For the kids alone that was $120 every 4-6 weeks. Not to mention $60 in cuts for Chris and I as wells as $80 every few months to keep my gray hairs under wraps.
We were sinking in hair expenses.
So we decided to cut back. My hair is long curly and forgiving so I put my years of watching my stylist to use, and held my hair at the same angles so I could layer it myself. Then I bought $3 boxes of self administered hair color. Not salon quality but it passed and didn't look like I was doing it myself. I went from $500 a year to $24 a year.
But the kids and Chris were another story.
Even at the quicky haircut places we were paying $60 total for the other 5 family members. It worked out to be about $500 a year in hair care. I knew I could do better.
So a while back, for about $35 dollars I bought a Wahl clipper set (see my right sidebar under "I Recommend" for the one we use) and armed with the how-to's that came with my set I learned how to cut the kids hair for free. The more I did it, the better I got and soon with the help of a little book called Scissor and Comb Haircutting (also in sidebar) I became brave enough to try the scissor and comb cuts.
So now that the book and the Wahl clippers have paid for themselves, it costs nothing but time to get haircuts. For the boys that like the clipper cuts, it's 5 - 7 minutes. For the people who like their hair longer with a scissor cut, it's about 10 minutes per head, and for my home cut and color, it's $3 and 45 minutes.
That's a serious savings!
Here's some before and afters from today's haircutting extravaganza.
And did you know that you can compost the hair? Use it up, baby!
For more great tips go see WFMW.