- Grow long hair so it needs less cutting. That works for Daughter, but not the rest of us.
- Grow older so that your hair thins and there's less of it to need cutting! That seems to work for Husband, but not the rest of us (the thinning hair that is; none of us can avoid getting older!)
- Acquire some clippers. Husband hasn't set foot in a hairdressers for as long as I can remember, 1995 at least, and cuts his own hair successfully with clippers. As long as there is somebody around to check for straggly bits this works well for him. I reckon it would work for me too but I'm not brave enough to give it a go! Maybe when I'm retired and less in the public eye. Son has been clippered by Husband a few times but as he hates having his hair cut these days he won't let the clippers anywhere near him.
- Make good friends with a hairdresser. We have an ex-hairdresser friend who has cut Daughter's hair, but we don't like to prevail upon her too much.
- Trust someone in your family to cut your hair. My brother cuts his son's hair (and Frugal Girl recently blogged about cutting her daughter's hair). Although he calls himself David's Salon, after the largest chain of hairdressers in the Philippines and I've no doubt that my little brother shares the David's Salon ethos of "flawless service and impeccable style at great value", I'm not prepared to let him loose on my barnet yet.
- Find a hairdresser out of the town centre. In our town the salon that is a mile out of town is half the price of the high street salons and just as good.
- See if the local college has a salon staffed by students resulting in cheaper prices. In the olden days when we lived in the city, I made use of the City of Bristol College's budding hairdressers. The disadvantage is that it took a loooooong time as the students tended to be slower than more experienced hairdressers, and they needed to get feedback from a tutor before you could be set free. Not very practical for me now, when I often have two kids in tow.
- One of our local hair salons offers 25% off haircuts with their novice hairdressers. Ditto the above point. Son was abandoned at school last year when I tried this option and went for what I thought would be a 'quick trim'. One and a half hours later at 3pm I was still there. (Imagine the headline, "Vain mother neglects 9 year old son in the name of hair and beauty!" Fortunately it didn't make the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald - the school phoned home and Daughter came to his rescue)
|I'm not known for my elegant coiffure really...|
You can tell I spent ages trying
to achieve that 'messy' look
|Groupon haircut tries to |
and unmessy for the blog
The decor is colourful in their salons and I loved it. None of my local hairdressers have a huge Ganesh on the wall. I particularly enjoyed being asked if I always wore my hair 'messy'. Although I can't say that 'messy' had ever been intentional on my part, it is now that I know my style has an official name!
If you are local to Bristol or Bath and would like to have the Barber Brown's experience, I have a 50% off Restyle, Cut and Blowdry voucher for 'a friend'. Just leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday 26 June, 7pm BST. If there's more than one 'friend' I'll draw names out of a hat.
Have you got any more frugal hair cut tips to share?
Any opinions on Groupon?