Hair, hair, hair. Does it never stop growing and needing cut??? Fortunately, you don’t have to pay the salon for haircuts! I’m going to share with you a couple of methods we’ve used to save on the cost of haircuts. Here’s my son in need of one . . .
First option is to find a neighbor or friend who knows how to cut hair and trade them something (sometimes all they’ll want is some good conversation) for haircuts. With that, I want to dedicate this post to Jackie Neff, our dear neighbor who cut my family’s hair when we were kids. Jackie’s house was like an extension of our own. We were always welcome there and were good friends with her own kids. She never charged for her services–she just loved sharing stories with my mom. Jackie was a beautiful, strong woman with a sparkle in her eyes and an infectuous laugh. She could light up a room just by walking in. Both our families ended up moving from our homes, but she remained close friends with my mom especially and attended (and helped with) ALL of us kids’ weddings (better attendance record than any of our grandparents even). Jackie passed away two weeks ago and will be greatly missed.
If you use the neighbor method, go with your hair already washed and wet if you can–don’t make them do all the work if you’re not paying them. These folks are also handy if you try method number two and mess it up! They can usually fix your mistakes. ;-)
Now, method number two of saving money on haircuts is to do it yourself. This is what we do most of the time now. Today, we’ll be cutting my son’s hair. There are some fantastic videos on cutting hair on YouTube, so if my exlanation doesn’t make any sense, maybe check those out.
I am NOT a trained cosmotologist/barber/hairdresser, I just got lucky and married a man who’s sister cut hair. She gave me a total of two lessons and I was on my own, and now after 13 years of marriage, I’m feeling a little more competent at it :).
So here goes your instructions.
FIRST gather your gear:
1. Sharp little scissors (mine are Fiskars I think–they’re not official hair cutting scissors, but I’ve never cut anything but hair with them to keep them sharp).
2. Comb–Not too narrow or wide of teeth. You know, your average comb will do.
3. Haircutting apron/cape for your victim to wear–I bought mine at the beauty supply store many moons ago.
4. Spray bottle of water. My husband likes hot water in his–not sure how much difference it makes, though.
5. TV or laptop with a movie ready to go. Okay, this one’s optional, but it gives your kid (or husband) a little longer sit-still-ability, and you’ll get fewer “are you sure you know what you’re doing”s from your husband. I don’t usually use this anymore as I’ve gotten a little quicker at the haircuts, but used this tactic A LOT when I was first starting.Next, gather your victim and put the cape on him. Make sure it’s nice and tight around the neck so as to cut off circulation–I mean keep the hair from falling down his neck. I’ll give you a warning here–my son was feeling a bit silly while I was taking pictures. So just enjoy the faces.I sit him up on the barstool so he can’t get too comfy. Well and so that I can reach his head better without bending over so much. Now, you can have him wet his hair before coming to the stool, or you can use your spray bottle to thoroughly wet the hair. You’ll also want it clean, but I knew he’d just washed it that morning, so that’s clean enough for me–I used the spray bottle. Comb it out.Now you need a plan before you start cutting. I’m going for the classic boy haircut look, so I’m going to kind of follow the red lines as I cut his hair. Yes, they were imaginary lines at the time. Closer to the head at the edges/sides and a little farther from the head on the top. (Okay, my lines aren’t exact, but you get the idea, right?)Closer at the front than the crown (he’s got a real tight curl at his crown that makes his hair stand straight up if it’s too short). Real close at the back and nape of neck.Now we get started. I start on one side and work around the back to the other side. I comb the top out of the way–I’ll get to that later. Select a vertical strip of hair about 1/2 to 1 inch wide and comb it away from the head. Trap it between your fingers like this:At the sides and back, I cut the hair pretty close to my fingers when I’m holding the hair with my fingers right against his head. When I took that picture, I had already done some cutting, so there are some short hairs and some long. We’re going to cut the long to match the short, like this:When the sides and back are done I start on the top. I select a strip right out of the middle from his forehead to his crown and cut the angle I want to have going that direction. Then as I work perpendicular to that first cut I can match the rest of the top to the length I cut in the center of the top. Make sense? Kind of? Here’s a picture of a section perpendicular to the forehead/crown cut:
Keep preparing! Angela
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Great idea, and a must know I think for the coming breakdown of society. I used to cut my boys hair, then I got lazy :D I’ve never cut the girls, too too picky! lol
I cut my husband’s and son’s hair, and even my own. But now that we have a daughter, I don’t know… :) She’s only one, though, so I get to call the shots for at least twelve more years, right?
I’m WAY too chicken to attempt cutting anything other than paper. So now that we have a son, I have a plan. I’m going to let it grow out long like a South American soccer player’s. Have you seen how super cute some of those soccer players look in their long locks?
I figure he’s half-Latin, so he can pull it off.
Now if only I could cut my own bangs!
As a licensed cosmetologist I’d like to add, great pictorials. I’ve not been employed as a cosmetologist since our, now 20 yr old son was born. I do however keep my license current, one never knows when you may need to fall back on a career.
Your son, obviously, is absolutely a GREAT kid for being willing to model a haircut “How To”.
I have got to learn how to cut hair so I can do Eldon’s! We’re fine buzzing the boys but he is always needing a haircut and I am clueless. I might need you to show me in person though, it’s hard for me to learn just by reading this. Or maybe you’re the friend I’ll exchange stimulating conversation with? ;) By the way, missed your little cutie yesterday, hope she’s not sick!
Jeanetta–I do my girls hair also, but they’ve just always had it kind of long and straight with bangs–messed up the bangs plenty of times!
Becky–Yep, I’ve cut my own also the last couple of times–a bit tricky, but doable if you’re not too picky. And my girls are way easier than my boys to cut–just trim the length and add bangs. Pretty much all straight cuts.
Olivia–good plan! Maybe ask if you can watch in a mirror next time the hairdresser cuts your bangs so you can kind of see how she does it.
Kelle–thanks! And my boy’s pretty wiggly and silly, but he managed to get through it–he’s a good sport!
Momnerd–Let me know when you want a lesson–might take a few tries to get it right–he doesn’t mind wearing a hat does he? ;)
I bought a Wahl haircutting kit.
I had been getting a #2 or #1 1/2 buzz for a while so I decided to do it myself. I now cut my hair and my 3 boys' hair. At $8 + tip per haircut it paid for itself quickly and we don't have to pile in the car to drive into town and then wait in line 30+ minutes at the barber.
Bitmap–Thanks for coming by! We inherited my husband’s parents’ Wahl buzzers, and I love them, but can’t convince my son to let me use them on him anymore (he thinks he’ll look bald). Although in the summertime, I’ll buzz up the sides and hand cut the top to get it all a little shorter. Yep, totally worth the money–especially with 4 of you using them! :)
Just gave my husband my first haircut. Thanks for the advice and he doesn’t look to bad either.