With barbers and hairdressers closed across the country, people are starting to wonder what they are going to about their hair. Thankfully I decided to stop paying for haircuts a few months ago. I didn’t do this in anticipation of a pandemic but to save time and money.
I was getting my hair cut every 6 weeks, and, including tax and tip, it was costing me $26 per cut. That works out to about $230 per year. This may not seem like a lot, but what if you invested that savings every year and earned a 5% real (after accounting for inflation) rate of return? You would have:
-$5,000 in 15 years
-$15,000 in 30 years
-$37,000 in 45 years
-$80,000 in 60 years
And that is for one small change in your life that is quite easy to do and saves you time compared the going out to get your hair cut.
I’m sure that home haircuts are not for everyone. But if you find yourself asking for “#4 on the sides, and shorten the top a bit”, then you can do that fairly easily at home.
So, what do you need to cut your hair at home? First, it is best to have a partner that can do it for you, but you can certainly cut your own hair with some mirrors and a bit of patience.
Aside from that, you need some clippers and a full set of guards. I got the Wahl Elite Pro Home Care Kit for $56.49, and that really has everything you need (clippers, guards, scissors, comb, cape, blade oil).
If you want to have a setup closer to what an actual barber would use, you can also get a hair trimmer (smaller, closer-cutting clipper) and a decent set of scissors and thinning shears. I got the Wahl Peanut Trimmer for $63.17 and a set of scissors and shears for $24.51. In total I spent $144.17, equivalent to fewer than 6 hair cuts.
For a basic haircut, start with the longest guard you have (probably #8, which is 1 inch) and cut your entire hair that length. Then put on a shorter guard, probably a #4, but it is safest to start with something longer and work your way down. You will use this length to cut the back and sides of your head in a vertical motion. By gently tilting your wrist upwards as you move up the side and back of the head, you will blend it in with the longer length on the top. After this, you can use scissors or the trimmer (careful!) to clean all the edges up.
There are a ton of YouTube tutorials on home hair cuts. And it is worth looking at a few to get an idea of what you are trying to do.
Just remember to take your time, keep it simple, and use scissors at first for trimming around your ears to avoid any unfortunate mistakes. And don’t forget to invest the savings!