You can save money with at-home haircuts. But first, let me say this – I have never been trained to cut hair and I certainly don’t cut my own hair. This post is not going to teach you any fancy hair cuts because I am very much a novice. I have only given my children simple cuts.
What I am going to tell you is that you can do a basic clipper cut at home with no experience at all. Growing up, my mom cut our hair and gave my brother a buzz cut; I think he may still get his hair cut from her. It helps save both money and time.
For the cost of a single child’s hair cut, you can give many, many hair cuts. Usually, a child’s hair cut is $10-$15 depending upon where we go. An 18-piece Haircut Kit will cost you under $15 for this Conair Haircut Kit on Amazon ( FYI – Amazon prices change quite quickly, when I started writing this post the set was $14.99, but just 5 days later the price dropped to $12.99) . The one I have, I bought for $10 from a Black Friday sale when my son was really small and didn’t come with clips or a barber cape. As you can see, I use a bath towel draped over his shoulders held together tight with a heavy duty clip we had in our tool box.
Sometimes you just have to use what you have, but the set I linked to does include a barber cape. I also have pictured a trimmer because we already owned one previously and it works really well and I don’t have to switch comb attachments and can always keep a No. 3 comb on the clippers. The basic clipper with no combs on, is a great trimmer.
This haircut you seen on my son is an all-over No. 3 comb clipper haircut. I like to do this on him because he has 4 different cowlicks on his head. The poor kid gets a crazy looking mop when it gets even slightly shaggy. So, he really requires a monthly haircut. He can pull off a mohawk pretty well too because of where his cowlicks are and we will use a No. 3 clipper on the sides as well when we do this. If you consider that a haircut with tip will cost us $15 each month for a total cost of $180 each year, the savings in our budget adds up really quickly.
I have used the comb and hair scissors we have in our set (also included in the set linked above) to give my daughter a basic straight cut. I haven’t done this too often because she likes to grow out her hair to make a hair donation, but it works great to trim up the ends and I don’t have to waste time or money taking her in for a quick trim.
Also – a tip I learned from my mom is to give a clipper hair cut outside in the warmer months. The wind will blow away the hair clippings and make clean up a “breeze.”
Do you you do at-home haircuts? What tips do you have?
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