HOW TO ASK FOR A MEN'S HAIRCUT
These are for situations where you're traveling or for some other reason not seeing your regular barber or stylist, with whom you have undoubtedly developed a gloriously wordless rapport.
- •"Just give me a regular cut"This actually works about 90% of the time. Sounds obvious, but after trying many different basic asks this is the one that works the best. I've also gotten away with saying "medium" instead of regular.
- •Carry a photo or video in your phone of your last awesome haircut that you can show themI've used this before when traveling overseas, where I knew there would be a language barrier. You could also just carry a laminated photo of Don Draper.
- •Ask for either a tapered or blocked backTapered if you prefer a short cut and blocked if you like a little shaggier. This generally sets the tone for the whole haircut.
- •"Give me a business man's haircut"For the 10% of situations where "regular haircut" doesn't compute, this generally results in the same kind of safe, conservative haircut. I both said and pantomimed this in India once and got the coolest haircut I've ever had.