Barbering Techniques – Traveling Guide

One of the most over looked techniques in barbering/men’s hair cutting is the use of a traveling guide. It can be used in a variety of different ways. For example, you can use it when picking up the hair and cutting with a barber shear, picking up the hair and cutting with a clipper, barber shear over comb, or clipper over comb. In the example below we will be focusing on using the scissor over finger barbering technique while cutting the hair in the top section.

Barbering Techniques – Traveling Guide

1. Pick up the front at 90 degrees and over direct the hair to the recession to avoid leaving any holes in the front. Make your first cut determined in the customer consultation.

2. Without dropping the hair pick up the next section with your comb and fingers only slightly behind the first section. The smaller the sections the more accurate your work will be. You will also be able to see your guide easier.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the right side. Depending on how long the hair is or how the shape of the head you may have to take 2 sections to the right of the center guide. In this step you will actually have 2 guides. Your center guide and your traveling guide.

4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the left side. Depending on how long the hair is or how the shape of the head you may have to take 2 sections to the left of the center guide as well. In this step you will again have 2 guides. Your center guide and your traveling guide.

This is an excellent way to cut for optimum accuracy instead of dropping the hair and picking up another section. You will always have the previous guide visible in your fingers. Using these smaller sections will result in a more accurate cut and eliminate any blending work and in a lot of cases the need to cross check your work.

Barber Success Tips – Part 4

A successful career in barbering or any profession for that matter is dependent on many factors. Many books have been written on this subject. When it comes to barbering or men’s haircutting I feel that there are 10 things you must know to have a successful career. In this 10 part blog series I will go into each one in detail.

Barber Success Tips – Part 4

Barbering Tools of the Trade

The tools you will need to be successful in men’s haircutting fall into 4 categories: scissors, clippers, combs, and razors.

1. Clippers: You will need an adjustable clipper with attachments and a trimmer. Also, as you progress through your career and get more comfortable with you clipper cutting adding a more powerful detachable blade clipper such as the Andis MVP or Oster 76 is a must.

2. Scissors: You will need a 6″– 7” barbering scissor for cutting length and a blending scissor. I personally like to have a 6″ scissor for picking up hair and cutting over my fingers and a longer 7″-8″ scissor for the scissor over comb haircutting technique.

3. Combs: You will need a flat top comb and smaller clipper comb with a handle for your clipper cutting.  You will also need a large comb for layering hair or scissor over comb work as well as a finishing comb.

4. Razors: You will need a razor for cutting and texturizing hair. It can have a guard on it if you are more comfortable with it. Depending on if you are licensed to shave or not you will also need a straight razor with disposable blades.

Mastering your barber tools will go a long way towards a succeful and rewarding career in barbering.