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So, it has been awhile. I feel like a lifetime has happened, and I’m popping out of a birth canal on the other side of it. Where to start?
I’ll update you on my current situation. I’m currently not working. I’m employed, but I’ve taken a month off in order to move from the small city of Victoria to Vancouver. So I’ve given up my client base, I’ve given up on working at my current shop, and I’m moving cities. Big change is always stressful for me, but it is something that needed to be done.
But there is more. I came really close to opening up my own business. Hence the break, I needed a lot of time to concentrate on building the best barber shop that I could.
Something doesn’t add up, I can hear you saying that in your head, and there is a story behind that.
Moving was my second option. I had become tired and frustrated in my job, and the more I researched about barbering, the more I wanted to open my own shop. My p…

Barber Hacks: Will Barbering DIE?

Barberhacks is here to help you grow as a barber and think about the barbering industry as a whole. PROGRESS AND GROWTHWhen I sit down to think about where our industry is going I see progress and growth, but I have a few reservations. Having been in the hair industry for 16 years, I have lived through at least one major economic downfall without feeling pinched (but also without feeling exceptionally wealthy), I have switched to men’s barbering despite the fact that it was looked poorly upon by the industry as a whole (I have been barbering for 8 years), and I have seen barbering rise from the ashes as men begin to take value in their appearance again.
THE STEPSSeeing barbering come to the fore I find it interesting to look back on some of the steps that took it there.
I imagine a marketing company came up with the term ‘metrosexual’ sometime in the mid-90s to sell the idea of modern man that takes care of themselves, although I definitely remember the term popularizing when it was u…

Barber Hacks: 5 Simple Tips To Create Loyal Customers

Barberhacks is here to help you become the best barber that you can be. This blog focuses on the mental side of the game, while my YouTube channel will teach you how to Barber Better.
I spend all day standing behind a chair, and I hardly ever sit in one. I’m never a customer, so how am I supposed to relate to one? I’ve talked about this before, but since I’ve started researching for a book that I plan to write, I’m thinking about this idea a lot. What does a guest think, what does a guest want?
We’re in customer service after all, we’re groomers, we make others look and feel good about themselves and their looks. I’m beginning to realize it's not all about getting the crispiest fade, or the most technical haircut, service is a large part of what makes people feel satisfied.
I started my career as an assistant in a salon that charged a minimum of $100 for a haircut, and a good part of our reputation was built on customer service. I didn’t quite understand why I did what I did, but I…

Barber Hacks: How To Choose A Successful Life

MAKING CHANGESI’ve been making changes in my life. I had some health issues that led to crippling anxiety, fatigue and massive, hospitalizing panic attacks. I’ve had to take a good look at my life and how I had been living it and make some changes.
CHOICESI’ll explain some of how I was living my life. I was smoking two packs a day, drinking often, dabbling with recreational drugs, I was working out seven days a week, and working 50-60 plus hours a week.
I didn’t care much about anything, and I was living life fast and loose. My family didn’t care to talk to me much, I kept getting dumped by the people that I was dating.
My life wasn’t going anywhere fast and I didn’t realize what was going on.
SUCCESSI had just been dumped and I remember reading something that said (and I’m paraphrasing here), “If you can’t take care of your partner and your future kids, you’ll never have a basis for a relationship or a successful life.”

That had a major effect on me, I promised myself to start taki…