"If you're a fly gal, then get your nails done. Get a pedicure, get your hair did." - "Work It", Missy Elliot
I’m about one month overdue for a haircut. I like to go about every 2-3 months. In classic Midwest Miser style, I started surveying the ladies I work with about their hair routine and of course, the cost of it. I work with beautiful women, they don’t need make up and they look great in a messy bun. I was flabbergasted to hear my survey results.
$60-$200 every 4-8 weeks. Whoa. That blew my quarterly, $24 plus $4 tip at Supercuts out of the water. (I’m sassy, so I always add on a Tea Tree Shampoo.)
Time for some math!
My friend who gets a $200 haircut and color every 6 weeks spends almost $9,000 every 5 years on her hair!
If she does it Midwest Miser style every 6 weeks and colors her hair at home. She would end up with $6,500 after 5 years, I subtracted the costs of a Supercuts cut and wash and Sally’s Beauty Supply Color in a box. I think she would still be beautiful with a cheaper cut and color.
Nobody cared about my numbers. Think about it, it’s the cost of a Disney cruise and Park Week EVERY 5 years for simply changing how you style your hair.
Now that I’m on the path to FI, I am cutting my husband’s and kids’ hair every month as a bonus savings. It’s about $15 per kid and $20 for my husband.
If I threw that into my savings account with my cheaper haircut and color it’s almost $9,500 every 5 years. That’s a week long Disney trips at an All Star’s Resort for the 4 of us every 2.5 years! Just for being cheap with our haircuts.
It wasn’t until I did the math that I started insisting I cut everyone’s hair. Sure, it’s annoying to sweep up and sure sometimes I mess up and make my son look like a serial killer but to see Mickey every two years… totally worth it!
- Prior to using travel rewards, I calculated everything I do in Disney Vacations.
Step by Step:
Step 1: Order a pair of clippers and a cape, I prefer Wahl brand or a good pair of scissors. ( I use the ones that came with the clippers.) The cape sizes can be tricky here is an adult version that works if you also wrap a towel around you kid’s neck.
Step 2: Watch some videos on how to cut hair. I started with this one. (The best ones are the sad boys with their mom butchering their hair.)
Step 3: Find one you like and have your child watch it with you. Helps calm the nerves and then they can be excited for the style you are trying.
Step 4: Get more brave each time. I started cutting my husband’s hair, then my son’s and now my daughter’s. The kids love it because they hate waiting at the salon.