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My family and I haven’t been anywhere in a while, so naturally, we need some hair help. When looking into home haircuts, I found the niftiest tools and tips on how to cut or trim everyone’s hair…even the dog and cat! I’m not super concerned about messing up — hair grows back, amiright?
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1. Master the men’s fade haircut and save about $30 a cut.
For fade haircuts, use an adjustable electric hair clipper. Start with the longest clipper attachment, and work your way down to the shortest. Watch some helpful fade haircut tutorials online and use scissors to help blend a little at the end. When giving at-home haircuts, use a towel as a makeshift cape to catch the tiny hairs from escaping and getting everywhere. Or, Walmart is selling haircut capes for $10.
Have fun with it! If it’s any consolation, if you do mess up the haircut, you can shave your entire head.
Try these clippers:
2. Save anywhere from $35 to $150 per cut by doing women’s hair trims at home.
Depending on hair length, location, and the professional level of their hairstylist, women pay on average $35 to more than $150 (not including tip) to get their hair cut. Most women get a trim every eight to twelve weeks and a haircut every six to eight weeks, depending on the breakage.
PRO TIP: Only use sharp, unbeveled hair scissors or shears. Household scissors are made with beveled blades, which split and seriously damage the ends of the hair shaft.
Before you begin cutting or trimming longer hair, you should have:
- A comb
- Good quality shearing or thinning hair scissors
- A clip or scrunchy to hold the hair up and out of the way
- A cape or towel to catch all the hair
Tweezerman Stainless 2000 Shears (reg. $28)
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John 6.5 Barber Scissors (reg. $19.99)
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3. Save $40 to $100 by grooming your dog at home.
Depending on the size of your dog and your location, getting a pet groomed can run between $40 to more than $100 per pet. If you aren’t comfortable clipping your dog, brush them out and cut the mats with haircut scissors. Use guarded trimmers. Without a guard, you risk getting the trimmer too close to your pet’s skin and cutting or burning them.
To wash my dog, here is what I use:
Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Natural Conditioner 16-ounce bottle (reg. $14.99) sale $13.49
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Final Price: $22.28 plus shipping
The Stuff Detangler on Amazon (reg. $15.95)
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Final Price: $15.95
As for grooming tools, you can purchase what you need individually to care for your pet’s hair and grooming needs.
Dog Rounded-Tip Shears at PetFlow (reg. $8.86)
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Final price: $6.20 (plus shipping)
Goody Professional Cutting Shears on Amazon (reg. $6)
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Final Price: $6
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Final Price: $35.99
4. Trim your grumpy cat and save more than $40.
Luckily for cat lovers, most breeds don’t need to get their hair cut, but if his personal hygiene habits aren’t great and you like to keep your cat well groomed, you can do it yourself. Cats as well all know are very skittish, so the key to grooming them is a quiet motor and sharp, oiled tools, so you don’t run into any problems with hair pulling resorting in getting your eyeballs scratched out.
Sminiker Cat Clippers Set on Amazon (reg. $30.99)
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Final Price: $30.99