Fast forward a few years and we were married, but still dead broke. However, being gainfully employed, we felt it necessary for him to have a "real" hair cut. Financial Guy likes his hair cut about every 3 weeks... this can add up fast, especially when you're as poor as "two church mice" or "Job's turkey"-- I've heard these expressions my entire life and, for the life of me, can't figure either of them out.
The hairdresser I used was kind enough one day, to show me some tips for giving financial guy a non-bowl, professional cut and the rest is history. Four kids later, I now shear and/or clip 5 heads, when necessary.
That really is me, that really is one of the twins, and I really (truly) am cutting his hair. We are so straight-ghetto (or redneck... take your pick. There really isn't much difference, truth be told) that-
1) we don't put newspaper on the floor. They don't do it at a salon, so why should I? I own a broom, doggone it, so I sweep and vacuum after cutting hair. We also...
2) don't own a hair cutting cape. We go old-school and use a towel, held together in the back with a hair clip. I just roll the towel up, take it outside, & shake it out between cutting heads of hair. Rumor has it, the smell of human hair deters deer from eating your plants. We have exactly 1 tree in our yard. Well, it was a tree, until a deer got a hold of it. Here's hoping apples grow on bushes, since that's what it resembles now... Here's also hoping that shaking the hair off the deck will keep our exactly 1 apple bush safe from Bambi's buds.
Although I can't do hip 'dos, I can do basic enough cuts to save us from spending so much stinkin' money on coiffured locks. I know all too soon, the twins are going to want a specific style & I'm just gonna have to bite the bullet & take them to have it done. That said, I'll be asking lots of questions & paying close attention to attempt to replicate it at home. I'm very meticulous about cutting hair, but not formally trained to do such. As a result, there are times when the cuts are better than others. When people find out I cut Financial Guy's hair, the question is often asked "do you let him cut YOUR hair?". I love the guy, but let's just say there's a reason why I call him "Financial Guy" & not "Edward Scissorhands." :)
If you are looking for a way to cut costs for your family, this might just be an easy enough way, especially if you can get a few tips from your hairdresser. Cut, color, you name it & I ain't skeert to try it... just don't ask about the time my hair was purple-- on accident, not to be the cool rocker-chick type that I think I am. I exaggerate a lot, but the purple hair story is no exaggeration.
If you mess up, my philosophy is "it's just hair, it'll grow back". :) Give it a try. It just may help you take a little off the top-- pun intended. :) Save on, friends!