Kate Is Clueless: Cutting Hair

So, if you’ve been hanging around The Paycheck Chronicles a while, you may have heard that I have four daughters.  Each with long, super-thick hair that grows fast.  And my husband has short, super-thick hair that grows fast.  Haircuts are sort of a big deal in this house, to the point where I factor the girls’ hair into my budget, and procrastinate when they want a haircut.

Until today.

A couple of summers ago, one child let my mother trim her hair, and it went much better than I expected.  And a couple of weeks ago, another child started asking if I could “just cut her hair.”  Since they have simple, straight cuts, I decided to give it a go.  I figured that the worst thing that might happen is that we would have to go to the beauty shop to get it fixed if I messed up too bad.  (We have an “it’s only hair, and it’ll grow back” philosophy in this house.)

I did determine that I wasn’t comfortable with any of the scissors that we already owned, so today I picked up a $20 pair of hair shears at the drugstore.  They’re probably not the best possible tool, but they seem good enough and they’re still sharp because they are new.

And that’s how I found myself cutting hair this evening.

You know what?  It was fine!  I know that I am lucky because having a ton of hair means that it doesn’t have to be perfect, but I am pretty impressed with myself.  Yes, I spent $20 on the shears, but a haircut on our base, with the long hair surcharge, is almost $30 before the tip.  I’ve saved money, and I’ve only cut one person’s hair!  I’m nowhere near confident enough to actually do it, but I am (gasp) considering buying some clippers and seeing if I can NOT butcher my husband’s hair.  That’s a big jump from my straight-across, tons of hair girls, but maybe?

I know that a lot of you probably cut your spouse’s or children’s hair at home.  Have you been doing it a long time?  Any shocking blunders?  Tips or tricks that you can share?

And how much money do you think you’ve saved over the years?  I’m thinking that this could really add up over time.  I would love to hear all your success stories and build up my confidence a little.  Thank you for sharing!


About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Alan

    My wife cuts my hair. She is inconsistent with it. Sometimes it looks great sometimes I end up looking like someone set hair on top of my head. She has trouble fading the sides and making the line disappear. We’ve saved almost 500 dollars over 3 years of doing it this way.

  • Bethany

    I cut my husband’s hair every week. At $10/week, that’s $500+ in savings each year. He had been cutting his own hair before we got married, so he gave me a few pointers when I started. Fading is the hardest part. Many of the companies that sell clippers have videos online or just check youtube. My husband also cuts my hair, but that’s because it’s very long, and I can’t stand paying some one to spend two minutes cutting a straight line across the ends.

  • Cheryl

    Watch some YouTube videos first. I started cutting my boys hair after two terrible haircuts in a row at the barbershop. My guy helped me with the techniques using the clippers, attachments, blending and using a peanut clipper to do the sideburns and neckline. The first haircuts were better than what they got at the barbershop and it saves me a lot of money. He has been cutting my hair for over two years now and he does a great job trimming my hair. He sections it, pins it up and trims the lower layers to get all the split and damaged ends, not just a straight across the bottom cut. My hair is fuller and getting longer. Nearly to my waist now and I no longer want extensions being I have real healthy, long hair. Save over a thousand a year on home haircuts and trims. It so much easier to get my hair trimmed at home than to run to the salon or barbershop. and no paying for bad haircuts :)