How is it that we don’t have robots to do this? Shouldn’t we just be able to lock our heads into some kind of Barberizer3000 contraption, download a picture of the haircut we want, and get a perfect replica? Crazy as it sounds, we’re still relying on humans to wield sharp instruments near our ears to give us that look we have such trouble explaining. With humans you need to guard against miscommunication and very bad taste. In other words, you need to pay attention to who’s cutting your hair. Some pointers to help you get by until the new technology arrives:
He should, first of all, be a he. Sorry—nice as it would be to have a woman patting your scalp while you sit bare-chested under a nylon kimono, it’s got to be a guy.
Clientele is critical. If most of a shop’s customers look like Trent Lott or Dennis Hastert, chances are it’s not the place to go for the latest take on the faux-hawk.
When you do walk into a shop, check out its products. While expensive gels don’t guarantee a good haircut, cheapo supermarket stuff usually means a cheapo Supercuts look is in store for you.
Beware of a barber who relies too much on electric clippers. Your haircut should have depth and dimension, and these can be achieved only through the use of scissors.
Think of it as a date. You need some talk before you get to the body contact. Let your barber know what you want. If he listens and relates to you sensibly, chances are he has the skills to back up the talk.