I have to say, I’m not really a big fan of doing this. There are frugal things I don’t mind(making yogurt, baking bread, watching sales, shopping clearances), and then there are things I do only because it saves me money. Haircuts definitely fall into the latter category. But, save me money they do, and so I soldier on with my razor and scissors.
I don’t cut my own hair(I’m just not that skilled!), and I don’t cut my older daughter’s hair(it’s too thick, and it was sort of a disaster the last time I tried). So, we go to a friend who cuts hair at her home. She does a fabulous job, and it only costs $25 for both me and my daughter to get a cut. This is 25 well spent dollars in my opinion, and since my daughter and I both have longish hair, we only have to go twice a year or so.
I’ve been cutting Joshua’s hair since he was a baby, and I’ve been doing the same with Sonia and Zoe. Sonia has very thin hair, so it’s pretty easy to cut, and Zoe’s hair is wonderfully curly, which means that any mistakes I made are very difficult to see! More recently I’ve started cutting my husband’s hair too.
He used to pay $25 a month to get it his hair cut, and I figure I’d have to spend another $10 a month on haircuts for Joshua. So, even without counting the money I save by cutting Sonia and Zoe’s hair, I’m saving us $35 a month, or $420 a year.
I just use a basic razor and scissors kit, which cost me about $25 at Target. That’s the price of one haircut for my husband, so the kit paid for itself almost immediately.
Even if you aren’t brave enough to foray in the world of home haircuts, consider buying a pair of hair-cutting scissors to do some trimming in between haircuts. Girls’ bangs are fairly easy to trim, and boys’ haircuts can be stretched out farther if you do a bit of trimming around the ears and neck. I do this with Joshua when I don’t have time to give him a full-blown haircut and it buys me another couple of weeks.