Everybody knows that barbers tell local stories, and often sing, but not everybody knows that barbers also have a philosophy of barbering. Probably as many philosophies as there are barbers. Mine is pretty straightforward - go with what Mother Nature gave you. It looks more natural, and it is also easier to manage as the hair grows back. There is an art to making hair look good, and the more you work with the natural tendencies of your hair, the better the results.
In my experience, the best thing you can do for your hair is to use “pH balanced” shampoo. I have customers that have been coming for their haircuts for over 20 years, and I am convinced that ph balanced shampoo makes a big difference. Natural hair pH balance is between 4.5 and 5.5, so you want your shampoo to be in the same range. Using "pH balanced " shampoo will do more for your hair than anything else you could do.
Most people are a bit hesitant to try any new service - well, so am I, but when it comes to a new barber - it’s a pretty safe bet. Why? Because the hair grows back. Sometimes barber has a bad day, and the client ends up with a bad haircut. But such haircut will start looking better after a couple of weeks. A REALLY bad haircut will not last much more than a month - by then either the hair will grow back enough to make it look halfway decent, or you can get your hair cut again.