For years my husband has given our sons at-home haircuts. In fact, we've been proud of our DIY haircuts and styling efforts. Our hair clippers have saved us thousands of dollars.
How do we know this? Trial and big error: When my middle son was three years old, his mix of curly, wavy and straight hair confounded us. (My husband had very curly hair and I have very happy, nappy hair.) So we took our toddler to a hair salon. The cost: $40 for the haircut. Ouch! We paid the bill, tipped well, but have not been back to a hair salon since then.
But recently, my oldest son decided to take the hair-grooming business into his own hands. He went to Lincoln Road Mall -- a trendy outdoor pedestrian mall in South Beach. This shopping district is popular with supermodels, tourists and spend-happy consumers. (Starbucks has three outlets on Lincoln Road.) There are several beauty salons and upscale day spas on or near Lincoln Road. The main hair man for Jennifer Lopez (JLo) has a salon in the area. Prices are not cheap.
For a Mother's Day magazine story, I once had to undergo a manicure and a pedicure at an upscale salon on Lincoln Road. The price tag: $135 to have my nails trimmed, filed and painted. It was a tough assignment!
So when my teen stepped out for his new Lincoln Road haircut, I was worried. But he arrived home with a close cut (something like Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade) and I was very impressed with the price tag: $14.
Skipping past the high-end salons, my son had found some old-school mom & pop barber in one of the ungentrified areas of Lincoln Road. The haircut is sharp. He looks so cute.
The bad news: His hair grows fast and maintenance could be a bi-weekly cash drain.
The good news: He's back to DIY home haircuts. His father can just follow the lines of the professional barber, my son has suggested.
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