Frugal Fail #2: The “Dumb and Dumber” home haircut

by Angela Davis on March 25, 2010

I think Jim Carrey did a wonder for the children’s hair services business. I can’t see a home haircut job and not think of this character from Dumb and Dumber.

I thought I could replicate the great cut my son, Nathan, got from our neighborhood hair salon and save some big money.

Well, I couldn’t.

How could a two-year-old look like he has a toupee? I can’t believe I managed that one.

And really, these pictures do not do justice to just how bad this cut was.

I officially give up. I will pay the $10 + tip to have a professional cut my boys’ hair from now on. Because my skills are just unacceptable. And it is worth $12 to not think of a movie character every time I look at my sweet boy.

Speaking of professionals, where do you get your kid’s hair cut? Give a shout out to your favorite salon or barber shop!

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christina March 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I just gave my 18 month old what I also refer to as the dumb and dumber haircut – not intentionally I might add.
I gave up trying to cut my older son’s hair though for this very reason.

Get a deal everytime and go to Sports Clips. Their kid’s haircuts are $13, but if you take the phone survey after each cut, you get $5 off your next haircut. $8 isn’t too bad for a good cut.


Sara Miller March 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I have always taken my son to see Ashley at Urban Styles Salon in Battle Ground. She’s a mom too so she knows how to talk to the kids and make them feel comfortable. Kids hair cuts are $15.


Rachel March 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

We always use Great Clips. Sometimes they put up a sign for all haircuts 7.99 or 8.99 or so, but not often enough. Use the receipt from your last haircut to get $1 off your next haircut.


Kelly Welch March 26, 2010 at 7:09 am

They moved the Great Clips out of Damascus and put it down Sunnyside road in Happy Valley. The folks that replaced the store do an “okay” job, but there is just something about stylists whose hair does not look very good…..that makes me want to go elsewhere….. So we started going to the Great Clips in Happy Valley. It was $10-$13 for the first cut, but then they sent us a coupon for $7.99 haircuts. And they keep coming everytime one of us 5 go get a haircut. Don’t know how long they’ll keep sending them out, but it works for me! Kelly “I gotta great deal on this” Welch


Julie March 26, 2010 at 4:45 am

My hubby always cuts our 2yr olds with the clippers, we took him to a barber a few times but he ALWAYS screamed and threw such a fit that we stopped about a year ago. This child was born with the thickest, fullest head of hair. Don’t give up on trying to cut it. My DS first hair cut was horrible, but as you both get used to it, they start looking just as good as the barber.


Sarah D March 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

My son is almost 3, and I’m planning to take him to Pigtails and Crewcuts in Tanasbourne for his first haircut. They’re not cheap, but they’re supposed to be great.


Pam B April 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

They are the best!!! I highly recommend them.


Kelly March 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I am laughing so hard right now because we have done the same thing with our son. I bought some nice clippers so if we screw too bad we can buzz cut it neat and start over again.


Nanell Clark March 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm

For myself I get my hair cut about once every year and a half or so. I cut it short (jaw length) and then let it grow out. Then it is long enought to donate to locks of love with means my hair cut is free. Of course i leave like a $5 tip though.

I have been cutting my DH hair for almost 9 years now. I also frost his tip sometimes too, and give myself highlights. My DH hair grow fast so I have to cut it once a month. I can get away with cutting my sons hair about every 6 weeks and just trim my daughters bangs, (both of which I did today).

I also cut my family’s hair. I don’t think my Dad ever gets his hair cut unless I do it, So I guess it is a good thing I see them often. I would say I have been cutting family and friends hair for about 14 year now. Never any official trainging just self taught. I have even cut my own hair a few times when it was long, and well it turned out better then some salon hair cuts.


Brianna March 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm

This is so funny! My husband did the EXACT same thing with our first boy a week before he turned one! (I was at work.) When I care home the first thing I thought of was Dumb and Dumber! Needless to say…we all laughed until it grew out!


Carrie March 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I cut my son’s hair (3 yrs old). I do a terrible job. The last time I forgot to put the #3 guard on the clippers and went to town. I kinda wondered why it buzzed his head, but just kept going. I’m an idiot. No matter how hard I try, I always end up giving him a bowl cut (usually lopsided). Poor kid doesn’t know how goofy he looks. But it kills me to pay $10 every 4-6 weeks for a cut. DH found a place in the Fubon shopping center on 82nd that costs $7, so I told him that we’ll alternate – I’ll do one, they do one, etc.


Tilla Ham March 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

therapy is going to cost a lot more than a 10 dollar hair cut haha


Dawn March 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm

lol, I never cut my son’s hair for the same reason. Master Cuts and I am sure other places, offer cards. When you get 10 haircuts, the 11th is free!


nicole March 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I take my kids to the beauty school it is super cheap and they are mostly done with there training.


Dsperin March 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm

The best way to save money is to let the kids hair grow until the grandparents can’t stand the sight of it. Then they “surprise” you by taking the kid to the hair-cutting place themselves! 😛


Angela March 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

That is GENIUS!


Sarah March 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Love this idea, haha! My dad really doesn’t like my sons hair grown out at all, so perhaps that might work! Well, if I didn’t mind my son coming home with a buzz cut lol.


Bethany March 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm

LOL actually when I wait too long to buzz them my mom does this. When it gets that long I just say I’m bringing back the 70’s


Christy March 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

That was a cute post!

I cut my husband’s hair and my one year old boy is just starting to need haircuts. Not sure what I am going to do about him.

For myself I go to the Beauty School in downtown Eugene. I have been really happy with them. Can’t beat $4 per haircut and $25 for highlights! The instructor there is great. I have also gone to the Aveda Institute when I have been in the Portland area. They are $10 for a cut and $45 for a highlight I believe. They also do great manis and pedis for $10 each for a one hour spa and pedi. My mom usually cuts my girls hair when she visits but otherwise the beauty school would do a great job on the girls too.


Bethany March 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

I usually just give my boys a buzz cut with the $60 clippers from Sally’s we’ve had for 4 years. With 3 boys and dh, figuring 5 haircuts each per year, those clippers have saved us almost $1000.


Jessica March 25, 2010 at 11:01 am

I used to take mine to Little Clippers on 82nd in Clackamas, but after 2 horrible bang trims and no reconcillation (maybe not the right word) afterwards, I told them they lost my nearly monthly business since they had opened. On Monday, I took my son to the new Sport Clip on Sunnyside and they did great. I had the $8 coupon from the recent Clipper, so very affordable. He liked the Sports atmosphere and the stylist did a great job. They are very male oriented, but I like to “kill 2 birds with 1 stone”, so I asked about my daughter, and they said as long as I just wanted a trim, they would do it. They just don’t have “styling” tools.


kristie March 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

Hi! I’m extremely lucky on haircuts. My friend has a shop @ her house. We are out in a rural country area & the professionals are so pricy! even cost cutters here want $15 plus tax&tip. I guess you could say my friend & I got each others back we share info on everything from saving money, couponing, buying&swapping receipes, school info, etc.
I can call her anytime & get a hair cut for my kids same day if it works for me if not she works it in to when I am available. On top of that kids cuts are $5 adults are $10 perms & highlights $30-35. I feel priveledge to have her as our beautician cause I know im saving alot per year on cuts, perms especially with 2 teenage daughters, myself, & 9yr old son.


Melissa March 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

HALARIOUS!!! love it…I was cracking up when I saw this!


Larry March 25, 2010 at 9:45 am

Buy a “Flowbee”!!! It is an old infomercial product that really works. You can still buy them on e-bay and other sources. They work great! The hair is sucked up by the vacum & the hair is cut to length according to the spacers that are put on the head. I have cut my own hair with one for over 15 years. My kids could cut their own hair & thought it was fun.


Heidi Jones March 25, 2010 at 9:44 am

I have 5 sons and a husband so haircuts can get pretty expensive .So during the summer months when they want it extra short I bought a good pair of clippers from Sally’s and they get buzz cuts for the summer. That is a big money saver.


Kelly March 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

I take my 4 year old son to Sports Clips in Oregon City. Doesn’t matter who does his hair, it’s done fast and looks exactly the same every time we come out and that’s all I care about. AND they have great coupons.


Dsperin March 25, 2010 at 9:29 am

At least you didn’t cut his ear! I tried the at-home hair cut when my son was 2 or so, and I knicked his ear–poor thing! Not only that, but he looked like Buckwheat from the Little Rascals. Never again!


kalin March 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

next time you get his hair cut, watch what they do-i learned to cut hair from years of watching the stylist (or my mom, who is great at it!).

also, when you’re learning, leave it longer than you think you want it. it gives you wiggle room if you mess up…

(and i get my hair cut at the aveda institute in the pearl-don’t know how they’d be for kids, but for an adult it’s a nice way to feel like you’re getting pampered-hand massage, scalp massage, aveda tea-for $13!)


slmlmlel March 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Don’t go to the Aveda on Hawthorn!! They really messed up my cut and color and still charged $150.00. I ended up getting it fixed but, only the color the cut was messed up that I have to wait to get it fixed in a month. They are now an all training salon and Don’t watch their trainees. I really believe that if you are paying big bucks for a cut and color they should have some one watching these newbies. I do have to say I didn’t pay the $150.00 it was a birthday present from my sister.


Rhonda March 25, 2010 at 9:19 am

I gave my son a really bad hair cut, then had a friend (who is a stylist) cut his hair three times. During those times, I closely watched how she did it and I was able to replicate the haircut about a year ago, so I’m back to cutting his hair. That came in handy the other day when I went into my son’s room and my other son had taken a huge chunk out of his long hair. I had to give a 10pm haircut and he was able to go to school the next morning with nice looking hair.


Bethany March 25, 2010 at 9:02 am

You can get a $5 haircut at Northwest College. :)


Teri March 25, 2010 at 8:47 am

If you really want to be able to cut his hair at home, start when they are young and don’t care about your learning curve. My son is 10 now and I have been cutting his hair at home since he was two. Another hint, cut it shortly (a week or two) after he has had a professional cut. That way you are just making a small cut to just maintain the cut that is already there (kinda like following a pattern), and you can’t mess it up too much ; )


Angela March 25, 2010 at 8:59 am

Teri, that’s a great suggestion! I waited two months. No wonder I couldn’t follow the cut!


Kim March 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

I used to cut my kids’ and hubby’s hair, but I am just terribly slow. Now hubby takes son with him when he goes to a local barber, and I still trim my daughter’s hair every couple of months.


Kerry March 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

I take my little boys to sport clips in Vancouver, Wa. They almost always have terrific coupons and my moys think it’s fun to go with all the sports stuff everywhere and games playing on the tv’s. Plus they have a bucket of toys for the kids to play with while they wait. I get my hair cut in Gresham by a gal who works at a Supercuts but does a terrific job. She is the only one I let touch my head! I have short hair so have to go every 6-7 weeks, so thank goodness she is so affordable. :)


Diana March 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

For the past few years we go to Great Clips in Milwaukie. Not fancy, but they do a good job. And they have a card they will fill out to earn a free haircut (buy 12 get 1 free or something like that). Recently we discovered the Phagans Beauty School on McLoughlin. $3 for a haircut! They did a decent job with mine, but all I wanted was a trim. And my husband’s hair was pretty easy too, but it looks good. My son’s hair was a little weird, but I think it was more HIS fault than anything. He doesn’t want it cut, so I had it “trimmed”… yeah, you can’t just trim a boy’s cut! But now that I know what were are doing with his hair, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back there. As long as you know what you want. They have inexpensive other services too – like color, waxing and nails.


Kim March 25, 2010 at 8:35 am

I haven’t had my hair cut at Phagan’s, but I have had other services there, and I was very pleased. Don’t go if you’re in a hurry, but if have some time and want some very inexpensive beauty treatments, they are great!


Beth March 25, 2010 at 8:20 am

My husband cuts my boys’ hair. He cut all his buddies’ hair in college, so he had a lot of practice. I cut his hair (have since we were dating)… he taught me.

My hair and my girl’s hair? Well, if it’s a trim, we can do the girl’s hair. If not, we go to a friend who is a professional. I always go to her, but I get it cut and then grow it for quite a few months… so it isn’t very often.


Melody March 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

We have a Monkey Dooz in our area and every Tuesday, hair cuts are half price, making them $10 + tip. I have never been brave enough to try to cut his hair myself, I can totally picture a baby Lloyd Christmas! It’s worth the $10 for me to have a cool Jeep for him to sit in, a movie to watch, Smarties and a balloon afterwards and the best part: having someone else cut his hair!


amy minton March 25, 2010 at 8:08 am

I cut my families hair. But I am a stylist. It saves us SOOO much money. My husband gets his haircut every week and I cut my oldest son’s hair every 2 weeks and my 1 year olds every 3 or so weeks. I am so lucky to have a stylist friend do my hair. I get mine done every month (cut and color). We trade our services.


Tilla Ham March 25, 2010 at 8:03 am

ohhhhh my mother in law did this to my son once, I still hate her for it haha. My son needs frequent hair cuts for the ROTC program he is in, so I get his hair cut at whichever chain store has a coupon. For the girls, I’m picky…so we end up waiting way too long to find someone. Know any good places in Tacoma WA area?


me on 28th Ave SW March 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Even though it isn’t in Tacoma, there is a Gene Juarez training salon in Federal Way. I have always been pleased with the services my family has got there and it is 12.95 for a shampoo, cut and style.


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