In a previous post, I mentioned that my husband and I have saved money throughout the years by cutting each other’s hair and by cutting our children’s hair as well. I wanted to expand a little more on that post because this is one area that many can’t or won’t give up spending on. In my previous post, Cut the Small Stuff, I briefly mentioned how my husband and I began cutting our own hair and the savings we reaped from doing this all these years. I wanted to go into a little more detail because many people are afraid to cut their own hair or anyone else’s in their family.
We decided it would be a good idea, after we married, to start chopping each other’s hair and stop going to the hairdresser to save some cash. We ended up with a lot of horrified looks from the people who knew us, and for me especially, being a woman, relatives and friends thought I’d completely lost my mind to let my husband cut my hair. I have to admit, it was a little scary when we started doing this. My mother-in-law could only make “tsk, tsk” noises at us. Even she, who came from a poorer background, insisted on having her hair done at a salon. My sisters-in-law thought I was crazy and our other relatives, who were too polite to say anything, we’re probably snickering behind our backs waiting for the loopy haircuts each of us would have to endure.
We began our haircutting journey by going to downtown Toronto to buy the best scissors we could find from a shop that sold barber and hairdressing supplies. We also picked up a professional clipper, thinning shears, a good comb and a smock to protect our clothing. We were set! We probably spent about $200.00 or more on these items (I can’t remember the price, it’s been so long ago), but I know they have paid us back in aces and spades over the years. We still have the same scissors, smocks and combs. Our clipper we’ve had to replace because it’s been dropped so many times by the kids who, get this, cut their own hair now!
The first couple of haircuts between my husband and I were not the best. We were uneven, I’m sure, but you couldn’t really tell. I had short hair so I could get away with using product to bring out the different layers in it. Cutting my husband’s hair was easy. He only required an even snip around and he was done, but there were mishaps along the way. I used to cut the top of my knuckles with the scissors when I started cutting my husband’s hair. Not the best to be bleeding while cutting someone’s hair. My husband used to pull out my earrings while he was cutting my hair. Ouch! But, we knew we were doing all right when I had women asking me who cut my hair because they liked the cut.
By the time the kids came around, it was a lot easier cutting hair as we had a little bit of experience under our belts, and since the first two of our kids were boys, it made haircuts easier with a quick buzz. As they got older, they wanted to grow their hair which meant doing more with the scissors, but with the experience of cutting hair for a few years we weren’t afraid to try something different. My daughter was a little more finickier, especially as her hair grew, but she also will cut her own hair now and is not afraid to try different things. She looks up haircutting on YouTube and follows directions on different styles from there.
The point is, is that this one thing that we have done now for 27 years has saved us so much money. I couldn’t even begin to calculate the amount we have saved, but we have tried. If I take my husband’s haircuts, just as an example, let’s say the average men’s simple haircut is $15.00, and let’s say that on average a man would go every 8 weeks for a haircut. That would mean that my husband has saved approximately $2,430.00 just on haircuts alone. Now, add myself in. I just had my hair trimmed for the first time this past August since I am growing my hair out and wanted to get it shaped. I couldn’t tell you when I have last been to a hairdresser before that. That trim, plus wash, blow dry and straightening cost me $65.00 plus a tip. So, let’s say on average, a simple haircut and nothing else for a woman is $40.00 (I’ll be very conservative here). Over 27 years, I’ve saved almost $6,500.00. This doesn’t include hair colouring and the price as it’s increased over the years. Now, add in four kids who have haircuts at least every 2 months. Well, you see where I’m going with this. It adds up to be quite a bit over several years.
I’ve also coloured my hair for a number of years now. My daughter does it for me at this point. She goes to a professional hair and beauty store called SallyBeauty to buy hair dye, brushes, bowls and anything you could need to do your own hair colour at home. The hair dye I use is One ‘n Only Permanent Hair Color Cream. The colour looks vibrant for quite some time. Going to a store that sells beauty supplies will allow you to get any hair product or equipment you need for at-home hair care for a much lower price. I pay $7.19 for my hair colour and I get three colourings out of it. They tend to have a lot of sales too – right now I can buy the same hair colour for a buy two get one free price. Hair colouring is expensive in the salons so here is another area where you can save.
The cost can go up and down significantly, not only depending what you are having done, whether it just be a cut or it includes hair colour, blow drying, straightening, curling, etcetera, but also where you get your hair cut. A major city such as Toronto can have salons that charge upward of $400.00 for a haircut. According to notablelife.com the average cost for a man’s haircut in Toronto is $14.84 and for a woman it’s $26.31. I think a woman’s usually ends up being a lot more. Either way, the savings you can have from cutting your own hair in your own home is astronomical. Once you start, you will become more adept at it and not be afraid to keep cutting your own hair. In the last few years, I’ve even cut my hair myself using two mirrors so I can see the back of my head. And now, there are so many YouTube videos that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to cut your hair depending on the style you are looking for. As I said, the kids even cut their own hair now. Let’s not forget another thing – when you cut your own hair, appointments are always available.