The Cleanest Hair Gets The Cleanest Cut
We get it- you're not always coming straight to the shop from home. BUT TAKE OUR ADVICE- IF YOU WANT THE BEST POSSIBLE HAIRCUT FROM YOUR BARBER, YOU SHOULD WASH YOUR HAIR BEFORE YOU Go.
You may be getting off of work, leaving the gym, or even leaving school. One thing you must realize is that in order to supply your barber with the best possible canvas you should allot an extra 5-20 minutes in your schedule to take the liberty to wash or at least rinse and dry your hair before coming. In the long run it may save you a few bucks if your barber insists on a shampoo.
Your skin produces sebum, a greasy substance, to coat and protect hair and the hair follicle. Sebum gives you hair a healthy shine but it'll also make your hair look dirty when not properly maintained. So while you're out all day, particles are being attracted to the sebum and sticking to it. Sebum is hydrophobic. It waterproofs your skin and hair. You can rinse away dirt and skin flakes, but oils and sebum are untouched by water, no matter how much you use. You shouldn't wash everyday, but a good wash and condition are mandatory for healthy hair.
In future posts, we'll get into the types of hair and scalps that may cause dry or oily scalp conditions and what products to use, but this is more or less a PSA (Public Service Announcement).
I've cut guys who appear to not have washed their hair in weeks, and as a barber let me tell you- it does two things. First, it makes the hair incredibly hard to cut. Most clippers aren't designed to cut through wet or overly greasy hair. Secondly the desire to really perfect the cut becomes slightly diminished. Why in the world would your barber spend an extra 20 minutes on hair that you apparently don't care about?
If you're a big pomade or hair gel guy, consider giving your hair a quick rinse if you're planning to get a few inches off the top. You may be able to get away with leaving it in if you're only fading the sides, but it's something to definitely consider.
If you're coming in from the gym, make sure to rinse and dry your hair before you come in- this is effectively going to give you a better cut, but also be conscientious that your sweat can be transferred to the next person's scalp. Barbers should be cleaning their tools between each cut, but you can minimize this risk by being a team player.