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    How I’ve Saved Over $500 by Cutting My Kids Hair

    How I've Saved Over $500 by cutting my kids hair

    Since my kids have been born, I have only paid for ONE haircut, for my middle son. It was at a cute kids place, where he could sit in a train and blow bubbles, while having his haircut. Super fun for him and a great overall experience, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve been able to save over $500 by cutting my kids hair myself. 
    How I've Saved Over $500 by cutting my kids hair

    I’m no professional hair dresser, that’s for sure (and my hair dresser readers are probably going to cringe at this post), but over the years, I’ve learned a few basics techniques that work for cutting my kids hair. Let me also say that while I do cut my kids hair and occasionally my hubby’s hair, I get my own hair cut by a pro! I’m not messing around with my own look. 

    I’ve let my youngest son’s hair grow slightly too long, to the point where it was always in his eyes. But his hair was so beautiful and I had a hard time with the thought of chopping it all off. But today, I decided, I couldn’t handle seeing it in his eyes any longer so I got out the clippers and scissors and went for it!

    How I've Saved Over $500 by cutting my kids hair How I've Saved Over $500 by cutting my kids hair So to start, you are going to need a hair clipper set. You can find these at any major retailer or by clicking the link below. I would also recommend you buy a good pair of hair cutting scissors and thinning shears. The kits usually come with a pair of scissors but they aren’t very good (in my experience). That being said, it’s time for me to get a new pair of scissors! 

    So you might think that cutting an 18 month old’s hair is almost an impossible task, right? Almost. Make sure you set him (or her) up with a distraction. A toy to play with and a movie/show is perfect for keeping them entertained while you do what you gotta do to their hair. 

    How I Saved Over $500 by cutting my kids hair

    Next, you want to strip them down to the bare essentials (ie: diaper or undies) and place them in a place where it’s not easy for them to get out (ie: high chair or exersaucer for younger babies). Having them almost naked makes it easier for clean up. And placing them in a secure spot, especially for wiggly babies, it makes sure they won’t fall or wiggle too far out of reach.

    Now comes prepping for the cut. For my son, I didn’t want to go too short, especially because I was already struggling with the idea of loosing all of his hair. So I chose the #4 guard for the clipper (my kit has various guards from 1-6 and then side guards). Once you have it on, make sure it is securely locked in place, so it won’t slip off.


    How I've Saved over $500 by cutting my kids hair

    Then you want to section your child’s hair. For boys, you will want to use the clippers for the sides and the back. So I tie back the top of the hair (I will use the scissors on that) and then place the clippers against the head and start gently going upwards, making sure to stop before the crown of the head. Do the back and both sides, including gently pulling back his ears and getting the hair around there. 

    How I've Saved over $500 by cutting my kids hairSidenote: It is challenging to cut a very active toddler’s hair, by myself. So note, I didn’t get any other “action” pictures because as you can see, he was starting to get a little too curious and I didn’t want to make a mistake, for the sake of a picture! Ha!

    How I've Saved over $500 by cutting my kids hair

    So this is what it looked like after I was done using the clippers. I will try and post a video soon of me cutting my older son’s hair so you can better understand better how to do it yourselves, but it truly is not that difficult. 

    Before I move on to the scissors, I do usually take off the guard and “clean-up” the neck area. I will make a straight line with the clippers along the bottom hairline and then two diagonal lines, each going upwards towards each ear. 

    How I've Saved over $500 by cutting my kids hair

    Then I move on to the scissors and thinning shears. Like I said above, I was home alone, so I couldn’t get any pictures of me cutting it. But combing the hair upwards, in between your index and middle fingers, take your scissors and trim. Always take off LESS than what you want and keep checking to see how short it’s going. You can always go shorter…you can’t go longer once it’s cut off. 

    To finish the look, I use the thinning shears on the ends, just to give it a little texture. 

    Here is the hair cutting video I took of doing my middle son’s hair to better show you all the techniques (or lack there of) that I’m using!


    Clean-up is generally easy. It’s off the tub for the littles to get all the hair off their bodies. Then with the handheld vacuum, I suck up all the hair and give his high chair a good wipe down. 

    Come back tomorrow to see the finished look and for a little outfit of the day: toddler edition! I promise you that he’s the cutest thing and you won’t want to miss it!

    Love & Blessings,




    PS. I just had to share the cutest picture ever! This is post bath, in his Buzz Lightyear towel! Eeeps! 
    How I've Saved over $500 by cutting my kids hair


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  • Reply Shann Eva September 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Awe. He is adorable. Can’t wait to see the finished cut. I usually cut all three of my boys hair. Although, when we had to get pictures taken, I let the professionals take over, just in case

  • Reply Stefanie (@LexieLooDylan2) September 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    He’s so cute! I can completely relate with this. My four kids have only had a handful of haircuts that I paid for. Honestly, I’ve been doing it myself since my firstborn was 2! It’s so much cheaper and easier!

  • Reply Ashleigh September 15, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    I have been cutting my son’s and hubby’s hair forever now and I love knowing I’m saving money… I can only do one hair cut but hey, I’m saving! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations September 16, 2015 at 12:29 am

    My husband cuts my son’s hair with clippers too (he also cuts his own!!), and he always does a great job. A show is a great idea for a distraction, we’ve always used the incentive of a Popsicle. Luckily my awesome hairdresser does hair cuts for kids for $5 so I do that with my daughter and it’s worth it. But I totally agree, I can’t believe some people that constantly shell out big bucks for their kids, or they take them somewhere and their hair just gets butchered, ugh.

  • Reply Jaclyn September 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    We cut Binky’s hair at home, too! (Almost the same style, too! We changed it up this time, though.)

  • Reply Cheryl October 4, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I think you are significantly underestimating the savings. I started cutting my children’s hair after too many bad haircuts done by pros. Considering the haircut, tip, transportation costs to and from, plus my time, I figure that I am saving about $60 a month giving my children their haircuts at home. Brave me, gets my hair cut by my guy every other month at home and that saves me about $75 each time. I wasn’t exactly fond of the bad haircuts or the cost at the salon. So I calculate that it saves me about a grand a year. The intent wasn’t to save money at first, it was to stop getting bad haircuts, but I will not complain about the savings each year. It adds up.

    • Reply Christine October 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Yes, I was under estimating and even still, that A LOT of money!! Momma’s going shopping 😉

      • Reply Cheryl October 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm

        I wish I could bank my savings, but my car needed tires and a water pump this year. But cutting back on expenses did allow me to have more money in my account to handle the ouch factor of the repair costs.
        One thing I would recommend on your shopping list as well as good shears is a nylon cape. Get the neck strips or use toilet paper as little ones, as well as older children and adults, squirm less when they don’t get the itchy hairs down their backs. The plastic one that comes with cheap kits is worthless.

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