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By Cat Morris

Several years ago, when we lived in Colorado, my husband went for haircuts in California.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Sigh. It was a strange, stressful, and expensive time in our lives. My husband no longer commutes to the Bay area for work and he no longer visits the salon that he swore was the only place to get his hair right.

Years ago, during our first frugal mania, I borrowed a book from the library on cutting hair and bought some clippers with an instructional video. I was emboldened by the childhood memory of watching my neighbor cut her four children’s hair. I determined that a man’s cut was just an extension of a basic boy’s cut, and knew I could master it with a little practice.

I did master it! I made some mistakes along the way, but eventually was routinely cutting my husband’s hair with scissors and clippers. He was a happy customer! I was a pro! Every time I cut his hair, I patted myself on the back for saving a few dollars.

Eventually, with the passage of time, the arrival of children, a new house and a new job, we drifted from our thrifty ways. Eventually, Curt was enjoying pricey salon cuts in California.

Oh, how far we fall!

The California days are over. We’ve returned to our senses. Not long ago, I reintroduced myself to the scissors and clippers when I noticed that my husband was looking a bit shaggy.

“Hey, you want me to cut your hair?” I asked.

“Sure!” was his surprised response.

It had been a long time. I dusted off the clippers and, after a few years’ hiatus from cutting hair, promptly gave Curt a bald spot on the side of his head. I gasped!

(Did I tell you that my efforts had been intended to neaten him up for an important meeting with the board at work?)

“That’s JUST GREAT!” he exclaimed. He leaned in toward the mirror to examine the damage, annoyed and angry. “Now, what am I going to do?!!”

I stood stiffly clutching the clippers, afraid to move, heart pounding, mortified. There was a long, awkward silence in which I think we both realized that there was nothing that could be done. Nothing. And then I heard a snort. Curt, staring helplessly at the gaping bald patch on the right side of his head, had started laughing. He laughed so hard that soon he had doubled over and dropped to the floor. I screamed with laughter alongside him until my sides ached. Sometimes the only thing to do in a hopeless situation is laugh. When he finally finished dressing he leaned in for one long, final look in the mirror before leaving. He gave me a wry smile, “I’ll let you know how the hair style goes over.” He was out the door, just like that.

Yesterday, I noticed that my husband was due for another trim.

“Hey, you want me to cut your hair?” I asked.

What would YOU say?

You know what Curt said? He said, “Sure.” And it looks great; this time he got MORE than he paid for!

“Money saving tips: Learn to cut your family’s hair! I use a simple low end Wahl brand clipper, bought at the drug store, and the scissors that came with it. My girls have long hair, which I simply trim every now and then. Visit www.wahlkeepitclean.com for short haircutting techniques. For different styles, including how to trim bangs, a simple google search will reveal many how-to tutorials. If you get serious about cutting hair, invest in a pair of haircutting scissors from the drugstore for $10 – $20.

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