Is Long Hair the Answer?

| 6/9/2010 3:48:00 PM

When my brother was two years old (1956), my mother took him to the barber for his first hair cut. She came home swearing that she was going to cut his hair from that day forward – I guess David wasn’t very cooperative and the barber suggested where Mom could buy her own electric clippers! In 1968 when I was married, my mother handed over the scissors and clippers, and suggested I might want to learn to cut my new husband’s hair! For about 15 years I cut Steve’s hair, until he reached a management position where looking good was an asset to the company and his future!

So, for a collective 25 years, at the current rate of $15 a cut once a month (for a man), our family saved $4,500 from our household budgets by acting as our own barbers. And during the wild days of hippies and back-to-the-landers, just not cutting hair at all was one way to save money.

Depending on your job and your personal neatness factor, you can still live on less by eschewing barbers and hairdressers, and making hair cutting a family affair. This 1970 article in MOTHER EARTH NEWS MAGAZINE, Getting Into the Tao of Hair, offers some pointers on cutting men’s and women’s hair. (You might want to consider practicing on a youngster who isn’t too picky yet about his/her looks.)

We’re all trying to find ways to save money these days, is cutting your own or your family’s hair one way you cut costs? If so, tell us about it in the comments section below.

Jacqueline Jakle
6/30/2010 12:23:27 PM

I still work and face many people every day, so it's important for me to look professional. It's not about vanity. I save money on haircuts by getting one every three months instead of every six weeks, and my hairdresser, who is reasonable with pricing, gives free bang trims. She's a single mother, and I know she's reduced her prices so she can stay employed. I've trimmed my own hair, and have helped friends with trims over the years, but that isn't as popular in my circle of friends as going to a professional. Some places have coupons or specials all the time, and many salons here have reduced prices during these tough economic times.

Charles J_3
6/21/2010 10:41:21 PM

Gee I guess I keep going to the local barber because I believe in supporting the local economy. Once a month of $15 plus a (generous) tip doesn't hurt me and I know I am spending it locally which will in turn be spent locally. Geesh people do you want everyone to end up penniless? We have to support some professions, especially one as sacred and traditional as the local barber or we'll have nothing of quality left over. I'd like to see local house visiting doctors come back.

6/18/2010 9:46:09 PM

Yes I am one of the many who had to give up haircuts last year. I am just waiting for it to get long enough for a ponytail. I did get a baseball cap to keep it out of my eyes when outside.

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