Frugal Haircuts At Home

Posted by Mrs Money on February 4th, 2010

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Picture this: Mr. Money sits down, ready to get a haircut from his talented frugal wife (me), and out comes the camera.

“…what are you doing with that?!” He asks.

“I want to take a picture of you, honey.” I reply.

“Why?! You aren’t going to bl… you’re going to blog about this, aren’t you?”

“Do you really think that I would- ok, yeah.  I am going to blog about it and I need a before and after picture.”

[blank stare from Mr. Money]

Without further ado, I present to you, my husband, victim recipient of a $0 haircut, done by me!

Here’s what he looked like before, rocking the skater/punk/too long hair:

And here’s what he looked like after:

I’ve been cutting his hair for a few years now, and I’m pretty proud at how good I’ve gotten.  I can only imagine how much money we’ve saved on haircuts over the years!

What’s your preferred method of haircut: at home or by a professional?

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40 Responses to “Frugal Haircuts At Home”


  1. Matt Jabs says:

    My wife cuts mine… she started doing it about a year ago now. She was nervous at first but now she’s quite confident & the process moves pretty quickly.

    We spent $45 once on a nice set of clippers, have already earned that back plus some… now it’s like I’m earning $15 every time I have my hair cut. :-)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Matt- I was nervous at first too but I’ve been doing it for years so I’m pretty decent. You probably have nicer clippers than us though! And isn’t it great feeling like you are earning $15 every time?

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  2. What a great post! Poor Mr. Money! :P His haircut looks great! I cut Mr. A and AJ’s hair, except every so often Mr. A goes to a “real” barber. Ticks me off when he does that because I feel like he’s wasting money! BTW, what is that thing above/behind his head?

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mrs. Accountability- I know. Poor guy. He’s subject to so many of my wild ideas. That thing above his head is a wire chef decoration that is hanging in our kitchen. :)

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  3. love this idea – but so scared of mucking things up! Maybe I’ll start on the dog – he won’t hold it against me if he doesn’t look perfect.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    ami- Start with a long blade and then go from there. It’s really not too hard! I think there are hair cutting videos on youtube too. :)

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  4. Kacie says:

    Good job! Shane cuts his own hair. I used to do it but I was too stressed out about screwing it up. So he uses a mirror and does it himself! Does a pretty good job and I point out the longer hairs to him.

    We’ll probably cut Johnny’s hair at home. He is starting to get long hair in the back and it’s about time for a cut.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Kacie- Thanks! That is really impressive that Shane can cut his own hair!

    Aww Johnny has bb mullet. :)

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  5. Shery says:

    I’ve been cutting my hair at home for about a decade, though to be honest, it wasn’t (at first) about saving money. I’d always dreamed of long hair and every time I wanted a trim I ended up having more than half my hair chopped off without wanting to. The worst was when I was 15 and wanted slight layers, and ended up with the shortest layer at eye-level. My hair was below my bra line at the point.

    So every since, I’ve been cutting my own hair. I even know how to do it perfectly straight :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Shery- Wow! That’s great. I am really impressed you can cut your own hair. I am scared to try. And the one time I asked Mr. Money to help, it ended up being chin length! Not cool. :)

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    ISA Reply:

    Oh god, I have never gotten a hair cut the way I want it; they always leave the layers too short and choppy (I had ones at eye level at some point also) oh wait… I have had a nice haircut except the guy that did it charged me $60!! ha! I’ve decided I’m going to try my hand at doing my own haircuts as well!!!

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  6. AJ says:

    Looks good! My husband does his own haircuts, on occasion I’ll help. As for me, I’m really bad about going to a hair stylist. Maybe once a year, if that? And if I just want a trim, my husband will do that as well. I’m not big on all the fancy highlights and layers and yadda yadda. It’s just hair I throw in a pony tail most days. :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    AJ- Thanks! I’m not big on highlights either. I’m a pony tail girl too. The girls at work all get on me because I “need” highlights and a fancy cut. It’s not me. I won’t spend money to keep up with the highlights!

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  7. Evan says:

    I don’t get it, and its probably because I am not super frugal and stuff. My haircut usually costs like $12, and the guy gets a buck or two tip. Maybe go once every 2 months – thats $84 bucks/yr. Hell my cable per month costs me more than that.

    I know it is everything that you do, combined, but for $84 I’d rather just go to a barber.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Evan- I enjoy cutting hair. When I was younger, I cut my sister’s hair. It’s fun for me. :) Would your wife be interested in cutting your hair?

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    Evan Reply:

    hmmm I never asked. If I had a regular buzzcut…maybe! But since I have to go to work everyday, I am just not willing to let her try on me for the first time

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    LOL!

  8. Cynthia says:

    My husband “cuts” his own hair. He’s balding and just shaves it off. I go to a salon every 4-6 months and spend ~$40-50 each time. My daughter goes to a cheap place every 3-4 months and we pay ~$15 although now she says she wants to grow it out. My son gets his haircuts done by my husband. He does a pretty good job!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Cynthia- My hubby buzzes his hair in the summer because he is a chef and works in a hot kitchen. I hate it! I try to go get my hair cut at least every six months. I’m bad about going because I’m afraid of getting a bad cut!

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  9. Becky R says:

    I go to my friend’s and she trim my hair for free. Yeah!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky R- You are lucky! That’s the best!

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  10. The best way to save…. shave!

    You not only save on haircuts but no more shampoo too!

    Give me a dull razor and a bar of ivory and I am a happy man.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    LeanLifeCoach- My hubby buzzes his down in the summer. I have totally thought about buzzing my head too but I think it would look too funny! :)

    My Dad shaves with those yellow Bic razors and a can of Barbasol. He uses one disposable razor a year I think. :)

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  11. Money Funk says:

    That is a pretty darn good job! Good for you and Mr. Money.

    I wouldn’t touch my husband’s hair. Plus I don’t think he’d trust me. LOL. He’s got this funny cowlick that can be difficult to work with. But I do dye his hair when needed. ;)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Money Funk- Thanks! There is a definite learning curve. I remember a couple times we ended up just buzzing it. ;)

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  12. Frugal Babe says:

    Wow, that turned out great! I cut my husband’s hair, but he’s easy… all he wants is a buzz cut with the trimmer on the lowest setting. Every hair on his head is about 1/8 inch long when I’m done, and then he grows it out for a few weeks until it starts to look a bit shaggy, then he has me do it again. He could do it himself, but he knows I like to feel needed :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Frugal Babe- Thanks! I think it’s fun to buzz off the long hair. In the summer my hubby does the same. He gets too hot in the kitchen otherwise!

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  13. Zella says:

    My husband has waist length hair, so I just trim his split ends every month or two. I have curly long-ish hair, and I’ve been either doing layers or split-end trims most of my life, depending on how I’m wearing it. Every few years, I feel the need to go to a hairstylist, and that usually lasts one-two visits, until I get irritated with the cost and effort.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Zella- How cool! I am so jealous of people that can cut their own hair!

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  14. Sarah says:

    I cut my husbands hair too and I just get a trim 2X a year. If you want highlights etc. there’s lots of ways to do it on the cheap. One is squeezing a lemon over your hair and sitting outside for 30+ mins a few times a week. you’ll have highlights soon or a salt water rinse sit outside for surfer blonde looks. These are sprng/summer tips.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Sarah- Thanks for the highlight tips! I may give them a try in the summer!

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  15. I have tried home cuts and find that the $15 cuts at the Aveda school (done by students) 4 times a year fit my frugal desire plus desire to look mildly pulled together. Emphasis on the word mildly. :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Emily- Ohh I love Aveda schools! There is one in Ann Arbor, Michigan that I love to go to when I am up there! It feels so nice to get pampered there and not get charged an arm and a leg!

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  16. Cost cutters all the way… Was thinking about going bald, but the ladies voted against it, haha! Nice job on the haircut, looks good, he’s got a great smile too.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Ryan- We have places like Super Clips here that I go to for myself. Thanks for the compliments. ;)

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  17. My cuts cost me $20 with the tip. gets expensive.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Financialbondage.org- How often do you have to get your hair cut? My coworkers get on me because I only go to places like Great Clips to get my hair cut and they think I should go to a salon. :/

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  18. I used to go to the salon because that’s how I grew up. It was normal for my mom to drop $30 on a child’s haircut. After blowing that much when I was in college and had no money, I learned my lesson. I go to Great Clips at Walmart, both back home in the city and here in a small town. I find that the stylists there are younger, hipper, and listen better because they’re trying to establish themselves. For $20 I get my brows done and a cut/style every 4-6 months. My mom and younger sister have had more “oh crap” moments with their regular stylists than I’ve had at GC.

    As far as the hubby, I do his hair. I purchased a Wahl trimmer set at Walmart for $35 after two $40 grooming sessions for our Cocker Spaniel. Hubby saw the receipt and freaked out, thinking it was a costly mistake. Over the course of two years, I’ve cut both his hair and the dog’s fur enough to pay for the trimmers probably 6 times over. :-)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    K- I have found the same thing about the stylists! I enjoy the ones that just got out of school- they seem to be up on the styles! I love Great Clips. I do my hubby’s hair too. That’s awesome that you have saved that much over the years!

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