From The Chair: Grooming Tips From A Master Barber


For the majority of men today, grooming has become part of their daily regimen. While men of yester year may not have taken the time, nor cared to use a daily moisturizer, trim their beards or worry with a clean cut, men of today are definitely more interested in looking and feeling their best.

Here at the shop, we certainly get plenty of questions regarding all matters of grooming from beard care to styling tips. So, we asked our in-house barber Cody Ratz with Greasy Hands to share some of his top grooming tips.

Tips For Visiting the Barber and How to Prepare

  • Avoid wearing a hat before your haircut. Wearing a hat can disrupt the natural growth pattern of your hair thus making it difficult for the barber to give you the best cut.
  • If possible, arrive without product already in your hair. If your hair is clean, it is easier to cut and you get a more precise haircut.
  • If you have a particular style you are going for be sure and bring photos the barber can reference. This gives you a starting point to begin the discussion of the look you are trying to achieve.
  • Know what you want out of your cut. For instance, do you want a cut that is low maintenance? Are you okay with using product? Are you looking to grow out your hair? All of these personal preferences need to be taken into account in order to give you the best cut to meet your personal goals and lifestyle.

Tips For Hair Care & Styling

  • Wash hair 2-3 times per week. If you shampoo every day, it will strip your scalp of all its natural oils and can lead to dry hair.
  • Use a conditioner! Many guys don’t even consider a conditioner. It should be a must in your grooming regimen. To cut to the point, a conditioner treats your hair with nutrients improving its condition. By adding a conditioner to your routine, you will notice a difference in the feel of your hair.
  • For those guys with thinning hair, a hair dryer is your friend. A hair dryer increases volume giving the appearance of a fuller head of hair.
  • Furthermore, for guys with thinning hair, use a matte finish styling cream or clay pomade for styling. You will want to avoid water-based pomades that cause hair to clump together creating a thinning appearance.
  • For maximum hold, always dry hair before applying product. Cody recommends Baxter’s Clay Pomade; one of his favorites in the shop!
  • For the best styling results, use professional products. You know the adage you get what you pay for, well it rings true with hair care as well.
  • Professional products have more of the necessary vitamins and proteins your hair needs to maintain and restore its health, not to mention, does so without all the harmful add-ins over-the-counter brands tend to fill their products.

Tips For Beard Care

  • You must shampoo and condition your beard 2-3 times per week. Just like the hair on top of your head, you need to give your beard the nutrients it also needs without drying it out.
  • For an unruly beard, a hair dryer can be used to brush it out to obtain a smoother look.
  • If growing your beard for length, avoid lining your neckline. You want your beard to grow naturally, which typically looks better and is definitely a lot easier to maintain.
  • Always shave with the grain to avoid bumps and ingrown hairs.
  • And finally one of the most frequent questions we get – what’s the difference between beard oil and beard balm?
    • Beard oil is used for dry skin to help prevent flaking.
    • Beard balm is used to prevent unruly flyaways and give your beard hold and shape.

Want to set up a private consultation with our Master Barber Cody for yourself?  CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment online or give us a call at the shop at: (256)203-2440!


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