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Smart LivingCut That Out: 11 Rules of Barbershop Etiquette

00:35  15 march  2019
00:35  15 march  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

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“No Religion. No Politics. No Phones during service,” reads the sign that bluntly greets customers at Vinny’s Barber Shop in Los Angeles. The first two rules were passed down to owner Omar Romero by a mentor aiming to avoid unnecessary squabbles in his shop. The third, he said, is a necessity in these distracted times. “If a customer picks up the phone to talk, you can’t cut around their ears, you have to turn off the clippers,” Mr. Romero explained, adding that the rules are rather lightly policed.

Smartphones have become a scourge at most barber shops, since getting clients to sit up straight and face forward can be half the battle, said J. Clark Walker of Martial Vivot in Manhattan. But there are plenty more pain points for barbers. Here, scissor-wielders from some of the best shops in the U.S. offer etiquette tips.

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“Don’t be 20 minutes late to a 30-minute cut,” said Mr. Romero. At many places, you’re paying for a reserved slot, not whatever 30 minutes is convenient for you, added Mr. Walker. “If you’re late we’re going to have to speed up the process, or else the next guy doesn’t get his money’s worth.”

“People take for granted that it’s a precision line of work,” said Mr. Walker. “They want the details to be perfect, but if you’re constantly looking at or answering your phone it’s hard to get it right... Imagine how tough it can be to cut a kid’s hair because they don’t sit still. Honestly, some grown adults are worse.”

“It’s fun to be creative and try to whip something up for somebody, but it’s much easier to work with someone who has a look in mind,” said Justin Virgil Gramelspacher of New York’s Blind Barber. “We can capture the spirit of almost anything for a client and tailor it to their hair.”

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“‘Short but not too short?’ What the hell does that mean?” echoed Bridget Mahoney, owner of the Usual in Denver. “Do you like it messy or neat. Do you use product?” See: No. 3, photos (above).

“If you’re going to zone out during the haircut, you’re forfeiting your right to chime in at the end,” said Mr. Walker. “You need to communicate during the process.” If you’re engaged, doable fixes and even extra neck, brow and ear trims are rarely a big deal.

Don’t leave it “dirty or stanky,” said Mr. Gramelspacher. “It’s not fun to service a customer whose hair is dirty, greasy, oily. We don’t get farmers and coal miners, but we get grungy dudes. Somewhere in pop culture it became uncool to wash your hair. That’s just really not true.”

“Don’t climb in the chair filthy with a beard full of mustard and chili. Wash your face,” said Mr. Gramelspacher, who has one regular who often belches cigar smoke throughout his appointments. And if you’re coming from lunch or from work, “Altoids can be a man’s best friend,” added Austin Klucker of Persons of Interest in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Don’t matte down your hair with product before heading to the shop. “Trying to navigate pomade can sometimes take 10 minutes,” said Mr. Klucker. “You’ve lost a third of the time but you want the same haircut. That makes things hard for us.”

You needn’t chat non-stop, but try to be a decent human. “My favorite client is somebody who treats you like a person and not like someone who’s just doing a service for them,” said Ms. Mahoney. “It’s a break in your day, a moment to be social, a moment to banter. It should be a break from work, from your family, from your phone. Just bullshitting and having fun. A little 30-minute date rather than just cutting their hair.”

So said Mr. Walker, noting that a favorite client often works on his laptop. “I’m good with that because he doesn’t freak out when hair gets in the keys. He doesn’t move his head like crazy. He just sits there doing this thing. It makes me cut even a little faster because I’m doing my thing. If those are your needs you’ve got to find the right spot for you.”

If you don’t think you’re aiming high enough, you’re probably right.

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