One of the ways I save money in our household is by being the family hairdresser. I first learned to cut hair as a new bride, by watching my mother-in-law cut my husband’s hair. I’ve had a few hiccups along the way, and my hubby has made an occasional visit to a barber when life has been too busy for me to do the job, but for twenty years I’ve been the main scissor-girl. I’ve come to truly enjoy the process almost as an artistic outlet, learning methods to cut the hair of not only my husband, but also all my children, my mother, and myself. Between those twelve people, God has given me quite a variety to work with!
Take these guys, for example:
Clockwise: Thick, wavy-haired Conductor; soft, obedient-haired Sonshine (if only he had the personality to match!); wispy, wild-headed Handsome.
Curly, thick-haired Handyman; thick, straight-haired Iron Man; poker-straight, thick-haired Happy.
My husband’s hair is not crooked, I promise. It’s an awkward camera angle.
See? Much better here:
For anyone out there who is interested in learning how to cut hair for the men in their lives, I’d like to share two videos. No, the videos are not mine; I don’t do that. I’ve tried before and I just feel too awkward talking to a camera. No… I’ll leave that to people who are both more skillful than I am, and comfortable demonstrating, and I’ll give them some linky love.
Today I’m focusing on the guys only, because I just cut their hair on Friday and have freshly trimmed men to model their fine heads of hair. :) I’ll save the girls for another day, because I haven’t cut their hair in about two months.
This first video demonstrates the basic method I use to cut my guys’ hair. In a nutshell, I start by trimming the basic “shape” that I want, from one ear, across the back, to the other ear, then trim it all up inside that shape. I save the front for last. I do two things differently than she does: 1) for the front, I comb forward rather than upward before cutting (because it suits my guys’ styles and faces better), and 2) I don’t use the razor on the sides (because it suits my skill level better!)
Handyman has curly hair, which took me quite a bit of getting used to. When I first realized that his hair had to be treated differently, I found the following video helpful. When his hair gets long, his curls look just like the man’s in the video. I used to watch this video every month as a refresher, just before cutting Handyman’s hair. I’m happy to say that I’m comfortable cutting his curls now, and I no longer need to do that. :)
Sometimes we go a little longer or shorter, trying new things here and there depending on the weather or our moods, but the essential technique is basically the same. I find it amazing how the same method can turn out so differently depending on the guy and the hairtype!
Any other family hairdressers out there? Or anyone aspiring to be one? Please share your favorite tips and resources in the comments!