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Why You Should Cut Your Own Hair

Anyone who has been to a hair salon knows how annoying and costly getting a hair cut can be. Too often, your stylist will cut your hair too short or try to experiment with something that you aren’t a fan of. And even if you do like your haircut, the money you spent on a trim probably could’ve been put to better use elsewhere in your budget. After all, why have someone cut your hair when you can do it yourself for free?

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1. There Are Tutorials 

If you’ve never cut your hair before, you shouldn’t be afraid. There are hundreds of hair-cutting tutorials on YouTube and all over the internet. You can sit down and watch a tutorial (or 10) before you break out your scissors.

If you have long, straight hair, cutting it yourself should be fairly easy. Cutting short or curly hair might require a little extra effort, but it can also be done. Just remember – even if you mess up, at least you didn’t pay $40 for that haircut. Plus, you’ll have gained experience, meaning that you’ll likely give yourself a better haircut in the future.

2. Cutting Your Own Hair Can Save You Time

Why You Should Cut Your Own Hair

If you decide to have someone else cut your hair it will take time. You might have to schedule a full hour so that the stylist can wash, cut and blow-dry your hair. The whole thing can become a drag. And that’s an hour that you could’ve used to watch Game of Thrones.

Instead of booking an appointment, you could take 10 or 15 extra minutes after your morning shower to cut your hair. And you don’t even have to blow-dry it if you want to get to work on time. Plus, when you’re cutting your own hair, you get to decide when you want to cut it instead of waiting until your hair stylist is free.

3. You Can Save Money

And now to the most important point: the cost. If you have an amazing deal at your town’s barbershop, you might not want to cut your own hair. But many people pay exorbitant amounts to get their hair cut. According to recent data from a company called Square, the average man pays $28 for a haircut and the average woman pays $44.

The Takeaway

Why You Should Cut Your Own Hair

It doesn’t hurt to try and cut your own hair at least once. If you like it, you can do it all the time. Remember, if you ever feel that you’ve done something truly horrible to your hair, you can always go to a stylist and have them fix it.

There really isn’t any downside to cutting your own hair and you can do so many things with the money you save. Maybe you can even put it in your 401(k).

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Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher has been researching and writing about business and finance for years. She has worked for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and her work has appeared on Business Insider and Yahoo Finance. Sarah has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and is from New York City. When she isn't writing finance articles, she dabbles in animation and graphic design.
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