Barbershop 101: Tips from a Master Barber | The Distilled Man

The modern classic barbershop is a place where men can just be men…while still taking time to care about how they look. In this video, Kyle Ingham of The Distilled Man chats with Shorty Maniace, Master Barber and Owner of J.P. Kempt Barber & Social. Shorty shares tips on how to get the most out of the barbershop experience:

Knowing what you want
What to tell your barber
Know some basic terms
How to change up your hairstyle
How to build trust with a new barber
What the confidence of a great haircut can give you
Learning more about the straight razor shave
How to behave in the barbershop

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  1. Lance Dunaway on November 29, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Very professional video. Good layout and informative. Well done. Finish with a spray of Aventus?

  2. IzaFaqat on November 29, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    lol such a pro video, but 500 subs

  3. Kieran Rogers on November 29, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    His line should be, "My cuts can get you laid or paid."

  4. Laszlo Horvath on November 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    This Master Barber is so down to earth, very refreshing to hear his thoughts. Thank you for sharing. 🙏

  5. Wayne on November 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Very nice vid. I wish there were more like this. Cheers!

  6. snipper1ie on November 29, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Guy goes into a barber shop and asks for a Tony Curtis. Barber cuts his hair and shows him the cut. That’s not a Tony Curtis says the customer. It would be if he got his hair cut here, says the barber

  7. hailthedarklord on November 29, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    great interview!

  8. David Obdrzalek on November 29, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    heard about Shorty in San Diego, thank you for interviewing him. great video

  9. Alex Ramos on November 29, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    On point. plain and simple

  10. Hamed Yazdi on November 29, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Great tips! I will go more prepared for my next haircut! I also really appreciate the social aspect of classic-style barber shops and yes, turn off the f*cking iPhone and have a conversation!!! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  11. Francisco Carbajal on November 29, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    He got layed because of his Haircut ! Haha that is God Level ! ✊🏽

  12. myownruin187 on November 29, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    I like the logo on his work shirt reminds me of the freemasons..

  13. Mario on November 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    great interview and vodeo. thanks my friend.

  14. Christian Zanudo on November 29, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Amazing Barber . Great words . Inspires me to become a better barber and do more on my part for the client

  15. the1nonly B on November 29, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Masonic Barber! The Symbolism

  16. Win Win on November 29, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    A lot of negligent barbers out here today.

  17. Barbers League on November 29, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Good Man!

  18. Bernardo Courrege on November 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Cool guy!

  19. smurfarooney2003 on November 29, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    whats the difference between a barber and a master barber ?

  20. Poop Nation ASMR on November 29, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Do they also cut African-American hair?

  21. Alex Weinbaum on November 29, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Great tips! If anyone needs help with customer scheduling, inventory management, POS, Facebook integrations, product reservation, etc. Artemiz is a great cloud-based solution that can make life a lot easier as a barbershop owner a whole lot easier. They actually offer a free trial

  22. barber man on November 29, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    i have been a barber for 34 years and years, so people who are just starting out in the trade should listen to this master barber…reason maybe because he has seen it all..well almost, understand that calling an older guy sir is not demeaning to yourself and nor is putting their jacket on. its all part of your job as a barber. its just like life you have to earn respect. and respect to this fellow barber.

  23. Ignacio Sardeneta on November 29, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    How does this video not have more views. What a crime!

  24. dpetrano on November 29, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve owned many barbershops w/ many barbers that worked w/ me. Today at 62, I am at peace in a one chair shop where all I do is play soft music and cut hair; moreover, I DISCOURAGE TALKING. I am not their psychologist or their friend, but I am their best barber.

  25. SuperFitRoy on November 29, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Great video, it kept me interested the whole time.

  26. S'cream-y White on November 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    That was really good. Great video.

  27. 2nd Generation on November 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    In my 18 years of life, I have never once been to a Barber Shop. My mom always did it herself, or she took me to a salon. It eas till about last year that I really started caring about how my hair looks, and trying different styles. Then I realized how difficult my hair is to look decent. Having curly hair really throws a wrench in the works as I can’t have one of those "comb once and done" haircuts that I envy so much. And using product doesnt really seem to help. I’m going to a barber shop tomorrow for the first time, and hoping to come out with a fresh new cut. Thanks for this video, now I know some ofnthe basucs before I get in there and just tell them "a little off the top".

  28. Dan Lutter on November 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    "Stay off your fuckin iPhone and talk to somebody."

    Shorty is my new hero.

  29. Mr Pickels on November 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Yeah the barber guy with the funny beard that don’t match his hair is saying that he would shave someone’s head because they asked for his advice. What a nincompoop…. corny mofos. Dude is full of crap. Just cut hair. Give genuine advice. What the fuck is a social?? This is 2017 not 1951. You square greaser.

  30. blakebarbering on November 29, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    it was an Ok video. but I only came from one certain point of view. in the black neighborhoods. the barbershop never left. so why did he leave in other neighborhoods is my question. maybe you should do a video on that

  31. Mr12JETS on November 29, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    loved the video

  32. ksspang on November 29, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I understand it’s more about the message than the quality of the video, I don’t expect a masterpiece, but maybe think about a better microphone, or at least try to stop the cutting out/popping that happens quite frequently in the video.  It not only distorts the audio but distracts from the message.  Otherwise, good stuff

  33. Jose Martinez on November 29, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    at 5:12 the barber was not even pulling the skin tight when shaving the neck…wtf?? unprofessional. smh

  34. juliemango on November 29, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    that’s one suspicious looking logo

  35. Cynthia Cler on November 29, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Hi, you mentioned your from San Francisco. Cool, I was raised in Cupertino right next door. I moved to Redding, Ca. about 10 yrs ago. Can’t find a decent Barber withinn 250 miles of this town. My 13 yr old son rocks a 4 inch pompador. I have to drive him over 3 hrs for a decent haircut. WTH!! Now he’s looking to do some hair tattoo designs on his head. Can’t find anyone local to do it, and that sucks! It would be awesome if you could recommend a place around our town. So you know of any? I’ve looked and can’t find anyone in town that doesn’t hack my son’s head. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and Have a great day…

  36. LRthe Barber on November 29, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    nope his line should be fades that get you laid!

  37. henry galvan on November 29, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    great way to view your career. keep it up. Straight Edge Barbershop Amarillo Texas

  38. Shahnaseeb Babar Bhatti on November 29, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    ‘We know that you know that you can’t look like Brad Pitt’ 😀

    Exactly what my barber said to me.

  39. Patrick Alberto on November 29, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    I got a haircut from the barbershop! awesome! will be back!

  40. Hector Maldonado on November 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    wtf kinda barbershop is this

  41. swapan ghosh on November 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Found excellent insights on many things,.. It does matter in an understanding of a world grown smaller and closer.

  42. Don Barzini on November 29, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    freemasons are so gay lmao

  43. 408Magenta on November 29, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    I have 20 minutes to spare, cut my hair. Do your job and cut the crap. You have been away from Italy for far too long. I walk into an Italian barber shop, he knows immediately.

  44. Everett White on November 29, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Bro this is a straight talk video. In my opinion, the best barber video that isn’t a "How To…" but one that appeals to this Master Barber by simply keeping it real.

    By the way, I like your interesting barber logo.

    Much success; keep it real and stay honest…
    Memphis Barber

  45. JIM DELIOS on November 29, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    You did a great job with this video looking forward to your next……
    Big dog barbershop

  46. sundance kidd on November 29, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Yeah he sounds kinda pretencious

  47. Syndicate Bob on November 29, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    … the 2 "thumbs down" are women…

    Great video, but saying these are tips…. is almost an insult! 😉  What you say in this video is how a Barbershop should realy be and what it should stand for!! it is exactly how I run my Barbershop in Europe! We should talk about a world wide Syndicate of Barbers…

    Me; Barber since 1989 and dedicated to our profession with heart and soul. Clean cuts, perfect shaves for every man no matter where he’s from or who he is! A man is a man and we make sure he stays that way!

  48. Laertes the barber on November 29, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Good tips

  49. Tobisfoto on November 29, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t understand everything cause I’m from Germany but he has a good point especially in the point xblade saefty rasor vs straight rasor

  50. Scott Johnson on November 29, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Hello. New subscriber. Great video. I’m 60 and have been going to barbers all my life. I thought I was a good client. I was definitely making some mistakes. I’m 6 months in my beard and have an appointment with a new barber for a beard trim and haircut and now I now how to get the best out of my haircut and experience and also be welcomed back into the shop. Thanks.