How much do you pay for kids’ haircuts? My son, who used to be happy with my home-haircuts, has recently informed me that he would like to have his hair cut by a professional. Since he is a pre-teen and has his own sense of style, I agreed that that would be fine… then had some sticker shock when I was presented the bill for his rather simple haircut! While I don’t want to force him to accept my amateur hair-cutting skills, I did tell him that we need to find a more affordable way of having his ‘do done. Here’s what we’ve come up with:
- Go to a beauty school. Not me, but him… for his haircut! Students at cosmetology schools need heads to practice on. In the beginning of their training, the heads belong to mannequins, but after they’ve practiced on those for a while, they look for living, breathing heads. The cost for cuts is lower than what you’d pay at a typical salon, and you usually get the whole salon experience, with a shampoo, style and blow-dry. An instructor keeps an eye on the process and will give advice as needed.
- Skip the extras. Part of the high bill that you pay at the salon is for the shampoo, conditioning, style and blow-dry. If you skip those options and ask for “just the cut,” it can lower your bill significantly. Your stylist will simply spray your child’s hair with water before cutting, and she’ll leave with her hair damp. If you’re not on your way to a special occasion, why pay extra for a hairstyle that she’ll wash out the next day anyway?
- Look for coupons and special deals. You can search for “coupons”+ the name of your salon on any search engine. You could also call the salon and ask if they are running any promotions. If you aren’t loyal to one particular salon, simply look through the circulars that come in the mail or with your Sunday newspaper.
- Learn to cut hair yourself. Invest in a pair of good scissors and clippers, and hone your skills on your child. I speak from experience when I say that this works best with kids who are old enough to sit still, but not old enough to notice a slightly crooked cut. For boys, simple all-one-length cuts with the clippers are the easiest. For girls, keeping the hair at least chin-length and cutting straight across seems to be the most simple.
What are some ways that you’ve been able to save money on kids’ haircuts?