A Great Reason to Save Money on Haircuts

You don’t need much urging to try to save money on haircuts, of course, but here’s a great excuse to do so.

In the past, I’ve proposed a number of simple but effective ways that you can save money on haircuts, from clipping coupons to having your hair done at the local beauty college. You’ve also got plenty of options for cutting your own hair if you like, not to mention your kid’s.

But you know what? You don’t even have to go to that much effort, if you’d prefer not to.

The Best Solution

The truth is, the easiest way to save on haircuts is just to put them off as long as you can. For example, you guys might shave your heads cue-ball smooth; that way, it would be a good year or so before you’d have to worry about a haircut.

Admittedly, that’s not the best option for everyone (some of us have ugly heads), and I suspect that very few of you ladies would be willing to try the smooth look, unless of course you’re trying to set a new trend.

On the other hand, you can always have your hair cut cutely short in a pixie or gamine style, and just let it grow out until it gets to an unmanageable length. If you need a trim here and there, especially bangs-wise, that’s nothing some scissors, a good mirror, and a steady hand can’t take care of.

And hey, in addition to saving money, there’s an environmental argument for not cutting your hair often: you don’t make as many trips to the barber or stylist, so you use less fuel. Which, come to think of it, means you spend less money. Not cutting your hair is a win-win situation!

Hair Farming

But there’s an even better reason to avoid the shears. Believe it or not, you can donate your hair to charity if it’s long enough. There are a number of organization that accept the donations of so-called “hair farmers,” but the best known is probably Locks of Love.

Locks of Love uses donated hair to create wigs for financially disadvantaged children under 21 who suffer from long-term hair loss due to medical conditions or treatment. They have some loose requirements for the hair they can accept, but the most important is that it be at least ten inches long.

And If That’s Not Enough…

Some salons will even cut your hair for free if you’re planning to donate it to charity. Usually, they offer the no-cost shearings in well-publicized charity events, so keep on the lookout for those. If you don’t hear about any, ask around.

All in all, this is a great way to not only save money on haircuts, but to help others in need!