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Friday
Feb242017

don't screw your do.

here are some tips on getting the best from your next haircut. These tips come from a handful of respected barbers, so we're pretty confident in recommending them to you.

learn the Language.

If you want your hair to look a certain way, it's important that you're able to describe it eloquently and efficiently. Asking for "just a trim" can mean something completely different than what you have in mind to a barber you've never worked with before. This will make sure you're on the same page and save you some ebarassment. undercut, hard part, fade, rounded, textured, etc...

bring a Picture.

It's a lot easier to imagine what you want by looking at an example rather than translating your words into a mental picture. It's much easier to start with a picture and explain how you want it applied to your dome. 

stay off your phone.

don't be a dickhead. getting your haircut is a social and participatory experience. make eye contact and have a conversation. This makes the eperience more enjoyable. What you don't want is an angry barber.

avoid peak times and don't rush.

make sure your barber is able to take the time required to perfect your cut. don't come in on a busy saturday while the walk-in line is out the door, tell the barber to hurry up, and expect to walk out of there with the best cut you've ever had. It's an art and art takes time.

watch and learn.

observe the changes and techniques and feel free to ask questions. That way you'' be able to explain what worked or didn't work thennext time you come in. This will also help you to understand the lingo and better explain what you want in the future.

trust your barber.

Ideally, you're building a relationship here. You want to find a soulmate barber who just gets it. Consistency means you can confidently get what you want everytime. When your barber gets to know you and your mop, they'll be able to make better recommendations, and you'll be comfortable enough to accept those recommendations.

tip well.

i shouldn't have to say this, but i will anway. This is a sign of respect and gratitude. a job well done deserves a tip well given. it also helps ensure you'll get a good cut next time as well. 

 

- james

Monday
May182015

how to find a quality barber.

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get a good haircut, and rightly so. A good haircut can give you surprising bumps in confidence. Don't act like you've never had one of those amazing hair days where you feel like "oh man, people need to see this." The key is finding a barber you like, and sticking with them long enough to get into a groove. They know what looks good with your hair type and skull shape, and they know what you like. And in return, you trust them. This can be a difficult thing to come by, as well as a stressful trial and error process. So I came across this article (from everyguyed.com)on finding a quality barber and added some of my own thoughts. 

*side note, if you're in southern california, the only barbershop you need to know is Danckut's. No joke. 

 

Look for a Place that’s Busy

If you’re passing by a shop that’s empty most of the time, it’s not a good sign. Sure, it might provide the convenience of right-here, right-now service, but it’s probably going to result in a cut that you’re going to need to hide under a cap for a few weeks.

If you see a guy with a haircut you like, ask him where he got it. We know that may sound like a strange prospect to some, but we’re proponents of guys actually talking to each other about style and grooming. Enough with awkward stoicism; he’s not going to accost you complimenting his cut, and it’s a simple way of finding a new shop to try.

 

Cost doesn’t always translate into quality

A decent men’s haircut (for relatively short, classic styles) should cost you between $20-40 [not including tip] in most cases. Of course, this changes slightly depending on the city, and even the neighborhood you’re in, but a man shouldn’t have to choose between paying his rent or growing dreadlocks.

A good way to ensure you’re not overpaying for a cut is to go to a barber. This article is titled ‘How to find a quality Barber’ for the specific reason that a salon probably isn’t where you need to go. Unless you’re getting layered highlights [don't ever get layered highlights], all you need is a man or woman who’s skilled with scissors. [Okay, a beard trim and a hot towel on your face is nice, but maybe take a pass on the Tahitian cucumber water or simultaneous pedicures.]

*This isn't to say that all salon-type "hairstylists" are unskilled, but let's face it, a salon is designed to pamper a woman and [in the old days] provide a forum to share juicy gossip. A barbershop is dedicated to men's grooming and style.

 

You should never feel rushed by a barber.

If you notice a barber pushing through clients before you, and feel like he’s going to give you the same bum-rush treatment, don’t be afraid to just make an excuse and get out of there (a fake phone-call works wonders). Yes, it’s not the course of action, but a rushed cut or a surly barber is something no man should be paying money for.

A good barber should be attentive, interested, and engaged: asking you what you want, and taking the time to confirm the details or suggest new options. 

*A haircut at a barbershop is an experience, not a task on a checklist. The process should be give and take--you get to know each other and communicate until you're both on the same page.

 

You get the cut you ask for

If you’re not crazy about your cut when you walk out the door, remember that barber’s will cut your hair to maximize your value, so it will be about a week before it has a chance to grow-out and take it’s shape. Unless he has clearly done a complete hack-job, tip him fairly, and wait to see the true results of his skill emerge in time. 

*Worst-case scenario: you wear a hat for awhile and find a new barber in a couple weeks to try again.

If you’re getting a haircut within a week of a specific function or event, ask the barber to cut it to look a little grown in and more natural. Ideally though, you should time your cut a week or so before an event in order to look your best. If the haircut never ends up meeting your standards, you don’t have to return.

*My own experience has taught me that the best way to achieve the right "look" you're going for, is to bring in a few pictures on your phone. Chances are, your spur of the moment description of this haircut you saw in a magazine may not translate into your barber's mind the way you've intended. So take some pictures off the internets to talk through with them. 

*find a shop that fits your style. 

I'm pretty sure that 99% of barbershops can handle your basic fade or whatever cut you're looking for. Yes, certain shops will specialize in certain types of cuts, or certain types of hair; but a barbering license is supposed to mean that your barber can do it all. What's more important is making sure that you're confident in your barber, and that you feel comfortable in their barbershop. Find one that fits your own style. Find one that you think looks cool. Find one that makes you pumped to get a haircut. If you go to a dumpy shop in sketchville, USA, chances are you're gonna hate your haircut no matter what it looks like. 

 

- James

Friday
May012015

morris motley.

morris motley is a men's hair cutting studio run by bespoke barber Rob Mason. Rob Mason is good. really good. 

this is felix mallard after having his hair cut and styled by the morris motley studio.

This is morris motley in action

morris got skills. They 've even taken things a few steps further by developing special products.

“I’m reinventing the concept of men’s hair products. Premium men’s haircare is a neglected market. The general consensus is that men don’t care about haircare, so most brands use only the cheapest and most basic ingredients. The shampoos strip hair of its natural oils. The styling products cause scalp irritation. It’s my goal to turn all that on its head with my formulations, which respect, mimic and nurture the unique biochemistry of the hair and scalp.”    -Rob Mason

One of which is the super versatile Morris Motley Treatment Styling Balm: a styling aid designed to give architectural support to his signature look of clean masculine angles and height. Matte and with firm, pliable hold it can be used to build hold without adding weight or greasiness. Literally, the more you apply the better it looks. And its water soluble, so it rinses clean in water. 

This stuff is crazy good. 

Check it out here

 

- james

 

Tuesday
Oct152013

barber shop.

A lot can be said for a good haircut. No longer is a haircut a menial task that you put off 'til the last minute just because school's about to start. A fresh cut and a shave can change your look dramatically. That being said, it's important to find that right person for the job.

If you're anything like me, you've felt a little awkward walking into a salon filled with women getting their hurr did, and gossiping up a storm, and (enter other stereotypical salon activities here) __________. I don't blame you, salons are generally designed to attract a female target audience. 

Luckily, with the rise of the gentleman in fashion and culture, barbershops are making a comeback, and I'll tell you, I couldn't be more supportive. If you need your plumbing fixed, you see a plumber. If you need a fireput out, you seek a fireman. My point is, if you need something done right, seek out a professional. If you need a gentleman's haircut, find yourself a barber.

Stay posted for some of our own recommendations soon, but until then, do some research--get on google, yelp, and other online reviews. Find the right person for the job and stay with them. Ideally, you want to build a relationship with your barber, the more he knows about your style and personality, the better his/her work will be.

 

- james