With this article, you will be able to be called a stylist. With a little practice, you will see yourself performing the task of a stylist. Cutting someone hairs is relatively simple, just time and attention is required. Consistency in practice. If you are perfected to use scissors, clippers or even the two, it depends on your choice.
Ask your presumed customer the way he really needs the hairstyle. Try and exhibit confidence and trust in them. Practice is the best way to hone your skills!
1. Customers first:
Observe your customer’s presence. Ask them how they want their hair, whether on a low cut or just trimming because many may only need to trim away split ends, but he could also want you to cut everything off. Before you begin to cut, as I have said, verify exactly what style your customer would like done with his hair. Presenting your customers first through communication to what they need and what they wished to have will create a clear understanding, trust and so on between two of you.
Before taking any action on your customer’s hair. firstly, section their hair into 7 parts: maybe Top section, left the side, right, left sideburns area, right sideburn area, and the fringe. So this, they will now make their choice, where to be taken away from each part.
Communication is important, even though he has chosen his hairstyle, always try and ask for feedback. As a stylist, you suppose to have a wall mirrors where he can review the cut and give you a feedback.
2. Tutor your customers:
Help your customers in making a nice choice. Some may be convinced that a particular hairstyle might fit them because they love the way Lil Wayne cut and shave his own hair, they will decide to have the same hairstyle without considering the type of face he has. Always consider your customer’s hair before cutting. More dramatic hairstyles on men tend to work best when a man has a fuller head of hair.
More conservative hairstyles tend to make the best use of thinning hair.
3. Don’t hurry:
Always try not to be in a hurry when cutting hair, it’s important. Whether you are a learner or an expert, try and use a lot of time to satisfy your customer. When you rush it, it’s too reliable you can make a mistake even if as an expert, no Man is above mistake. As a learner, don’t hurry to avoid a mistake and any sorts of stimulant in your system such as hands unsteady.
4. Create a conducive atmosphere:
Create a comfortable zone, where your customers will be satisfied. The physical outlook that’s the way your furniture your shop! It’s design and how clean it looks matters. Provide a sturdy chair where you can access his hair For easy cutting. Always provide your customers with a clean barber’s cape or towel which will be used to cover his shoulder to keep the hair off of him and to make cleaning up easier. Try fixing the sheet around his neck with a pin or a clip so that it doesn’t slip off. Cover his neck with a neck strap, which you can buy at a local beauty supply store.
If I may suggest, try and tile your shop or you can use carpet on its floor for easy cleaning service.
Use a stable and good electric clipper to perfect what you have to cut.
5. Keep the hair dry and clean:
Always be sure that the hair is clean: make use of your clippers. Dampen his hair by spritzing with a spray bottle. If the hair is too wet to work with, towel it gently dry.
6. Straight his hair with a comb
Detangle his hair by running a comb through it. This should also give you an idea of how and where to cut. Comb hair in the desired style: some men prefer the part on the right side of the head, and other men prefer it down the middle of the head.
7. Choose a clipper attachment.
Use your electric clipper on the back and sides of the head, trim it down to your desired choice. Make sure you trim down around the ears, tidy up loose bits of hair.
Every clipper has what we call ‘blade guard attachments’, most clipper sets come with six guides which regulate the length of the hair that gets cut. The bigger the ‘blade guard’, the less hair that gets cut, likewise the number the guide number, the shorter his hair will be. Sometimes, people have a choice on the particular attachment to be used on a particular section, so try to ask him if there is one that he prefers.
Use a six to keep a little longer.
Use a three or four for a classic cut.
Use a two for a close cut, and a one for a “buzz cut
8. Hold your clipper firmly:
Be bold and with confidence hold your clipper firmly between your thumb and first two fingers. Your grip should be strong and steady, but comfortable. You don’t need to squeeze or do anything fancy with this clippers; you might hurt someone.
9. Start to cut:
Start clip at the base of his head. Hold the clippers against his scalp, and run them through his hair from the nape of his neck to about halfway up his head. Round the clippers up and out to finish that cut. Workaround to the sides, always cutting upward and against the direction, the hair is growing.
Work your way slowly around the head. Cut carefully around the ears. Leave the top for the scissors.
10. Line up the back of the head:
To line up the back, the goal is to keep the existing hairline, and take off the strays outside of the hairline. Turn the clippers upside-down and press the blades perpendicular to the head and cut downwards. Be sure to get the rat-tail in the middle. Whoever does the line should have the recipient look down to get a close cut, then look up to preview what it looks like when finished.
11. Line up the sides:
The sides are trickier than the back, but the goal is usually to push the line up and off the ears. Turn the clippers on their side and use the edge of the blade, cutting from the back to the front, going against the grain. Try to tilt the blades at an angle so it fades
TRIMMING THE TOPS AND THE BANGS
12. Dampen the top of the man’s head, and comb the hair forward:
Use a spray bottle to lightly spritz the uncut hair. Comb the hair forward and make an imaginary line down the center of his head, as if it were in between his eyes separating the right side from the left side. You can also section the hair with clips if you need to.
13. Trim the top:
Beginning at the back and working forward along your imaginary line, comb up a half-inch section of hair. Pinch the hair between your index and middle finger, slide your fingers up or down to the length you want. The hair below your fingers will stay on his head; the hair above your fingers will be trimmed away. Snip the hair at an angle, with hair-cutting scissors, so it won’t look blunt or uneven.
Cut perpendicular to the hair direction for a clean cut. For example, if his hair points downwards, towards the back of the neck (vertical), cut horizontally across the back of his head.
Don’t cut in one big clip with the whole scissor blade. Use the tips or the scissor blades for cutting in short spurts. If you’re nervous, cut just a bit at a time. You can always cut more if you need to.
14. After cutting your entire line, comb the hair forward again and begin at the very front of the head.
You should notice the length difference where you just cut. When cutting a new section of hair, always take part of the just-cut section between your fingers so you can use it as a length guide.
15. Blend the top of the head:
Cut along another imaginary line. Using the prior cut as your guide, make another “line” to either the right or left of your original one. Begin cutting, once again, from the back of the head to the front. Use the already trimmed section as a guide and cut any hairs that stick up past that length. Continue sectioning and cutting the hair from front to back, always taking a bit of the previous section to show you where to cut.
16. Trim his bangs:
When you reach the front of his head, comb his bangs down. Ask him how long he wants his bangs to be if you didn’t already during the consultation. Holding the scissors vertically with the tips pointing up, make little snips using the points of the scissors. Cut at an angle for better blending.
Be careful with bangs. The “golden rule” is: “Once you cut it, it’s gone.” Always remember that you can cut more off, but you can’t add it back, so you must be sure of where you’re cutting.
Make sure that the bangs are damp, but take drying into account. Cutting dry hair causes it to fly everywhere, and can fray the ends in some cases. However, curly hair can shrink up to 4 inches (10.2 cm) when it dries. Even straight hair can shrink as much as 1 1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm). If you haven’t cut bangs before, err on the side of caution.
BLENDING AND FINISHING THE CUT:
17. blend scissor cuts with a clipper cut:
Using the fine-tooth end of the comb, comb upward at the point where the clipper cut meets the scissor cut. Use the scissors to trim the hair that pokes out of the comb, blending away, or ‘fading,’ the harsh line that separates the clipper cut from the scissor cut. This is called the shear-over-comb technique. Work all the way around the head.
As you use the comb, hold it with the teeth pointing straight up, making sure you aren’t angling it towards or away from you.
18. Trim his neck and sideburns:
Using the clippers without an attachment, trim the neck and hair around his ears. Trim his sideburns, stepping back occasionally to look at him head-on and make sure they’re even. Start at the top and work the clippers downward so you don’t clip too high.
If he asks you to trim his beard, you can use the clippers to either shave or clean up the hair below his sideburns. If you are shaving, you can use a razor (for a close shave) or the clippers without any attachment (for a rough shave). If you are cleaning up the beard: ask him how short he’d like it, and choose a clipper attachment accordingly. You can also use scissors to evenly snip away the longest hairs of his beard.
19. Comb one last time after the entire head has been trimmed:
Look over to make sure that you haven’t missed any spots. Carefully touch up any rough areas with scissors or clippers. Let the man see your handiwork in the mirror, and ask for feedback to see whether he likes it. You can always cut more if needed. Make any final touches to the cut.
20. Wash or spritz his hair one more time, just to clean out any lingering hair clippings:
Gently towel his hair and neck dry. Consider briefly blow-drying his neck to remove any loose hairs. Add styling products, if the man wants you to.
21. Sweep the floor before you let him out of the chair:
Take a minute to sweep all of the loose hair clippings into a small, out-of-the-way pile. This is a necessary safety precaution to take because hair can make the floor very slippery. Afterwards, wash your comb/scissors/shaver.
If he isn’t wearing shoes, the hair can go through his socks. Sometimes you can get an ingrown hair, where a hair grows the wrong way. This is very painful.
If he is wearing shoes, the hair can stick to the soles of the shoes and could be dragged around the house.