Is Cutting Your Hair Yourself Worth It?

Date posted: Sept. 9, 2016

Photo Credit: Lauren Finkel


If you are looking for ways to save money, a good place to start is regular, recurring expenses. Things like gym memberships, after work cocktails with coworkers, and magazine subscriptions are all good examples of expenses you can cut if you want to save money.

Another great cost saving strategy is cutting your hair yourself. Let’s do the math. If you have an uncomplicated hairstyle that requires a quick trim at a salon every six weeks for $30, you could save $260 per year by going the do-it-yourself route.

If you have a high-maintenance hair routine, the cost savings are even more compelling. If you get your hair coloured as well as cut every eight weeks, you could be spending $150 per trip to the salon. That’s a potential cost saving of $975 per year by doing it yourself!

But is cutting your hair yourself worth it? Does the risk of doing a poor job outweigh the potential financial reward? The answer is different depending on your hairstyle, and how handy you are with a pair of scissors. Keep reading to find out if cutting your hair yourself is worth it.

For anyone who has a short, simple, low maintenance haircut, cutting your hair yourself is a great way to save money. It is a relatively easy skill to learn, and the start-up equipment is not expensive. You’ll need a good pair of scissors, a decent mirror, and an electric razor. To start, try out a simple style like an all-over buzz cut. Eventually, you can experiment with more complicated techniques, knowing that if you mess up, you can always cut it short again.

If you have a simple, short hairstyle, cutting your hair yourself is a no-brainer way to save money. But if you have long hair, cutting it yourself is complicated. It can still be done, it just requires more skill, and you’ll probably need a friend to make sure you get a uniform look in those hard to reach places.

First, if you colour or highlight your hair, you should have your stylist dye it back to its original hue. Chemically dying your hair is expensive, and forgoing that treatment alone will save you a lot of money.

Second, if you are worried about cutting your hair, consider just trimming it yourself between visits to the salon. In addition to not colouring it, trimming your hair will cut down on the number of times per year you visit your hair stylist, and the cost per visit.

To get started, get a good mirror and a good pair of scissors. Adopt a simple hairstyle in advance with your stylist, and start trying to maintain it yourself. Watch YouTube videos to educate yourself on best practices and trim slowly and carefully. No matter what, stay away from your bangs! Those are too easy to mess up. If you do make a mistake, just put your hair in a ponytail and get your stylist on speed dial.

If you follow these steps, cutting your hair yourself can be an excellent way to save almost $1,000 per year. This money could go towards savings, debt repayment, or travel. I’m not sure about you, but to me those sound like far better uses for your money!

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