You might have noticed how expensive haircuts can be this day and age. Well, if you are a family of 7 like us, this is a HUGE expense – at least it could be….
But it can also be a low expense. When we shared our budget, we shared how we only set aside $10 a month for haircuts.
This is because, I cut the boy’s and daddy’s hair at home, and I cut the girls bangs at home. I do get nervous about doing an actual trim on my girls as they have such gorgeous long hair. So how I and our three girls get cuts is from the local beauty college. We set aside $10 a month, because we go in about every 3 months to get a trim. This gives us $30, which is more than enough for a cut at the beauty college and tips for our student beauticians. Sometimes we have a little extra for a color or highlight. In the end, we figure that we average a 70% savings at the beauty college over a regular salon, not to mention more than 70% savings compared to high end salons.
We have also found that the beauty colleges in our area, use high end products and have a high end experience. Yes, we know that they are students and that you sign a waiver and something could go wrong, but I have personally been going to the beauty college for 11 years (about the time we started our $100K debt payoff as salon services were too astronomical). In that time, I have never had a bad experience, or a cut or service go badly. Our oldest daughter is 10, and I started taking her when she was a few years old and then added the other two thrifty princesses later. All four of us go and have a good experience. But, there is a risk that your cut/style/color, etc. can go badly and hair is unforgiving. But it is a risk I am willing to take to save 70% average! You can see our before and after results HERE as well as more details on how this can save you loads of money.
Now when it comes to cutting hair at home, I have no previous experience with cutting hair. But I bought a simple kit from Amazon and these are very user friendly, even for the unexperienced. It didn’t take me long to get the hang of it for giving the boys a cut. In fact, I have been cutting Alex and our sons’ hair for over 5 years now! I use to cut all one length, but now I use two or three different levels on the boys and three levels on Alex for a more professional looking cut!
The great thing is that in our day and age, you can get information at your finger tips. The first several times, use your computer, tablet or smart phone and watch some YouTube videos on how to cut boy’s or men’s hair. You can even play it along side while you are cutting for the first few times while you get the hang of it!
Here’s a quick video showing how to cut men/boys hair in 5 steps:
Buying a kit is nearly the cost of a salon cut one time! So basically, in lieu of a cut this month, get a kit and get cutting at home! We recommend this very affordable kit from Wahl that is also user friendly for the at home novice!
Wahl haircutting kit for men and boys that is very user friendly, even for novices. You can consistently get this for under $20 HERE.
Like I said, I also cut our girl’s bangs. This is a bit harder compared to cutting boys hair. It requires more precision and skill. But once you do it a few times, it will become easy too! My girls’ bangs have to be cut about every 2 weeks before they start getting in their eyes. Just a bang trim at a place like Great Clips ( a budget salon) cost $5 in our area – this alone would be $30 a month! So again, pulling up YouTube and cutting bangs at home can be a huge savings!
Here’s a GREAT video on how to cut bangs!
By the way, the scissors included in the above kit are great for cutting bangs too! So it is your multipurpose kit!
So for cheap cuts, consider cutting hair at home, especially for the boys, and then using a beauty college for the rest and potentially save hundreds per year!
Have you cut hair at home and do you have any tips for others?
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