Haircuts are unavoidable. Everyone needs them but no one really wants to pay for them. Go to ten different hair stylists and there’s a good chance you’ll get ten different prices. You probably have a favorite hairstylist that you go to already, but the day after you get your hair done, it never looks quite the same. We all have to learn how to style our own hair to get us through the day. Fortunately, styling your own hair is free. But as I got done cutting my hair last night I realized haircuts are free too, if you’re willing to give it a try.
As a guy, its much easier to cut my own hair and have an acceptable outcome without too much skill. It’s a little trickier for girls, but unless you’re getting your hair dolled-up for something fancy, trimming a few inches off the ends isn’t very hard either.
I’ve cut my own hair (or having a friend cut it for me) for almost 20 years now. I honestly haven’t paid for even a single haircut since I was in high school. When I was a kid, my mom would sometimes cut my hair and sometimes I would go get it done. I didn’t really care all that much how it came out and I guess I don’t care too much now, but I’ve become skilled enough over the years that you wouldn’t be able to tell that I cut it myself.
Go to any home goods store such as Target or Wal-Mart and you’ll find some vibrating hair clippers with enough pieces to cut any guys hair. The set will cost you between $25-$75, but you’ll easily make that back in about six months.
Figure out what kind of look you want and have your friend cut your hair first. It’s much easier for them to see whats going on than you. After you realize what you need to do, give it a try yourself. You’ll probably still want a friend there to follow-up and make sure you didn’t miss anything. Even now I still have someone check to make sure I didn’t miss something, but for the most part I no longer need any help. Best of all, I can cut it myself in about 5-10 minutes, l
ess time than it would take to drive to the barber.
Figuring that the average men’s haircut probably costs between $15-$30, and figure one haircut about every two months, I’ve saved myself between $1800-$3600 which is nothing to shake a stick at.
If you’re a mom or dad of some young ones, hair cutting is an easy skill to pick up with a few attempts, and the savings will surely be worth the time it took to learn.