Daniel and Amanda’s Weblog

March 21, 2008

Frugal entertainment

Filed under: Uncategorized — theburts @ 2:21 pm

Have your significant other (or good friend) cut your hair. This is only entertaining when the significant other or friend has little experience in cutting hair, but it always saves money. I grew up getting my hair cut by my mom (even occasionally through college and optometry school) so it’s nothing new for me.

Amanda does a great job cutting my hair. Has been for probably almost a year now. Each time she swears is her last time, cause it stresses her out. Somehow, though, I’m able to convince her when the time rolls around again to try once more. Her stress is all self-derived. It really doesn’t bother me when she messes up, or if my hair doesn’t look right…but she seriously does an excellent job. I’m going to go watch her get a haircut so hopefully I can try out my barber skills on her someday.

I used to care more about my hair…I used hair spray as a teen, styling gel in college, and pomade until I ran out of it a couple of months ago. My pomade was the good American Crew kind that costs like 10-15 bucks for a little jar, and even though it lasted for a long time I decided I didn’t want to pay that anymore. So I ran out and stopped using any product, period. Without product, my hair has little pieces that stick up at the back. But somehow (maybe because I’m married to a gorgeous woman and my desire to look impressive has decreased) I don’t mind.

*Personal side note: To white guys who want to try and save on pomade, I do not recommend getting the Murray’s product, made specifically to work well with African-American hair, even though it’s only $1.87 per jar. As advertised, it did hold my hair in place…for approximately 3 weeks. 

Anyway, she cut my hair the other night and did a great job. During the actual haircut, though, there’s usually at least one or two mistakes. This time she stood back and just started looking at my head and laughing hysterically (which made me laugh, of course). Tears came to her eyes as she told me she had cut a hole in my head. My haircuts are so fun…I’ve never had as much fun getting my hair cut as I’m having now.

I thank God that somehow, not completely through efforts of my own, I have developed a self image that’s deeper than how my hair sticks up or how my clothes aren’t always stylish. I also thank God everyday for my awesome new hair stylist, who loves the wisdom of frugality more than the trendiness of a $20 haircut.

While we’re on the subject, though, anyone know of a homemade recipe for any kind of hair gel, pomade, cream, or anything I could dab on the back of my hair so it stays in control? It’s not enough to pay for, but I always enjoy a little chemistry experiment.  :)



  1. Thanks for posting about this! It’s time for my husband to cut his hair. Usually, he uses the clippers to cut off the extra bulk, then I take over to “fine tune” what he can’t see. It’s fun, and I am definitely getting better at it- but I still get frustrated and I usually feel like I’m going to do a bad job- so I can relate to Amanda’s hesitance.
    I should get Jason to learn how to cut my hair. Tell us how it goes after you cut Amanda’s hair!!

    Comment by Susan — March 21, 2008 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  2. My SO and I have been cutting each others hair for the last few years as well. No stress and it is nice to know we haven’t spent a dime for a haircut that no one else cares about.

    Comment by ~Dawn — March 21, 2008 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  3. I cut my husband’s hair, too! So far, I’ve only done it twice. It stresses me out, but he hates going to the barber.

    If you have a Walgreens near you, go there this month and you should be able to get a free (after mail-in rebate) tub of pomade-style gel. Grab the “Easy Savers” catalog near the front of the store, then look for “Item #2” in the booklet.

    You can get a free Garnier Fructis Hair Stylers product, up to $4.29 in value. If you cut coupons, you might have a $1 off coupon for this product in your stash, as well.

    Check your Walgreens Easy Savers booklet for more details, or feel free to e-mail me.

    Comment by Kacie — March 21, 2008 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  4. You can make a simple hair gel by mixing 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin with 1/2 c. warm water. Store in the fridge & stir well before using. It lasts about a week.

    Comment by AJ — March 21, 2008 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  5. Mindy helps me cut my hair, but all we do is put the 1″ guard on the razor and go nuts.

    Comment by Ariah Fine — March 22, 2008 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  6. Cool, I’m gonna try that tip AJ, thanks, but probably not before I check out the free deal at Walgreens. :)

    I cut Josh’s hair last night…I think I’ve been cutting his hair for longer than Amanda’s been cutting mine. I think I do ok, but it’s pretty easy, 4 on top and 2 on sides/back.

    But you guys should see Amanda, she does like old school scissor cuts. It’s impressive. :) thanks for the tips y’all.

    Comment by theburts — March 22, 2008 @ 11:02 am | Reply

  7. Daniel, tell AManda to get some lessons from her Mom or Mamaw, Her mom used to do a pretty good job on my hair.. Justins too… Amanda shouldve been paying attention..lol.

    pS : We gonna have to go fishing soon

    Comment by Charles Harris — March 22, 2008 @ 11:16 am | Reply

  8. HAHAHA… I laughed out loud several times while reading this blog! I love it! Especially the part about the Murray’s polmade… I’m pretty sure that’s the stuff that comes in the orange tin. I used that when I was in high school…(btw I’m a white female)… but I had short punky blonde hair back then. Yeah I went through a stage! I pulled out my Murray’s one day in class to do a little touch up, and a black guy that sat next to me said “Hey I use that stuff too!” haha… he thought it was pretty amusing! I do recall being able to just restyle my hair in the mornings without adding anymore product if I didn’t take a shower =)

    Comment by Christina — March 22, 2008 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  9. I didn’t read this until today, but I was wondering why my wife came up to me on Friday and said that we should cut my hair :)

    We did it on Sat and it came out pretty good.

    Everytime we do that, i am so thankful for the $20 I save.

    Comment by Jason J — March 24, 2008 @ 11:27 am | Reply

  10. Dan,

    I’m all for free hair cuts, but consider also that many of those who work at salons are single moms or high school grads who invested in training to try to make a decent wage. Going to a salon can be a way for someone with enough cash to help support someone who is struggling economically. It’s a beautiful thing to see the thankfulness on a young girl’s face when they see a tip larger than expected added onto the bill.

    I get my hair cut at a salon not for style (God knows my hair is anything but stylish, especially when my “stylist” asks regarding my beard, “Should I trim that?”), but to visit with a nice lady who cuts my hair and share a bit of my extra with her. My wife could cut my hair and do a fine job on such a simple hair cut, but sometimes the beauty of extravagance is worth a temporary departure from frugality. Sort of like the woman who poured the expensive perfume on the feet of Christ, when it could have been “spent on the poor.” As you know, the poor need that perfume some days!

    Hey, I’ll call you back soon…
    your bro.

    Comment by kevinburt — March 24, 2008 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  11. Kev, great thoughts. I appreciate your looking at it from another perspective. You mentioned single moms or high school grads, I could also see how it’d be nice to support long time barbers on up to their 60s or higher. (I went to two old timey barbers in Memphis, and love the feel of an old barbershop setting…complete with warm shaving lotion and a straight razor for the back of the neck) Thanks again for the change of lens.

    While we’re on the subject, can you (or anyone) think of other times when “the beauty of extravagance is worth a temporary departure from frugality”??

    Ariah Fine gave me one recently regarding the economic stimulus plan, which I think in general is horrible….it points to our nation’s value as being only in our buying and consumption. Ariah, though, helped me remember the poor of our nation will suffer the most should our economy collapse. So maybe we could find ethical ways to contribute that check to the economy while also helping the poor. Any others?

    Comment by theburts — March 25, 2008 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  12. Dan,

    I think the economic stimulus plan will help some, not likely enough to deter the recession. Ariah is right; the poor always suffer most when economies do poorly. The rich have insulation to see them through the recessions, and they lay off the poor from low paying jobs.

    The money could be given away. Most economists I’ve read suggest the unfortunate scenario that many of the poor who get it will spend it “poorly” at places like fast food, dollar stores on junk food and junk stuff. If it is invested in businesses, it will help businesses stay afloat and pay their employees. I’m sure there are many ways it could be used that would benefit the poor, but basically, any boost to the economy will help them.

    We plan to use ours to put a fence in our back yard. It will keep my kids safer, allow them to have a dog (we’re getting a free collie, by the way, when it gets weaned… a boy so that I’m not alone any longer! ha), and it will give work to a fencing company that is struggling to avoid layoffs right now.

    One time checks to the poor help, but longterm economic structures have to be fixed to allow real solutions. And, in ANY free market economy (which is the only kind of economy that actually works in the long run), “the poor you will have with you always.” That statement of Christ, in context, was a call to recognize that beauty is okay, that extravagance is okay, but also that the poor are always there and will always need our help. True beauty in society benefits the poor. A Jewish man in a concentration camp once said (I can’t remember where I read this): A man can live without bread, but he cannot live without hope. It was the poor who devoted their lives to the building of the great cathedrals in Europe; they could do without fine dining, but they thrived and truly lived on beauty and hope. I think the struggle is to regain some sort of balance between beauty and helping to sustain the poor. Americans tend, as a whole, to gravitate toward neither beauty nor almsgiving. We blow our money on stuff, which contributes neither to beauty nor to alleviation of poverty.

    Okay, sorry for the tangent.

    Comment by kevinburt — March 26, 2008 @ 10:21 am | Reply

  13. hey my husband wont let me use product on our daughter (she is only one so it makes sense) but she has these beautiful curls in the back of her hair that i want to accent. so i use hand lotion. it works great. just a tiny bit and it holds them in place and makes them more curly. dont use too much or you may end up really greasy :)

    Comment by erin — March 29, 2008 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

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