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Cut my own hair today :)
« on: December 31, 2015, 02:33:13 PM »
I estimate that I spend about $300/year on haircuts, and then there's the hassle of finding time to actually go to the salon. The last few times I've gone to my hairstylist, I've paid extra attention to what my she was doing, and I also watched a YouTube tutorial on how to cut curly hair. So yesterday, I bought some barber shears for $8, and this morning, I gave myself a haircut for the first time! I have to say, it looks pretty good :) Now I just need my boyfriend to cut the back and I'll be all set!

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2015, 05:40:10 PM »
I did the same thing a few days ago! I was surprised at how easy it actually was and will probably never go to a salon again. I did notice the middle in the back was a little uneven so I need to convince someone to do that for me, but otherwise glad I tried it, even though my sister said I was crazy lol

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2015, 07:03:11 PM »
Thanks for the reminder I was overdue for a haircut!  Just took care of that:  it's now quick and easy since I've been trimming my own for a few years now.  Long and lightly layered.

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2015, 07:19:40 PM »
That's badass! I asked for a Crea Clip for Christmas last year and haven't been to a salon since, but in my case, my husband cuts it for me using the clip. It's such a hassle going to the salon, not to mention expensive. I don't plan to ever return.

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2015, 11:03:00 PM »
Brave woman! I bet it feels good to know you have an extra $300/year for the 'stache!

That's badass! I asked for a Crea Clip for Christmas last year and haven't been to a salon since, but in my case, my husband cuts it for me using the clip. It's such a hassle going to the salon, not to mention expensive. I don't plan to ever return.

Does the Crea Clip really work?! I asked my husband to try trimming my hair for me once ("freestyle") and it was so uneven that I had to go to a salon to get it fixed... I'm a bit nervous to try it again, but I'm tempted by the Crea Clip.

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2016, 02:59:51 AM »
Nice work! I also have curly hair and although my husband is willing to give it a try, I've been very hesitant. I'm going to a curly hair salon in a couple of weeks where they do a dry cut and I'm going to pay close attention, find some YouTube videos and see if we can replicate it later. It makes me very nervous but I'd prefer to save the money.

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2016, 06:22:49 AM »
Does the Crea Clip really work?! I asked my husband to try trimming my hair for me once ("freestyle") and it was so uneven that I had to go to a salon to get it fixed... I'm a bit nervous to try it again, but I'm tempted by the Crea Clip.

The clip has a level on it to make it even. I'm firmly convinced that if my husband can do it, probably anyone can do it. It's one cut he does after gathering all of my hair into the clip and pulling it around the back. This means that the front is angled. I'm okay with it. I have pretty low standards, which saves me money in this case. I've never been impressed with how the hair stylists have cut my hair, so this doesn't bother me that much, and since I'm not paying for this, I do it more often.

With some maneuvering you could probably do it yourself with a mirror. There are youtube videos showing you how. The Crea Clip is kind of a ridiculous cost ($30 on Amazon), considering it's just a plastic clip, but it has me much more than that already.

I've been learning how to cut my boys' hair, since I have three and that is going to translate into major savings over the years. It's much easier to cut someone else's hair, that's for sure.

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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2016, 08:04:55 AM »
The clip has a level on it to make it even. I'm firmly convinced that if my husband can do it, probably anyone can do it.

That's all I needed to hear. $30 is pricey... but if it saves me just 1 or 2 haircuts, it's more than paid for itself. Thanks for the tip!

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2016, 06:10:39 AM »
I think the last time I had my hair cut by a professional was in 1990. 

I started cutting my own hair during "Desert Storm" (I was in the Army).  Actually, myself and an Army buddy just cut each other's hair- just buzzed it off.

But it's easy enough to do by myself, so I just kept doing it for 25 years.

Not sure how much I've saved in barber fees (to say nothing of shampoo and other hair care products), but it must be a lot.  Plus, I never have "bed head."


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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2016, 07:45:56 PM »
Parkette - check out this "How to Cut Curly Hair" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_bE6Em9nqk. My boyfriend watched it with me last night, and he really paid attention. Can't wait for him to do the whole thing next time...

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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2016, 05:35:38 PM »
I'm so happy to see this thread. I have long, straight, highlighted hair, and although I'm nervous about cutting it myself (probably with my boyfriend's help, assuming I can convince him it won't harm our relationship!) and letting the highlights grow out, I've finally come to the conclusion that it really needs to be done. I've been spending an absolutely insane amount of money on haircuts and highlights, and I'm not even someone who places much importance on physical appearance, keeping up with fashions, etc. Talk about not aligning your actions with your values... I have one more haircut (this week), and then I'm out! Thanks for the motivation!

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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2016, 06:00:27 AM »
I'm so happy to see this thread. I have long, straight, highlighted hair, and although I'm nervous about cutting it myself (probably with my boyfriend's help, assuming I can convince him it won't harm our relationship!) and letting the highlights grow out, I've finally come to the conclusion that it really needs to be done. I've been spending an absolutely insane amount of money on haircuts and highlights, and I'm not even someone who places much importance on physical appearance, keeping up with fashions, etc. Talk about not aligning your actions with your values... I have one more haircut (this week), and then I'm out! Thanks for the motivation!

GreenSheep- I did the same about 4 years ago.  My hair is long and really thick so the cost and time investment was insane!  I had the colorist darken my hair with low lights over 2 visits and let the rest grow out.  That really helped the grow out to seem more natural.  I love saving the $250 every 8 weeks!

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Re: Cut my own hair today :)
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2016, 06:07:04 AM »
I have one more haircut (this week), and then I'm out! Thanks for the motivation!

Pay careful attention to what he/she does and in what order. I wish I had done that on my last visit, although you can make do with youtube videos.
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2016, 08:01:48 AM »
Thank you both for the encouragement! I'll try to remember to come back and post an update after I've cut it myself in a few weeks. Fingers crossed! (If all else fails, at least it's long enough for a pony tail. :-) )

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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2016, 09:07:42 AM »
Lol I have been cutting my own hair for a few years now. The funny thing is, I've become such a picky guy because of it. now, if I do pay for a hair cut, which I do on occasion if I have been to busy to do it myself, I now notice when they dont properly trim around my face, or miss that single long hair, or dont do a good job blending from the sides to the top. Much better way to go in my opinion.
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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2016, 09:42:19 AM »
Awesome! I have long hair and long layers and I use a crea-clip. I found that to be extremely useful.
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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2016, 09:51:24 AM »
I have cut my son's hair for a few years and do a pretty good job, even if I do say so myself :) Sometimes I mess it up a little, but overall, he looks very decent. I cut DH's hair a while some time ago but then he returned to his barber because I wasn't "in the right mood". We've recently returned to my cutting his hair.

I've also just decided to start tackling my poodle's grooming. His Christmas do was his last haircut and in February, he will be due for a trim. Pretty nervous since I'm not so good at cutting straight. But - we'll be saving a ton and I will have a happier poodle. I do already know how to bathe him and blow him out (it takes longer than my hair LOL), so that helps.

I don't know if I'd have the bravery to do my daughter's hair OR my hair though. I'm super picky. On the good side, I have a stylist who encourages me to only come when needed and last time when I went after 8 weeks, she mentioned I really didn't need it yet.
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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2016, 02:57:30 PM »
I haven't been brave enough to cut my own hair yet, but I've been cutting my sons' hair for a few years.  I recently discovered thinning shears and they've made it much easier to give good hair cuts.  The thinning shears soften up the straight lines and help blend different hair lengths.

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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2016, 03:15:16 PM »
I used to cut my own hair. I either lost my clippers or an old roommate may have permanently borrowed them. I was just thinking of going out to get a haircut too...maybe I should go buy some clippers instead.

/facepunch.....of course I should go buy clippers.

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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2016, 02:23:13 PM »
Good times. I can't remember the last time I paid for a haircut. However, it's easier for guys. Might be a little more labor intensive for women, but more savings because it can be really expensive.

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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2016, 05:39:22 PM »
I cut my own hair yesterday.  I buzz and taper with the #4 attachment on top, then #3 for the sides and back, finish around the bottom edges all around with the #2 attachment.  I also cut the boys' hair. 

My wife gets a $10 hair cut once or twice a year, often donating her locks.  We know people that drop over $1000 a year at the salon.  Craziness.

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« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2016, 05:40:24 AM »
I cut my own hair for the first time a few weeks ago. It turned out okay, but I have long hair, about six inches past my shoulders, and I wear it up most of the time. I was sick of paying the long hair surcharge, and sitting there for at least two hours. I'm going to try again in a few months and see how it goes. I may get a CreaClip to help.

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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2016, 10:40:49 AM »
I've been cutting my husband's hair for years. Clipper cuts are relatively simple if you are patient.

I just recently started cutting my own hair. Before that I would infrequently get a ~$25 salon cut and try to go as long as possible in between (at least 4 months). Reducing the damage you do to your hair reduces the need for haircuts if you have long hair. Six years ago I stopped washing and blow drying my hair everyday. That made a huge difference in my hair's "health". A few months ago I transitioned from washing/blow drying my hair every other day to every three days. I believe this has helped keep my hair from totally drying out this winter. Obviously my hair color is natural because paying astronomical salon prices or using box dye are both unappealing options.

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« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2016, 02:18:24 AM »
I cut my hair, but I'm one of the lucky ones with straw-straight hair that can generally be trimmed by pulling it into a ponytail and lopping it off.

I wish my fiance would let me cut his, but he's a Marine and likes it a certain way and is scared of me touching it.

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« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2016, 12:52:21 PM »
I cut mine again last night.  The $3 on the piece of masking tape on the Flowbee box still brags to us how cheaply we found it at a garage sale.  That thing is easy to use.  I use an electric clipper to trim the back of my neck.  The clipper has a cartoon picture of a cat and a dog on it, go figure.  Another garage sale find.



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« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2016, 06:21:19 PM »
I cut mine two days ago.  I do this all the time.  I still have lots of other stupid spending that I need to cut.  Nice to know this was already a bad ass thing to do.

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« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2016, 08:59:18 AM »
Forget all the investing tips that can save you thousands. The cutting your own hair thing is my absolute favorite tip from this forum. So freeing to be able to cut it WHENEVER YOU WANT TO.

Also it led me to really think more analytically about other expenses I had categorized as "fixed".
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Re: Cut my own hair today :)
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2016, 09:08:11 AM »
In college I used to cut my own hair, but I admit it's one of the few vanity expenses I still have. (To be fair, I do have great hair). More than the money, I hate the time commitment of going out and having it done. As a man, it would be pretty easy to just take a pair of electric clippers to my head, but I pridefully cling to my locks while I have them. Meh, maybe soon I'll go back to a nice and simple buzz cut.
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« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2016, 09:23:33 AM »
I cut mine again last night.  The $3 on the piece of masking tape on the Flowbee box still brags to us how cheaply we found it at a garage sale.  That thing is easy to use.  I use an electric clipper to trim the back of my neck.  The clipper has a cartoon picture of a cat and a dog on it, go figure.  Another garage sale find.

Are you trimming your hair with animal trimmers, perhaps?  That is even more badass :)

Thank you all for the reminder...mine was looking a little ragged on the edges and you wonderful folks reminded me that I could take care of it myself.  Having a much better hair day today!
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« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2016, 09:59:54 AM »
Check out any local barber or cosmetology schools for really good deals. I just got a  basic men's haircut for $3 ($5 total with tip). They are supervised by teachers and  do good work.

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« Reply #30 on: February 08, 2016, 03:25:56 PM »
tried cutting my hair...looked terrible...had my wife try cutting my hair...looked terrible...now I go to the local barber college..$6...well worth the money...would love to rock the 4 guard with the clippers but it is not a good look but me lol

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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2016, 10:07:24 AM »
I've been cutting my own hair, long or short, since I was in my teens. I started by paying attention at the hair cutting schools my mom used to take us to, then experimenting. I sometimes have trouble with the back, but that's because my shoulders get tired. I just allow more time now, or finish in two sessions instead of all at once.

I've only recently given up the box dyes. I'm okay now in hat season, but it remains to be seen how much of a sacrifice this will feel in summer.

My spouse has me trim his hair and beard with the same clippers we use on the dog. He finishes up his moustache himself with scissors.

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« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2016, 07:30:34 AM »
I cut DS's hair. He is 4 and wiggles so it is never straight. But he's young enough to look cute with a crooked haircut. DD has super long hair so only needs an end trim occasionally.

Last time I cut DH's hair too, just before a job interview. He got the position so it must not have looked too bad. I'm tempted to try to talk him into trying clippers...or maybe even much shorter. His hair is annoying in that it sticks straight up at a shorter but not buzzed length. So, he keeps it a bit longer but then it requires frequent cutting to keep it from getting too long. It gets tedious and I wonder if it would simply his life to just shorten it even more.

My hair is a whole other problem. I've kept it just longer than pixie short for years, routinely get horrible haircuts, and basically hate it. DH refuses to cut it even though I am not picky and I'm sure he can beat a lot of bad haircuts I've had over the years. I've considered growing it out but am hesitant because I'm in my 40s, have a touch of grey and grew up hearing that "old women shouldn't have long hair". I've seen pictures of older ladies that look fabulous with long hair...so perhaps I need to get over that. I'm the only lady I know IRL besides my mom who does not color her hair too. I've considered it but just don't want to start down that road.

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« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2016, 08:18:41 AM »
Shave my head every morning.  Feels awesome and clean, like a massage for my scalp.

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« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2016, 01:48:30 PM »
I did it! Granted, I have easy hair (long and slightly wavy, though never with waves in places where any sane person would want them), but still... this is HUGE for my budget! I was spending $72 (including tip) per hair trim every 6 weeks, plus the gas for the 20-minutes-each-way drive, plus the time to accomplish the drive and the trim. And every other visit, I'd get highlights, putting the total at damn near $300. But no more!

Yesterday my $12 hair scissors arrived from Amazon. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos, and after a shower today, I did it. 1.5" gone, for 5 minutes of my time, and it still looks good enough to go to the grocery store today without a hat or a pony tail. Thank you all for the motivation. My hair was 10% of my monthly spending, on average, and that's now 10% that can go toward FIRE. (I know, I know, please give me a retroactive facepunch. I desperately needed it.)

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« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2016, 06:22:17 PM »
Bravo!  I've cut my own hair for a couple of years, and it literally takes 5 minutes!  Got lucky that hair is very wavy and looks best without any layers, so just a quick trim after a shower and boom.  Just started cutting the 1-year-old boy's hair, but still nervous about doing the husbands.  Maybe time to invest in actual hair-cutting scissors?

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« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2016, 10:56:04 AM »
Congratulations on your switch to cutting your own hair.  On the advice of a co-worker I purchased a commercial grade hair shearer and attachments roughly 10 years ago, still works like it's brand new.  My wife cuts my hair once a month in the kitchen.  We must have saved 2-3 grand on hair cuts over the years.  And, the convenience of getting my hair cut any time of day without having to drive, sit and wait is priceless really.  Now forgetting to get a haircut before going to a wedding on a Sunday afternoon isn't a problem for us anymore.

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« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2016, 11:20:47 AM »
Awesome! It really is liberating to be able to cut it yourself. You'll quickly become quite proficient at it with a little practice.

I started cutting my own a little over 5 years ago, haven't been to a barber shop since. I do think I'll invest in a straight razor someday to really get that close finish for the edges and back neckline.

Beards on the other hand...I think it's been 3 months since a cutting implement has been anywhere near it, save for the edges ;-)
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« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2016, 02:34:24 PM »
Nicely done! I've been getting my wife cutting my hair for 3 years or so. I can't imagine cutting my own hair unless I go the short cut/shave style.
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« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2016, 09:39:44 AM »
Yes! I've been cutting my own hair for 25+ years. Fortunately, it's naturally curly so if I make a mistake it doesn't show too much. I hated going to salons, stylists were always trying to shape my hair into something it didn't want to do, or into a style I couldn't duplicate at home.

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« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2016, 05:41:12 PM »
Way to go Trix76! I've been cutting my husband's hair for a few years since it's a basic cut and for myself I have been growing my hair for donation. In a month I go get my haircut while raising funds for a children hospital! Win win, I did do a donation to myself so not 100% free by my choice. One plus is I do get a tax receipt!

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« Reply #41 on: March 09, 2016, 08:35:29 PM »
Sweet!  My wife opens up the Casa Katalina, as we call it, once monthly to give me a trim.

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« Reply #42 on: March 10, 2016, 02:32:28 AM »
This totally never occured to me. I remember watching my mum trim her own hair in the mirror and I thought wow you should go to the hairdresser! Not cause what she did was wrong, infact people are so envious of her beautiful hair, but because I was young, naive and thought dont they have hairdressers for a reason? I read this thread 30 minutes ago, I watched a few youtube clips, cut my hair 5 minutes ago LOL. LIVIN ON THE EDGE!!! Im happy! Have need a hair cut for so long just havent gone to do it. Now I just need to find a way to color my hair happily on my own.

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« Reply #43 on: March 10, 2016, 09:34:13 PM »
My first attempt failed, I compensated by doing this!  Oh well, its growing back and feels all soft and fuzzy!

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« Reply #44 on: March 11, 2016, 12:46:21 PM »
This is a scary thought.  I ordered a knockoff of the crea clip, not even sure I need it, but it was cheap enough. I am going for a haircut tomorrow but when this clip comes I will try it for next time. ....if I don't chicken out.

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« Reply #45 on: March 13, 2016, 05:54:25 PM »
This is a scary thought.  I ordered a knockoff of the crea clip, not even sure I need it, but it was cheap enough. I am going for a haircut tomorrow but when this clip comes I will try it for next time. ....if I don't chicken out.


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Re: Cut my own hair today :)
« Reply #46 on: March 13, 2016, 07:33:09 PM »
Cut my husband's hair and beard/mustache last night using some $20 plug in clippers. Turned out fabulous. I need to get better about the line along the back of the neck/beard but I did use the clippers on it, then just shaved the rest using a razor so it's really sharp and it looks great (maybe not as good as his hairdresser gets it, but damned close and I can practice). He's cancelling his next hair appointment and said he may not ever go again.

I dye my own hair now, including bleach (I do weird colors - currently blue). Still go get it cut every 10 weeks because I really like my hairdresser despite it costing more than a cheap place, but also because I can't cut my hair myself and husband is too scared of messing it up. :(
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Re: Cut my own hair today :)
« Reply #47 on: March 13, 2016, 08:29:06 PM »
Been cutting my hair since ~age 16 and won't ever go back.
Simple #2 on top faded into a #1 on the sides. Simple process that takes me 15-20 minutes, and has likely saved me hundreds to thousands during the span.
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Re: Cut my own hair today :)
« Reply #48 on: March 14, 2016, 09:25:34 AM »
I was cutting mine in the bathroom the other day and mentioned to my wife it had been over six years since I had my hair cut by someone else.  (our wedding)  On top of that my dad paid for that, so probably 8-10 years since paid for a haircut. 

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Re: Cut my own hair today :)
« Reply #49 on: March 14, 2016, 10:36:36 AM »
I've done this a couple times before. In the past it wasn't half had.
Yesterday though was an unmitigated disaster. To fix it will require a change in hairstyle.