Free Haircuts: Thoroughly Thrifty Thursday

Thoroughly Thrifty Thursday

I have friends who are hairstylists, so I write this post with deep respect for their profession. You deserve every penny you get for cutting people’s hair. It’s quite a skill!


That being said…if you don’t have a hairstylist you know and love or you just don’t have the funds to cover haircuts for your kids, I recommend at least trying once to cut it yourself. If you totally mess it up, take them to a hairstylist, and they can fix it up easy (that’s what I did the first time I cut Ninja Boy’s hair at fourteen months old).

Now before you whip out the clippers and scissors, I highly recommend you do some research first (like I said, there is a reason why hairstylists get training for this). I emphasize the BEFORE you start cutting (which I didn’t do the first time I tried cutting Ninja Boy’s hair earlier this year). Here is a good tutorial for boys. Here is a good one for girls if you want it short.

I have been cutting Ninja Boy’s hair for the last three or so haircuts. Never have they been perfect, but for a five year old boy, he looks pretty darn cute.

Here is before I cut it…(probably a month since his last cut)

Ninja Boy start of haircut

Before the haircut

Ninja Boy Haircut

during and after

Isn’t he so handsome with his angry face? (what a goober).

I cut My Princess’ hair for the first time ever last year because she requested short hair. I had been avoiding cutting it for her first two years because it took so long for it to grow. I don’t know why, but I get it in my head that I want to be the first one to cut my kids’ hair regardless of whether I know what I’m doing or not.

She wasn’t too excited halfway through, and I had to wait till daddy got home for her to sit on his lap to be able to finish. However, it turned out super cute! We let it grow over the winter and spring to let her decide which length she preferred. She requested several times in the last couple months for it to be short again.

I wanted her to wait till after her dance recital so that it would be easier to pull back into a bun. Since she doesn’t have another recital until Christmas, she was excited to be able to chop it off short!

My PRincess Haircut

before, during, and after

After it dried, I realized it needed a trim here and there, but I’ll have to wait for another good opportunity to sit her down.

I am not perfect. I am just determined. I figure the more I do it the better I will get. That’s what hairstylists do. They go to school and learn techniques and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

I won’t be offering haircuts to anyone else’s kids anytime soon, but I figure I can save a little money and at least take care of my own so they don’t look like ragamuffins.


Free Haircuts: Thoroughly Thrifty Thursday — 3 Comments

  1. I always cut my families hair, I started early on. I’ve been cutting my own hair since I was 16 and I’ve never had a good hair stylist. I have difficult hair to cut and since I know it better than anyone else I have always had better luck with myself. And if I’m going to screw it up at least it will have been free! 🙂 I also dye my own hair. I’ve cut my husbands, my sons and my daughters hair. It does take a little bit of research to do boys hair {if you’re not just going to use the clippers} vs. girls. Girls hair is so much easier! I’d be interested in seeing some of your favorite advice, research on the best way to cut boys hairs with scissors vs. clippers, I’d like to try to give Ryley more of a “style” than just a cut.

    • That’s great. As far as my son, I’ve used the tutorial in the post to do a faux hawk kind of thing, but that’s all I’ve done as far as style. I figure once I get that figured out better I might branch out to something else. I use the clippers on the sides and back and the scissors on the top.

  2. I cut Grandpa’s hair for 50+ years, not my favorite thing to do but he was always satisfied with the finished product. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have trusted him to cut my hair.