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I was thinking today about how long it's been since I got a haircut--a "real" one from a hair-stylist. Well, I realized that it's been a whole year for not only myself but also Dan! The last professional cut I got was before the wedding and it's been nearly a year since then. I'm not sure that Dan's ever had a "professional" cut since his mom or sisters did the haircutting in his family.

Thankfully, I also grew up with my mom doing all the haircutting for the men in our family. I remember her spending an hour or two every so often giving the boys a trim. It was a rather fun time, though, because we would all hang around the kitchen, watching her work, always threatening that we'd be the hairdresser the next time. Usually, it was the older of my younger brothers who protested the loudest. Through college, I wrangled my littlest brother into letting me give it a try. It wasn't always perfect, but there were never any disasters and whatever I missed, mom could do some re-shaping, if need be. When Dan and I started dating and planning on getting married, I had to make sure that I had it down on my own since I'd be off in Maine and mom wouldn't be there to fix my mistakes. Well, lucky for Dan, I learned quickly and have been his official hair-cutter. He's been in need of a cut recently, finally saying that he was done with needing the extra warmth for the winter. So, he's gotten his spring haircut.

I've also gotten into the habit of cutting my own hair. Curly hair is a breeze to experiment on because the curls cover up any mistakes. I got tired this past summer of finding a new stylist and I was equally frustrated that it didn't seem to matter who I went to or how much I paid--it always seemed like I ended up with what I had before only shorter! So, I took to giving myself a trim--why bother with paying someone if you can't tell a difference! So far, it's worked out well and I can clean up the stray lock or two if I find it later on. I bought a professional set of scissors for about $30 before I got married, so I could practice. Thinking about all the cuts for two people, once every 2 months for Dan and once every 3 for me, and assuming that a basic cut around here is $15, we've saved $120 in one year and I've learned another skill. :)


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