I have incredibly annoyingly thick and wavy hair. Most of my life I have fought a losing battle with cow licks, hat hair, bed head, frizzies, etc. For Millenium New Year I decided to solve the problem by having my hair clipper cut short. After Anna Kate got over the initial shock she decided she liked my new low maintenance ‘do and offered to cut it for me. We bought a set of Wahl Senior Model 8500 professional clippers and a 1/4″ guard from our local Sally Beauty Supply. That was 12 years ago and Anna Kate just used them to cut my hair again this afternoon.
We paid around $60.00 for these clippers in 2000. Anna Kate cuts my hair every 3 weeks on average. Had I continued to pay $12.00 for my haircuts I would have spent nearly $2,500 over the past 12 years.
Every three or four trims I add a couple of drops of Wahl clipper oil to the blades. Otherwise, we haven’t done a thing to them and they continue to hum smoothly as they efficiently shear my mane.
We even still have the original retail box that we store the clippers in between uses. Over the years we’ve added a couple of pairs of professional hair scissors for detail trimming and seasonal haircuts for the girls.
I would like to be able to say that this is just one of a long litany of prudent financial decisions that my wife and I have made over 15 years of marriage. The reality is that it’s actually probably one of the best we’ve ever made. For example, had we had bought one share of Apple stock for $60 in 2000 instead (after the 2000 split when shares were that low but before they totally tanked) that stock would be worth only $1,382.00 today, but we still would have had to pay $2,500 for haircuts so we’d still be in the hole $1,118.00. A wise investment, indeed! Too bad it’s one of the best we’ve ever made :-/