How Much Money Can You Save By Cutting Your Own Hair?

I haven’t paid for a haircut since January.

This doesn’t mean I haven’t cut my hair — I bought a couple of $4 Tinkle Razor Combs to shape my pixie cut and quickly upgraded to the professional-quality ConairPro Jilbere Professional Precision Cut Comb (for which I paid a grand total of $14 plus tax).

It just means I stopped getting $60 haircuts every four weeks.

This isn’t the first time I’ve switched over to DIY haircuts. I spent roughly eight years using a pair of professional-quality shears to keep my long hair trimmed and tidy, using the ol’ “pull hair into ponytail, cut off an inch or two, even out any ragged ends” technique.

Then I decided to go short and settled into the “haircut every four or five weeks” routine.

Then I thought about all of the money I was spending on haircuts and bought a few razor combs instead.

I’m not alone in this hair-care calculation. The Frugalwoods just ran the numbers on how much it costs to keep their haircuts in-house:

Mr. FW started cutting my hair in February 2015 and I’d calculate that in these four years, I’ve saved upwards of $1,600 [$AU2,251] on haircuts (that’d be a conservative four cuts per year at $100 [$AU141] per cut, which is what I used to pay for my haircuts).

And I’m young, people, I’m going to need haircuts for a looooooooooong time. Mr. FW, for his part, has had me buzzing his hair for nigh on seven years, which I calculate has saved upwards of $3 ,360 [$AU4,724]!!!!!!!! That’s two buzzes per month – which is what we do – at $20 [$AU28] per buzz (which is what his barber in Cambridge charged). Combined, our haircut insourcing has saved us $4,960 [$AU6,979]. That’s not nothing!

I’ll save $929 this year by cutting my own hair, minus the cost of the Tinkle Razor Combs and my trusty Jilbere Cut Comb.

Is this for everybody? Obviously not. But if you’ve been looking for a way to cut a few expenses—pun intended — you could do worse than learning how to trim your own mane.

Since I’m guessing you’ll want to see photo proof, here you go:

If you also cut your own hair, let us know how much money you think it’s saved you—and feel free to share your DIY haircutting tips! Here’s my biggest tip: watch a lot of YouTube how-to videos first. (I watched this Laura Neuzeth pixie trim video probably six times, and I also liked this pixie cut video from freiundwunderbar.)

Then swallow your fear and do it. It’ll get easier after the first time, and you’ll also get better at it.

Plus, it’s not like you have to go all-or-never; you can get a professional cut/reshape every few months and trim your own hair in between. Being able to do “basic haircut maintenance” will save you a lot of money, and you might even discover that it’s a lot of fun.


Comments

    Can see the benefits but also the embarrassing walk of shame to the hairdresser when you walk in and they see you try to do it yourself. Although buzzfeed recently did a video of guy and a girl with no hair cutting experience cut someone's hair and see how they went. The girl actually did way better than the guy but they were also cutting men's hair so guess could be different with female hair.

    It's a hell of a lot easier as a guy with a clipper cut.

    I bought a set of Wahl clippers for about $50 5 years ago, and haven't paid for a haircut since then. I just do a number 2 all over, and then my wife helps straighten out the back.

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