cutting my hair she kept insisting that I buy some of her products and I was quite adamant of not purchasing them and thus was quite expressive WHILE she was cutting my hair.

Gosh...at the end of my hair cutting...I saw that she won :(

She made a ridicule of my hair!!

Moral of the story---NEVER EVER argue with your stylist esp when she is cutting your hair...LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ruchira - that is a good lesson to learn - you should never fight with your stylist when they are holding a sharp object. However, if they are being insistent on you buying product that you are not interested in, feel free to be quite expressive once they put there scissors down! They shouldn't have done that, but at least hair grows back... now, if they would have taken your ear off that is a whole different story. :)

Sorry to hear about your bad experience. It seems there are more people talking about there bad experiences then the good experiences.


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susan54 5 years ago

Jill is my barber and I tip her very well, 70%!!! she's has cut my hair into a flattop for 4 years, I'm 54 now. I go for a classic flatop to a horseshoe flattop. My husband loves it and so does my whole family and friends


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - I am so happy to hear of somebody who treats their barber exceptionally well. It is great when you have a good relationship with your barber. When I was cutting hair, I had a client who got the same cut as you. To this day, he is still one of my favorites. We ended up moving out of state so I no longer get to cut his hair, but I really miss those guys. Funny thing is, after I moved, he started cutting his own hair. He said no one else can do nearly as a good of a job! Makes me sad but I am glad I wasn't easily replaced.


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LydieRVgirl 5 years ago from Pa in summer sebring fl winter

Barbergirl28, I am a 56 year old women with a flattop haircut. My good friend and her husband both wear flattops haircuts, she was the one who first cut mine into a flattop,no she's not a barber but did a good job. I only see her in thr winter months, so I go the the barber most of the time. I do make sure I tip him well Have you ever cut a womens hair into a flattop before nice hub!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@LydieRVgirl - To answer your question, I have never cut a woman's hair into a flat top before... however, I did have a woman that wanted a fauxhawk one time. It was a nice and tight haircut. I love how you and Susan have both commented on here about your experiences with getting your hair cut into a barbershop. The style suits both of you very well and if I were in the same area, I would gladly cut your hair! :) Thanks for stopping by!


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LydieRVgirl 5 years ago from Pa in summer sebring fl winter

Barbergirl28,I think the barbershop is the best place to get a flattop haircut if your going to wear one.I know the place I go they put it on the board "womans flattop" right under the flattop list now.They have it where women get their first flattop for free.Now they have over 20 women who get flattops. They cut over 130 heads a week I sent 5 women there myself and more and more women are getting their haircut there now. Its good for business!!! Its a whole new market for barbershops. women in there late 40's,50's, and 60's like very short hair. Get your mom a flattop,or someone else to get one and you could have a whole new market for yourself. I get about 4 women a week saying how they want my haircut. Thanks I would love for you to give me a shape flattop. My husband loves it on me also. I live in florida


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I think that is absolutely awesome. When I worked in The Barbershop - we did men's haircuts with the hot towel and the shoulder massage. Women always wanted to come in and get their haircut there... purely because the guys were treated so well. I am glad you really enjoy your barbershop. And living in Florida - I bet that haircut is nice and comfortable!


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl28, like lydieRVgirl said, you should ask your mom or mother in law if they want a flattop. It's a hot haircut for older women. I bet they would look good with one. I love your hubs


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

My mother in law would never go for one and my mother lives in a completely different state. I used to cut my mom's hair all the time but we moved across country.

Thanks for being supportive of my hubs. I love all the interaction! :)


Kara Wheeler 5 years ago

barbergirl28,I have a lot of respect for barbers and their skill. I went to the barbershop for many years with my ex-hasband to get his haircut. We seperated a year ago. I have been thinking about getting a very short haircut for over 6 months now. I just found your hub 5 mins ago my heart started to speed up. When I saw LydieRVgirls and Susan54 flat top haircuts. I was like Wow!! I love their hair especially Susan54's. I am a mother of 4 young kid,single and I just tunred 34 yrs old. In your professional opinion is a flat top an acceptable haircut for a female my age. Tell me what you think, if so how short of a flat top should I get. Love your hub!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kara - I am glad that you found this hub and are super excited about the information found here. In my personal opinion, it really depends on how comfortable you are. A short haircut speaks loads for self confidence - but it can also give you self confidence as well. Short hair is a confident hair cut, and it is super easy to maintain. The ladies up above definitely rock the cut! I don't think age makes a difference it depends a lot on your style and what you like. If you are thinking about it - just do it. I might not go as short as Susan does (she uses and 000 on the sides and balds the top section of her flat top) but you can always go for a longer version of the same style. I have done flat tops with a #4 clipper on the side and if you are not sure, I would start with that. Unfortunately, without a picture, I can't really see the texture or type of hair you have, so definitely check with a local barber or a hairstylist that is comfortable with this type of haircut. Best of luck and let me know if you get one. I think it is super exciting!


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Linda1971 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, I like your hub. Do you think I would look good with a flat top haircut. I see Susan54 said she's had a horseshoe flat top would I look good with that haircut, what is it. Love your hub I look forward to reading them all.


Kara Wheeler 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, Thank you for the advise. I just really love the bald sides and back of Susan's flat top. I think I'm going to go for it. I will post pic if I do Thanks


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Linda - I definitely think that you have the right face shape for it and your hair should work with it pretty good. The horseshoe flat top is mainly where it is cut short on the sides and the back and the front is left a little longer. Typically you go down to the skin in the center of the top of the head. There are variations of course of the flat top and it is best to talk to your stylist on the different variations. YOu don't necessarily have to go down to the skin on the sides or the top, but typically all flat tops have square edges that make it a square looking haircut when it is styled. Hope that helps. Good luck!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kara - Awesome! I look forward to seeing the picture! I think all of you guys have also inspired me to write a hub about Flat Tops for woman. It seems to be getting a lot of attention. Can't promise when I will get it done... but I am going to add it to the hubs to do list! :)


rollsany 5 years ago

http://www.soccershoesbay.com My husband is a great tipper


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Molly 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, Have you ever thought about getting a flat top haircut? you could post the picture on you hub when you write it. I love your work and feed back.


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Linda1971 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, I think a hub would get more women to wear flat top haircuts. I think we do not think about it because it's not realy give to us as a choice. I never thought of get one until I found this hub. I think us women can look totlly sex with a flat top. I am very excited to try one. I will keep you posted.


Chuck 5 years ago

barbergirl28, I remember back in the 90's the hair style magazines had women with flat top haircuts each month. I still see them on some women but not like I use to and not in hair magazines. I think if women know about it they would maybe want to try one. I am all for you writing a hub on it and I'm a guy. good luck.


Joan Wells 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, I have been trying to my mom to buzz off her hair. She is single again and need an up date. I was out with my husband about 2 months ago and saw an older women with all gray flat top she was a knock out. I think my mom could wear the same haircut but I do not know where to get a picture of a women with a flat top from do you. Best hub out there!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Molly - I thought about shaving my entire head once. They do a benefit for Saint Baldricks in Wisconsin that the company I worked with always volunteered to work. I thought it wwould be great to see if my clients wanted to donate money to see me get my head shaved. I had a pretty big clientele so it could have made big bucks for charity. But, I ended up moving before the next time it was held. Now, I am keeping my hair long. My sister is getting married in February and I would like to have it in an updo. Although believe me - my hair is pretty thick so it does get warm!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Linda - I agree - most woman would never even consider getting that kind of haircut. But, I don't see anything wrong with it. I might even use a few comments from you guys from this one in that hub if everybody is ok with that. I think whatever works for the person is what they should go with. I once had a woman come in to see me that requested the fauxhawk. That was the first time I cut a woman's hair it what is stereotypically a man's hairstyle. I say - if you got it - flaunt it!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Chuck - thanks for your imput. I guess I never really paid that close attention - or maybe I just didn't realize what kind of haircuts I was looking at. I am definitely going to check into that. I am going to have to start getting to some research. Looks like woman and flattops is going to be a popular topic!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Joan - I don't believe I can post a picture in the comments, but, if you go to google images and type in Woman flat tops a picture should come up. Hope that helps. Good luck - I hope you can get a good picture for your mom and she likes it.


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Karen N 5 years ago from United States

I think that a lot of people never think to tip the stylist. Most probably don't realize that the stylist unless they own the place, really doesn't make all that much money.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Karen - you are very right. If I am thinking correctly, one of the reasons I wrote this was because I had a bad day at work... lots of bad teach and just some bad clients. This was one way to get it out of my system in kind of a funny sort of way! But typically stylists don't make much for hourly wage - they depend a lot on those tips. If it isn't a busy day, that can end up being a long day if you only make $6 an hour after commission and tips.


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Linda1971 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, I did today. I took your advise and went a little longer. I love it!! I want to go shorter and its only been 5 hrs. I love my FLAT TOP HAIRCUT!! The barber was great!!Thanks


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Linda - you look absolutely beautiful with that cut. I am glad that you love it and that you just went for it! That is really exciting! I am so glad you are enjoying your new hair cut!


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Linda1971 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, Thank you, so much. So, should I go shorter the next time I get it cut. If so much shorter. Thanks for the advise.


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Linda1971 5 years ago

barbergirl28, I do not know why more women do not try wearing flat tops. I think it's so cool. I am so glad you encouraged me to get my haircut.The first red light I got to after my haircut a guy asked me for my phone number. That has not happened in years.(Lol) You should try to get one of your female friends to get one.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Linda - If you came back already wanting it shorter, I would definitely try it a little shorter. Personally for me, I would never do skin. But that is just because I wouldn't be comfortable with that. But, if you want to go much shorter, try going down to a 2 or a 1. The 2 will leave you with about a quarter inch on the sides while the 1 will give you about 1/8th of an inch. But, it seems that you really enjoy the short hair - so - you could always go all the way. I have always treaded carefully when it comes to hair, because once it is cut off, you have to wait for it to grow out. So, my suggestion is to take it in steps. That way you can get used to it.

It seems to me like flat tops are the new addiction. Glad you are getting so much positive reactions from your new style :)


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl28, you don't know of any ladies you can give a flat top to where you live.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - probably not. We moved about 10 months ago and I don't know too many females out here, much less those that aren't completely attached to their long hair, but if I find one... I will let you know!


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LydieRVgirl 5 years ago from Pa in summer sebring fl winter

barbergirl28, I just got my flat top trimmed up. The barber did such a great job.I told him to take it shorter on the sides and back #1, top still 1/2". The same barber did mine and my husbands. Leaving for the winter,Florida here we come. My husband jokes,he said a family that shaves together,stays together. We did tip the barber, very well.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@LydieRVgirl - I think that is so neat that you and your husband go to the same barber. I truly think barbers are great at their trait. Glad you guys are enjoying the flat tops. Does your husband get a flat top as well?

Have fun in Florida and stay warm! :)


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LydieRVgirl 5 years ago from Pa in summer sebring fl winter

barbergirl28, Thanks. Yes my hubby wears a flat top also. He want me to get a landing strip on top, so we can match. There is 4 of us with flat tops. My friend Mary and her husband,and me and mine husband we spend the winter together.Mary got me wearing a flat top because I was the odd one out. I told my husband if Mary will get a landing strip this winter I will too. I don't want a bald one. Do you think I can do a landing with a # 1 guard.Thanks


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@LydieRVgirl - that is pretty cool that you have a whole group of you with flat tops. As for the landing strip, the wonderful thing about cutting hair is each cut is a work of art and is up to interpretation. If you want to do a landing strip, typically it is to the skin, but you could probably do a #1 on top or have them click the guard out so it is like stubble and not fully bald. The look truly is in the hands of the barber and your choice. Who knows - by winter you might just have that landing strip. Your friend owes you one for getting you into the flat top so now its her turn to pay you back with a landing strip! :)


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LydieRVgirl 5 years ago from Pa in summer sebring fl winter

Barbergirl28, She does owe me, LOL!!I think we are just some cazy old ladies. I'm so happy I did it becuase I love the look.I guess time will tell. Thanks, you are so cool!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@LydieRVgirl - use that to your advantage and get crazy with it. Worse case scenario - it has to grow out! Glad you are enjoying the cuts. It seems there are so many out there that are loving the look!


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, The hair, nails and the new body were a hit at the party.I went as a barber(lol) I think some husbands are begging their wives to go to the barbershop now!I had more men talking to me a the party,my husband was laughing at them all.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - glad to hear all the fun you had!! That is so cool! We might see a sudden movement of women getting flat tops. You might be starting a trend!


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Linda1971 5 years ago

barbergirl28, Well I did it! I told the barber to take my flat top shorter today. I love it so much! My mother-in-law wants her hair like mine now. Good thing we get along Lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Linda - that is awesome. If I am thinking correctly you updated the picture. If so - it looks great! You definitely have the look to pull it off. Glad you went shorter and glad you absolutely love it!


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, Well I can say my barber is still happy to cut my hair, back 2010 in June, Jill wanted to take my flattop very short well, horseshoe flattop short. That was a whole new experience.I thought, I look good out and about with a sundress on and big earrings, I did have to wear suntan lotion on the bald part of my head,that Texas sun will burn you and I don't like to cover my hair up.Well, Jill wet shaved my flattop again yesterday not a full horseshoe but full shave sides and back with bald landing strip. I think it looks even better now that I'm down 10 lbs and more fit.

I know I'm old enough to be your mom,but what do you think about shave eyebrows I'm think of shaving them and drawing them on, I am turning 55 soon. Do you think it will look ok with my flattop haircut. Thanks

My husband said I look like I am 40 when I ride in my Jeep with the top off.

Linda, Love the new flattop on you. So cool.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - Glad you are still loving your flat top. And I can agree - you better get the sunscreen out and lather it on the top of your head. I have seen way too many guys come in with burnt scalps. That does not make for a very fun haircutting experience.

As for the eyebrows, I am not for the shaved off and drawn on look. I like regular eyebrows. However, you could see about getting them waxed a little thinner. This will help with 2 things. If you shave them off completely and you don't feel like doing your makeup, no one is going to look at you funny for not having eyebrows. And 2, you can still draw them on somewhat just to darken them. I can honestly say age has nothing to do with my opinion of the eyebrows - I just don't really care for the drawn on look. Hope that helps! :)


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl28,I think your right I will keep the eyebrows and wax them thinner. Thanks for the advise. As for the people probably look at me fuuny, that because I a granny with a military flattop.Lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Linda - Granny with a flat top - that means they are looking at you in awe! Jealous because they don't have the confidence to pull it off! Now shaved eyebrows - I still stand by the getting weird looks thing. I once burned mine off accidently. I got lots of weird looks - but maybe that was because I didn't draw them back on! LOL


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Linda1971 5 years ago

barbergril28, I thank you so much for the hair advise. I love the flattop cut so much. I am going thursday for a trim up. It's been round 11 day this will be my 3rd cut,It turned my love life around 300%. So thank you girls so much. I thinks for christmas I'm going to get a short buzzed flattop. My mother in law said she want the same flattop as mine. I not telling how short we are going I hope she like Susans flattop that what I'm thinking.Lol I love you guys you changed my life.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Linda - Thanks so much for the wonderful comment. I am super glad that you found a place to get some advise that completely changed your life around. Enjoy your haircut on Thursday. And by the way - I absolutely love the look on you! It speaks model to me! :)


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Linda1971 5 years ago

barbergirl28,What do you think about me and my mother in law getting the same flattop at christmas time. cool or not cool

thanks


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Linda - I think that depends on how well you get along with your mother in law. It sounds like you guys have a great relationship. I think it would be a fun little thing for the holidays! Just don't wear matching shirts! :)


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Hi, I have four daughters who are barbers! They all went to barber school. I have a friend who wrote a book called "The Surly Barber". I did a review and a Hub on it. May I link this Hub into mine? I really liked reading this one. Regards, Mary


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, I have following mary615,she is such a great writer. We have been back and forth about her getting a flattop don't you think she would be such a hot number with one. I told her you can never be to old. What do you think?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Mary - It sure does sound like we have a bit in common. I am going to have to check out your review on The Surly Barber. I love the barbering industry. It is just so much fun. And feel free to link anything you would like. I appreiciate it!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - The flat top conveys strength, courage and confidence. I think she is a beautiful person inside and out and getting a flat top would suit her well! :) Definitely has a great face shape for it. If I am thinking correctly - you are on a mission to get ever woman out there a flat top! Way to go! Keep up the good work! :)


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28,Yes I am! I have been working on my daughters for a while now one said after 40 she will give it a try,and the other said at 35 she has a year and a half to go.Can't wait for that. I just love it so much on women, more should try it,One women at a time starts a trend. Thanks


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28,I could see you in one after the wedding,Plus you are going to have one hot body mama!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - you got the motivation to get everybody going. I don't know if you will convince me. You know what they say... people who do the job often don't take care of it on themselves. I think the last time my hair has been cut was last December. Purely because I dont' have the patience and since we moved - I don't know anybody that I trust with it. That being said - a flat top is a very high maintenace cut and I don't know if I want to get my haircut that frequently. I hate getting my hair done. I know - sounds weird coming from someone who encourages everybody else to do the opposite! :) But, I care more about your hair than my own... maybe that is what makes me so good at my job! :)


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kellymom1970 5 years ago

Barbergril28,VOTE UP, from a fellow barber. I just love giving womens military haircuts. If you come into my shop and you are a women your leaving buzzed.I have been a barber for over 20 years,I got my first flattop in barber school and have had one on and off ever since,as of now I wear a flattop for the past 3 years. My mom she 70 I have been giving her a flattop for over 11 years as of her birth a week ago, she now wears it a white 0 side and back 1/2" on the top,she just started that this past summer. I say good for her.

I love to see all of these flattop women around the internet.

I'm looking to read more from you

see you later


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kellymom - I have to say - you look absolutely stunning with a flat top. As a barber, I never really got much of an opportunity to do women's hair in the actual shop. It was actually frown upon because it was set up to be a place for men. The view was women have there place - the salon and men don't want to go get there hair cut and breath in all the fumes from perms and stuff. But, we did allow women if they insisted, but they didn't get any different treatment from the men. Needless to say, we didn't see them too often. I have had a few, but only one was actually a buzz cut. Those are definitely my favorite kinds to do. I think people underestimate the skill it takes for a good buzz cut.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about the Barbering business!


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl28, I thinking about coloring my flattop bright red for the holiday, yes or no. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading my hub!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - You seem to be able to pull off anything so I can't honestly say no. However, there are 2 different kinds of hair dye that you can go for... the permanent which will stay until it grows out. That won't be too bad for you because you cut your hair so often and so short. However, be warned if you don't plan on keeping the color it will have to grow out and will at one point reach that awkward phase where your normal color is on the bottom and you have red tips. But, I guess it depends on how red you plan on going. My hair has a red tint to it, but it isn't Santa color red. If you want to go a bright red (think Santa suit) I would do a temporary or demi-permanent hair color. Demi would wash out and fad as the hair grows and is washed.

If you do it I would love to see it!


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, I did it! After all it is only hair right. What do yoy think, Keep it or buzz it into a horseshoe flattop haircut.


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kellymom1970 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, I just posted my first hub! come see thanks


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - you are beautiful inside and out. And truly, I believe you have what it takes to pull off whatever you would like. It looks gorgeous!!! And you are very right - it is only hair. Eventually it will grow back! Kudos to you! Oh yeah - and I think either suits you so go which ever one you are grooving at the time!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kellymom1970 - Yeah - can't wait to see it... on my way now!


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl, Hi hope things are going good for you. Here is apicture of my horseshoe flattop what do you thing am I crazy! or what.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - You are crazy but I like crazy. Is that a new picture I can't really tell if you still have the color in it! Love the look on you - it really suits you!


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl,Thanks.No this is the horseshoe flattop I had over the summer it was great for the heat. My hubby was shaving me bald here he had one also.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - I shave my husband bald all the time... what can I say - the feel of freshly shaved skin is awesome!


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

barbergirl28, I had to take my mom for a check up, and about 20 female nurses and doctors just love my mom and my flattops. We were the talk of the place. I ended up give out 7 or so cards 3 said they wanted a flattop and 1 came in and got one last saturday she is about 30 with really dark hair,she look so cute. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kellymom1970 - That is really cool. I am glad you guys were the talk of the place. Hope you have a great holiday!


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

barbergirl28, I think all of these people liking my moms flattop is going to her head,LOL She came over today and ask my to give her a landing strip! Wow Well I gave her what she wanted I do like it on her 71 all gray with a flattop landing strip. I did it with a 0 blade did want to go to crazy on her. I sure she will want it shorter next time who know maybe she will be bald by summer.Lol


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kellymom1970 - That is just too awesome. I can tell just by your comment that she has found a whole new bout of self-confidence. Who knows - maybe this is what she has been looking for. I bet she is going to be the hit of the Christmas part! :)


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susan54 4 years ago

barbergirl, After all this working out and shopping and reading about kellys mom. I'm going on fri before my office party to bring back my horseshoe flattop. My husband still has his, I got him a new electric razor for Christmas,they say it cuts so close you don't see hair for three day. When he opens I going to let him try it out on my horseshoe flattop first and then I'm shaving him. Then we will be off to the family rounds house to house. I have really come to like the horseshoe flattop more and more my kids even like it on me.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - Wow - a new razor... I bet he is going to love it. Go get that horseshoe and rock it. You guys have a great holiday!


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

Barbergirl, I think my mom is Susans twin, (By the way Susan very cool for getting a horseshoe)as a barber love cutting them. I have only cut 1 woman with a horseshoe,and I had one when I was around 25 or so for a summer. So, back to mom she called me today, it's only been 2-3 days and said the top is getting to long and need to be cut again,lol. Barber to barber should I use a 0 again, 000,or just straight razor it. Maybe a full on horseshoe like Susan said she getting. thanks again.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kellymom - Barber to Barber - I would probably take it down to a 000 or do you have a 00000. That way she isn't having you cut it down every 2 to 3 days. I would see how she likes it with the shorter version though before you straight razor it, but that would be my next step! :)


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

barbergirl, thanks I think tomorrow when she comes over I am using a 00000 on her side,back and top. She will have little gray hair left for christmas,but she likes it even more than the longer flattop. The other women at bingo just love the landing strip she said.lol Thanks for the advise,


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

No problem... let me know what she thinks of hte 00000 - that is by far my favorite blade when doing short haircuts... well beside the straight razor that is! But it is a starting point! :)


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

Barbergirl, MOM loves the new cut! She has never had her hair this short before. She is bald everywhere now but still has a flattop. I cut it at my shop the old men in there were going cazy over it. I think she got a date out of it.lol She looks so cool! Thanks, I think this summer I taking her to a full horseshoe flattop.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kellymom1970 - I am so glad she absolutley loves it... and possibly got a date out of it. She must sure be rocking it! I bet she is going to get all sorts of reactions at Christmas as well! Awesome!


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susan54 4 years ago

Barbergirl, I really hope your family had a great christmas, we did, my hubby shaved me with his new razor full bald horseshoe now. I love it! great work out haircut. see you later.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - Our family had a good Christmas. I am not going to lie - I am glad it is over and done with for this year. Too much stress! Glad to hear you guys had a great one too! Enjoy the new haircut! :)


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

barbergirl, Happy New year, I buzz the neighbor lady today in my kitchen for the part tonight. That's her picture very cool flattop! Shoulder length to military flattop at 47 very hot! what do you think.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@kellymom1970 - Awesome job like usual! And what a giant step to go from shoulder length to skin. Keep on pushing it! :) Hope you guys have a great New Year and a wonderful 2012! See you next year! :)


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kellymom1970 4 years ago

barbergirl, The flattops rock the party my mom,Kara my neighbor, myself and one or my clients turned many heads at the party, even with a flattop I felt left out because I have hair on the sides and back. Now they got me thinking 2012 maybe military flattop time for me also looks like you are right about the 00000 blade it got these women lots of attention. I'm next now. thanks


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@kellymom1970 - Wow it looks like you had a rocking flattop part to bring in the new year. The 00000 is by far my favorite blade when doing military haircuts. It just doesn't seem to get short enough otherwise. Happy New Year - you can rock it! :)


Jeannette 4 years ago

I work as a barber in a hosipital.To cut only patient's hair but the workers like cna and housekeepers always ask me for hair cuts.And they are just kidding.But i do not like them asking me all the time.I dont think its funny.I feel good about what i do.How can i stop there stupid questions?


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Jeannette - First off, I have to say I think it is wonderful what you are doing. These patient's need this service just as much as anybody else and making them feel good about themselves is a great way to help them get better. As for your coworkers, I would gently tell them that per your job description you are unable to cut there hair (even though you are aware of them only kidding), and you would appreciate if they stop requesting your services.

Unfortunatley, if the easy way doesn't work you are going to have to get a little more direct. Tell them that what you do is just as important as their jobs and treating you like this is disrespectful and no longer will be tolerated. It is sad to think these people might be asking these questions because they don't think being a barber is a respectable job. But be proud of what you do and you can even tell them that. Because what you do is important. I hope this helps you.


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Your barber stories and advice are always entertaining. Of course you are entertaining no matter what the case is! I remember I had read this one a long time ago, but revisiting these are fun!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - This hub was written under the extreme BS mode... oh yeah... and irritation. I remember I had a bad day at work. This was a great way to release pent up anger... and I find my sarcasm can sometimes be thought of as humor! LOL - glad you enjoyed this one! :)


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

Now I understand why that barber gave me that funny-looking haircut. My kids couldn't stop throwing jibes at me until the hair grew back. I'll ensure to tow the line next time. Nice hub. Thanks for sharing this info. Voted up


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Anjili - Yes - it is clearly a good idea never to upset your barber... not only do they carry sharp tools, but they directly affect how good you look! Glad you enjoyed the hub! :)


rolly 4 years ago

YOu don't necessarily have to go down to the skin on the sides or the top http://www.motorgood.com


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@rolly - you are very correct. It all depends on what the person is looking for. Thanks for stopping by!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I wish you could come give me a haircut! I would leave you a good tip and talk nicely and be a really good client :-) Still even after rereading this I must admit you give some good advice!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@mythicalstorm - You know I would in a heart beat... and you have always been a good client. You sit real still and hardly ever complain when I pull your hair! :)


George 4 years ago

Try to be socible? Well let us see, many women get their hair done, manicures and pedicures. Many men "do" their own nails. What does that leave a man? That's right, you guessed it,a haircut. If your customer is giving you one word answers a polite hint that he does not want to engage in conversation. He is hinting and hoping you'll understand. He just wants to relax and enjoy a peaceful haircut. It can be very soothing. A kind of therapy. Does it not bother you while you're getting a massage and the massage therapist just wants to keep talking? That's the only thing worse is when a stylist or barber is holding conversation with another stylist or worse yet a customer who is next in line for a haircut. What, they can't wait until the customer gets in the chair? Please. I cannot tell you how to get customers in the door. Well I could but that is another conversation. If you want it to keep your customers and increase your tips, allow your customers to just enjoy a quiet, peaseful, soothing haircut if they wish not to talk. I enjoy the calming sound of the scissors and your fingers working my hair. I really agree about the shower and shampoo. Let's not forget to brush your teeth!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@George - There is one thing certain when it comes to finding a good stylist.... if you are particular than stick with the same one. I am a talker. I like to talk because I think that it makes the whole experience fun. Now, there is a time for talking and a time for not (like when you are doing the shampooing) That is the relaxation part of the service. But, my clients know this of me already and that is what keeps them coming back. Now, some people are just awkward socially. That is what I am referring to. Not the person who doesn't want to talk because they really need the down time. There is a difference and the person should know the difference or they are in the wrong field. I hope that you haven't gotten the wrong impression when you go in to get your haircut. If you are there to relax, the person cutting your hair should be able to know the difference. I will admit though - talking to your next client or to your coworker when you should have your attention on the person you are working for is nothing more than rude! Thanks for stopping by and I hope all of your haircuts are good ones! :)


that guy 4 years ago

Sounds like the host had a bad day at work, QQ


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@that guy - It is a good possibility but it always turns out good as it was great inspiration for this hub! :)


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Stacy,

This was stinking hilarious! I enjoyed it thoroughly! LOL SO FUNNY!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@josh3418 - I am really glad that you enjoyed this. It is probably one of my best hubs and even though it may have had cranky tendencies... it worked well. For if I saved one person from avoiding a shower or brushing their teeth before seeing their hairstylist, my work is done! :)


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I somehow "found" this one in the archives. What a funny and great read! I love your sense of humor mixed with honesty. I have always followed these guidelines and I can say that I have never had a bad haircut experience (at least not by a licensed professional!) Voted up and shared and this is included in my paper.li Online Newspaper:

"The J.S. Matthew Enterprise"! Great Hub!

JSMatthew~


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@J.S.Matthew - Thank you so much for stopping by and including this in your online newspaper. I have to say - almost always - people that follow these guidelines will not only get a good haircut, but will more than likely enjoy their experience more as well. The bad side of this... I think I have experienced every one of these situations with a client at some point in time.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Well, we appreciate you sharing your experiences with customers so that we don't make the same mistakes!

JSMatthew~


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@J.S.Matthew - It is all in the name of beauty... that's my job! :)


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Home run! My son as you may already know from reading my hubs is also a barber. He is an excellent barber and all you have written is the way it should be especially about taking a bath. He had a customer once that stunk to high heaven and when he exited the barbershop, he threw away the cloth and sterilized his tools.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Fiddleman - That brings back memories... not fond ones... but memories nonetheless. One time - and I am so happy it wasn't me doing the haircut, and guy and his wife came in. Apparently they work on a farm. Anyway, to make a long story short, one of them had something nasty stuck to the bottom of their shoe. It was bad when they were getting their haircut but the second they left, the stink just stayed in the air. Come to find out, the bottom of their shoe rubbed it in every where they stepped.... on the mat, inbedded in the hair on the ground, stuck in the broom now... yuck. Since I was pregnant at the time, I had to leave the shop and go outside for fresh air - it actually made me vomit. It was the grossest thing I ever had to deal with. Luckily - we weren't busy and the smell of lysol did a good job of covering it. But the station they were in stunk for almost an hour afterwards! Yucky!


writeronline 4 years ago

Good fun read. My brother in law was a barber for many years. I can just about hear him now, saying all the things you're saying. Drove him nuts - he's since worked as a mailman for many years; I guess you don't have to be so polite when it's real dogs crapping on your day..


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@writeronline - Sometimes the hardest thing to do is just grin ... you can't help who you have to deal with but in this kind of job you have to be the better of the two people. However, no one ever said we couldn't share tips to improve the experience! :)


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I really enjoyed reading your ten tips. Knowing your past career I am sure that you had lots of customers that did not follow these simple courteous rules. I always thought taking a shower before a haircut was a good idea....now I know it is a great idea. I will be thinking about this hub and the rules the next time I get a haircut. Voted up and useful.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cogerson - I was one of the lucky ones. I had a lot of request clients. I think they were all about my sarcasm! :) Oh yeah - and I gave a killer haircut! ;) But because of that, I rarely had to deal with people I didn't really know. Don't get me wrong, I got the occasional walk-in but most days I was with my request clients all day long. That meant I had more good days than bad days. There are always a few though that you just don't have a choice with. The day I wrote this was one of those day! :) Glad you enjoyed this and I hope more people get a chance to see these tips to avoid a bad haircut! :)


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

Barbergirl28:

You drive a hard bargain, but not #7! The others are reasonable desires in my opinion.

The guy should explain how he wants his hair cut, but he is not there to entertain you. He is not required to have a conversation with you. Maybe he wants to think or just be quiet. If there is a commercial on television that embarrasses you, he is not a mind reader to know to create a distraction to make you feel comfortable. You can always turn it off or keep magazines. That is in your control not his. Last, you are the one who wants to make money, and you need to satisfy your customers. You have a lot of demands, and I must say that 9 of them are reasonable, but not #7. If you decide to voice these commands, get ready to close shop if you say them the way you have written them. On some jobs, you must take the bitter with the sweet.

When I was young, I worked at a nursing home for a while. Old people are like babies, and you have to love them. I could not issue commands.

I declare I understand your points, but unless you find a way to tell these men without insulting them, you have to deal with the odors and sweat. If you make appointments, give the funky ones morning slots. Maybe they will be fresher.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

I forgot to add:

Loved it! Funny, voted up, useful, and interesting.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Levertis Steele - Luckily for me my skills at keeping my mouth shut are very strong - except when it comes to writing. I don't mind guys who prefer to relax than have a conversation - it is the ones that seem like they don't know how to have a conversation that get on my nerves. But the good thing is, in the profession I am in, people are usually drawn to one person in particular. So when you see a person that matches personalities, it is a good idea to get a haircut from them. I had a pretty big clientele. I hate calling them my clients because what it really comes down to is they are my friends. This list actually stemmed from a very bad day. It does hold some good advice but luckily for my need to have kept my job - I am just as good at grinning and bearing it ;)


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seanorjohn 4 years ago

Glad to hear you refer to your clients as friends. But you get me real worried about how you might deal with your enemies.

voted up though. just to keep on your right side.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@seanorjohn - The clients I actually refer to as my friends are the ones that I have made a true connection with. They keep coming back and we have built a relationship. I enjoy their companionship as I am working. That being said, I still had to cut people's hair that I don't know. No worry's though - I believe in treating others the way that you would wish to be treated. This is just a bit of light-hearted humor. Sometimes when we are in customer service, the customers can crawl under your skin. But, we still have to take it to look the professional. Thanks for the vote up - I will keep you off my list of enemies ;)


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divacratus 4 years ago from India

This gave me an insight into how barbers feel about us customers! :) I am guilty of not being too sociable while I'm getting a hair cut, I get lost in my own thoughts and I used to think that this would make the barber concentrate on his job without me distracting him. Looks like most barbers don't like their customers being quiet? Hmmm. Have to work on that now.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@divacratus - I think it kind of depends on the individual stylist. For me, I am more of a social bug. I can also do well with ones that are quiet. What it comes to is the connection that two people have. That is the most important. And next, it is how the customer perceives the service. As always, the customer is the focus. We are there to make it a great experience! :)


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Hi Barbergirl,

I submitted the comment but i wanted to change just one word and then by mistake I clicked delete button. Anyways.. In Delhi the girls usually go to beauty parlours for the hair cut as we usually have unisex salons. It is usually owned by the lady barber herself who does your hair, facial, eye brows and everything. Yes many points are valid here and usually she becomes like a friend to you. But tipping well thats not in Delhi's culture. No one gives and no barber expects. Only people usually get tips are waiters and now since most restaurants are putting up 10% service charge apart from 12.5% service tax so they kind of put the tip in their bill and I am sure the waiters don't get that tip but customers have already paid in bill, so either tip is going down a lot or like many stopped paying more tips in the restaurants which put service charge.


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@sweetie1 - When I worked as a barber, we did mainly men's hair. While we couldn't turn away females, we geared ourselves toward the male population with our services. That being said, there was women who would rather have us do their hair, but most of them went to a beauty salon instead. However, we charged a better price and you got more money for your services. At a salon, they charged more and you were still expected to tip. That being said, as a person who has worked for tips, I never expect a tip - I think it is earned. But it does make it difficult when you are already paying so much to go above and beyond to tip someone out.


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TToombs08 3 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Excellent advice, Stacy! I'll try to remember that the next time. ;)


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@TToombs08 - This is definitely advice people can't live without! :)


Justin 3 years ago

7. Try to be sociable:

Hmm, thought I was paying you for a service.

After working a 10hr day I prefer to get my cut and just relax. There is one girl at the salon/shop that always tries to force conversation such as "How many siblings? How old are you? What do you do?" Stuff that does not describe anything about who I am personally. I just politely say that I'd like to get my cut in silence and just relax. It's her tip.

Funny thing is both times I went to her, it was the exact same questions... If she's all that's avail I come back later.

It's not the customers job to keep you entertained. Your approach to #7 directly affects #10


ladyBarber86 2 years ago

I dont know if this was said but you forgot 'do not run into their chair uninvited" or something to that effect. I work at a shop where it is all walk-ins. We have customers that either run right to your chair before even a "hi how are you" has been uttered. Before I can even get to my chair they are either standing there in front of my station or already sitting in my chair. I find it rude. I'm not saying I don't appreciate the business. I really do, but I may not be ready. Or I might be done my shift even need to take care of a thing or two before I take you! Just something that I think every barber and even hairdresser can relate too.

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