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Keeping up your style in the workplace is hard enough, then toss managing your hair into the equation and that’s a whole new level of stress!
But, hair doesn’t have to be a frustration. It can be in your control. Just grab a scissors and go for it! What am I talking about? Well, in case you missed it in this old article, I cut not only other people’s hair, but my own!
Nope, I’m not a professional hair stylist. I’m just a
cheap thrifty talented gal who likes to save money whenever possible! So, let me tell you how I got started, how you can cut your friends, family and even your own hair to save money and time!
Why Start Cutting Your Hair?
Maybe You’re in Your Early 20’s And In Debt Up To Your Eyeballs
It’s funny as I growing up, no matter how hard life was, I managed to always get my hair cut every 3 months! I think it was because my family is kind of
cleaning crazy self care savvy and encourages keeping up appearances. But I always viewed going to a salon and having your hair professionally cut as something you had to do.
Flash forward to after college years, I’m in debt up to my eyeballs with student loans and I really start to think about life choices. Why am I paying over 30 dollars for someone to trim my hair and another 20 to just fricken blow dry it? I’m in and out of the salon in like 15 minutes. I started doing the math, and beauticians were definitely making more than me with my MBA. Son of a….
I’m going to try and fix this.
I began watching YouTube videos. Got a hair clippers and scissors of my own, and am going to take on this task. Luckily, Mr.
cheap thrifty Defined Sight was a willing participant. He gave me challenges such as rocking Bryce Harper haircuts:
And when I messed up I’d just put a #1 on the clippers and make him look like Robert Pattinson with a shaved head (I know, I’m so sorry hun):
Eventually, I finally practiced on enough dudes’ heads, began learning the weird way hair follicles grew, and with the help of YouTube videos, figured not only how to cut guy hair but also women’s. Which, became very important.
Start Rocking Young, Fierce Manager Hair
If you’ve been
cursed blessed with good genes, everybody may always think you are 10 years younger than your real age. Just FYI – starting out in the workforce in your 20s as a manager and looking like you’re 12, does not go over well when you supervise +40/50 year olds. I recommend short pixie cuts. Do you know how hard it is to keep these up? It requires constant trimming.
Naturally, you may not have time to go to the salon every 3-6 weeks to try and keep this look up. Personally, I don’t recommend going for short pixie cuts on your own. First, get it done by a professional, ask a TON of questions and interview them while
you are getting your haircut; how they hold the scissors, etc. You may be annoying. OH WELL. Be a sponge, absorb what they have to say & try rocking some short styles.
Cutting Hair Yourself Saves Major Money!
Say I cut my own hair, for a year and went every 3 months at $50/trip. So that would be 4 times a year x 50 = $200/year.
I’ve been cutting my husband’s hair for over 12 years so I don’t even know the current cost of men’s hair cuts! But, let’s throw some conservative numbers out there and say he goes every 2 months at $25/trip. 6 times a year x 25 = $150/year. Take that x 12 years and that’s $1,800!
If you have kids, start cutting their hair and add up the savings too! My son has never been to a salon, and I’m able to create some pretty rockin’ kid styles while saving money. Bonus: kids love vacuuming and cleaning up the hair!
NOW – Get The Hair Cutting Items You Need!
Here’s my personal collection of everything I have in my home to cut hair, which you likely have most of too! It does not cost that much to start cutting hair in your house. The total cost of all the items below is less than $90! That’s not a bad investment…just giving a few haircuts will pay for the cost of these items:
1. $20 Hair Clippers.
We’ve had this current clipper for about 7 years and it’s still going strong!
2. $15 Scissors.
I recommend the kid friendly scissors because it has a rounded end. If I accidentally bump someone’s head while cutting hair, or if my kid grabs for it, I know it’s not going to be a sharp point and break skin.
3. $4 Hair Ties (50 pack).
You won’t need this many to cut hair, but if you have daughters, nieces or lose them as frequently as I do, 50 is a good amount to have on hand.
4. $7 Hair Sectioning Clips (24 pack).
Great for sectioning off long hair and holding it in place while you cut other sections of hair. These are also a must have if you dye your own hair!
5. $5 Comb Set
Nothing fancy here! You likely already have them!
5.5 $7 Clothes Pins (100 pack).
Not getting on the list as a full item needed as you already may have a 100 of these in your house to use for hanging clothes, keeping potato chip bags shut, etc. And no need to invest in a hair cutting cape, just grab a towel in your house and close it with a pin!
6. $6 Water Spray Bottle (3 pack).
You probably don’t need 3, but if your kid took yours as a bath toy (why mine is not in photo above) you need more than one of these in your house.
7. $25 Wall-Mount Makeup Mirror or $5 Two-Sided Hand Mirror .
Ever been to a hotel and they have these sweet mirrors in the bathroom so you can actually see to put your makeup on when you aren’t wearing your glasses? Yeah, these are great for putting makeup on, tweezing your eyebrows AND cutting your own hair. Hello convenience. Here’s a pic of mine in our old bathroom before we moved (yes, I took it off the wall and moved it with us! ha! #wearethatcheap).
RECAP: Items You NEED To Start Cutting Hair!
I realize everyone’s hair is different. If you have staticky, fine two-year old hair, this is your best starting list. But find out what works for you!
Have anything you would like to share for hair cutting tips or add to the list?
Please let us know!
- Hair Clippers
- Hair Ties
- Hair Sectioning Clips
- Comb Set
- Water Spray Bottle
- Wall-Mount Makeup Mirror or Two-Sided Hand Mirror