Do You Cut Your Own Hair?

How many people have their own barber clipping set and cut or trim their own hair?
I just realised that we're paying $15 for a 5 minute quick trim at the barber every few weeks.

Poll Options

  • 174
    I cut my own hair
  • 165
    I don't trust my trimming skills
  • 80
    I get my mate/wife to cut it for me

Comments

    • +3 votes

      I go to a gay hairdresser too. He's flirty but in a non-offensive kind of way. He's pretty hilarious too.. and usually throws in a free head scalp massage. Highly recommend gay hairdressers.

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    No. My MIL cuts my husband's hair and my sons' hair. I refused to learn. My husband is very fussy and I am not very coordinated. Which would be more expensive; a lifetime of hair cuts or a divorce? I go to a hairdresser for my annual perm. No other trips to hairdresser for trims, etc.

    • +1 vote

      Divorce over haircuts? Not sure if that would be a first.

      If he is fussy he should pay for a cut anyway. I always believe in not complaining if something is free.

  • +1 vote

    I have cut my own hair in the past.

    Here are some tips.

    Always read the instructions - A number 4 is not usually a 4 on the machine. 4 is a reference to the length, which I think is 15mm or there abouts. So if you set the machine on 4, your hair will be shorter than you expected. (Fortunately I had a red traffic light on the way home and discovered this when reading the instructions while waiting for the light to change green)

    If you cut your hair with a number 4, remember when you retract the depth measure thingy, to not give your head one last shave. It looks funny when there is a shorter strip running through your hair. Fortunately I realised after only about 2cm of new short track, and stopped just in time. (My mum reckons it wasn't just in time, it was in fact too late). Anyway I only looked 'alternative' for 6 weeks, when I gave my self my next haircut.

    I always cut my hair outside on the garden. The mess then just blows away. JUst be sure to tell your wife, so she doesn't think there is something seriously wrong with the dog or cat when she sees the clumps of hair on the path.

    The sideburns and back is challenging to do, because of my curls. It helps to get someone to do these for you.

    Also, change hands, and direction frequently to keep the cutting even.

  • +1 vote

    Cut my own hair for the first time last night! Only now seeing this thread. Could've saved me a lot of time.
    Still, despite the fact that it took forever it turned out alright so I'm happy with it. 3 on the top, 2 on the sides and Mum helped me with the back. No random clumps and pretty darn symetrical, and I didn't pay a dime!
    Hopefully I'll just get more efficient and will soon be able to do it entirely on my own without a mirror. Good to set goals anyway.
    Cheers for all the helpful info ozbargainers.

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    I cut my own, straight away 3mm shave.
    Save 10-15 / month

  • +2 votes

    Can't justify spending $15 for a #1, so I've been doing it myself for probably 7 years or so.

    Originally I had some crappy clippers from good guys or somewhere. It would struggle unless you did a little bit of hair at a time. So then I bought one of the professional Wahl clipper sets, this model I think for around $120ish at the time. I have quite thick hair and this doesn't struggle in the slightest. Haven't looked back since.

    I wouldn't consider any other brand if I was to buy a set of clippers. Looks like they now have new models and a nicer version of the one I have.
    http://www.mywahlpro.com/wahl-pro/clippers/

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    Costco has some quality genuine WAHL kit. Made in USA.

  • +1 vote

    I cut everyone's hair and my own. Have been doing it for a good 30 years. I can watch a haircut and copy it too. I guess you could youtube haircuts and copy them. It's really not that hard.

    I have expensive hairdressing scissors but I bought them so long ago I don't remember … but they have plastic handles. This is my second set.

    And after going through lots of those cheap people cutters with plastic clip-ons for width, I just use the dog clippers now. Those stray hairs are a lot less and it's super fast. Dog clippers just don't struggle in people hair. It's like cutting soft butter. I just have a 1 and 4 blade. I use the 1 (it's like naked) with a comb for normal haircuts and buzzcut with the 4, though you can get longer blades. Wouldn't waste my time on people cutters.

    Can't remember the brand name right now but they were about $180 a good 20 years ago and you can still get blades that fit because the blades don't last forever :)

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    I pay a hairdresser to cut my hair because I'd only balls it up if I did it myself.

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    can't imagine >50% people don't cut hair at salons
    Is this because people here are OzBargainers or I guess many salons would not have survived?

  • +3 votes

    I'm a woman and I cut my own hair.

    I've been to a hairdresser twice in my life: once at age 4, and once at age 14. I have a cowslick, and both hairdressers I've been to have cut my hair terribly, and unevenly. My Mum cut it for me while I was growing up, now I do it myself. I have long hair, and it's so damn easy to cut long hair. I have no concept of how much I've saved throughout my life, but it must be a lot!!

    This is how I do it:
    1. Bend forwards, flick hair upside down, and brush it straight (while wet)
    2. Snip
    3. Brush it back normally, and get someone else to trim the very end so it's even

    The shorter you make the 'snip', the more layers you get when you brush your hair back the right way :)

    If it's still uneven (rarely), at least it was free!!

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    Get mine done for $10 by a family friend who is a hairdresser. Don't see the point in doing it myself when it's that cheap anyway.

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    Watch and learn. How to cut your own hair.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNqdAchDKuM

    You can pay $10 at a lot of places if your not as skilled as this guy. All you need is a big arse comb.

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    No one's mentioned the subject of pubes. How many DIY barbers also groom "down there"?

    • +1 vote

      I do, and I must say, it's easier if you have a small tummy. I shave with no clips and still to this day, I worry about my ball sack getting tangled in the clippers, worst than that, if I go to hospital, they may call the media and I'd be all over the news.

      • +1 vote

        I suggest using at least No. 1. Doing a zero makes it easier to cut your sack. If you must do a zero, stretch it out, flat.

  • +4 votes

    I get my husband to cut my hair. Although he used the wrong scissors once which caused some of my hair looked terrible, I felt less heart broken than taking $60-80 out from my wallet to pay the hairdresser.

  • +1 vote

    Yeah I use to go to a barber to get a flat top or a fade, $13 a pop which seems decent.Then I stumbled upon this little Wahl beast. Does the job quite well, number 2 buzz cut.

    But to be honest I do miss going to my barber as he had a truck full of stories to tell the old geezer.

  • +4 votes

    Going to cut my hair from now on. Such a rip off paying for a haircut in Australia.

    Paid between 8 - 50 dollars for a haircut and after reading this thread it has inspired me to do it on my own considering the money saved can go to better things.

    Love the OzBargain community.

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    Every week or two I get it shaved right back for $10-$15. I couldn't do it myself, but why bother?

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    I've been using a $16 clipper set from Big W (Remington, I think). Considering upgrading to something better - any recommendations?

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    When i was in year 9, my friend used "Philips
    HQ6996 Close Cut Electric Shaver" to cut my hair. He couldn't know how to use the electric shaver so he created a hole on my hair (Look like this http://blog.fibond.com/tag/bad-hair-cut/) . That looked so terrible so he shaved all my hair off (first time ever got a bald hair cut) :((. I was so scared so we made up a store that is when we were cooking, Some of my hair was being burn by the flame so my friend just shaved it all off :))))))))))))))))))

  • +1 vote

    I got mine from back when I was in uni, and cash was tight. A friend and me bought the hair clippers set we go halves. He even taught me how to do it. When he left he gave the clippers to me and I still use it till now which is like 14 years later lol.

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    If you are not the sort of person that looks good with a buzz cut, you can still use clippers. Just get a comb and gather up the hair length that you want and run the clippers through it. Then to get rid of thickness buy some thinning scissors from Daiso for $2.80 and take out the thickness. It is so easy to get a nice DIY cut, you just have to give it a go.

  • +1 vote

    I have not been to a hairdresser in the last 12 months or so. I've got 2 sets of clippers (beard + hair) and a nice set of dealextreme scissors - thinning and cutting.

    As others have said, the first few times were so so, but I'm getting a lot better… After all its going to grow back anyway.
    The last few times I've started to go for a bit more of a "style" as opposed to a quick trim of short back and sides.

    Before a rendezvous at the local pub on Sunday I gave it a good culling. My friends didn't believe I'd cut it myself.

    Long story short, give it a go! There are plenty of youtube videos giving you an idea on how to do it.

  • +1 vote

    Anyone tried these tri-mirror thingies?

    I usually use webcam software with horizontal flip function to do the back, but wondering about these.

  • +1 vote

    I lived interstate for 4 years, bought a clipper and scissors, did it myself, no complaints. I'm back now and I have a family member who is a hair dresser

    I have to admit I prefer doing it myself as I know how I want it to look. But don't like the mess

  • +2 votes

    I've been cutting & dyeing my own hair for about 2 years and I cut my partner's hair with clippers & scissors as well.

    It's really good if you're brave enough to experiment and not worry if you make a mistake - although I luckily haven't done anything too bad since I've started doing it and I actually get lots of compliments about my hair styles. It's pretty liberating - I can do whatever I want without the hair dresser saying it's not right/won't suit etc. And there's always the option of using the clippers and going a GI Jane if I make a mistake :) I've done the world's greatest shave before, so no biggie if I need to do that.

    My partner's hair is curly, which is a bit difficult to work with, but I think we've been doing pretty well.

    Funniest comment about his hair is the first time I cut it from medium length to fairly short, his boss walks in to work and says 'What, did you let your girlfriend cut your hair or something!' as a joke, to which my partner replied 'Well, yes actually. Why, does it look bad?' and then everyone was actually surprised that it looked so good.

    Anyway, if you have short cropped hair, I know plenty of people who clipper it themselves (some of them just 'feel' for the longer bits of hair, and don't bother with a mirror) or get someone else to help them with it at home, so go for it. And if you have longer hair, and are feeling brave, go for it! I find it pretty rewarding, and saving money is good (although I only got it cut/coloured every 3 months or so at the hairdressers for mates rates of $80 anyway, so not a whole heap of savings, but I'm a true ozbargainer at heart, so it all counts!).

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      The good thing about being a woman with long hair is you can trim it if it looks crap.

      If you get to shoulder length, and your still not getting it you can always go to a hair dresser as a last resort

  • +1 vote

    Bought my Hair clipper more than 10 years ago, still going strong now, except for a few cracks on the plastic cover; straight away 2mm shave, 1 to 2 times a month, save me heaps of $$$!

  • +2 votes

    Use my hair clipper every time. My wive does the back for me as I can't see. Save a lot of money. The money goes towards my wife's haircuts at the salon.

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    Anyone know a cheap place to buy replacement comb attachments for clippers? My clippers are called 'Fenici Salon Clippers' bought from a supermarket maybe 10 years ago, if that makes any difference.

    The #1 comb on mine broke a few years ago, and now the attachment on the #2 comb is a bit loose, so occasionally when I'm clipping the back of my head I end up carving a couple of really short grooves into my hairdo before I notice that the comb's fallen off.

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    Don't understand how some woman spend $700 on straightening! Just do it yourself and save like 90%

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    quick question: any cheap substitute for the clipper oil?
    can cooking oil does the same job?

  • +1 vote

    Lets see…
    $20 every 5 weeks
    $200 a year
    $100 for a professional WAHL Machine
    Why are u even on ozbargain if u are not cutting your own hair?

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    I'm a female and I have cut my own hair. There are tutorials on YouTube:

    I usually go to a hairdresser because they do a better job and can do layers and fringes and things that I cant.