Back in the day when we only had 4 children, I found myself wondering if there was an alternative to spending a bunch of money on haircuts every 2 months. I asked my friend, then a mom of 6 (now of 9), what their family did. She said they cut the children’s hair at home. Aha! I immediately decided that’s what I would do, too. Afterall, how much would a 4-year-old complain if her hair wasn’t salon-perfect?
I finally took the hint that I’d better get around to cutting her hair when, the other day, she trimmed her own bangs saying, “I couldn’t see!” Oops!
I have been cutting my family’s hair for several years, now. Even my teenage daughter will trust me to cut her hair once in a while. I don’t have a very wide range of skills, but I can manage trims, basic guy cuts and little girl ‘bobs’, like the cut I gave my daughter, which I think looks good on most little girls. My main challenge is taking the time to actually do a cut…as my daughter demonstrated above with her self-cut bangs.
I thought you might like to know what tools I find helpful to do our family’s haircutting at home.
1. Haircutting for Dummies by J. Elaine Spear: I learned all I needed to know from watching stylists cut our hair and from this book. I am not married to this particular book, however, so I would say that any decent basic haircutting book for non-professionals would do.
2. Good Barber Scissors: We got ours from a local Beauty Supply Store. Don’t bother with the ones included in your Electric Clipper kit especially if you have a department store kit. They are not good at all.
3. Electric Clippers: We just upgraded a bit from an inexpensive kit at Costco to a clipper from the Beauty Supply Store, where we paid in the neighbourhood of $45. It didn’t have an extras like clips or scissors, but I much prefer to buy those things separately and have my money go toward making the clippers good. Ours is rechargeable and cordless, which is very nice to have. It is also adjustable, so only has 2 attachments.
4. Good Quality Clips: I think ours are usually called, ‘Section Clips’, but I often see them just called clips. Again, the ones with the cheaper clipper kits won’t do a good job of holding the hair up.
5. Tail comb: Ours is just a cheap one. It is really just the pointy end I use, anyway, for sectioning hair.
6. Thinning Shears: Optional for many people, but both Steve and I have tons of thick hair, so our children have been very blessed in the hair department. For us, this is a must have item for anyone about 8 years+.
The only other thing I would like to have is a decent barber cape. It would make a nice alternative to using towels that get all hairy.
When I tell people I cut my family’s hair, they often ask if one of them cuts my hair.
No way. I go to the salon.