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20 Barber Tips You Should Know!

The Barbering profession isn’t  limited to hair-cutting itself. Using these Top 20 Barbering tips and tricks will quickly help bring you more value behind the chair putting a wedge between you and the ordinary barber. 

1. The Basics Of Barbering:

barbering is one of those professions that keep us on our toes in the industry. New tools and accessoires only means we have more at our disposal. Thus, more to study, making this career an ever learning life experience. Having a good undeveloped sense of the terminology and techniques will be the gateway to leaving behind a legacy.

2. Overextending:

Overextending is not a new trick in the trade, Though, a lot of barbers are learning about it later in their careers than they probably should. This technique is one every barber needs to reduce the time it takes to trim longer hair. Overextending involves the full stretching of the hair against its natural direction. This gives you a clear idea of the actual length of the hair. From there onward, you can set-up a reference plane and cut the extra hair off, making a wonderful gradient that will lay perfectly as it falls into place on the head.

3. The ¼” trick:

A lot of barbers have their own techniques that they use to perfect the cut. One such technique is the ¼” technique. It was giving this name because the average person hair grows about ¼” every month. The rate varies between individuals but on average, the estimate holds true. This technique works best for customers who do not like experimenting with their hair and want it to look exactly the same way they walked in, but with a light trim everywhere.

Using this techniques helps barbers to get a rough idea on the amount of hair to cut.  Making it easier to determine the exact style/way the client gets their hair done. Knowing these small subtle tips will make cutting your clients hair a much smoother and calmer experience when you understand the 1/4 measurement. 

4. Clipper Over Comb Technique:

The Clipper over comb technique is perhaps one of the most widely used techniques, It involves the use of the comb and clippers to create the perfect blend.

Most Barbers learn this technique in early on in barbering school. This Tips is highly valuable and will make the work much easier. Allowing you to create customized hairstyles on the fly! 

5. Texturing – The Ultimate Skill of Pro Barbers:

“Texturing or Texturizing” is a basic technique that barbers and hairstylists use to reduce the weight of the hair and give them a smooth cohesion between the layers and makes the hair easier to style and great to look at.

Here are a few techniques you can use to perfect your texturing skills.

6. Creating the Razored Texture:

The razor cutting is a very popular texturizing technique that every barber must know.

Razor cutting usually works best with long and straight hair that needs to be textured properly. The technique involves using a razor to create a thickness gradient in the hair.

The technique helps barbers to create great textures in hair that appear stylish for the customers.

Hold the long hair from the end, and then start using the razor from the midpoint of the hair and continue towards the tips. Make sure you don’t apply too much force or else you can damage the thickness gradient of the hair.

Also, make sure to take small locks of hair for each stroke, as more trying to do more hair at a time can damage the hair and create an unbalanced gradient.

Here’s a few examples of some razor hair cuts:

7. Scissors Over Comb Technique:

With the advent of clippers, the art has gone out of fashion and most of the barbers now prefer using the “Clipper Over Comb Technique.”

due to the fact it’s much faster and easier to use than using the shears over comb.

Although the scissor over comb technique does have its advantages, especially when  giving a soft look to the longer hair, “Scissor Over Comb” is the best technique at your disposal.

In order to effectively use the technique, you must use a wide-tooth comb to gather more hair and create a better shear rather than using a narrow-tooth comb.

Also, a handle with the comb will give you effective control needed to make it easier and smoother to work with the hair.

having a “Flat Top-Comb” Will give you more room to catch the hair between the teeth and slide your clipper over top to give a precision cut!

8. Managing Thick & Curly Hair:

Next tip that every barber should know about is the effective management of hair. Barbers must understand that different hair-types need to be handled differently.

Subsequently, managing thick and curly hair can prove to be no less than trouble for a lot of barbers. But if you want to be the best, you must master the technique of cutting curly hair.

As a rule of thumb, the best technique that goes with managing curly hair is the application of cutting-gel before jumping into the hair-cutting phase.

Also, some barbers discuss with their customers about reducing the volume of hair before starting.

Hence taking these few simple steps can greatly reduce your trouble in managing thick and curly hair.

In addition, since most curly hair needs to be trimmed off the edges, using the shears and combs while using your fingers as a measurement reference will work best for managing curly hair.

9. Proper Blow Drying – The Key To Hair Styling:

Hair cutting is just a part of your job now. All the add-ons involved with the profession must be mastered by the barbers in order to stay in the game.

Subsequently, a proper blow-drying technique is extremely important for a barber to create the best hairstyles and increase customer satisfaction.

Here are 5 tips to effectively blow dry men’s hair:

  • Don’t hold the hair  too close to the head. 6“– 8is the ideal distance to hold the hairdryer from the head.
  • Don’t keep the heat on the hair for too long after the hairs are fully dried. 
  • Use the hairdryer in the direction of the hairstyle and not against it.
  • When you want to create a thinner look for the hair, use the blow dryer’s pressure from the top-down, and when you want to thicken the apparent volume of the hair, blow dry from bottom-up.
  • Use the hot air setting to open the cuticle of the hair when styling the hair, once done with the styling, use the cold air to close the cuticle of the hair to keep it in its position.  

10. Exquisite Shaving – The Art Of Barbers:

Shaving is no less than an art and needs proper set-up, tools, and a master’s hand to complete the job.

Here are a few tips to help you create the best shaves and importantly fresh looking, satisfied customers:

  • Never directly start shaving.
  • Take a warm towel and massage the face for some time in order to allow time for the pores to open up.
  • Properly apply shaving gel to create a smooth and scratch-less experience.
  • Always change the razor blade before shaving.
  • Only use the best razor blades for the job.
  • Shave in the direction of the hair growth to create a smoother shaving experience, with minimum breakouts for the customer.    
  • Make it a habit to apply aftershave properly after the shave as it gives a good feel and reduces the burn.

These shaving tips are a must know for every barber and will help you create a personal connection with the clients.

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11. Beard Grooming – A Man’s Job:

Beards are back, and there here to stay! it is wise for every barber to know the basic beard grooming tips & techniques in order to stay on top of his/her game. Barbers are known for staying up to date on popular trends among their clients. Your customers expect you to shape their beards to perfection while sharing with them way to keep it healthy. Explain to them what their individual beard needs are, if their beard is dry offer them a beard oil. Tell them about the value & benefits a natural vitamin such as; b12 or biotin can do for them. Make yourself the educator, and the one person they can trust about their beard grooming issues or questions they might have.

12. Shaping The Neckline Properly:

Shaping the neckline is an art you need to master inorder to add the finishing touches on the haircut. There are many variants such as; skin taper, taper with a rounded neckline, a basic square look or completely rounded. this technique changes slightly depending on what the client is looking to have done. Having a general knowledge of each neckline technique, will only give you more versatility in the industry.

A barber shaving a man using black gloves for sanitation purposes, Image header for the blog titled " Is Barbering Hard?"

13. Detail the Beard-line:

The next major part on the facial hair grooming is the detailing of the beard’s outline. Ideally, you can do this with a straight razor or an electrical trimmer but we would recommend you to use a feather razor as it gives sharper detailing and a prime look.

Start off by making a rough outline with the help of a trimmer, Then continue with the razor to fine-tune the beard’s outline continuing with the line over the mustache and towards the other half of the face. Try using the toe end of the razor for detailing as it gives more control and finesse to the beard.    

14. The Right Guard Size Matters:

Always be communicative with your clients during the entire process, try to learn your customer needs in terms of beard length and then adjust the trimmer accordingly. Be aware of the different guard sizes attached to the clipper and re-confirm with your client, to make sure you’re both on the same page. If the beard is on the longer side of the spectrum. Try using a shear to get the desired look, rather than then the trimmers. Using the shears will give you the freedom you’ll need to carry out a balance beard you’re clients will love!

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15. Sanitize Your Clippers/Shears Openly:

Everytime you get a new client to sit in your chair, be sure to sanitize and disinfect your clippers in front of them. They might not even pay you any attention, or perhap give you a short stare to figure out what your doing and turn away. But, by Giving your clients a strong sense of cleanliness and professionalism about the way you work as a barber is always beneficial. Being opening and sharing your sanitation habits is always a great idea, people are curious about how a barber  maintains a clean working environment, even when he’s dealing with hundreds of clients every week. Showing this will build trust and make them value your work ethics as your performing the haircutting services.

trimming a mans beard black and white photo

16. Sculpting The Mustache:

Styling the mustache can get tricky a barber must have a few mustache tips up his sleeve to impress his customers.

One such trick is to soften or harden the look of your clients’ mustache by implementing the following simple steps.

If you want to create a soft touch with the mustache:

  • Use long shears,
  • Place your hand on the clients chin 
  • Cut vertically in the direction of the hair.

In case you want to extenuate the look of the mustache,

  • Place your hand on the lower cheek of the client.
  • Cut along the line of the ellipse.

Man standing with a medium length beard

17. Maintaining Perspective:

Perspective is extremely important in creating the hairstyles. Always do a “Once Over” to make sure your client’s beard is 100% the way he wants it. Sometimes as soon as the client stands up, you will notice an uneven area on his beard, Or find a patch of hair that isn’t even with the rest of the beard. In order to avoid this mistake, always view the client from different angles using your mirror as a tool to correct this issue.

18. Communication Is The Key To Success:

If you think that barbering is only about cutting or styling hair then you are absolutely wrong. Barbering involves a variety of experiences for your client from the moment they walk through the door, to the time they leave. This Includes:

  • Your welcoming gesture,
  • The personalized experience you provide to your clients at the and
  • The way you converse with them.

All of these steps play an important role in creating a satisfied clientele. Unfortunately, a lot of barbers do not pay much attention to these aspects and as a result, allow their competitors to take their clients.

19. Use Standard Barbering Terminology:

Make sure that you have a pictorial explanation of the different hairstyles and barbering terminologies posted on the wall the shop. This will make it easy for the clients to effectively communicate with you. Keep in mind, your clients don’t do this everyday of their lives like you do, so, Educating your clients on different barbering terminologies will create a personal connection with them as well, making it easier on both ends.


20. Invest In Your Own Products:

A lot of barbershops do a fantastic job when it comes to creating a great work environment for their employees. Not only that, but a place for clients to unwind and relax for the daily hustle of life itself. Unfortunately, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but, barber shops tend to go all or nothing in one direction and leave handling the clients to the barbers. Meaning barber shops don’t have to supply barbers with the supplies being that barbers are self-employed. Doing this leaves a lot of services being cut out for the clients as everyone does their best to save money. 

If you decide to buy your own products such as, pomades, styling gels, exfoliating creams, and black mask treatments. You’re going to be at a massive advantage compared to your peers in the barber shop. Of course you’re going to want to make sure to incorporate the products and make it so your losing money each time you use them. Add the additional costs for the client to pay, doing this will make you appear like you actually know what your doing and will build trust and security in the minds of your clients. Any onlookers sitting down watching you cut and style the hair may be inclined to get the same treatment. 


We believe that these are the essential barbering tips that every barber must know in order to make them stand out from the rest of the heard.

19 Barbering tips
These were some helpful tips! - I like the one about shaving the neckline under the beard. I've always have a problem getting that even.
19 essential Barber tips
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