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Cutting Your Own Hair To Save Money: Do Or Don’t?

Submitted by on September 4, 2009 – 2:32 pm9 Comments


Drake waits for a hair cut at Frank’s Chop Shop

The Wall Street Journal published an article this week titled Per Capita Savings: Home barbering Grows in Recession, With Hairy Results“.

The piece illustrates how the recession has driven many Americans to set up (barber)shop in their homes, versus paying a professional to do the job.

While salons are experiencing a never before seen drastic decline in sales, electronic hair clipper companies are seeing a rise.

Check out this amusing video of a guy attempting to give his friend a hair cut with the Flowbee System – which combines vacuum suction and electric scissors:

Following such incidents as seen in the video above, salons have now found a new niche – customers with self-inflicted hair mishaps who need them fixed!

Do you cut your hair because of ridiculous prices? Should people leave this kind of job to the pros?

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  • WorkingClassHero says:

    I use a RobotCut system and just finished my sixth haircut. The unit cost me $45 so it paid for itself two haircuts ago at $12/cut. It’s all gravy now.
    I’m getting so good that I’m now happier with the haircuts I do than with the ones I used to pay for from Pittsburgh’s oldest barbershop. Plus, there’s no mess because the vacuum sweeps it up when I’m cutting and I can do it in 10 minutes, which was the time it used to take to bike to the barber’s. I feel for the barbershop because that’s an honest job, but a man’s gotta live too.

  • squidoo guy says:

    Very interesting post, thanks lots.

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