Archive for September, 2008
THE BARBER’S CORNER
I would like to give a few tips to barbers out there just to help out, I have years of experience to share so take notes.
• A barber should always get a good nights sleep so he may rise early in the morning for work. It is very important to arrive early and timely to work each and every day. I know you have heard the expression the early bird catches the worm, it has never been more true. Clients depend on there barbers because time is very precious to us all. If you say you will be at work at a particular time each day then you need to keep your word. Being dependable is a great trait to have.
• A barber should also keep himself clean and hygienic, A barber should wash each day brush his teeth and groom his hair. A professional appearance will attract clients. Having a well groomed appearance makes a barber more approachable and easy on the eyes. This will aid in making more revenue. Keep breath mints handy as well, a fresh mouth is needed because of the close contact, not to mention you can offer a mint to your clients.
• A barber’s attitude is very important. One should always try to be pleasant as much as possible. Try and smile a lot, this type of attitude is very appealing to clients, especially new or potential clients, your first impressions can be your last impressions.
. A barber should make it a habit to remember as many clients names a possible. A persons own name is one of the best sounds in the universe to the individual. When you remember a persons name it makes them feel special and it appears that you really care.
• A barber should try to stay abreast of current events such as weather, news, sports and politics just to name a few. Staying abreast of current events is good for conversation, clients sometimes want to talk and a barber should be a good listener and also be able to give his own opinion if asked.
• A barber should also educate himself on the latest hair styles, grooming trends and products. Men really don’t have access to a lot of information and also don’t like to ask just anybody personal questions so understand that your clients confide in you for information and privacy.
OK this is just a little something to get you started check back next week and I will give you part two on how to retain clients.
In 1911 a high school junior by the name of Leo J. Wahl began experimenting with an electromagnetic motor. Who knew he would found the worlds largest clipper corporation.
While Leo attended the University of Illinois he designed a medical massager that his uncle Dr. J. Frank Wahl began to manufacture and he began to sell at barbershops.
While frequenting barbershops he realized there were many tools that needed improvement. Leo eventually took over his uncle’s manufacturing business and started working on a new electric hair clipper.
On October 14, 1919 Leo J. Wahl applied for a patent and Wahl manufacturing company was born. Leo’s electromagnetic clipper was the first practical clipper with a drive motor in the hand. By the end of the 1920’s Wahl manufactured and sold approximately 1,000 clippers all over the United States.
Receiving his patent on February 2, 1921 Leo purchased 100% of the Wahl manufacturing company his uncle started. Leo renamed and incorporated as Wahl Clipper Corporation. Much money was made from patent infringement royalties and penalties paid to Wahl by others.
In the 1940’s Wahl expanded its production to hair dryers, shear sharpeners, curling brushes, combs and attachments for hair clippers. These additions made productions close to 2,000 items per day.
In 1957 Leo J. Wahl’s life ended on May 20th. Mr. Wahl had applied for over 100 patents on many different inventions.
Over the years the Wahl Clipper Company has maintained its leading edge on its competitors with the first cordless clipper, cordless rechargeable soldering iron, foot and back massager and the worlds first battery operated facial hair trimmer.
Wahl Clipper Corporation is an international industry leader in the manufacture of consumer personal care appliances and products for the professional beauty and barber salon trade. The company currently employs many people worldwide in Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Japan and the United States.
Wahl Clipper Corporation made a major commitment to international business and opened operations in South Africa and Brazil. Besides opening new operations in other countries, they also introduced three new products to the Wahl family: The Complete Hair cutting Kit for Dummies, the Wahl Deluxe Chrome Pro Complete Hair cutting Kit, and the Porta-Clip (Barber in a Bucket).