How I Saved $60 by Cutting My Own Hair
When I was a kid my mother cut our hair, but never, ever did I attempt cutting my own hair. So that stacks up to a lot of years paying someone else to cut it for me. Granted, I have some “natural” highlights put in, too, so I’m laying down a chunk of cash every eight to 10 weeks. Over time it hurts.
But recently I met up with a friend who I hadn’t seen in a number of years. She looked great and when I complimented her on her hair, she said “I cut it myself.” WHAT???? Yes, I heard her right, she cut and colored it herself. So I started wondering if I could cut my own hair.
I decided I would research some techniques for cutting my own hair. If I could screw up the courage to take the first cut and the result was acceptable, I could save myself nearly $400 a year. Well, last week I did it. I knew I had a hair appointment coming up that following weekend so if I did some serious damage I could get it fixed pretty fast. Here are some “after” shots. Overall I am pretty happy with the results.
Image Credit: Photos taken by my Mr.
Actually, it was pretty fast and easy. Here’s what I did…
I Researched YouTube Videos
It’s crazy how much you can learn watching YouTube videos! I must have watched at least 20 videos to figure out what I was going to do. I used the techniques shown in both of the videos included below.
The method shown in this first video is what I used to get my layers. Be sure to cut a little longer than you think you want because it tends to be shorter than you expect. Be conservative! I did this twice on two different days to make sure I wasn’t going to mess up! (Note: click the image to get to the article that has the video. You’ll need to scroll down the page to find the video.)
This next video is the one I used to cut the back of my hair. The ponytail technique described above didn’t get the very bottom of my hair in the back so I found another video that gave instructions I felt I was capable of replicating.
Then I Bought Good Cutting Shears
All of the videos I watched cautioned against using dull scissors to cut your hair. They all recommended that you pick up a pair of decent cutting shears from your local CVS or drug store for around $25.
Off to the local beauty supply store I went and picked up a pair Tweezerman Stainless 7-1/2″ Shears; mine cost $25 ($32.35 after tax). I’m glad I got the 7 1/2″ size because I have thicker hair and I needed the cutting span. But you can also get them in a 5 1/2″ size. Some of the reviewers on Amazon liked the smaller size if they were cutting men’s hair, thin hair or children’s hair.
Since I’m going to keep cutting my hair, I will also invest in a pair of Tweezerman Thinning Shears.
Finally I Screwed Up The Courage to Take the First Cut!
It took me two attempts to end up with the cut you see in the photos at the top of the post. The first time I washed my hair and cut it wet. I did the ponytail at the hairline above your forehead trick and just cut off about an inch.
Since I was worried about messing up I decided to dry my hair and see how this first attempt looked before doing any more. It came out okay but I could see that the back needed to be cut and the layers in the front could use some more attention.
I waited a couple of days and this time I cut it dry. I redid the first cut using the unicorn ponytail trick and then I clipped the top of my hair out of the way, split the back and pulled it forward and trimmed the back much like I saw in the second video I included above. Voila!
Do You Cut Your Own Hair?
If you cut your own hair, what tips can you share? Any favorite tools you use to get the job done? If you’ve never cut your hair yourself, do you think you’d ever give it a try? How much would/do you save? Share your comments below!
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