More and more men are paying attention to their beard. He takes care of it, uses the right cosmetics and trims it. As this trend grows, more and more barbershops are being established. Check out what you should pay attention to before entrusting your beard in the hands of a professional.
To begin with, let’s start with the absolute basics. Barbering is otherwise known as men’s barbering. Although a good barber mainly takes care of beards and mustaches, he will also take care of the hair on your head.
Barbers serve their clients in barber shops. These are places created with men in mind; women are not allowed into them. In addition to barbering services, some salons also offer clients a glass of good high-proof liquor. Barber shops are usually decorated in a distinctive way – the austere interiors are meant to be reminiscent of the decor of bars or old-fashioned barber shops.
Men who are new to beard grooming may wonder whether the services of a traditional barber shop will suffice. However, it is worth bearing in mind that a barber is primarily engaged in beard styling and grooming. He has professional knowledge on the subject and will certainly be able to answer any of your questions. You will also receive advice on how to take care of your beard and hairstyle on a daily basis.
A visit to a barber will certainly be a bit more expensive than a hairdresser. However, you can count on truly professional service and the selection of appropriate cosmetics.
The best way is through the word of mouth. You can ask your friends if they are satisfied with barbering services at a particular salon. Reading customer reviews on the Internet is also a good option. It’s also a good idea to make an appointment with a barber in person, rather than over the phone or through an app. If you walk into a particular place, you will be able to check if its atmosphere suits you and see the barber in action.
You will know a good barber by the fruit, that is, by his own beard (if he has one). A bearded man will always understand a bearded man, so it will be much easier for you to establish a thread of understanding. Often barbers have their own styles in which they specialize. So it’s a good idea to look at the work of a particular specialist beforehand to see if his work technique suits you.
If you’ve just started growing your beard, you don’t need to make an appointment with a barber too soon. The best time to do this is after 3 months of growing your beard. Keep in mind, however, that good barbers can be really rampant, so it’s a good idea to book an appointment a little earlier. During this time, take care of your beard at home: clean it with a special shampoo and apply oil. During your appointment, make your expectations clear. You can also bring sample photos to make it easier to explain what you have in mind. If you yourself don’t quite have an idea about your beard yet, that’s okay. After all, you’re putting yourself in the hands of a professional who will certainly match the shape of your beard to your face.
If your first visit to a barber doesn’t meet your expectations, keep trying. Change barbers, read reviews, browse portfolios. You will surely find a person who will take proper care of your beard!
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