For as long as I can remember, haircuts for me have consisted of going to a barber or salon and getting it cut. I’d try to leave work early and do a walk by to see how bad the line was at GreatClips or SportClips. If there was only 4 guys in the lobby, I’d put my name on the list and wait for the next available. Then I’d wait twenty minutes or so until a hairstylest was free. After which, I’d get a haircut, pay the $15 or so dollars. Don’t forget to add a few more for the tip. $20 each month – closer to $30 if you go where you can make an appointment. Add driving time and I’ve lost an hour each month.
You figure $20 each month for 70 years at 5% interest; we are talking nearly $100K spent on getting your hair cut. I’m wanting to pay off my $134K mortgage, and here is $100K growing on top of my head. There has to be another way. Luckily, there is.
I bought a Wahl Clipper from TJ Maxx for $13. It paid for itself with the very first cut. The best part. I didn’t have to wait in line.
I’ll admit is was scary at first. However, I’ve had hundreds of haircuts. I’ve watched how it’s done. There’s all sorts of haircuts, but here’s how mine is cut.
I start by oiling my clippers. If you take care of your tools, they’ll last. And just as important: Put a plastic bag underneath your feet and over the sink to help with cleanup.
I usually go with a 6 guard. Attach it to the clipper and run that all over my hair, going against the grain. The crown of my head is the most difficult since it whirls clockwise, so I spend most of my time trimming it from all angles.
From there, I move down to the 5 guard – or a 4 if you don’t have a 5. I clip from my hairline up, when I get to the crown of my head, I shift the handle down and pull away. This is to give a nice gradual blending. Then I move down to a 3 guard and trim up from the base of my hairline, blending again and pulling away before I reach the level of my eyebrows. When I’m doing the back of my head, I use my free hand to keep track of where the blend line is.
After that, I have my wife clean up my neckline.