In all my years in the hair industry, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that clients always want their favorite singer, actor, or friend’s hair. Here are three steps every barber must take to make sure you ace your look-alike style.
Here’s an example of one of my clients who wanted a celebrity cut. My client Grant grew his hair out and just wasn't sure what to do with it, but he did know one thing; he didn’t want to cut it short! He showed me what he liked and didn't want, which just as important to know. I always ask for both so I have a clear visual.
We narrowed it down to three that he liked and that his hair would support. What went into picking the cut and style, how much time he would spend on styling it, and the picture he ended up showing me was Derek Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy. As you see it works perfectly with his hair texture and density.
I have had clients with pin straight show me a look like this and I have to tell them that unless they are going to get a perm, this won't work. I have had the same situation with very curly hair clients who show me a straight hairstyle and I have to explain that they will have to use products, brushes, & a blow drier to straighten it.
When working with my clients, I am really big on using the natural fall of the hair to determine the cut and style. As you can see from the before and after picture, that is true in the cut and style we chose.
Most of the time when I work with very wavy to curly hair I don't use a comb as much as I do when cutting straight hair. Instead of combing the hair, I use a comb with a sectioning tooth and use my fingers to grab the hair I'm going to cut. Combing wavy to very curly hair to cut it will change the outcome of the finished style. I can look at how the curl is growing and grab it at its natural growth to cut it. The more you cut hair at its natural fall, the easier it is for the clients to style it themselves and the regrowth stages are a lot nicer.
With Grant’s part line I used a pair of small tipped scissors to take a surgical part line to just help break it open a little. For styling, I used KMS cult perfection lotion with a YS Park diffuser on my blow drier on med heat high air flow. Using a vented wet brush, I supported the hair off the scalp a little, without forcing it out of its natural fall and let it form into the style I cut into it. When it’s 97% dry I put in the KMS cult up control cream very lightly to help support the wave.
So the next time a client brings in a picture of a celebrity/musician/friend they want to look like, remember these 3 steps to creating the best look for your client.
Photos: Courtesy of the author
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Jes has devoted nearly twenty years to advancing the craft of men’s hair cutting and fashion grooming. Strong training in men’s scissor techniques and cutting-edge styling methods deliver modern and classic looks on his male clientele. And with a strong emphasis on styling, you know you're going to not only look good but be able to recreate your style at home. With a focus on education, Jes inspires creativity in the future of the trade and passes down his wealth of experience and knowledge surrounding cutting, grooming, and management. Through sharing his experience, he mentors fellow owners and industry professionals on marketing and promotion for their own companies and businesses.
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