Autotonsorialist: (Noun) One who cuts their own hair.
I have been cutting my own hair for about two years now. This is how it all got started:
I used to love my barber. His shop is located only 5 minutes away from my apartment. I used to pass right in front of his shop and if there was no waiting line, I used to get in and get a haircut in a few minutes. His price is only $13. He’s fast, friendly and he has this ability to make anyone feel at ease.
But all good things come to an end. His shop started getting busier and busier. Now there is a waiting line just to get in and if I want to see him, I have to plan for 30 minutes of waiting time.
One day, out of frustration, I went to the hairdresser across the street. He took care of me immediately, but his haircut was $35 and in no way any better. I paid three times as much for nothing extra.
I went right from the hairdresser directly to the pharmacy store and I bought a hair cutting kit ($35). How hard could it be to cut one’s hair? With a short clip, I cut the sides and the back and with a longer clip I cut the top.
I made my money back by the second haircut. The benefits were numerous. I save about $150 per year in haircuts. I also save the time. I don’t ever have to wait for service. I unbox my clippers and start cutting away. The whole thing takes me about 5 minutes to cut and 2 more minutes to clean. In addition, my hair always looks freshly cut and I have a sense of pride after doing each haircut.
The only drawback is that I am limited to only one style. I don’t know any other cuts than short on the sides and long on the top.
I noticed that my friend Raja also cuts his own hair and I fell a sense of comradely with him. But also, at my new year’s party, while talking to a girl, she told me that she too cuts her own hair. I was intrigued and I asked my Facebook community. I found out that several of my female friends also cut their own hair. Here are pictures of Natalie and Annie.
If you are a woman, the savings can be significant. One of my female friends pays $50 for a haircut, if she gets 6 haircuts during the year, she is down $300. This money could be put to better use, either saving it or going to the restaurant with friends.
Have you ever heard of the Pink Tax? Many products or services are marked up when they are targeted to women. Haircuts is one example, but also razor blades, shampoos, conditioners, shaving cream, girls bikes, etc. have a bigger markup when marketed to women.
If you have never cut your own hair, I suggest you give it a try. If you screw it up, what’s the worst that could happen? It will always grow back. It won’t be the end of the world. On the other hand, if you succeed, you will save lots of time and money.
If you are a woman, here is a video that can show you how to cut your own hair. https://youtu.be/kgYVImOwYiI
If you want to share your experience cutting your own hair, please send my a message or share your experience in the comments.
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