“Why is it so hard to find a good barber shop near me?”

At a point in time, most gentlemen out there have been forced to ask this question after several dissatisfactions from various barbershops. But the answer to this question is not far-fetched.

The major reason why it’s hard to find a good barber is that most of the really good ones are hired in super pricey barbershops. These are classic saloons that most of us middle-class men can’t afford.

But another reason why you may not be satisfied with your previous barber is specialization. What I mean is that some barbers trim low-cuts well than they do a cut like a faded sides haircut.

Anyway, WiseBarber is here to show you how to find the perfect barber for you going forward.

STEP 1: Know What Makes A Good Barber

This may sound ironic but the truth is that most of us don’t know what makes a really good barber. So, below are the characteristics to look out for.

  • Training; Now, here’s what you probably don’t know. Barbering is a trade just like engineering. A good barber must have gone through about 1, 500hours of training at a barber school. Most of them will hang their barbering school certificate on their salon wall.
  • Skill, experience, and professionalism; The 3 major ingredients. A good barber is professional, meaning that they take their business seriously by having proper facilities and equipment. Their working hours are reliable and they have the most experience and tiptop barbering skills.
  • Good customer service; good customer service means organized operations, a topnotch atmosphere, and a good conflict settlement process.

A barber with these characteristics is a good one. Now the question is, how do you find them?

STEP 2: Follow Barbershops On Social Media

Everything goes viral on the internet, both the good and the bad. So, in order to create a network of barbers and be able to follow up on customers’ opinions on each of them, follow them on social media.

In my opinion, the most popular social media with the largest pool of barbers, no matter where you are in the world, is Instagram. On Instagram, barbers post pictures of their works, new updates about changes in operation, and information about upcoming promotions.

STEP 3: Seek Recommendation From Friends With Good Haircuts

Now that you have a network of barbers on social media, the next step is to create a priority list. But how do you do this? Well, by talking to friends who you’ve always admired for their consistency in rocking super nice haircuts.

Take note of the barbers they recommend to you and their experiences with each one. After that, move on to the next step below.

STEP 4: Read Online Reviews That Are Not Sponsored

Now, this is where you start separating the wheat from the chaff. Ultimately, you want to eliminate the bad barbers in your connection. To spot them, read unsponsored reviews from real clients.

Places to look when searching for honest reviews about barbers and barbershops include;

  • GoogleMyBusiness
  • Yelp
  • Trustpilot
  • Tripadvisor
  • Glassdoor

Ultimately, you want to avoid barbers with bad reputations.

Moving on…

STEP 5: The Interview

So, this is the final step to choosing the perfect barber for you. The trick is to ask questions that will reveal the true identity of the barber. But first, signs you should be looking out for once inside the barbershop are if he’s confident, how he interacts with other clients, how well-groomed he is, and how neat the shop is.

Now, onto the interview. The questions you should ask a barber to know if he’s good are;

  • How do you resolve conflicts with your clients?
  • How difficult or easy is it to book an appointment?
  • What are your qualifications as a certified barber?
  • May I see your barber school certificate?
  • How do you maintain a good relationship with your clients?
  • How long do most of your clients stay around?

You may add to the list though.

In Conclusion

We all want to look nice and presentable always. And the degree to which we attain a good look is largely determined by how much we put into hair grooming. At the grassroots, a good haircut is the work of a good barber.

So, it’s important that each one of us choose our barbers wisely. Hopefully, this WiseBarber guide will help you to start choosing the best barber from now on. And in case you’re having hair loss issues, see this post on how to reduce hair loss.

Use the comment section if you have questions to ask or ideas to share on how to choose the perfect barber.

Until then, stay safe and keep being amazing.