Charlene Rhodes – Louisiana USA

Introducing you to barbers from around the world to share their hints, tips and stories with you. This week we’re fortunate to be able to chat to Charlene “Charley” Rhodes from the barbershop Just 4 Him Haircuts in Larose, Louisiana.

Charlene Rhodes

Charlene RhodesWhat got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game?

What first got me into the Barbering GAME was when I moved to Austin, Tx about 8 years ago and I got a job at an amazing barbershop similar to Just 4 Him. But it was Co-Ed, Birds Barbershop on East 6th st. I’ve been pursuing that barber passion since but collectively I’ve been doing hair for 14 years.

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

Ignoring facial shapes and trying to give everyone the same cut, I realize now 7 years later that was a HUGE DEAL and very important to the work and customer service we do here at Just 4 Him.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

Having a successful business comes in 3 big parts 1. Education 2. Customer service 3. Pleasant and loyal employees/ independent contractors. Just 4 Him wouldn’t be successful without the knowledge we are instilled with by our owners, educators and positive attitudes and lifestyles.

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Franchise owners and wives of Just 4 Him Haircuts

What are you finding is the most popular style/trend recently?

Natural beards, enhancements are great until it’s time to wash it. I try to use natural beard oils and washes to help my clients grow full beautiful beards.

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?

Funniest thing is hearing all the insane things these men go through when it comes to Louisiana Baby Mamas, the lengths they go to smh, include: fighting being number one, running trucks into houses, stealing cars, releasing alligators into their yards and sending their nudes to their entire family.

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Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

Oh yes absolutely, females love beards and have since the dawn of time, my most favourite is a simple length to accentuate the clients face, with a sharp line.

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new products or techniques would you like to see improved within the industry?

More Beard products to promote healthy beards, lather machines that don’t cost over 100 dollars and more cordless clippers that work amazing and don’t die fast.

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

USE A BARBER COMB

What’s your favourite tool to use in your shop?

100th anniversary Wahl cordless clippers!

I’m obsessed with the new patent pending 100th anniversary Wahl cordless clippers! You can also use them with the cord and they cut like butter and do not get clogged easy. My other favourite for my guys with beards is a special Nola branded beard oil I have made special for me by my good friend, Idyll Hands NOLA, it has all organic ingredients and even promotes healthy beard growth without any after feel or smell. Absorbed easily and smells amazing.

 

 

5 Beard Maintenance Tips Every Man Should Know

No “great beard” is an accident. If you meet a well-groomed guy whose whiskers are well defined and looking healthy, it’s because he’s putting in the time to make it that way. Growing a beard is one thing, but how he cares for it determines how great it looks—even if his beard is patchier or thinner than others.

Guys with good looking beards avoid dry or irritated skin that would otherwise bother them so much with the itch that they’d end up shaving it off. Their partners don’t suffer from stubble rash and instead love running their fingers through the soft hairs every chance they get. Their neck and cheek lines are shaped just right to complement their head size and shape (see our related blog here)

Achieving this on your own comes down to three main things: minding the edges, trimming as needed, and nourishing both your skin and hair. Here are a few tips from our barber friends from around Europe to help.

Beard Care Also Means Skincare

If you’re a prime candidate for irritation, infection, and razor burn on and around your neckline then you need to take your time shaving around the beard. Any proper shave takes time, especially when it comes to pre and post-shave care.

Even if you’re just maintaining facial hair and shaving around certain patterns, be sure your skin is clean. You need to make sure the pores are open beforehand with warm water and properly sealed after with cold water to avoid irritation.

Using a well-balanced beard oil afterwards will replenish the natural oil the skin produces called sebum oil and will help keep both your skin and beard healthy, nourished and soft to the touch.

Photo Credit: James Crawley

It’s all about “U” when it comes to the beard neckline

It’s tough to know exactly what you’re supposed to do, and it’s easy to get it wrong. You often find random hairs that creep up into the cheeks, other guys grow a neckbeard.

This gets pushed up when wearing a shirt and tie making the whole beard look untidy no matter how sharp you dress. But there is one really easy way to work out where to start.

Take your index and middle finger, and place them together above the Adam’s apple to determine the baseline for the bottom of the beard. It’s helpful to set a line from this point straight across the neck with your trimmer or razor first, then trim the hairs below.

Next, from this point above the Adam’s apple, shave a “U” shape from the back of both ears, behind the jawline. This is your neckline, and will create a well presented and distinguished shape.

Once you’ve done it once it will be a lot easier to maintain in future. To help you out, try our beard shaping tool to keep those lines symmetrically straight and curved beautifully just the way you want it without the risk of freehand mishaps.

Fade Your Own Beard Neckline

Assuming it’s not an extremely big and bushy beard, in which case a faded neckline is pointless so skip this tip. To blend your bare neckline into your beard, in the same way a barber fades the sides of your haircut, all you need to do is follow a few simple steps with your trimmer.

Put a 1 guard on your clipper and close it all the way. Trim roughly one full inch into the beard up the neck. This will create a soft contrast, then you can take the guard off and trim halfway up into the 1-guard line for a steadier contrast. The result is a graduation from bare neck to full beard over the course of one inch.

Relax Your Face While Trimming the Moustache

It may only be a small strip of hair, but the moustache deserves more attention than most give it, namely when it comes to trimming. One key to a successful trim, is to maintain a normal facial expression when trimming.

Rather than straining and stretching your face, by being relaxed and natural will ensure your moustache is even with all expressions. Scissors are imperative instead of electric clippers, because they allow you a more natural result.

Check out this barber designed, 5 ½ inch length trimming scissors which are perfect for the job due their size and balanced weight. They’re an essential tool for your bathroom cabinet in keeping rogue hairs in check between trips to your barber.

Got wood?

A comb is a must too but avoid metal and plastic as they have harsh micro edges that tear those tightly knitted hairs causing a frayed and damaged beard. Start by back combing first getting right underneath before combing your beard down to its natural shape.

The reason your beard is so itchy around the 2/3 weeks growth stage is because when you shave, you are essentially creating little spears on the tips of each hair. They finally get long enough and poke at your skin. Your neck is very suspect to this because of the angle where the neck meets the head.

If you get stuck then speak to your barber first. They have a wealth of experience to help guide you with your style of beard.

Keep up these maintenance tips and you’ll be the envy of your mates.

How your beard can make you more money

Success favours the well-groomed.

Whether it be at the Oscars, parading down catwalks or your average suited and bearded commuter off to the city, beards are more than a fashion statement.

Science suggests that facial hair from designer stubble to full a Grizzly Adams is imbued with social messages, and can play a significant role with the well-groomed man feeling more confident.

study in 2016 by the University of Chicago and UC Irvine revealed that well-groomed and presentable men can expect to earn up to £11k more than those that look like they’ve been shipwrecked. This makes looking after yourself worth roughly 20% more on average to your income than not.

Steve Jobs grew a beard relatively late in life. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has one. So does Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com, Reed Hastings of Netflix and Richard Branson of Virgin Group. Also, Former CEO of SAP and Hewlett-Packard Leo Apotheker plus Scott Thompson, who was CEO of Yahoo.

A well-kept beard forming part of your attire will enforce the feeling of extra confidence about yourself and fully realise your potential and abilities. This is primarily because you know you are looking your best.

Confidence is the key to success in all walks of life, and your career is certainly part of that.

Co-workers will struggle to trust someone who has doubt in themselves. As well-presented men visibly exude their self-assurance, they have a great advantage over those who don’t care about their appearance. Making a lasting impression quickly will set the foundation for being held in high regard at the outset giving you a significant competitive advantage over others at work

Making impressions is very important in business.

Grooming yourself well doesn’t just mean putting on your best-looking suit but going through a good ritual of personal hygiene. By using professional revitalising products on your facial hair will strengthen the feeling of being confident which in turn makes you comfortable as well.

Men who display a top level of personal hygiene demonstrate that they are able to take good care of themselves which is important in any competitive working environment.

A well-kept beard is traditionally associated with giving the appearance of wisdom and maturity. You don’t look either extremely young or extremely old, but have a healthy balance of maturity and knowing you are taking care of yourself.

Keeping your beard healthy and well kept can set you apart and place you valued highly in an association.

Whether you have a week’s worth of heavy stubble, a month-long beard or the formidable full beard embrace your bearded status. Revel in your rugged looks and join the professionals.

Good grooming is an integral and impeccable style a must. If you don’t look the part, no one will want to give you time or money.

Make your way over and check out our range of beard care products and start making that professional difference to your grooming habits.

Got the secret to a beautiful beard? Tried any other beard growth techniques that have worked for you? We’d love to know! Comment and tell us what’s on your mind.