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Cutting Hair at Home

March 2nd, 2010 at 07:25 pm

Well, today I gave haircuts to the males in the family. I don't think my son has had one since the end of August and he was starting to really look like a ragamuffin. A cute ragamuffin, but a raggamuffin nonetheless. I think enough hair ended up on the floor to give an entire colony of birds nesting material. We'll put it out by the bird feeders tomorrow morning when it's light and then peek through the window to see what the birds are doing. It's always fun to watch them during nesting season. I also gave a touch up trim to my husband.

I invested in a good barber's razor kit a couple of years ago for $39.00 and I made the money back within three haircuts. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it at all. The first time I did it I practiced on my husband because he had no qualms about shaving his head bald if I happened to mess up. I didn't, though, and he ended up with a nice, professional looking cut. He gets the number 3 attachment because he prefers something close to but not as short as a buzz cut. And I use the number 4 for my son, which comes out short, but doesn't leave him feeling like he's been scalped. At this level he can go three months between haircuts before he starts looking like he needs one.

Included in the kit we bought was a cape that I use for both haircuts and when I color my hair or my daughter's hair. It came with a very sharp pair of hairdresser's scissors as well, which I use to cut my bangs. I used to do my daughter's bangs, too, but she's growing her hair long and doesn't want to have bangs anymore. My daughter and I do go get a professional cut twice a year and then I will occassionally trim her ends between visits.

In the past I have given my daughter both a bob and a pixie cut. They are both simple cuts for beginners, but you really must use sharp hairdressers scissors. I can't stress that enough. Dull scissors from the sewing basket or craft kit are not going to do the job right. Your bangs will look split-ended and the cut will definitely be jagged. I'd also recommend getting a book out from the library that tells how to cut hair.

We save a lot of money doing this ourselves because at the cheapest salon around here, it's $12.99 for a kids cut and $14.99 for an adult cut (no shampoo, no styling, no blow dry). The barber is $13. A bang trim is $6. It takes a bit of practice to trim bangs yourself but it really isn't all that hard after the first time or two. It helps to have a forgiving style and keep a longer bang until you get used to doing it yourself.

I reckon between the two cuts, my bang trim, sales tax, and tip, we saved about $40, so I transferred that amount into my safety net today, bringing the total to $340.48. Not a bad investment at all.

6 Responses to “Cutting Hair at Home”

  1. huffydeb2003 Says:

    I give DS haircuts also. I got a razor kit a few years ago for less than $20. It saves lots of money!!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Isn't it great? We got the more expensive one because it had more attachments, the cape, and the scissors, and we figured it would last longer being used by two people, but if it had just been for one of them we would have gotten the cheaper one.

  3. Suzanne Says:

    For those of who are scissor challenged, I just found out that Cost Cutters is doing $10 haircuts every Tuesday. They also do $7 waxing on Wednesday. This is in Wisconsin, but I'd guess it is in other areas, too.

  4. all4money Says:

    We bought a haircutting kit from Sam's 15 years ago for around $18. It still works to this day! I use it to cut every member of my family's hair, except my own. I am the only one to go to the local salon but that's just because I can't do my own. DH tried once and that was the only and last time I'll get him near my hair with scissors! Smile However, I only go twice a year at a cost of about $25 for the year, so it's not that bad.

  5. homebody Says:

    My DH has been cutting my hair for a long time. I just have a short blunt cut. It seems ridiculous to pay someone for what takes 5 minutes. Of course I probably could have a cuter cut, but my hair is fine and thin and all those cute short cuts are with thicker hair.

  6. disneysteve Says:

    I've been cutting my own hair for about 5 years. Just on the spur of the moment, I bought an electric clipper at the outlet store for $15 and have used it ever since. Just a couple of weeks ago when I went to cut my hair, the clipper wasn't working well so I ordered a new one (better quality) on Amazon for about $30. So I got 5 years of haircuts for a grand total of $15. Not a bad deal at all.

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