I have never been to cosmetology school, I don’t have a friend who has taught me all her tricks, and I certainly don’t have a hidden talent. What I do have is a houseful of people that need regular haircuts that can break the bank.
Even if I go to the local chain “hair salon” it costs at least $10 per head to have my kids’ hair cut. That’s $40 a visit…almost my whole weekly grocery budget.
Over the years I’ve invested in a set of electric clippers, some combs and some sharp scissors, and I’ve watched a lot of hairdressers and took note at how they angled their cuts.
I read a few books, the directions in my clippers and then just cut loose one day. It started with my husbands’ hair and when he walked away with no bald patches or Mohawks, I started in on the kids. There have been times where the cuts haven’t turned out exactly the way I wanted but there have been no hair-tragedies in my 12 years of haircutting.
When I did a google search so that you guys would have some resources I came up with hundreds of great sites that either show you or tell you how to do a simple cut.
Here is a great link to get you started. It gives some great tips on how to cut a simple straight one length girls cut as well as bangs, men’s hair and little kids.
Here’s a video for a man’s cut. It has some great tips! You’ll watch this and think, “Yeah, I can do this!”
Some ideas for the cuts when your kids are really young…I let them suck a lollypop while I was cutting, (Ehh, what’s a little hair?) or my husband would stand in front of them and entertain while I snipped away.
We also use a towel wrapped around their shoulders and clipped at the neck with a clothes pin to keep hair from getting all over their neck and clothes. We’ve tried garbage bags too.
And as you can see from the picture we don’t have any Alfalfa do’s or nerd haircuts.
***I have to admit that lately my hubby's been getting his done at the salon because as he gets older and his forehead gets, um, larger he needs a little more creativity than I've got to give.