In order to reach our goal of financial freedom, we are increasing income and slashing our expenses.  We will be sharing ways that we’ve successfully decreased our monthly expenses in order to help you cut your own costs.

About once every month (two if I’m lucky) my husband talks me into cutting his hair. I have to be entirely honest; this is one of my least favourite ways to save money.  The only reason I go along with this is because my husband absolutely insists.  He hates going to the hairdresser as much as I hate cutting his hair.

If you are going to attempt to employ this crazy money saving technique in your own life, do yourself a favour and learn from our mistakes.

  1. Know that hair will end up everywhere.  If you have a thick and luscious head of coarse, Asian hair like my husband’s, do not attempt to cut your hair in a bathtub. You will clog it. Have a shop vac handy.  Better yet, help your backyard bird buddies and cut your hair outside.
  2. Buy a good set of clippers.  Do not buy the $10 pair from Walmart- or anywhere else for that matter- whether or not they are made by the same company that makes your favourite guns.
  3. Do not cut your own hair. Oh sorry- is my bias showing?
  4. Write down which number you like to use for the back/top etc.  We always think we will remember what number worked best and then forget by the next time and have to figure it out all over again.
  5. Don’t try to trim anything with scissors if you want your husband to speak to you during the next week. (On the other hand, if you could use some peace and quiet, forget the clippers and try to cut it all freehand with scissors. )
  6. If you are at all sensitive to co-workers’ jeers and snide comments, don’t even attempt this.
  7. Keep a Bic handy in case something goes horribly wrong.
  8. Make sure all attachments are secured properly.  If you mess up on this one, refer to #7.
  9. Don’t attempt to cut your hair at 10pm when you have to work the next morning at 8am.  Make sure there is a window of opportunity to get a real cut before you have to be seen in public next.

All kidding aside, this is a very messy job.  We bought the cheapest clippers they sell and they do not work well.  I have to move very, very slowly or the razor hurts my husband and even when he says I’m doing it right he still occasionally gets hurt a bit. This is probably due to his extremely thick hair but we are not entirely sure.   We have to go over the same hair over and over and even then we don’t get a very even cut. We currently do the hair cutting in our basement and use a shop vac to clean it up but in the summer we like to do it outside- as long as the neighbours aren’t around. :)

That said, my husband doesn’t ever want to pay to have his hair cut again.  He thinks it’s a complete waste of money and we can usually get it to look decent enough.  I do think we will be investing in a better set of clippers soon though.  I sincerely hope they do a better job because I absolutely dread the next time I have to do this.  I will let you know if we find a good pair!

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7 Responses to Slashing Expenses: Cutting Your Own Hair

  1. Tori says:

    Hi! I found your blog through "Money Saving Mom" and decided to check it out :) This post made me laugh because it sounds like you dread cutting your husband's hair as much as I do my boyfriend's… Shortly before Christmas, we were in Walmart and saw a small Philip's brand electric razor. We originally got it because the packaging talked about trimming beards, etc. It worked wonderfully for that (my boyfriend's beard tends to be thick and unruly if we don't trim it… ANOTHER fun chore!). We liked it so much that we decided to try using it on his hair so that we wouldn't have to buy another set of clippers. His hair isn't super thick on his head, but it does tend to be hard to cut normally. However, these little clippers worked really well. I've only ever had one slight problem with them pulling. Even then, it was due to my boyfriend. Just a thought, you may want to check them out. They were $15 when I bought them, but I'm not sure what they are now. Hope that helps a little! :) Please feel free to stop by my blog. I'm still fairly new at it, so it's kind of bare and boring, but I'd love to have more followers!


  2. Marianne says:

    I will have to check the Philip's one out! Hubby told me he needed a haircut today… :( Thankfully he couldn't grow a beard if he tried so that's one less thing we have to worry about! :) Will check out your blog!!

  3. Samantha says:

    I’ve been thinking about cutting my hubbys hair for a while now. He is in the military and he just gets it buzzed short all over so I don’t think it would be very difficult. His hair grows fast and he is picky so he gets it cut every few weeks. I added up our hair cut costs and he is spending twice as much as I do a year, just because he goes so often. I’ll definatly have to check out the phillips trimmer, and avoid the $10 clippers!

    • Marianne says:

      An even buzz cut should be much easier than what we have been doing! My husband has quite a large, oddly shaped head (sorry honey!) and doesn’t look very good in a straight buzz cut so we cut the top of his head a little longer and the sides quite short. It’s kind of a shorter version of Elvis’ hair. :) We have found that the more often you do it, the easier it is so if you guys do it every few weeks it should be much less of a problem than what we’ve experienced.

  4. Hahaha, sorry about that. We got a pretty good set from Costco and it doesn’t hurt. I don’t mind a #3 buzz and will probably do something like that next time. Good tips especially #7.

    • Marianne says:

      We actually caved and bought a better set a few weeks ago. This set works exponentially better and it takes half as long to cut my husband’s hair which is awesome (considering how much I hate the chore…). The new set still only cost about $30 so they’ve paid for themselves after two hair cuts.

  5. aemi says:

    Found this in time. I’m running out of time cause I need a haircut. I will get my wife to do it, she reluctantly agreed. Kinda. Will probably have to throw a bonus in there for the first time.

    So what do you guys think of this set?

    Do you think the scissors work well enough? At least for the first time until I get something better. About better, can any of you tell me what scissors will work the best?

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