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How To Get the Best Men's Haircut Possible (Step 1)

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STEP 1: Let’s Chat Before The Sharp Objects Get Anywhere Near Your Noggin

Ninjas- They're Everywhere

When you first sit down in one of Chopperz comfy chair put down your cold beer and take your eyes off the TV for just a minute.  Literally just a minute.  We promise to stop any ninjas that try to swoop and sip your beer.

Now, tell us the general style you want.   Try to give us a general description of the style you want.   Are hoping you to look like Don Draper? Perhaps you want a more modern style.  A picture is worth a 1000 words is a long lasting cliché, because it’s true.  Bring in a photo of the look you’d like to achieve.  Once you’ve got this covered, you can then get into the specifics.  After you tell us what general style you want, tell us exactly how much you want taken off. Don’t just say, “Give me a trim” or “Just a little off the top.”  One guys trim is another guys buzz cut.  To avoid getting your hair cut too short, it is best to be specific with how much you want taken off.  Short and long are all relative from guy to guy, so say things like “an inch off the top” or “a quarter inch off the side.”

WORD OF CAUTION: be careful just using guard numbers like “I usually get a #4”.  Different manufacturers use different standards for what is a #1, #2, #3, etc guard.  Even with the same manufacturer some National QuickCut chains actually have their own number system, so a #3 at their shop is different than a #3 at Chopperz.   At Chopperz we all use the same manufacturer, so if you had a specific number at Chopperz you are alright getting the same number again.  The BEST method is tell us in inches and ASK the Chopperz Specialist to show you how much that is with her fingers.  That eliminates any confusion and ensures that everyone nods in agreement on what 1 inch looks like.

If you don’t know exactly how much you want taken off, let us know you don’t know. What we’ll probably do is just cut a bit off to see if you like it. Then if you want it shorter, you can go shorter.

Assuming you know exactly what you want, specify that — right down to the last nitty-gritty detail. For example, “I want my hair cut over the ears” could mean “cut above the ear” or “so the hair covers the ear”.  Clarify. It makes a big difference. If you like a squared-off look at the neckline, tell the Chopperz Specialist who is cutting your hair. If you have weird hair action like a cowlick, talk about it before your haircut so it doesn’t become exposed.  If you know your hair looks bad when it’s cut too short, say something before hand.  Don’t hold back.  Be more high-maintenance in the chair. It’s important to get the look that’s comfortable on you.  We’re big boys and girls, we can take it.

Our next article in the series will continue with “Let’s Get A Grip On Reality- How to be realistic about your hair type”
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