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O Humble Barber, We Hardly Knew Ye

April 07, 2014

The American Psychological Association states that when dealing with loss, an individual endures five separate stages of grief. But sometimes the loss is so great, so detrimental to the individual, additional stages manifest. We’re speaking about the loss of a brother. Not a literal brother (let’s not get too heavy here), but a metaphorical one. A man who’s trusted in the highest regard, with the utmost admiration and respect. A man who cuts hair.

We’re all going to lose this person at least once in our lives. We’ll move away, or they’ll move shops, and we’re left to relish in the cold uncertainty of “But who will cut my hair now?” Fear not, as we’ve assembled some surefire steps to take that make finding a new barber as painless as possible.

1. Connect

If you truly like the barber you’re using, don’t waste any time in getting their full name, cell phone number, email address or even connecting with them on any social platform. Brush away those anxieties of feeling stalker-ish; most barbers will simply view this outreach as a form of professional flattery.

2. Plan for the unexpected

Things change. That’s just the way it goes. But that’s not an excuse to be unprepared. Casually chat up your current barber about which of his colleagues he admires, be it in the way they shave a fade, or the proper layering for a side part. Pocket that information so that if there comes a time when your guy is unavailable, you’ve got options.

3. Snap a selfie

Have you just had one of the best haircuts of your life? Document it. It may seem silly, but it could come in handy later. Josh Cooley is a veteran barber at Belmont Barbershop, recently named one of Details Magazine’s “ Best Barbershops in America,” and he says that new customers often come in with a visual aid. “Believe it or not, many of our new customers show us a picture of themselves on their phone that demonstrates the level of fade they’re looking for or something similar. We’re able to tell them on the spot if we can do it, and almost always we can.” You read it here; now’s the time to say cheese.

Getting over any loss is tough, and it takes time. But hopefully, finding a new gentleman to keep your hair on point takes a little less.

 

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