Designer and fashion icon Hardy Amies once said, “A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.” At Chez Moustache we believe that the well-coiffed man ought to make the same thoughtful impression.
You would think it common sense that making a good impression has to include one’s hair. After all it does sit there right on top of that (hopefully) well-dressed body. Apparently this isn’t common sense to many men. We receive countless last-minute pleas from desperate clients and non-clients in need of primping for an important event. We are amazed at how many men consider their haircut as an afterthought.
Schedule your haircuts regularly
It all begins with establishing a relationship with a good barber. Just like any other relationship in your life, you have to give it time and work at it. That means being thoughtful and planning your time to build a rapport with your barber. You never want to be the guy whose back, neckline and hair have all grown together. We recommend scheduling a standing appointment every 4-5 weeks if you have a longer hair style, and for very short hair a neck cleanup and shaping every 2-2 ½ weeks. Planned grooming keeps you consistently sharp and never looking like you just had a haircut.
Have realistic expectations
Find a barber that you can talk to about your hair goals. Pictures are good to bring in, but be realistic and make sure the model has similar hair to you. If not, you may set yourself up for a disappointment.
Male pattern baldness is a common challenge in both the psychology of letting go of a past look, and in finding a handsome new look working with what you have left on the top of your head. You ought to feel comfortable talking this out with your barber, and he should respect your wishes. We’ve had the pleasure of easing many of our clients away from the “comb-over” and into a more modern and handsome look.
Communication is as important to the barber consultation as location is to real estate…communicate, communicate, communicate
Talk to your barber about your hair and your head: Do you have any cowlicks, bumps or lumps? Every head is different. Do you know exactly what you want? Or do you want a recommendation? There’s a relationship between client and barber that grows over time, but the consultation paves the way for the client to leave satisfied right from the get-go.
Most men can relate to the priority of maintaining their car. They wouldn’t think of missing an oil change, and consider having a good mechanic to be a top priority. We hope you will consider putting the same priority into finding a good barber and maintaining your grooming as you would your car. American writer Elbert Hubbard said, “A man is paid not for having a head…but for using it.” At Chez Moustache we ask — Why not make it a well coiffed-head?