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We shaved our heads to save money

September 2nd, 2008 at 05:22 pm

My husband use to have hair. He would go to get his hair cut every two weeks. His haircut would cost around $12, and he would usually give a $2 tip. Well, one day he walked in and they announced the price had increased to $14. That day, my husband came home and stated he was going to shave his head. He just couldn't see paying $384 a year (including tip) for something he could do for free. He went from nice brown wavy hair to smooth skin on his head.

Then one day I had enough. I was paying $75 every six weeks to get my hair done. It would take hours out of my day, and it was probably costing me about $800 a year. I wanted low maintenance, too. My husband went to Wal-Mart purchased a kit with clippers and everything. So I cut my hair into a 1/2-inch afro. Now, it takes me two minutes to do my hair, literally. I love the freedom and the money it has saved us.

Best part, my husband still thinks I'm beautiful, and he looks very handsome, too.

So, how much are you spending on hair care? Would you be "crazy" enough to do something drastic like we did to save money?

23 Responses to “We shaved our heads to save money”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I haven't had my hair done for over 40 years!

  2. mom-from-missouri Says:

    I get my shampoo and conditioner free. I usually use White Rain or Suave, which are 75 cents a the dollar store. Then I wait till they put out the 75 cent off coupons and get it then in bulk.

    My hair cuts are free, as are one of my daughters. That is because we grow our hair very long, then get it cut for locks of love. There are several salons around that will give free cuts for locks of love-but they keep your hair and send it in to be ensured it really gets there. Just a basic no frills cut. The other 2 girls I usually cut their hair. However, sometimes Grandma treats them to a trip to a beauty salon.

    My husband though gets it cut short short about once every 4-6 weeks. I have no idea what he pays, but probably between $12 and $15.

  3. mom-from-missouri Says:

    I get my shampoo and conditioner free. I usually use White Rain or Suave, which are 75 cents a the dollar store. Then I wait till they put out the 75 cent off coupons and get it then in bulk.

    My hair cuts are free, as are one of my daughters. That is because we grow our hair very long, then get it cut for locks of love. There are several salons around that will give free cuts for locks of love-but they keep your hair and send it in to be ensured it really gets there. Just a basic no frills cut. The other 2 girls I usually cut their hair. However, sometimes Grandma treats them to a trip to a beauty salon.

    My husband though gets it cut short short about once every 4-6 weeks. I have no idea what he pays, but probably between $12 and $15.

    As for the older 2 girls, they will spend big bucks to get it done. One changes her color and hair style every few months. She probably spends more in one month than we do all year in hair care.

  4. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Oooo, you are lucky to have a good look with a natural short style.

    I used to color my hair at home with henna (BC ~ before kids). Messy and takes hours, but nice finish and chemical free.

    Then I let it go all silver, but my (younger) husband didn't like that.

    So for the past 5 or 6 years I give another working single mom my beauty business of cut & color every 12 weeks at a cost of (kinda high) $120! This is the only personal treatment to myself, no nails, thrift and outlet store clothes (I LOVE!!) and mostly cooking at home (I ALSO LOVE!!).

    But, yes, I am soon going to just let it go without color in not too many years. It isn't white or grey, mostly silver and looks fine.

  5. compulsive debtor Says:

    I think there's a point where being frugal can go too far. Shaving my head would be that point.

  6. gruntina Says:

    I would find other ways to save cost before shaving heads as that is a bit extreme!

    Most men I know get their hair cut every month or longer. 2 weeks seems excessive.

    A simple hair cut on women can last a long time without haircuts. I used to have long hair and I would only go in twice a year for trim. Now my hair is chin length which means I need to go in every 2-3 months or the style completely changes. I have found someone to cut my hair for 25 dollars.

    As for hair dye - I dye my own hair.

  7. Koppur Says:

    I go to a professional about once a year. Since my hair grows so slow, I get one professional cut in the style I like, then just let it grow for a year, then recut it. In a year my hair grows less than an inch, so the cut stays nice all year long. My mums trims the ends every couple of months to keep the dead ends off.

    My boyfriend has long hair (halfway down his back) so I trim it every few weeks to keep dead ends off.

  8. scfr Says:

    I do the same as mom-of-missouri ... let it grow long and then periodically get a free cut in exchange for donating my hair to Locks of Love. If I were African American, I would probably be tempted to do as you do and wear it short and natural.

  9. Early Retirement Extreme Says:

    Haven't had my hair done for 15 years. I'm too lazy to shave my head, so I opted for a buzz cut (before that it was a combination of clippers and scissors). It used to be longer, but when it's 95F outside, shorter is just more comfortable.

  10. fern Says:

    I have long hair with some wave but i haven't paid to have it cut in years. I refuse! My mom cuts it; prior to that i even had my boyfriend do it. If it ends up a little crooked, who cares?

  11. Blue Eyes Says:

    I think that is a little extreme also. I have long hair and get it trimmed about 4-6 times a year. I get FAR hair products, so that is free. I also highlight my own hair and get a perm about once a year. I definitely would find other ways to cut my budget before I would shave my head!!

  12. princessperky Says:

    I wouldn't shave my head or my husbands for money, but I and my husband would look like idiots without hair. If you like it go for it. (I also go with long hair easy to cut and donate)

  13. clubneary Says:

    Call me vain but there is no way I am shaving my head! There will always be room in the budget for a haircut every 8-10 weeks for me. I may make an exception if it comes down to say haircut or living off of cheap canned catfood....

  14. fruitbowlk Says:

    I try to get my hair done every two weeks but I have been getting it done only when I have "free" money. Which sometime turnes out to be every other month.

  15. Carolina Bound Says:

    I just got my hair cut quite a bit shorter, but now I'm afraid it's going to be more expensive to keep up. A better option for me would be to let it grow long, but I have gray hair -- almost white -- and I'm afraid I'd look like a witch.

  16. terri77 Says:

    Two weeks isn't excessive for natural black hair, it has to be trimmed regularly.

    To answer the question, no I haven't gone natural, but my mother did a few years ago. She said it was because she was tired of the amount of upkeep it takes to keep her relaxed hair up. I think she looks fine with the short afro, but she also looked good before. My mother and I both have round faces and I don't think I would like my face with an afro.

    I get my hair done every 4-6 weeks and I used to get highlights as well. It hurts a little when I pay, but I know that I feel better about myself when I feel like I look good. The time and money are the drawbacks.

  17. monkeymama Says:

    Interesting. If it works, sounds good to me.

    We take the kids to beauty school. For now it is $3 to take the 3yo & $5 to take the 5yo. Maybe 4 times a year - not a biggie. (We've never paid this new price - had their last cuts for $6 total, before their birthdays). We tend to have them buzzed in the summer but give them a little length in the winter. I guess if we really wanted to figure it out we could by clippers, but the beauty school is a good deal, and a good cause.

    My spouse probably gets the most cuts but he drags them out (every 2-2.5 months?).

    I like my hair layered and don't know anyone who can make it have any life for free. But I generally only get it cut twice as year - no more than $25 a year. I've had a lucky run with Great Clips. Those places can be hit and miss, but I have had such great cuts lately that I don't really need to cut more than twice a year - still has some body and nice layers 3-4 months in. I don't like to spend time or money on my hair (daily styling or products) so I will pay a little more for a great cut that is "wash and wear." I'd even go to a salon if I wasn't having such good luck lately, but glad I do not need to.

  18. greengirl Says:

    i am really lazy with my hair. i should technically get it cut every three months (although they say 8 weeks - HA, yeah right) but I just keep putting it off and putting it off until all of a sudden it's 6 months and i make myself go in and get it cut. I used to pay $60 for a wash/cut/blowdry/straighten, but in the name of frugalness i now just get it cut, at $28. i miss the pampering though...

  19. ceejay74 Says:

    You have a very feminine face in your photo, so I bet you look fabulous with a shaved head! I have a rather boyish face, so I like to keep a bit of length (not even chin-length) to make me a little girlier. Smile That said, I buy the cheapest shampoo and hair products I can find, and only use a dab because my hair's pretty short.

    My family (3 adults) goes every 5 weeks to get our hair done. NT and I get cuts, AS gets her extremely long, thick dreadlocks shampooed and conditioned. Our wonderful barber and friend charges $15 each and we tip him $5 for each job because he's so good. So $60 every 5 weeks--not too bad, I think! AS gets a dread maintenance about once a year, which is about $100, but she saves up her own spending money for it.

  20. sillyoleme Says:

    I agree w/ MonkeyMama... I usually try to keep layers in my longer hair, and I don't have anybody that could do that for me. That being said, it has been a year since I've had my hair cut at a salon, I desperately need one!

    I can usually trim the split ends on my own, and I HATE having to find a new place to go since we've moved, so I have put it off. Great Clips is hit or miss for me as well... I've been twice, once was fine, the other time she cut SO much off, and it was visibly uneven! Horrible.

    I'm thinking of going to Great Clips for my cut this time, but I'm scared I will get butchered. I'm just not much of a chit-chat person, so salons can get awkward for me!

  21. orchid Says:

    Guys are lucky they can just shave their heads. I would love to just shave my head but I don't think I could get away with it. I have an oddly shaped head & it would't look very pretty Big Grin. I just keep it long & go to the salon 2-3x a year. You are so lucky, must feel better and lighter!

  22. harrison Says:

    Actually, I've done the exact same thing. I'm a male teacher and I shave my head quite close (on a guard one or so). The reason being, much the same as yours - I need extra money saved. Plus, it looks better on me anyways :-) But here's how I figure it...$16 for a haircut plus $2 tip = $18.00 per haircut at twice per month = $36.00 per month. At 12 months, or one year, I save roughly $432!! That is 1.5% of my annual salary!! Not to mention all the Starbucks I've skipped.

  23. LuckyRobin Says:

    We bought a clipper earlier this year. I cut my husband's hair to a 1/4 inch every six weeks or so and my son's hair to a 1/2 inch every eight weeks or so. I trim my daughter's bangs and my own with the lovely barber scissors that came with the set. We paid $30. We recouped that with two haircuts and two bang trims. Oh, and it came with a nifty cape, too, so I use that when I color my own hair when it gets too gray (from a box, on sale, with a coupon). All in all a happy purchase here.

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