When we lived back up in the Midlands, I had a mobile hairdresser, Jill, she used to come round to do my hair about every 6 to 8 weeks. She'd been coming to me (and other members of my family) for about 15 years and had become a good friend. I've had the same short hairstyle, with a couple of slight variations, for about 20 years.....it's easy to look after and takes no time at all to wash and blow dry (I use a diffuser attachment, I like the messy bed hair look). Jill started off charging me £5 (she just did a wet cut), then after about 5 years it went up to £6, then eventually after a few more years, £7 - total bargain. I've always preferred blow drying my hair myself......hairdressers over-complicate it, seeming to be obsessed with smoothing it down, placing every single strand just so, and using far too much 'product', which just weighs it down and makes it stiff and sticky....yuck! So, whilst the £7 cut was, without a doubt, a bargain, it took into account the fact that Jill, being an extremely experienced skilful hairdresser, only cut it and only took a few minutes.
Living where we do, in a tiny hamlet of about 15 houses in a very rural area off the beaten track, I've not been able to find a mobile hairdresser willing to come out here. There is a salon in the village about 4 or 5 miles away.....I have had my hair cut and styled there twice, when it had got so long and out of control it had become an absolute necessity. But they charge (at the last visit around 8 months ago) £28, and then there's the tip on top of that. Some months ago, I found out that a hairdresser had moved into a house a couple of miles from here and was doing hairdressing at home, so I quickly made an appointment. I've been to her twice now, she does a perfectly good job, just doing a wet cut with no blow dry, just like Jill did. But she charges £15.....and I have to wait for OH to be free to take me as I don't drive.
So yesterday I decided to take the plunge and cut my hair myself.....I mean, how hard can it be?! (that was a joke, by the way, I don't profess to have any hairdressing skills whatsoever and don't wish to offend any readers who might be hairdressers!). I have (as I'm sure we all have) cut my fringe on numerous occasions, or chopped a bit off here and there over the years, but have never before attempted a whole head cut.....well, not on myself. I regularly cut OH's hair, but as he has a No. 2 cut with a razor all over, and hasn't much hair left anyway, that doesn't really count! The one thing in my favour, with regard to cutting my own hair, is that I reckon I pretty much know how to do it, having watched Jill cutting mine for getting on for a couple of hundred times.
I couldn't do the back of my hair, so had to enlist OH to do that.....which was a bit of a fraught and nail-biting experience - he's so cack-handed, bless him. But we managed, between us, me issuing instructions with demonstrations, and the occasional "Nonono......not like that!!". It was a very slow process.....by contrast, when I did the top, sides and fringe myself, i'm happy to say it was much quicker and - well, a doddle actually. Ok, so it's not up to Jill's standard, but it looks recognisably like my usual cut and I am actually very pleased with it. So I don't think I'll bother getting it done professionally anymore.
Oh, and I've always coloured it myself, for about 40 years now, apart from the odd (hugely expensive) salon experience.
Do any of you DIY?