click image to zoomClark Walker takes a photo of his client for his Instagram/Portfolio. Clark Walker (@jclarkwalker) is one of our newest ONES TO WATCH salon professionals we found on Instagram lately, and we learned that he actually acquired his new barbering job entirely through Instagram – he didn’t need a resume or cover letter, his work/pictures alone scored him the job.
During his first week in barbering school, Walker learned about other barbers using Instagram, not just to post pictures of their work, but to connect with other shops and pros across the world. So he started his own.
After 6 months and 1,000 plus hours into haircutting, he graduated and began work at a nearby Ray’s Barber Shop in Ogden, UT. As time passed, he got more personal with his posts – and started to include short bios about his clients, descriptions of their hairstyles, etc.
After working a year at Rays, Walker was ready to move on and started following a high-end barber shop in New York City called, Fellow Barber. Over the next year, he became an avid follower, and one day noticed they had posted a “Now Hiring” photo. Walker commented on the photo, and directed them to his Instagram feed.
They loved what they saw and invited him to stop in for an interview. Walker and his family’s plan was to move out to New York City anyway, so this was a perfect opportunity for him.
After moving out to New York, Walker scored the job a couple weeks later after an informal interview! Thanks to Instagram!
Here, he offers us a step-by-step on how to achieve a flat top haircut.
"With this haircut you want to make sure you do a few things, before you even think about cutting hair, during the consultation," says Walker.
STEP 1: Be sure the client is ready (since it can take about a year to grow this amount of hair).
STEP 2: Discuss how much length/height they want to keep up top and the general shape. We chose a very cylindrical shape and a very level top and slightly rounded corners (there are so many variations of flat tops).
STEP 3: Talk about what type of fade they want on the sides and back. (what number guards? to the skin? low medium or high fade?)
STEP 4: Remind them of the amount of maintenance this haircut requires and be prepared to teach them how to do it after the cut.
( ON PAGE TWO THERE ARE THE FULL HAIRCUT STEPS )
STEP 1: "Pick out the hair, (hopefully they have come with it picked already to save time) its best to use a hard plastic or metal pick comb and start with the surface, pulling up and out, and slowly work your way deeper and deeper towards the scalp. Trying to get maximum height."