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Some years back when I was in school full time, I lived a more frugal lifestyle out of sheer need. One of the things I gave up was professional haircuts, and I managed to cut my own hair reasonably well for several years. Now that my situation has improved, I've been seeing a wonderful hairdresser for 8 years. I consider her a friend.

But I'm thinking about going back to cutting my own hair again. I love my visits to her, they are so relaxing. And she never pressures me about what to do with my hair, and she does a fantastic job. It breaks my heart to think of telling her I won't be coming to see her.

I've also thought about just "cutting down" to a few times a year, and doing without the color and letting my gray hairs re-emerge. That's not appetizing either.

It's harder when I do "have the money" and it's a choice to give something up, especially something that I love. I have set a few luxuries for myself, but this just seems like it gets out of control sometimes, especially how much the hair coloring costs. And sometimes I miss that feeling of pride I had when I did something for myself that I thought "only a professional" can do. Though I don't feel so competent about coloring my own hair...

So obviously I have some mixed feelings about this.

Anyone else experienced "breaking up" with a perfectly good hairdresser?
 

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Are you sure the gray would not look well? I am about half-half and actually do get plenty of compliments. I have let it go long again (about down to armpit level.) Another benefit is the hair is much healthier without the coloring process. My cut is very simple so I usually just go to a walk-in place as needed and have conversations w/ whoever is cutting it. Some people have interesting stories.
 

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Hair is one of the few places I splurge on myself. I go twice a year to have it trimmed, at the end of winter and the end of summer. I am not at the point where I have to have the roots dyed, but I do sometimes pay to have it professionally colored because it's long and there's just too much to do it properly at home from a box.

I can see cutting back on the cuts to a few times a year if you keep it in a style that does not need much work. Coloring at home is easy and painless if you have shorter hair. The dyes are much nicer than that stuff we used 30 years ago.

If cost is an issue, check out some hair styling schools in your area, they often offer inexpensive services so the students can get real life experience.

I only broke off one 'long term relationship' with a hairdresser once, she kept moving around to different salons. She was good but I got tired of chasing her around town.
 

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In the last year, I have let my hair grow to a style that does not need constant attention. I get color/ highlights & cut about 3 times a year.

Why don't you have a conversation with your hair dresser & explain your concerns. She may have some suggestions.

Alternately, I do agree with the beauty school option. The vocational schools are open to the public as well as the stand alone beauty schools.

Having said all that, there is a tool set available for do it yourself hair cutting that my daughter has. There is a guide that clips on your hair so you get it even & the angle right. She has longer hair & she likes trimming it herself.
 

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I get a professional cut once a year, if that. I get it cut short about in May and then just trim my bangs myself the rest of the year.
 
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Are you sure the gray would not look well? I am about half-half and actually do get plenty of compliments. I have let it go long again (about down to armpit level.) Another benefit is the hair is much healthier without the coloring process. My cut is very simple so I usually just go to a walk-in place as needed and have conversations w/ whoever is cutting it. Some people have interesting stories.
Yay! I have made ten posts and can finally reply!

This is a very good question. I haven't tried out the gray with my haircut now (shoulder length with bangs) and I think it would be worth a shot. I know it's just the whole "I don't want to look old!" thing. But at the same time I want to feel that I can appreciate who I am, as I am. And I am right there with you on the health. On the one hand, my hair is fine and the coloring gives it body. But on the other hand, I almost always have it up in a pony tail. So this is good food for thought. :)
 
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This is some very good advice! My hairdresser never pressures me to do anything, and she knows perfectly well that coloring is pricey and that the salon she works for is pricey compared to others. I am guessing if I told her I wanted to switch to fewer times a year, she would completely understand. I see her next week. I'll have a heart-to-heart with her. :)
 

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I have to laugh. I've said for many many years I'd never be an "older" woman and still wearing a ponytail ( which I've always wore since a child :) )... yet here I am. I'm 63 and always either a ponytail or twisted and in a clip were it cascades down. Last time I had it cut semi short I couldn't draw it back and the hair drove me out of my mind on my face, on my neck and just in general.
I've also always said Clairol ( haven't used Clairol in years either but the point is still the same ) was my best friend and I'd better not be dying and have gray hair. Since the last cut it's only blonde on the very last part and underneath is dark. I have the boxes but it's hard for me to color with the length and arm/shoulder issues. I think I'm going to have to whack some off to make it easier. Only one who can cut my hair to suit me is my oldest in TN. She won't be here till Thanksgiving and it'll be at my butt by then. She cuts length first then "rips" down from the crown about 3 inches full length.
My hair grows fast. I may whack some off soon myself until she comes cause I know that no salon is going to please me. Last time I got it cut I demanded a full refund. They wanted to "fix it" to which I replied... You've done screwed it up twice ( once before ) why would I let you touch it again. I got the refund.

Nope... don't see gray in my future as long as I can color it and I'll probably die with a ponytail or clip cascade.
 
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I'm 52 and I still have hair nearly to my hind end. I actually find it easier to care for than when I had it shorter, I trim and feather the bangs and around the jaw line, but my dd trims the back. Its a honey blond color....after experiencing with a darker
color when I was in my teens, I haven't touched hair color since....I have vowed to let it gray naturally, and I am please with the outcome. My gray has blended in very well with the bang/jawline area...I'll just let nature take its course:)
 

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I haven't had my hair cut in over a year. Then again, I didn't go to my hairdresser that often since she moved to her current location. It's about 30 minutes away, which isn't that bad, and she cut my hair (and my mom's) for ~30 years. I ~could~ go to a walk-in salon closer but I like my hairdresser. And she does really good work.

I haven't done anything other than a shampoo/cut to my hair since I graduated college. I used to get a perm way when I was in college but decided to stick with straight hair once I graduated. I think I've only had my hair colored once in my 20's (using the box color). Never got into that. Funny thing is, when I was in high school, I volunteered at the local hospital, passing around the menus (this was some time back). I walked in on a couple of female patients who were discussing getting their colored or some such. One points at me and said "That's the hair color I want". I had to laugh since it was my natural color.

Thankfully, my hair's light enough that what grey I do have doesn't show much. Mom would always get her hair dyed, rather than leave it grey. Now I wonder what it would've looked like if she didn't. Sigh.
 

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I wear my hair short (like 2" guard) and get it done every two weeks because I like lines and designs. I color my hair myself but after watching YouTube videos on how to cut your own hair, I will be buying my own clippers and cutting my hair myself. :smile2:
 

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I get my hair trimmed a few times a year. The lady there only charges $10.00! I give her $20.00. I henna my hair myself. I usually brush Wow on the roots as they grow in, then color it with red henna entirely once a month.

It's really natural looking, and easy to do. I have to leave it on for four hours, to cover the grey. I get so many compliments on it, though.
 

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I was going from a VERY short cut to a longer one, so I was going to my stylist about every six-eight weeks for a couple of years. But back in September 2019, I had some medical issues and didn't feel like driving the hour it takes me to get there, so I postponed, thinking it wouldn't hurt to let it grow out a bit. Then COVID hit, and I didn't feel like risking my health for just a hair cut. So it has now been over a year since my last professional cut. I trim my bangs myself, but I don't think I am capable of doing a full hair cut. Right now, I just keep it in a ponytail (which is ironic, because during the two years or so of growing out the short cut, I would always say I just wanted it long enough to pull back into a ponytail, and now it is so long, I can't wear it any other way). The other day, I bent over to pet the dog, and my hair is so long, it hit the floor and the dog stepped on it.
 
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