A few years ago I said to Betsy, “We need to go to the pet store.” She immediately assumed I wanted to purchase a pet we hadn’t discussed. (I’ve wanted a dog since we’ve been married but have yet to get one!)
She sweetly asked why we needed to go to the pet store, and when I said “to buy some dog clippers,” she was even more skeptical since we didn’t own a dog. When I explained that I needed the dog clippers so she could begin cutting my hair at home she broke into laughter – in college my friends and I had always used a set of dog clippers to cut each other’s hair.
After her laughter subsided she replied, “You know you can buy PEOPLE clippers at beauty supply stores, right?” She introduced me to Sally’s Beauty Supply, and the home barber shop was born.
Cut hair at home
Cutting hair at home is one more great way to save money and increase your sustainability skills.
While we only do men’s cuts here in the Jabs household, I have offered to cut Betsy’s many times… but she doesn’t quite trust my skills. Her lack of confidence is completely unwarranted since she’s never given me a chance! :) That said, she does get free haircuts from her beautiful mother Janice who has been cutting it since Betsy was a baby – thanks Janice.
Hair cutting equipment
After making the initial investment in a good set of clippers and a good pair of scissors you will recover the cost after just a few haircuts, depending on the equipment you buy and how much you normally pay for your cuts.
The most you’ll need are clippers with guards, scissors, and a cape – or some combination of the three:
- Clippers – This is the clipper set we bought, have been using for years, and recommend with confidence.
- Scissors – Sharp scissors make a big difference, you can try to use cheapies, but you get what you pay for. (Find professional styling scissors here.)
- Styling Cape – These things are life savers, they help with clean up and to keep the hair off everyone involved. (Find styling capes here.)
Remember: investing in good tools to help save money and increase your sustainable living skills is always wise.
How much we save
Betsy used to pay around $50 for a haircut about once every 6 months. Now they’re free so that saves us $100/year.
I used to pay around $15 for my cuts about once/month. Three cuts after the $45 investment in clippers – everything is profit, so this helps us save another $180/year.
Cutting our own hair saves us approximately $250-300 every year! How much could/does it save you?
Cutting hair at home video
Enjoy this video tutorial of Betsy cutting my hair. Fellas, be nice to your wives always – but especially when they’re styling your ‘do with sharp objects!
Have you been cutting hair at home? What tips can you share and how much do you save?