Your professional image can play an important role in your career opportunities. This doesn’t apply solely to modeling jobs either. Now, I don’t mean to say that you need to look amazing to be successful; rather, you simply need to practice good hygiene and look presentable. One of the main components of looking presentable is having a decent haircut.
To start off, I know there is a huge price differential between men’s and women’s haircuts, and this post is geared toward men’s haircuts. Now, in general a men’s haircut costs between $10 and $25 depending on where you go and what you have done.
My Haircut History
In junior high and part of high school I always went to this local hair place, and I think cuts were around $10. Then I started going to the SmartStyle salon inside Wal-Mart (where I worked). Haircuts were around $15. This was around the time when highlights for guys was really popular, and I admit that I got blond highlights a number of times, which brought the cost to around $35-40. Let me just say that looking back on it, guys getting highlights in their hair is pretty dumb. I kept my hair pretty short, so I’d have to get highlights with almost every haircut to keep the look. What a waste of money!
In college, I became inspired to start cutting my own hair. I had just watched the movie U571 (a World War 2 naval movie), where the main character had a super short hair style. I thought it was a look I could pull off, so I bought a set of clippers, and buzzed my hair. The clippers were around $20. The cut looked good. It was easy to do (though I did need someone else to do the back of my neck). I was all set with my new hairstyle, and I did my own hair for the next three of four years.
Somewhere along the line I started going back to a hair place and started having it cut by someone else. But just recently, I decided I was going to start cutting it myself again (though now my reasoning was financial rather than based on a movie). I found my old clippers, but realized all the guards I used were lost. So, I did have to buy a new set of clippers ($30). My first cut looked pretty good. I left it a little longer than I used to cut it in my college days (my wife isn’t too fond of the super short style I used to have).
Trying New Things Can Be Dangerous
When it was time for my next haircut, I thought I’d try something new. The clipper set contained these two guards that are specifically designed to use around your ears. There’s one for the left ear and one for the right ear. Now, I’d never actually used the ear guards before, but I thought I’d give them a try. After all, they’re designed specifically for that purpose. Well, I tried it, and the result wasn’t exactly pretty. Apparently the ear guards cut the hair a lot shorter than the rest of the hair on the side of my head, so it looked pretty bad. My wife got a laugh out of it. Within a couple of weeks it should grow back out, and I can get it all the same length again. Still, I’m a little self-conscious right now about the side of my head and how uneven my hair is. I will definitely be sticking with my traditional way of cutting my hair from now on.
The Bottom Line
Despite my recent hair mis-hap, do-it-yourself haircuts are definitely the way to go for guys that generally prefer shorter hairstyles. I paid an upfront $30 for a set of clippers that will last me several years. My haircuts look just as good as having it done at a salon/barber (I’ve received quite a few compliments on my hair actually, though not with this most recent cut). I don’t have to wait in line or schedule an appointment (though I have to do it when my wife is available to trim the back of my neck).
Do any other guys out there cut their own hair? Or are there any women out there that cut their husband’s/boyfriend’s hair? What has your experience been like?