FSC Barber 8-15-2011

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How to find a barber for the ages

Fellows, it’s time we had a talk. Put down the clippers and gather round. We’re going to find you a proper barber. Much like a fine bourbon, or therapist, finding the right barber can be challenging at times, but the payoff is high. Good grooming is the difference between striding into a room and slinking, it’s the difference between first base and home, and, quite frankly, it’s the difference between the corner office and middle management. Looks matter and an excellent barber will maximize and maintain yours.


Where To Look

Start with your friends and colleagues. Don’t be shy about asking for recommendations. Meet someone at a party with covetable hair? Ask. People with terrific hair understand the importance of a terrific barber – we guarantee there’s no need to be embarrassed on this one. Internet recommendations have their value, but a flesh-and-blood thumbs up (complete with evidence) can’t be beat.


Case the Joint

Once you have a list of recommendations, check them out. How does the shop look? Is it busy? Clean? Are customers coming out scowling or whistling? What about the barbers? Are they well groomed? (After all, they’re likely being taking care by the same barbers.)


Give It a Go

If the shop passes muster, it’s time to meet the gent of the hour. Pay close attention to this fellow. He should carry himself with confidence and make you feel comfortable. Ask questions. How long has he been cutting? How many clients does he have? Is he accustomed to cutting your type of hair or creating your style? (Some barbers are great but only for specific hair types or styles.) If you feel comfortable enough to go under the clippers, take the plunge. If not, follow your instinct and don’t be afraid to walk out.

When you’re getting a cut, pay attention to the interactions the two of you are having. Does the barber solicit sufficient feedback? Does he offer his own suggestions? You’re looking for a man who is both capable of figuring out what the best cut is for you and respectful of your own desires. It’s a delicate balance, and a good barber will handle the matter so deftly you’ll barely notice.

Also, it bears mentioning: make sure you enjoy talking with this guy. If things go right, the two of you are going to be spending a lot of time together – if he grates on your nerves, you’re missing half the fun.

Last but not least, keep an eye on your hair over the next few weeks. A stellar cut that grows out like weeds isn’t worth a dime.


The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

Home run on the first try? Lucky you. If not, under no circumstance should you feel obliged to go back. You have a list of recommendations – use them. You may go through some heartache and hat-hair, but trial and error will ensure you end up with a barber for life.

And, gentlemen, we’re sure you would never neglect such niceties but a brief remind to tip and tip well. Twenty to thirty percent is standard. Take care of your barber, and he’ll take care back.


Photo courtesy of FSC Barber (a dandy place to get a haircut and a shave)



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    http://baltimorebarbershop.com/ Great place in Baltimore! They were on the Today show a last week. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/44050098#44050098
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    This is complete truth. Thank the good Lord above for bringing FSC Barber to San Francisco. A good barber is like a trusted friend much like a lucky Nickel. Once you find it you never let it go...
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    In Manhattan, Paul Mole on Lex is outstanding!
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    I've been to that place in Baltimore. Nice place but the cut was terrible. Go elsewhere.
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    Reza Ketwaru
    Found it! http://www.newyorkbarbershop.nl/frameset-eng.htm
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