Simply Resourceful

Simple ways to be more conscious about how we use our resources.

Do-It-Yourself Haircutting

In 2004, Jon purchased an electric Conair hair clipping set for $20.  Jon insisted that I cut his hair once we tied the knot.  I was a bit hesitant to cut Jon's hair but had confidence that I could do it because my Mom has always cut my hair (maybe I had acquired a bit of her talent through osmosis?).  I am a bit embarrassed to write that it took me 2 hours to cut Jon's hair the first time; but after 7 years of practice, it only takes me about 10 minutes.  Like father, like son, Paul also enjoys having his hair cut by his Mama and surprisingly isn't scared of the clippers.

Cutting hair just makes sense (literal cents).  My family has simple haircuts that make hair cutting at home very easy.  I can't justify spending $10-$20 for a trim at the salon when an entire hair clipping set costs $20.00 and lasts for several years (ours is 7 years old)!  Cutting hair at home is another step towards self-sufficiency.

When the weather is warm, we cut hair outside because cleanup is much easier.  No one in our house dyes or treats their hair so I scatter it in the yard for the birds.  They use the hair to build their nests.


Christopher Beeson August 15, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

I totally agree! We cut our kids hair (4 yrs old and 1 1/2 yrs old) and they love it. They think it's so neat to get their hair cut outside in the yard rather than in the shop.

We do tell them, though, that only mom and dad should cut their hair for them. As long as they don't try cutting each others hair, we'll be ok.


Great post!

Phoebe September 3, 2011 at 9:53 PM  

My mom cut my hair and I learned from her.I think she learned how from a "Women's Day" magazine.
When I splurge for the holidays and get a "real" haircut I usually nurse it along for several months by cutting it myself. Your right it does save a LOT of money, especially over a lifetime.
Your son is being so good in the picture. My mom used to say "Stretch your neck out like a Giraffe and hold real still."

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