Monday, March 1, 2010

Money $aving Monday

One thing that I have done to save a few dollars:

I learned the basics of hair cutting.  

I am by NO means a professional, but I can cut my husband and children's hair.  In my corner of the world, a typical haircut costs $12-$15, and my family needs them every 3 months.  So, I end up saving around $200 a year.  And that's just the price of the haircut, that doesn't include the gas to get to the salon, the tip or the cost of a shampoo & style.

How did I do this?  I purchased a basic hair cutting kit.  Many kits come with a dvd showing how to cut hair with the tool kit.  I also purchased a book that "teaches" you how to cut hair.  This book wasn't necessarily the greatest, but it was cheap and it taught me the basics.  (I think that Hair Cutting for Dummies or How to Cut Your Own Hair (or Anybody Else's) also look like good books to learn from.)

So, for the price of two haircuts, I had everything I needed to cut my family's hair on a regular basis.  I also cut my own hair (I do go into the salon once every 2-3 years just for a break, though.)

Other tips:

  • I asked a hair stylist about different ways to cut hair and she was more than happy to show me.  I don't know if all stylists will be that willing to hand over their tips, but this helped me a lot.
  • If you don't want to try to cut your own hair and still need to go to a salon, shampoo your hair right before going and arrive with a wet, clean head.  Your stylist won't have to shampoo your hair and you won't get charged for it.  
  • If you get really good at cutting hair, maybe you could try to find other families who would be willing to let you cut their hair in exchange for something (like babysitting).
  • Ask your stylist not to bother styling your hair (blow drying, curling iron, hair spray, etc.).  Just have them do the basic cut.  Some salons charge for the hair cut AND the style.


  1. Wow...I did not know that they might charge for the cut AND style. Thanks for the tip. I am going to get my hair cut later in the week since I am on Winter Break this week.

  2. Smart girl! I remember when we bought my husband all his razors. We had great intentions, but it just didn't look that good. He often goes to the beauty college though where it is $3 for a haircut!!

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  3. I've done this too. The only problem I have is I hate cutting hair. Caleb's hair is pretty straight forward and it takes not too long to do it, but my girls have such different hair. Michaela's is stick straight. Naomi's is thick and curly. So I alternate cutting their hair and taking them in because I am not that great at it. I do watch them though when they are cutting hair. Sometimes i feel like its a huge waste to pay them because they just do it so fast and only take off a little bit and then add layers which I think aren't hard to do. I mainly just use the salon because I don't want to deal with it...otherwise, they really don't do much better than I could.

  4. This was quite a transition for Chris. He felt bad not going to his barber like they were relying on him or something. He got over it when I crunched the numbers for him. I am the only one who goes somewhere to get a haircut now... and that is only once a year.

  5. Hi. I'm following you back from Friday Follow. Thanks for stopping by Simply Sweet Home. Hope to see you again!

  6. Found you from FF. I recently tried the home hair cut you can read my post