View Full Version : Anyone cut their own dh and ds hair? Need advice!

05-17-2010, 11:11 AM
My dh figured out how much he's spending on haircuts each year for himself and DS1. It's well over $600 a year. And with a 2nd ds now that's going to go up significantally soon ( he's only 4 months old and already needs a haircut!).

He wants me to just do it instead! :scared1: He told me to go out today and get some clippers and have at it. :rotfl2:

So any suggestions on a good set to get...that doesn't break the bank. And any advice on how to make them not look like skinheads would be great too. :thumbsup2 Fortunately their hair styles are pretty easy...of course I say this since I have never cut it. But they get it buzzed on a 1 setting in the back and sides. And then finger tip length on top so they can still spike it up a bit...that's the part that I think is going to be hard.

The girls and I however are NOT giving up our salon! :laughing:

Bren's Mom
05-17-2010, 11:17 AM
This is what we have:


Dh does his own, he shaves what's left of his hair.

I do ds's most of the time. It seems to be just as good or better than when I have the kiddie salon do it...and it's much cheaper!

I know that in the summer I use the #2 guide all over ds's head, followed by the #1 guide just from the ears down. I remove the guide to 'clean up' around his ears and the very botton of his hairline. (Be careful with no guide on!!)

In the winter I leave it a little longer on top for ds. The higher the #, the longer then hair. So you can start with the highest #, then gradually go down until the clippers make the top of their hair the length you want it. You can always trim a bit with scissors as well.

05-17-2010, 11:21 AM
MY DW cuts my and our DS's (11,7) hair...for me and the oldest son, she uses a 1 on the sides and back and a 2 on top with the front a little longer so we can spike it up as well...with the Casanova DS (7), she trims his hair and we take him to a hair stylist once every six to eight weeks..

saves a ton of money!
she is a good spirit and does not mind...it also allows her to pamper herself....

05-17-2010, 11:21 AM
I have been cutting DH's hair for years.
He likes it really short and all you do is follow the head!
He does like it on #1...which is REALLY really short. I prefer it on 2 but it's his head.
I think any clippers you buy will be fine- read the box and buy what seems appropriate for you. I know we got ours at Walmart. fairly inexpensive as I recall.
Good luck- it really is not difficult at all.

05-17-2010, 11:24 AM

if you mess up

it is only hair and it will grow back!

05-17-2010, 11:29 AM
I used to cut DH's hair all the time. I need to start doing it again. It is such a waste of money to have someone else do it. I use the #1 on the sides and #2 on the top for his hair. I haven't tried DS's hair yet, but he's on my list, too! :lmao: It is really easy once you get the hang of it. Once thing I do is make sure I go in different directions on the top of DH's head, so he doesn't end up with clipper tracks. You'll know what i mean when you see them!

05-17-2010, 11:32 AM
I figure I'll do ds's hair first. If I butcher his hair it won't matter. I just don't want them to look look like they have complete buzz cuts.

Thanks for the advice so far. :goodvibes

05-17-2010, 11:44 AM
I use a Wahl set too. :thumbsup2 I got mine at Sears and I think I paid $24.99 for it.

I cut DH, and all three DSs and have been doing so for about 6 years now - about the time the youngest two started needing haircuts regularly (my kids took a long time to start growing hair :laughing:) and it was going to cost me $75/mo for cuts (almost $1,000/yr).

It does take some practice, but once you get going it's pretty easy. Summer is a great time to get started as if you make a mistake no one's going to notice or care if you take it all down to a really short length. :laughing:

Each set is different but with my set I use a number 6 or 8 on the top then gradually decrease the size down the head and use the bare blade to trim and clean up. I do trim around the ears with scissors. as I find the tapered "ear" blades cut the hair shorter than I want.

There are a couple of drawbacks.

Now maybe it's just my kids, but IMO the hair does tend to get in every nook and cranny and to get it all up takes about half an hour to an hour depending upon where I cut their hair. Just because it really gets everywhere, I do it in my bathroom as it's a small space and so I can get everything out of the way that isn't nailed down quickly and easily so I don't have to clean it off (I've even found hair inside my closed medicine cabinet :confused:). I recommend you do your DH and DS at the same time then clean up. Even with the cover-up they still end up with hair down their clothes and clinging to their necks, etc. I also have to change my clothes when I'm done as it's always down inside my clothes. So to avoid extra laundry I try to do it at bed/bath time. I have the kids strip down to their shorts, then go right from the cutting chair to the tub. It does save me a ton of money so the time and hassle of the clean-up after is worth it.

The only financial drawback I've found is that it costs more than the cost of a new set of clippers to replace the cutting blade (they wanted $15 for the blade and $15 for shipping :scared1:), which gets dull after a while and results in tugging, pulling, etc. and they don't sell the blades in stores, so plan on a new set of clippers every couple of years. I'm on my second set of clippers and plan on buying a new set soon which kills me because it seems like such a waste.

ETA - I won't give up my salon visits either - DH wanted me too and I told him what are you nuts - I'M not going around with a Buzz cut, which is about the only way he could cut my hair. :scared1:

05-17-2010, 11:57 AM
I cut DH's hair out on the deck or in the basement, where cleanup is pretty easy.

05-17-2010, 12:06 PM
I cut DH's hair out on the deck or in the basement, where cleanup is pretty easy.

Oh, I wish. :goodvibes

I did try the deck in the summer, but find, unfortunately, it takes me longer to do it outside as I have to run about 40 ft of extension cords, then sweep up - because much as I'd love to let the hair balls blow into my neighbors yard I think she'd call the cops on me for littering :laughing:.

I have to admit the basement sounds like a good idea, but my basement jam packed with "stuff" :rolleyes1 plus I have to run extension cords. Oh, well, if I ever get ambitious and clean it out.

The Moonk's Mom
05-17-2010, 12:07 PM
I cut DH and both of my DS's hair. They are simple...#1 on DH for what is left and #2 on the boys. My biggest advice is to remember to oil the blades...they will last much longer that way. I have had the same blades for almost 6 years without any problems. Also, to make life easier, I have one of those small clippers that they advertise on TV...I think it is called the Finishing Touch. I picked it up at Wal-Mart too and it is GREAT for around little ears and for touch ups on necks between cuts.

Oh...I like to cut on our deck outside....easy to get rid of the hair...I sweep it into my flower bed and that also helps keep the deer out of my flowers!

Good Luck!

05-17-2010, 12:12 PM
Cut DH's hair with a Wahl set we bought at Kohl's for around $50. It has every attachement imaginable (even an eyebrow trimmer) as well as a small clipper for cleaning up the hairline on the neck. I just started cutting his but we calculated that after one more cut we have recouped our money since each haircut was minimum $18 with tip. My husband just has me do #3 all over so his is pretty easy. I still think after a few times you'd be a pro!

05-17-2010, 12:35 PM
Yep, I cut DH and both DS' hair and it is really very easy. You can go to YouTube and find videos of how to cut hair. I did that when I first started and it made me a lot more confident. I also started with the boys' hair in the summer, so if I messed up, I could just buzz it all over and no one would be the wiser. Their hair grows insanely fast (they all need haircuts every 3 weeks or they look like ragamuffins), so for the cost of the clippers, we broke even after 1 cut for each of them. I give the baby a lollipop while I cut his hair, and he sits in his high chair with nothing on but a diaper. The others strip down to just pants. It DOES make a mess, but it's an easy clean-up, as they go directly to the shower when they are done and I vacuum everything up.

But DD and I will still be going to the salon! I figure that since we are saving so much on the boys, we can afford to get ours done professionally.

05-17-2010, 12:35 PM
I cut DH's hair with a Conair set we bought at Macy's for about $25. DH likes his hair super short, usually #1 setting, sometimes the top on #2. I find it very easy, like PP said, just follow his head.

It does save money!

05-17-2010, 01:14 PM
I cut DH and DS15 hair and have done so for the past 13 years. DH refuses to pay someone else for a style I can easily take care of for him. DS is on the autism spectrum and when he was younger would freak out at the barber's so I learned to cut his myself. I use #2 or #3 attachment in the winter and #1 in the summer. I cut the hair the same length all over since I don't see well enough to cut the top a different length than the back and sides.

05-17-2010, 01:15 PM
It's taken me quite a bit of practice to be relatively good at it. It's mainly trial and error.

ONe big of advice. If DH changes jobs and wants a haircut for his first day of his new job, do NOT cut it yourself unless you already have lots of practice. Bcause you don't want his picture on his badge (if your DH works at places where they have plastic cards that admit them to the building etc) to have a reall yreally really unfortunate haircut thanks to YOU. :headache::rolleyes1:scared:

05-17-2010, 03:16 PM
DH just bought his own at Target, I think it was about $20. I refuse to do his hair in case I make a mistake. He buzzes it and then takes the safety clipper thing (that's the technical term, btw :lmao:) off and I just clean up his neck/ears area for him.

05-17-2010, 04:01 PM
You guys are making me nostalgic for when my boys would let me cut thier hair. They're tweens now and won't let me near it. :(

05-17-2010, 08:28 PM
SO does his own. He has clippers (I think the brand is Wahl) with color coded sized clip attachments. It is really simple and pretty hard to make a mistake if you are just cutting (not trying to do a "style"). He just uses two mirrors (to see the back of his head too) and cuts it in the shower (so the hair isn't all over the bathroom floor). He will sometimes ask me to take a look to make sure he didn't miss a spot or to help with the really short areas near the back of the neck/around ear that are just hard see himself.

05-17-2010, 08:41 PM
I started cutting my own hair over 5 years ago. We were at the outlets and the ConAir outlet had a clipper set for $15, exactly what I used to pay for a haircut. I figured it was worth risking the price of one haircut to see if I could do it myself. That clipper worked great and just died about 2 months ago, so my total hair cutting expense for 5 years was $15.

I replaced it with a Wahl that I bought on Amazon for about $30. It is better quality than the ConAir and does an even better job, and will probably last more than 5 years.

It is incredibly simple to use and so much more convenient than when I used to go to Hair Cuttery. I can cut my hair any day, any time. Couldn't be easier.

05-17-2010, 09:09 PM
I've been cutting dh's hair for the past several years. We've had the same clippers for about 7 years and after reading through this thread, maybe its time to get a new pair. I cut his sides to 3/4" with the guide on the clippers and then cut the top with sissors to the length of my three fingers. It is easy, but I will never live down the time I started on the back of his head with the clippers but forgot to put the 3/4" guide on! All I said was oops! and he took off to find a mirror. :laughing:

05-17-2010, 09:49 PM
You really don't need clippers unless you want a buzz type cut. For the faint of heart, just have your DH just get a good haircut and watch it being done. The best kind will be done with barber scissors available at beauty supply stores. Layering is very easy with scissors and you get a more professional cut.
When you start with the style he likes, all you have to do is trim it exactly the same length everyway, including the layers. I've had to adjust things a bit as my husband's hair has disappeared somewhat on top :rotfl: but he refuses to let anyone else cut it for him.
I finish the hair cut off by using his beard trimmer to clean up the hair on his neck. I do his beard and mustache shaping at the same time. Scissors first, then clean up with the beard trimmer at the edges. HTH

05-17-2010, 10:55 PM
My husband does his own hair cuts with the Flowbee. He bought his first one 25 years ago and hasn't had or paid for a professional hair cut since then. Five years ago he had to replace the first one. It was pretty worn out. Over the years he has also occasionally given haircuts to our kids and some friends.

The Flowbee used to be an as seen on tv product, but not anymore. He bought the first one at Costco and I found the second one on-line at the company website www.flowbee.com.

The Flowbee is used with a canister vacumn, so there isn't any mess to clean up. DH uses his shop vac and does the hair cut in the garage. I go in afterwards sometimes and trim the back up for him with a trimmer. DH likes his hair pretty short and has lot's of cowlicks, so it doesn't really matter who or what cuts his hair :lmao:

05-18-2010, 01:22 AM
I cut my 3 boys hair. We have a set of Wahl clippers. I figure I have saved HUNDREDS of dollars in the last 3-4 years!

I have them stand in the shower in their undies- sometimes I put a little stool in their for them to sit on.

To cut, first I go over the top with a #3-#5 blade- depending on how long I want the top. Then I "even up" the sides to blend it- I take a straight comb and kind of angle it the way I want the blending- then run the clippers along the comb. This is the most important part- if the move, it will take a chunk out and look really patchy. When they were little I would have them rest their head on my stomach to keep it still while I cut the other side. Now even my 4 year old will hold still! After it is "blended", I use a 1 or sometimes take the blade off and use the clippers extended out to cut the rest and do around the ears/neck.

It took me awhile to figure out the technique- I'm sure there are you-tube videos you could watch! I watched the barber do it a couple times before I attempted myself! Now when I do take them to the barber- they come home with little pieces of hair that the barber missed. Drives me crazy! I think I can do a better job than the barber!

Carl Fredricksen
05-18-2010, 04:37 AM
We have a Conair clipper set, but the next one I buy will be Wahls. The are the best IMO. The ones linked earlier in the post look really nice, I may check on those when I go to Wally's later today.

DW has been cutting DS's hair for about 2 years, and she does a great job. Myself, I just put a #6 adapter on it and run it all over the head. I have some small clippers I use for around the ears, etc. And DW will help shave the back of the neck as well. Saves us a ton of money.

She was apprehensive at first about doing it, but I told her is she kept me and DS in line at home, she and DD could get their hair done whenever they wanted, since the budget would be bigger. Since then, no problemo!

05-18-2010, 08:00 AM
I have been doing my dh's hair since 2003. I am surprised he has let me continue after a few hair cuts!

Seriously it is easy. We are on our second set or clippers/buzzer thingy. They both came from either Target or Walmart. So far they work but I will have to check out the Wahl since I have many more hair cuts in my future.

I also do my 6 yo's hair & have been doing his since his first hair cut.

I use different sizes on both for the top & sides. My dh will take his razor & shave around my sons neck which he loves.

05-18-2010, 09:09 AM
When DH and I first decided to save money by me cutting his hair, I went to Sally's Beauty Supply to ask about clippers. It just happened that the model of Wahl's clipper that a local beauty school's students used was on sale and the salesperson highly recommended it. She also recommended using 'Kool Lube', it's a lubricant cleaner that you spray on the blades before each use; really helps the blades last longer.

I've had mine over 7 years and never had to change the blades. We've saved ton's of money by doing this!

05-18-2010, 09:18 AM
You guys are making me nostalgic for when my boys would let me cut thier hair. They're tweens now and won't let me near it. :(

Yup. I used to cut my kids' hair. All three of them, but I won't torture them like that now that they're older. I just take them to supercuts.

OP, you can do it. I always used to scissor cut my boys' hair because it is really soft and fine. I would just use the clilppers for the edges and sideburns.

I used to just watch the hair dresser and ask questions. I got many great tips that way. Use your fingers as you hold the hair to determine the length you want to cut--one, two or three fingers length--and always cut parallel to head.

The first thing I always did was to cut around the ears and back of the neck first.

Also, you can google "how to cut boys hair" and find great tips. If you mess up, they are young and don't know the difference and it'll always grow back. :)

Oh, and my final awesome tip is to blow them off with the leaf blower outside. They LOVED that! :)


05-18-2010, 09:25 AM
I have just started cutting my kids hair at home this year. I used to take them to CoolCuts for Kids at $35 for the both of them and got tired of the wrestling match with my youngest. He is special needs and HATED getting his hair cut.
I bought the clippers on Amazon for $30 after waiting 3 long months in dread of taking DS4 to the haircutters. I did it myself with an okay job. And the best part is DS4 just sat there and let me work! It took me 5 minutes to do his hair with no screaming! Best money spent.

I use the 1/2" guide for the lower third of their head (ears down), blend it with the 1" guide for the middle third and then sissor cut bangs and top of the head. I touch up the sideburns and back with no attachment. It's easier than I thought though I haven't gotten good enough for it to not look like a home job yet (straight bangs are hard!), but now we can wait only weeks instead of months for haircuts.
I am not brave enough to do DH hair so he still goes to the barber for his cuts.

05-18-2010, 09:30 AM
I cut my whole family, but I am a lisenced cosmetolgist too. LOL
I have to say that bedning the scissor cut area and the clipper area, especially if using a 1 is the hardest part. I use a clipper and comb for it, but to get it just right you have to be moving the comg as you clipper. It might not matter to you, but for me, when I see a line I get irritated.
Using scissors never cut past the 1st knuckle.

05-18-2010, 10:17 AM
my guys like their hair longer, so I use the clippers with the longest attachment in the back/sides for dh,then scissor the tops to match,and the same for the kids- you can sort of learn to scissor the parts that you don't want buzzed and it is usually fine my you can buy all attachment sizes for the clippers at Sallys beauty supply

05-18-2010, 10:18 PM
My brothers was graduating high school before they went to barber the 1st time dad always cut their hair an was working a lot at the time an mom took them to baber shop. Mom always trimmed my hair or as I got older I did it myself never had anyone but mom or I touched my hair till I was married an had a baby.

Daddy always said anybody could cut hair as long as hair lasted!

My DD uses the clippers on her own hair I think the shortest setting it will go she's been doing her own hair for at least 10 yrs now.

OHHHHHHHHHH about the mess daddy always put an old sheet on floor then wrapped another old sheet around my brothers both sheets was carefully folded containin all the hair an taken outside an shook out no mess left in house.....daddy even cut hair in the kitchen.

Daddy an his brothers cut each others hair as well......I remember many Sunday afternoons spent cuttin hair as a kid.

I shave DH's head an face trim his beard an mustache he not seen a barber in 30 yrs or more.

05-18-2010, 10:42 PM
I cut my DHs hair. He used to go to the same salon I did when we lived in another state and it was so expensive so I decided that I could do it myself. She always cut his hair with scissors so I went to walmart and bought a pair of hair scissors (not the cheapest nor most expensive) and just kinda cut it until it was how he wanted it. Now I always cut it (not as often though bc I love it when it gets a little longer and curls and he likes it shorter so I just tell him I'm busy, hehe) and it saves us $20-$30 every 4-6 weeks.

Another idea for the women to save money with your hair is to find a school near you. We have a Career Center in my town that has Adult Ed courses with a Cosmetology program. They have a working Salon that the students work in for the last part of the program before they graduate. Hair cuts are $6 and full foil is $16. I was scared at first but there are teachers everywhere walking around checking all stages of the process and IF something were to happen, they are there to fix it. They put the color/info in the computer so they know what to do next time. The only downsides are A) it takes longer than a regular salon bc the students are a little slower and the teachers are constantly stopping them to check color processing, cutting technique, etc. and B) you don't have a "regular" stylist. You can get the same person for as long as they are in the program but every 6-9 months I have someone new.

So far it has been well worth it and I have saved a TON of money.

05-18-2010, 11:18 PM
You really don't need clippers unless you want a buzz type cut. For the faint of heart, just have your DH just get a good haircut and watch it being done. The best kind will be done with barber scissors available at beauty supply stores. Layering is very easy with scissors and you get a more professional cut.
When you start with the style he likes, all you have to do is trim it exactly the same length everyway, including the layers. I've had to adjust things a bit as my husband's hair has disappeared somewhat on top :rotfl: but he refuses to let anyone else cut it for him.
I finish the hair cut off by using his beard trimmer to clean up the hair on his neck. I do his beard and mustache shaping at the same time. Scissors first, then clean up with the beard trimmer at the edges. HTH

I think it really depends on your hair.

My younger kids' hair is really stick 'em up type hair and they look like they've stuck a finger in a light socket if it's long while my oldest has goldilocks curls if it's more than an inch or so long (if he combs it he looks like he's channeling John Travolata - a la Saturday Night Live) so the buzz is best for us and a razor cut is what they would get even if they went to the barber. We tried the scissored cut for photos once and I had to spend so much time wetting down and combing their hair it was ridiculous.

DH OTH keeps his really really short because otherwise he gets too much crud in it while working.