News: A Barber Going Out of His Way For a Disabled Customer

I love when I can find great humanitarian story in the world of barbering.

This story is all about a barber in the Boston area who was spotted going out of his way to give a haircut to a customer who was unable to physically enter the barbershop in his wheelchair. Wow!

Read the full story here.

LadyClipper Goes Pink: Raising Breast Cancer Awareness With Style

As a woman, breast cancer prevention, research and awareness is critical.  That being said, “Lady Clipper Goes Pink” in October.

Second to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most prevalent among women, according to the American Cancer Society.

This October, I am proud to recognize Sondra Abraham, a breast cancer survivor and fellow alumna of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

In celebration of Sondra’s 6 years of freedom from cancer, Lady Clipper and Malek Naz, photographer and alumna of the Corcoran Gallery of Art will raise awareness through the art of hair and style.

A portion of all haircut proceeds during the month of October will go directly to the American Cancer Society.

Please support breast cancer awareness and research by visiting the American Cancer Society's website.

Book your next appointment here. See you soon.

Photography by Malek Naz Freidouni. See more of Naz's work by visiting www.maleknaz.com and www.contempokidsphoto.com
Source: The American Cancer Society

A Think Piece Centered Around an Olympian's Hair?

The 2016 Olympics in Rio are almost over. With all of the controversy going into the global sporting event, it seems like everything went as well as it could go. The USA has been dominating the medal count and most of the headlines seem to revolve around the USA gymnasts. With all this athletic success taking place, somehow one way or another, the subject of hair style still rises to the top of conversation.

I came across an interesting read via The Washington Post. Candace Buckner penned a think piece on some of the recent disheartening rumblings of the internet about USA Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas's hair in the wake of her recent gold medal performance.

Candace writes:

"Our hair is complex. Well-defined wavy. Corkscrew-curly. Chemically-enhanced straight. Break-a-comb nappy. And for many black women with relaxers, sweat can be their hair’s Kryptonite. A 30-minute workout in the gym is only the preamble to the two-hour workout later that night in front of the bathroom mirror.
Slaying — which just means you look so good, you’re killing it — takes work. And it’s something black women with thick hair have sparred with and accepted since Madam C.J. Walker became the nation’s first black millionairess by inventing hair-straightening products..."

Click here to check out Candace's piece in it's entirety over at The Washington Post.

3 Major Keys To Booking Your Haircut Appointment

Booking your next haircut appointment should only take a few minutes. Take advantage of booking your appointment.  There's isn't enough time in a day, so walk-in appointments are rare for me. Also, I'm in the shop Wednesday  through Saturday every week. I'm happy to share three great tips to ensuring you land the booking time you desire. 

#1 - Contact me on my direct line to book your next appointment.

Pick up the phone and give me a call 202-368-4603. It's 2016, so of course you can book via text. Let me know your name, the day and time you want to get a haircut. If time you want isn't available; don't worry because we'll work out the next best time for both of us. 

#2 - Give a brief description of the style you want or provide a picture.

Knowing the style you're thinking of of along with the current style of your hair helps me hold the perfect amount of time for your booking. 

#3 - Communication is key.

 Running late for your appointment? Just shoot me a text message letting me know your original appointment time and how many minutes you're running behind. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, don't hesitate to let me know as soon as possible.  

How To Get The Perfect Haircut or Style

Previously, I shared a post that focused on the things barbers want their clients to know. This time around, it's about the barbershop lingo.

Your haircut and style is important to your barber just as much as it is to you. Your satisfaction determines a barber's success every time.

Lets be honest, describing the perfect hairstyle you envision isn't always the easiest task. Lets make this a little easier. Certain buzz-words can help your barber understand exactly how to make you happy. 

Terms to Know:

Before you can get into discussing your desired haircut style, you need to tell your barber some preliminary details, especially if you’re visiting a barber that’s never cut your hair before. When you first sit down, let your barber know what kind of general look you are trying to achieve. To this you'll need to know terms like taper, fade, guard length...etc. 

Take a deeper dive into mastering the barbershop lingo by checking out the Ties.com piece appropriately titled...

Hair Terminology: How Tell Your Barber Exactly What You Want right here. 

Source: Ties.com Blog

Barbers Want You To Know...


In a previous post I shared Kyle’s experience. So it’s only right to tap into the concept of two-way communication between a client and their barber/stylist. 

I imagine that sometimes communicating with your barber/stylist can be a bit weird for various reasons. This is definitely a learned behavior and it gets better over time. 

I came across a great article on how to effectively communicate your needs and wants to ensure you’re happy when you leave your barber’s chair. For example:

“Q: How to find a great barber or stylist?

A: Keep trying until you find someone you trust.

All of this advice depends on having a good barber or stylist. There are so many of them out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. First off, decide if you prefer a barber or salon environment… Then, check out their websites and social media to see the kinds of cuts they do…”
Read the entire article via Men’s Hair Style Trends here.

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