We get it. It's scary.
Finding someone to shape and trim your beard is a risky endeavor. You didn't spend months growing your beard just to have some $10 haircut spot use a trimmer on your face and put a dent in that beautiful face art.
When choosing a barber you have to take a look at a few things to make sure they're experienced in the art of beard shaping. We'll list some barber shop must-haves and some "take your beard and run" warnings when considering a new barber.
Once you find a barber that takes care of your hair and beard, make sure you never let them go. And tip them well...
-A smart man
So you have a wedding coming up and your beard is looking a little wild. You're thinking of trimming up yourself but the trimmer you have is from the 80s and you don't want to use the sewing scissors you found in the basement. It's time for barber-intervention. If this is a first time to the BARBER (not salon) shop for a beard trim, make sure you keep a few things in mind.
A beard trim on the menu - Barber shops that don't cater to beards won't have this on the menu. And even if they do, your homework isn't done.
Dedicated licensed barbers - You would think that all barbershops would have only licensed barbers working but this isn't always the case. Make sure the guy putting sharp things to your beard has gone through the schooling and knows his way around a beard.
Bearded barbers and clientele - If you're in the barbershop waiting room and all you see is children and bare faced guys walking in you may want to rethink your choice. Added bonus if your barber has a beard of his own.
A solid waiting room experience - Many of the barber shops we go to in Chicago have fantastic atmospheres set up for customers while they wait. From free beer, to big screens, to lounge chairs. If you're paying upwards of $30-$40 for a cut and trim you should feel like you're being treated well.
If you're not looking to lose any length in your beard make sure you ask for a SHAPE UP not a trim!!
Guards on their trimmers - Those guards are meant for stylists that haven't gone through the proper barber training. Nothing against stylists, but men need dedicated barbers.
Cosmo and Good Housekeeping magazines in the waiting area - This should be self explanatory. You need good reads while you wait.
A barber that doesn't spend a little time to get to know you - The guy behind the chair should know what you're going for as far as your grooming. Make sure you're spending at least a few minutes talking about what you're looking for.
Prices under $10-$15 - A good barber deserves to be paid well. If you're walking out happy after spending under $20 then that's great but you'll rarely find a good barber charging anything under $25.
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