Some Thoughts on Haircuts and Frugality

This past week, I was fairly irked by a tweet by a high-profile Twitter denizen that basically said “you’re a loser if you’ve ever cut your own hair.”

Simply put, it’s another perpetuation of the idea that somehow frugality is uncool.

So, let’s start out with a confession.

Hi. My name is Trent. I have a wife and three children. I live a pretty normal life. Over the past fifteen years or so, I’ve cut my own hair at least a few dozen times. Really.

I don’t really think it’s “cool” to go to a salon or a barbershop and wait for long periods. I don’t think it’s particularly “awesome” to spend $15 minimum to have someone else use a pair of scissors when I’m fully capable of doing it myself.

As a fully functional human being, I’m quite capable of standing in front of the bathroom mirror and using hair clippers and scissors to make my hair look decent.

Yeah, I’ve had others cut my hair sometimes, usually when I want it to look well-styled for family pictures or a wedding. I can see needing such treatment if you’re a model and there’s financial benefit in having a stunning hairstyle.

Me? Last I checked, I’m not a model. I want to look good and presentable each day, but you know what? I can easily accomplish that with clippers and scissors and five minutes in front of a mirror.

If handing my cash and my time to someone else to do something I can easily do myself makes me “uncool,” then that’s a badge I don’t mind wearing.

That’s not to say that I think haircuts are useless. Many people get a self-esteem boost from a nice haircut. Others deeply enjoy the tactile sensation of a good haircut. If that’s the case for you and you have some disposable income, sure, enjoy yourself!

Me? I don’t really feel better after a haircut save for the sensation of not having hair in my eyes. I’m actually not much of a fan at all of people prodding and poking on my head or using sharp scissors near my ear while they’re watching television or chatting with someone. I’ll do that myself, thank you.

Let me step back and make a grander statement.

If your reason for doing something – anything at all in your life – largely ends with “that’s what people do” or “that’s what people I look up to do,” that’s an awful reason for doing it.

If you use that philosophy honestly in evaluating your life, you’re going to end up leading a great life by anyone’s standards because you’re living by what’s actually important to you rather than by the offhand comments of someone you don’t even know.