For most Ghanaian people when they hear big chop, it means “sakora”. Well its not okay? The big chop is basically when a girl crops off all the relaxed parts of her hair. Look at Ahoufe Patri, isn’t she slaying? Getting your hair done should never be an anxiety-inducing event. It should be just like a spa day, leaving you feeling refreshed and brand new. Here are a few tips to help you find the right barber for you.
1. Ask People For Advice
We all know how wicked some barbers can be. I’ve been through the hands of quite a few and hmm…my head was used for several demonstrations in school. Hence, I vowed never to let a barber make me look like Megamind. If you see someone with a cut you like, then make sure to ask where they got it. It’s like asking for directions, its better to ask than to end up getting lost, wandering around for hours and wasting precious time.
2. Search Instagram and Even Google
Being good with Google is an important 21st century skill. Search to see what people are saying about barbers, barbering shops and salons in your area and trust me, you’ll find them. Ghana is developing you know.*wink,wink* Instagram searches will provide you with both pictorial and written reviews. The barbers are not joking these days. If it’s not creepy you could probably go into peoples’ DM and find out how and where they got their cuts if you find their cuts attractive enough.
3. Know What You Want
Can’t describe to the barber exactly what you want? Fat mistake! You are increasing your chances of being disappointed by the end result. Never expect people to read your mind. Know what you want and bring your own picture references or look through their catalog/magazines but never wing it. Have a clear vision and communicate that vision clearly.
4. Visit The Place Before You Book An Appointment
Look for licenses on the wall (very important), check out the cleanliness of the shop including the restroom. Observe your potential barber at work. Look for clues as to his skill level and professionalism. Ask yourself:
- Does the barber clean his hands and tools between clients?
- Is he focused on the job at hand or does he take frequent breaks and multiple phone calls? (that can be a bore)
Spend some time browsing any catalogs that might be present or have a look at the photos of clients on display, if there are any. Consider this entire exercise to be an interview for employment.
5.Schedule A Day For The Big Chop
Barbering is an art and skill. It’s a creative process. Have a consultation with a barber before actually diving in for a cut to see if you feel comfortable and confident in your barber’s skills and vision for your cut. If your prospective barber is comfortable and relaxed with you, you are likely to get a much better result. This move may be life changing, embrace it confidently.
Enjoy your big chop baby!