One of the ways I’ve saved money over the years is by keeping my hair long. I’ve had my hair cut about four times in the last fifteen years. My hair is naturally straight as a board and won’t hold a curl so I usually wear it in a ponytail, french braid, or twist it up into a bun on the top of my head. On occasion I’d do something fancy like a french twist. Even less than that I’d wear it down straight, but my hair is not so thick, so it wasn’t really that impressive.
More often than not, I opted for the bun on top of my head. It suited me just fine.
Until my husband bought me a pair of boots and a matching bomber jacket for Christmas. Both on clearance from Target, both costing under $21 each. I blame it on the boots. It’s like they possessed me. Or something.
At any rate, when I tried on the boots, the jacket and my new size 10 black Lee Riders, the bun just wasn’t cutting it. I couldn’t envision a french braid working, and I’m really no longer young enough to wear my hair hanging down long. You know it just looks like you’re trying too hard when you wear your hair down and you’re pushing fifty.
So I hopped on the Internet to see what would work for me. I had an idea of what I wanted, but I played around with a couple of those “upload a picture of your head and try on some hairstyles” sites first. That didn’t work out too good.
I knew I wanted something like a bob, and wondered if it was at all possible for me to do the cut myself, and maintain it. I put that into Google and came to this nifty site, with a nifty little tool called a Cut a Bob.
I thought, Oh! This fits the bill perfectly!! A way to maintain a hairstyle inexpensively!
I watched the video a couple of times and decided I was going to go for it. The only problem was I didn’t have time to wait for the template to get here, I wanted the cut that day, before going to my mother-in-law’s house the next day, Christmas.
So I did another search to see what my options were in the small city near where we live, fifteen miles away. Two franchise haircutting places… where I could get a cheap cut… I have not had the best of luck getting my hair cut for seven dollars, so I decided to go with one of the small business owned shops.
I called to see if I needed an appointment, and was told there was about a thirty minute wait and to come on down.
I went outside to talk to Mr. A, and told him about finding the Cut a Bob template and that I’d decided to get the cut done professionally first, then maintain it with the Cut a Bob thing. Mr. A and AJ will sometimes do the same thing… get a “professional” haircut, then ask me to just trim it up for them.
I was pretty happy with my decision.
I went down to the barber shop/salon and walked in. The barber shop side was full of men laughing and getting hair cuts. There must have been ten or fifteen guys in the shop. On the salon side, it was empty, and there was on young woman hair stylist. When I told her I wanted an A-line bob she said she just LOVED cutting hair into that style. I do enjoy getting my hair done, it is always so much fun to see the end result. She asked me if I was doing okay, I guess sometimes when people cut their long hair it’s hard on them.
I was fine, and my hair looked awesome. She said I should come back in four to six weeks and we set an appointment.
The style looks really good on me, and I totally love it!! It is even worth the learning curve to make it look nice.
Would you like to see my before and after photos? You can see how long it was before I cut it, and my bun look. I am really happy with the cut, and not only do I want to maintain it, but I love the idea of supporting a local salon.
So what about you? How much do you spend on hair care? And what do you think about my new ‘do? Isn’t it cute?!